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May 13, 2021

Amir Nathoo (Outschool) - Building a direct to family marketplace to help kids learn what they want to learn

Amir Nathoo (Outschool) - Building a direct to family marketplace to help kids learn what they want to learn

Thank you Mereces Bent to the intro to our guest today, Amir Nathoo. Amir Nathoo, is the founder of Outschool. Outschool is an education marketplace/platform that offers a variety of engaging, small-group classes online that gives kids the unique opportunity to explore their interests in-depth. They were also one of the fastest growing tech companies during COVID. It was great chatting with Amir as we explored topics that we haven't covered often on this show like the effects COVID had on traditional education and where Outschool has become a complimentary part of kids lives. We talk about impact, legacy and Amir's unique distribution model when he first founded the company.

You can follow Amir on Twitter @amirnathoo.

Some of the questions I ask Amir:

  1. What was your attraction to technology, entrepreneurship
  2. What was the opportunity that you saw in education?
  3. What was the aha moment or series of instances that led you to founding Outschool?
  4. I remember in our first call you spoke about how you learned a lot more in those experiences outside of school rather than in the classroom. what do you mean by that?
  5. How did you plan to replicate those experiences with Outschool?
  6. When you were thinking of starting this business, what were the big question marks or big problems that you knew you had to solve in order for Outschool to work?
  7. Fundraising.
  8. What was the moment you realized you needed to raised capital?
  9. How did you go about raising? What type of partners were you looking for?
  10. How has COVID hit your business? Did you go through a supply crunch?
  11. Did you have to change any part of your strategy due to COVID?
  12. What's your vision for the future of Outschool? What can we expect in the next 5-10 years?
  13. What's one thing you would change about the fundraising process or venture capital
  14. What's the best piece of advice that you've received?
  15. What's one piece of advice to founders currently building?