我大學畢業決定全職Start-up,放棄投行Offer:過去一年的感想

今天是我們正式推出Flowclass的日子。原來由創辦到現在,已經超過3年了。

今天亦是我們經過無數次重整後,正式推出Flowclass – Course Platform Builder for Educators【為教育者而設的課程平台創建軟件】。

我也想不到,經過Exchange、畢業、差點破產後,這個一開始的Hobby Project竟成為我(和六個Partners)的全職工作,而且還每個月都在成長。

感謝身邊每一位的Partner、Full-time、Interns。雖然之前好像在浮浮沉沉,但也感到大家的熱誠,真的有「一起長大」的感覺🫶🏻

——— 初衷 由一開始的筆記共享平台,到之後的免費補習配對App,一直都是做教育行業的Project。

我是不是對教學很有熱誠?也許不是。比起教學,我更喜歡埋頭寫Code或剪片。

但一路以來認識了很多很多全身投入教育行業的朋友,了解到大家的痛點。起碼教育行業是我有一點想法,而又有能力做到Startup的地方,所以便盡力做跟教育有關的Software。

我由拍YouTube開始,知道自己一直想做一些自己能影響結果的事。雖然也在四間公司工作過,但都知道這種這種生活不適合自己。所以就算會更辛苦、更大風險,都想試試初創這條路。慶幸的是有身邊一樣瘋癲的Partners和團隊一起成長。

——— Flowclass 現在是什麼?

我們知道,很多人都想開辦班別,教授自己的興趣,無論是數學,還是烹飪、編程、畫畫等等。

如果你開辦實體或視像課程,而又不想設計Online Course,那你也需要介紹課程的網站,來放在Bio Link、下廣告,或者讓潛在學生了解更多。

現在你可能會用Wix或者是Shopify,去用商品的功能來設計課程頁面,但大家都知道這樣做不但很麻煩,而且亦會令學生非常混亂。

於是我們的工具是針對課程、班別等的模式,讓大家能創建讓學生輕鬆報名、選擇時間和付款的網站。甚至是提供試堂、折扣等的營銷手法。

現在還有AI創建功能,能利用我們一早研究的網頁Template,讓AI能為你撰寫課程介紹、課堂內容等等,大大加速推廣課程的速度。

將來會令你創建的網站功能更加完善和簡潔,所以都有賴大家給我們意見🫶🏻

——— 寄語

覺得適合自己的話,可以到我的Bio Link試試建立你的個人網站。

好用、或者沒有用,都可以跟我說,起碼我們知道方向是否正確🤞🏻

還有,最希望是大家可以幫忙share這個post到story🫠 讓更多朋友能認識到我們~

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Today marks the official launch of Flowclass.

I can’t believe that it’s been over three years since we founded the company. After countless pivots, we’re proud to introduce Flowclass – Course Marketing Platform Builder for Educators.

I never imagined that what started as a hobby project in my sophomore year would become my full-time job (along with six more partners). After going through a year of exchange, graduation, and almost going bankrupt, Flowclass is still here, growing every month.

I’m grateful for all the partners, colleagues, and interns who have been with us along the way, even though we were very stagnant at times.

From the beginning, our mission has been to create software that serves the education industry. And today, we’re one step closer to achieving that mission.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey. It really feels that we are “growing up” together.

——— Why we started?

From our early days as a note-sharing platform to a private tutor-matching app, we have always been in the education industry.

Do I have a great passion for teaching? Not really. I find it really exhausting. I would prefer to code or film videos.

However, in the past few years, I’ve met many friends who are deeply into education. I have heard many stories about the challenges we all face. The education industry is where I have my own insights, while having the ability to create useful solutions.

Starting with my experiences creating YouTube videos, I’ve always wanted to work on projects in which I can influence the outcome.

While I’ve worked for several companies in the past, I knew that the traditional corporate lifestyle wasn’t for me. That’s why I took the leap into entrepreneurship, even though I knew it would be more challenging and risky. I’m fortunate to have partners and a team willing to go on this crazy adventure together.

——— What’s Flowclass now?

We know that many people have a passion for teaching and want to offer classes on topics that he is interested in, like math, cooking, programming, or art. But creating a website to showcase your courses can be challenging, especially if you are not doing an online course.

I’ve seen our clients use Wix or Shopify, which is a hassle because they are not built for classes and workshops. That’s where Flowclass comes in – our platform is specifically designed for creating websites that make it easy for students to sign up, choose timeslots, and make payments. We even offer education-specific marketing features like trial classes and discounts.

With our AI website creation feature, you can quickly generate course descriptions and class content using our pre-designed templates.

We’re always improving our platform to make it even more user-friendly and efficient, so we welcome your feedback.

——— The Challenge

Sometimes when I look back, I can’t help but compare my progress with the others. Am I a failure that I haven’t raised a couple of millions? Or set up offices in multiple countries, and have hundreds of thousands of users?

When I returned from the overseas exchange, I felt lost and directionless. My startup was stagnant, and my peers were starting their careers in reputable companies. Last August, I wanted to give up and was asking friends around me if they had any openings.

But my partners reassured me, “You are experiencing what all successful founders will experience.” We experimented with different paths to profitability. Months later, we found the model of digital marketing agency that fueled the revenue needed for developing the Flowclass software.

Looking back on the past three years, I wouldn’t think it is a string of failed projects. Each time we’ve had to pivot or restructure, I start over again. So, sometimes I tell others that Flowclass was founded only one year ago (I cheated a bit on this).

Every time I bring more business, programming, and leadership skills to myself. It is like the curve of y = x + 10sin(x)

——— Final Words

If you’re interested in creating your own website for your classes or services, give Flowclass a try here: https://flowclass.io

Your feedback is valuable to us, whether it’s positive or negative. It helps us improve and ensure we’re heading in the right direction.

Also, please consider sharing this post on your feed to help spread the word about Flowclass.

Start-up is a risky and tiring path. Your action can help more people discover Flowclass and make student recruitment much easier and intuitive. Thank you in advance for your support!

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