Want to learn practical skills that can help you earn a living? Or are you looking for a new hobby? — To learn how to crochet? Play poker? Shoot video? Or start a blog? Okay, in addition to bookmarking all the fabulous posts on blogging here on MomCrunch, you could also find a class on Skillshare.com. What is Skillshare? It describes itself as “an online marketplace to find classes in your area taught by people in your community.”
Like other social platforms, Skillshare connects people – in this case people who want to teach and people who want to learn. Unlike most online platforms (with the exception of Meetup.com) it creates a network for offline interaction. Theoretically, it’s straightforward enough… you can currently search for learning experiences in five categories: Creative Arts, Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurship, LIfestyle, and Technology. Anyone, anywhere can create classes and collect funds through PayPal.
Conceptually, it’s fabulous. I love their message, as articulated in this video. The user interface is also commendable: simple and accessible. The challenge for the platform, like most others, is adoption. Although I just heard about it, Skillshare was founded by Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong early last year and launched their beta site in April. Michael Karnjanaprakorn reported on his blog in August:
We ended up getting over 5K+ email addresses from folks that signed up to be notified about Skillshare. All of the initial classes sold out (huge validation) and our Kickstarter project got fully funded.
In August, they raised $3.1 million in funding and released a new site with more features like Skill Sets and Profiles, while still maintaining it’s minimalist design. Apparently, Skillshare is taking off in New York City.
Unfortunately, I don’t live in New York City. I live right smack dab in the middle of the country, in St. Louis, Missouri. And as far as I can tell, there are three Skillshare classes I can take. Boo!
So at this point, all I can do on Skillshare.com is add some classes to my “Watch List” and see if they ever come to be. And put Skillshare.com on my Tech Watch List to to see if it really does start a learning revolution. #hoping