Ekaterina Dovjenko I definitely agree a tool like this will gain a lot of value from its network effect and won't be very useful without a decently sized user base. At the same time, if it grows too quickly and there isn't a very solid matching automation then it will result in a lot of disappointment and therefore losing the early adopters and perhaps hurting the entire chance of the network effect. I would personally start in a smaller scale and make sure it works while slowly gathering the data on the people to learn better how to match them more automatically. You might want to look into GetEverwise.com - a startup that matches rising talent to mentors that can guide them along the way. It's mostly used for corporations and licenses aren't cheap for individuals but you might get some ideas by exploring what they do! There's also an app called Shapr that is like a Tinder for networking but might also be useful to find mentors and understand how their process works.| (sorry for my delayed response!!)
Hi Ekaterina, I definitely agree that in today's career world who you know is often more important than what you are able to do. That being said, would you make quality matches on scale? How would you make sure that a mentee will be on par with what a mentor expects him to be (If he isn't the mentor will likely be useless / it won't be fair to expect him to pull his own strings for the student). Additionally, how will the skills match and relevance of expertise be done? Should ideally (and realistically) all students have a board of mentors to them?
Hi Joel, I love your idea and as a student completely agree with your theories on how the lack of focus with students greatly affects their ability to look for a job they will actually like and be good at. I was wondering how flexible is the tool and how well does it fit for people who didn't choose a career - oriented degree? As a student in an undergraduate business school, it seems like most of my classmates are actually pretty focused on what they want to do (definitely in the short term) even if the main motivator around seems to be money. That being said, business students some times actually need those tools the least because their career path is more easily defined. How robust is the tool in helping majors who opted for a more critical thinking and academic degrees which are some times less applicable in the work force?