Students and lifelong learners have access to thousands of open online courses, in nearly every subject imaginable. Entrepreneurs Chase Jarvis and Craig Swanson saw a need for an open education platform for folks just like them: other entrepreneurs. Thus, creativeLIVE, a live, online classroom for creative entrepreneurs was born.
The startup announced today that they landed a $7.5 million Series A investment from Greylock Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has backed companies including eBay and Google. The venture capital firm has recently dipped its toe in education with their investment in Edmodo, a collaborative learning and social network for teachers and students, and now with creativeLIVE.
CreativeLIVE allows aspiring entrepreneurs to engage in classes on a live web channel, and students can check the calendar of upcoming live courses to enroll in the ones they’re interested in taking. These courses are completely free to students, although creativeLIVE provides the option for students to purchase full access to past courses to stream or download at their convenience.
CreativeLIVE offers a huge variety of classes for aspiring creative entrepreneurs, including photography, finance, fashion, Photoshop and photo editing, time management, online business management, software, and public relations. You can check out a calendar of the classes they offer here.
So far, creativeLIVE has attracted a million students from over 200 countries. The company has hired well-known instructors to lead the courses, inclduing Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi, and Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Vincent Laforet. According to a TechCrunch article, co-founder Chase Jarvis said the incoming revenues from course purchasing options has allowed the company to pay its instructors quite well. Jarvis said that teachers can make the equivalent of what they’d make in a year in a few days teaching on creativeLIVE.
According to Jarvis, the ultimate goal of creativeLIVE is to help students turn their passions or hobbies into actual jobs and careers.