MENLO PARK, Calif.
May 1, 2013
Inc., today unveiled a new marketplace for lifelong learning where students and teachers can connect around subjects as varied as salsa dancing, integral solving, pipe soldering, jewelry making and knife sharpening. The company debuts as the home to
hundreds of short, engaging video-based lessons
for consumers interested in learning about anything, anytime. Founded by former Homestead CEO and founder and Intuit executive,
, Curious also provides teachers with the tools to market, share and monetize their lessons as well as interact with their students. The company has received
in funding from Redpoint Ventures, individual investors
, and a personal investment from Mr. Kitch.
"No matter what you want to learn, there is a great teacher somewhere in the world who could teach you. However, those teachers often don't have the tools or the marketing expertise to teach online. The internet hasn't caught up to them yet, which means that people trying to learn on the web are too often stuck wading through piles of low quality content and are then underwhelmed with the static way content is delivered," said Mr. Kitch. "We believe online learning needs to be more fun and digestible for the lifelong learner in all of us, and easier and more lucrative for the world's best teachers. Curious was designed from the ground up with those two objectives in mind."
Curious Turns Passionate Teachers into Entrepreneurs with Free, Easy-to-Use Tools
With Curious, teachers don't have to take out loans, deplete their savings or put their professional lives on hold trying to start a web business from scratch. At no cost, Curious offers teachers the Curious Lesson Builder that allows them to build, publish and market informative, entertaining lessons to attract followers and turn their passion into profits by earning supplemental income. Curious also links related lessons, tracks how many views a lesson has received and enables learners to create
"Curious Cards" to share
their achievements and interact with teachers. Teachers can work with students on a highly personal level to answer questions, review projects and provide feedback.
"With Curious, we're able to reach a whole new audience -- and on a much bigger scale," said Curious teachers Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil. "The Curious Lesson Builder makes presenting our videos easy. Curious takes care of everything else, and we can focus on what we do best, teaching. Now that we've connected with Curious, we're taking our business to a whole new level."