Today’s email will be short and sweet (like the person writing it :-P)
Last Friday, I met with a former Grumo Media client who recently stepped down from the CEO role of his 40+ employee startup to pursue a dream project on the education sector which he has been working on for the last 3 years.
Many of you know that I’m extremely passionate about online education. I’ve been teaching on Udemy for the last 6 years as one of their top instructors with over 20,000 paid students and over $500,000 in online course sales.
What most of you don’t know is that, since 2011, I’ve also been researching new ways to improve the current education system. A system that is clearly is broken.
A system where most graduates come out with more debt than real world skills.
There is so much room for improvement, it’s not even funny!
Well, this fellow has developed a very clever platform that optimizes learning using Artificial Intelligence and contacted me to help him submit an application to YCombinator before this Friday!
YCombinator is a renowned San Francisco startup incubator. Graduates include startups like Reditt, AirBNB, and Dropbox. If we get accepted, YC will invest $120K in exchange of small portion of equity to help the concept come to fruition.
YC accepts applications twice a year. Over 1000 startups apply each time and less than 3% get accepted so we have our work cut out for us!
My main task is to refine the core mission of his idea and help craft the best possible application.
It’s a long shot, yes. Worth it? double yes!
Stay tuned for more…
Peace, Love, and Cookies,
P.S.: With your help we were able to choose a loveseat! Thanks to all of you that voted for their favorite. The winner was this one. (It was supposed to be in white but my wife did a last minute color switcheroo thing on me.. hehe)
P.2: The 3rd episode of the Grumo Podcast is live HERE. Of all things, it’s about dating advice for women over 45 years old.
P.3: Book recommendation: I’m reading “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. If you ever thought quiet people were underachievers, well… you are wrong.
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