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The chicken and egg problem is common for a user generated content driven startup. If there is no content on the site to engage the user, then it’s difficult to get them to sign up and start participating. There are getting to be many novel ways to solve this issue, from private betas with invite codes, to signing up with a service to reserve your user name (I fall for that often since my name is so damn common). I’ve recently been using Skillshare , which is a site where people can attend classes taught by others in their community and also teach their own courses. I’ve always stuck to looking at classes in NYC, but I was wondering how they do various things on their site, so I clicked through to see another city and this is what I saw:
By Erin Griffith On March 7, 2012 When your startup focuses on feel-good stuff like sharing, community, giving, teaching, and learning, there’s an unplanned benefit attached: Your sharing, giving, teaching users may end up solving some difficult problems for you. Skillshare is a startup in that position. It’s a company focused on online-to-offline connections, and it’s missing a crucial element: venues. The New York-based company provides a marketplace for anyone to teach and take classes.
We need to debunk the myth that a college degree leads to success. The pinnacle of education should revolve around learning and gaining knowledge. A couple of months ago, I wrote an essay titled “College, Inc., ” which shed a light on the inevitable student loan crisis, and the collective action we can do to prevent it from happening. As a follow-up, I’ll share with you my view about why higher education is overrated.
Skillshare A Skillshare class on baking scones.
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? Learning is a lifelong right for all, but our current education system is broken. A couple of months ago, I wrote an article titled, " College, Inc. " which talked about the problems with our higher education system. Today, the pinnacle of education is getting into college, and not about learning. In this day and age, the skyrocketing cost of a college education heavily outweighs the value it provides.
By Adrianne Jeffries 8/17/11 8:00am Share this: Skillshare CEO Mike Karnjanaprakorn with Skillshare friend, investor and office mate Zach Klein.
See What Zach Klein Just Did There With His SkillShare Scholarship? | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0.By Nitasha Tiku 8/10/11 5:47pm Share this: Les savvy fav. On his Tumblr today, former Vimeo co-founder Zach Klein took a break from his summer project building what looks like an off-the-grid cabin in the woods to announce a scholarship opportunity Peter Thiel would be proud of. To promote the value of peer-to-peer education, as opposed to that no good very bad institutionalized kind of book learning, Mr.
Education is what someone tells you to do.
The Web has brought human beings together in a tremendously powerful way.
Eddie Huang Chef & Owner of Baohaus Open for just over a year, Eddie’s restaurant, Baohaus, has received critical acclaim and coverage from the New York Times, Time Magazine, The New York Post, New York Magazine, CNN, Cooking Channel, Food Network, and many more.
Peer-to-peer education startup Skillshare , which just launched in April, raised a $550,000 angel round, according to an SEC filing .