How Skillshare Is Transforming Education as We Know It

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Name: Skillshare

Big Idea: Provide an online hub for people to sign up to teach or attend offline classes.

Why It’s Working: Skillshare allows anyone to teach a class — and make money while doing so. Users choose to learn topics in five main categories at very little cost: creative arts, culinary arts, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and technology.

Skillshare, an online marketplace for learning and teaching, is entering its second year with momentum.

Since its launch in April 2011, Skillshare has grown from three to 13 team members, roped in $3.1 million in funding, expanded class offerings outside of New York City and, most recently, hosted its first conference.

The startup’s easy-to-navigate website lets anyone with specialized skills to teach a class and anyone to attend a class at very little cost — on average between $20 and $25. Some skills require multiple classes, which will cost from $50 to hundreds of dollars.MORE

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