TeachStreet lauched a new payment/marketplace service for real world teachers who teach real world classes such as sports, dancing and cooking lessons.
The platform allows teachers who are not very familiar with technology to easily implement payment processing system for their online courses. They can also use TeachStreet as a marketplace to get new students. It allows the students to review classes offered by teachers and search for high rated classes. It allows the teachers to monitor the number of hits their classes are receiving and also the sales.
It seems to be a site that brings together existing payment technology such as paypal and other known collaboration concepts to allow teachers to easily sell their courses online. It is an interesting concept and without any doubt, required by the teaching community.
TeachStreet is founded by Dave Schappell who used to work for Amazon.com as a Director of Product Development and at JibJab as Vice President of Marketing.
Dave’s “About Us” pages says the following as to how TeachStreet was born:
“Undaunted, Dave sought a teacher at his scooter dealership and was directed to an old bulletin board at the back of the store. Thinking, “There’s got to be a better way,” Dave discovered that there wasn’t. So he created one. And—after a bit of brainstorming, many sticky notes, and some generous funding from investors—TeachStreet was born.”
Their page also summarizes their service with the following quote:
“TeachStreet is a dynamic online community that brings motivated learners and talented teachers together. On one hand, this is a place where people who love to learn can find classes that are just right for them. On the other, we offer a public forum that helps teachers, coaches, and other experts share what they know. In the process, TeachStreet helps these experts grow their businesses with simple online tools they can use to promote their classes, workshops and special events. So they can then focus on what they do best—teach.”
Good luck to Dave and his team.