Lessons learned from starting Learnemy

Lessons learned from starting Learnemy

An hour presentation on the main lessons I've learned from working on Learnemy. This presentation was given at Raffles Junior College, Mentorpreneur Meetup and WebSprout Academy.

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Elisha Tan

May 21, 2014
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  1. Online marketplace for in-person classes

  2. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com We help learners find instructors easily. We help

    instructors to focus on teaching by - Getting them learners - Handling payment - Managing reviews Online marketplace for in-person classes
  3. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com

  4. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com

  5. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com elisha@learnemy.com ONE HOUR OF SEARCH

  6. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Find Instructors in 3 Steps Search Book Schedule

  7. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Teach A Class Effortlessly Marketing Flexibility Management Tools

  8. Micro-entrepreneurs with full control of how they exchange their time

    for money. elisha@learnemy.com Redefining Work
  9. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Founder Elisha Tan Founder, CEO Growth hacking, Copywriting,

    UX, Product Design NUS Class of 2010, Psychology. Social media for Chingay 2011.
  10. elisha@learnemy.com Timeline Jul 2011 Learn programming Sep 2011 Prototype Oct

    2011 Project development Apr 2012 Launched Jan 2011 Find Co-founder
  11. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com What you’re gonna hear • How to meet

    programmers and find co- founder • Should you learn programming? What and how should you learn? • How to put together a prototype • My $10, 000 mistake
  12. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Jul 2011 Learn programming Sep 2011 Prototype Oct

    2011 Project development Apr 2012 Launched Jan 2010 Find Co-founder Things I’ve learned: - Bring something to the table - Understand why you need a co-founder - How to meet programmers
  13. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com What can you bring? • Marketing • Sales

    • Copywriting • Network • Design • Community
  14. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Compensate your co-founder • Money • Equity •

    Network • Knowledge • Chance to really screw things up
  15. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Bad reasons for recruiting a co-founder • You

    want free labor • You are not committed • You are insecure
  16. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com How to meet programmers • Join events •

    Join them online • Ask questions
  17. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Jul 2011 Learn programming Sep 2011 Prototype Oct

    2011 Project development Apr 2012 Launched Things I’ve learned: - Importance of learning programming - What language to pick Jan 2010 Find Co-founder
  18. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Should you, or should you not? Should Should

    not • If you outsource, you can tell if you get cheated. • You can’t hire for a job you don’t know. • You should know your product. • Fix non-tech problems • Test ideas quickly • It will take long for you to be proficient in coding. • Too much time spent
  19. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com You are going to be very confused over

    what language to learn. Python is so easy to learn! Look at him, he learned Django in 3 weeks! RoR is easy to learn and the syntax is beautiful! Use PHP. Because Facebook uses PHP. AngularJS is powerful and easy to learn.
  20. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com So learn whatever from anyone who’s willing to

    lend a helping hand.
  21. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Jul 2011 Learn programming Sep 2011 Prototype Oct

    2011 Project development Apr 2012 Launched Things I’ve learned: - Test a hypothesis - Fake a product Jan 2010 Find Co-founder
  22. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Before you code... Learn HTML and CSS so

    that you can fake it till you make it - http://www.w3schools.com/ - http://css-tricks.com/ - http://colorschemedesigner.com/ - Learnemy
  23. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Design is hard You want to be a

    great artist... “Good artists copy, great artists steal” - Pablo Picasso
  24. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com

  25. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com

  26. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Inspect Element is your best friend

  27. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Jul 2011 Learn programming Sep 2011 Prototype Oct

    2011 Project development Apr 2012 Launched Things I’ve learned: - Prioritise on business value - Know how to control a project Jan 2010 Find Co-founder
  28. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com How I wasted $10, 000 • Spent on

    features that weren’t important • Early optimisation • Spending on front-end developer, mistaking her as a designer
  29. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com SCRUM

  30. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com How this new knowledge helped • Spent 2

    days on the groups feature copying other similar sites • Made $700+ • Spent $400 and 1 week to get it all done by a programmer
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  33. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com Jul 2010 Worked for free Jul 2011 Learn

    programming Sep 2011 Prototype Oct 2011 Project development Apr 2012 Launched Things I’ve learned: - Don’t neglect your beta list - Keep earning - Mentorship Jan 2010 Find Co-founder
  34. @elishatan elisha.tan@gmail.com www.learnemy.com https://angel.co/learnemy