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 http://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 William & Team. I love the idea of re-measuring universities and putting more emphasis on the degree's value upon graduation and the graduate's ability to become a valuable member of society. I do wonder if other than the sole value of graduates in metrics that will often seemingly belong to the work force, you will factor in the pure academic value of an institution? What if people put more value on intellectual stimulation during their studies rather than more soft skills values?