There’s a lot of advice floating around about how to start a business, but after jumping the initial hurdles, shouldn’t you keep learning? Not everyone has the time to attend courses and lectures (though they should try) so instead, most turn to the Internet. The owners of MentorMob hope to ease the process - whether it's business-focused learning or a personal interest.
Learning Through Crowdsourcing with MentorMob
Updated at 9:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011
Through crowdsourcing, MentorMob sorts out the best videos and content in a certain topic, organizes it into a timeline and turns it into a course. Members of the community are invited to create questions or entire courses based on content on the Internet. The courses – what MentorMob founders call “Learning Playlists” - are free.
Frustrated with the disorganized nature of Internet search results, Kris Chinosorn and Vince Leung started MentorMob “so everyone can spend their time learning rather than wasting their time searching.”
“"We are integrating the best online content through channels like Wikipedia, Youtube, About.com. into one learning platform. We found most of the time spent learning with the Internet is spent searching. We cut out all of that time so it’s 100% pure learning built by people passionate about their interests,” the founders said.
Chinosorn and Leung are originally from the Chicago area; they graduated from University of Illinois in Champaign, moved to the Silicon Valley, and worked for various corporations until Chicago pulled them back.
“The startup environment in Chicago makes more sense for us,” said Leung. “It might be more risk-adverse and the industries a little less sexy than California, but there’s more of a focus on business and getting things done - not just ideas.”
MentorMob was created not just for business-y learning – it’s for basically anything. As the website states: “like playing guitar to salsa dancing, chemistry to physics” or in the founders’ words, passion-centric learning. (Chinosorm's a member of an internationally-known salsa dancing team).
So during slow periods at your new business, you – or your employees – can learn something new and educate yourself, too.