In 2004, Tobias Lütke set out to open up an online store to sell snowboarding equipment.
What seems simple today was, in fact, the opposite in 2004.
Setting up an online store required an unfathomable amount of effort.
You'd either need a computer science background yourself to set up a website and payment processing or spend a fortune to hire a software engineer to do this for you.
Tobias Lütke, not impressed by the existing e-commerce solutions out in the market, decided to build his own.
Sixteen years later, he's built one of the largest E-commerce platforms in the world worth $65 Billion. His company is called "Shopify."
Fast-forward today to 2020, we see a similar problem.
We're seeing more and more education move online, yet building an online school has never been more daunting.
Sure, we have an enormous amount of tools at our disposal to handle conferencing, payment processing, assignment distribution, but this is precisely the problem.
Setting up a virtual classroom involves stitching together dozens of tools like Zoom, PayPal, Slack, Calendly, Squarespace, Google Calendar and dozen more to emulate an online learning experience that even comes close to that of an in-person classroom.
It doesn't take a genius to know that this process should be easier.
Instead, educators should have a single place where they can manage their student community. A place where they can schedule live session, foster discussions, upload helpful resources, and more...
Furthermore, educators should have versatile options when it comes to processing payments. Support for one-time payments, monthly subscriptions, or even Income Share Agreements.
This is exactly what Virtually is on a mission to accomplish.
Our goal is to bring together payment processing, live conferencing, and student management to make it as simple as possible to set up an online school.
We're calling this EducationOS or the "Shopify for Online Schools."
Learn more about our mission and start building your own online school by going to https://www.tryvirtually.com/
Can't wait to see what you build.
Founder & CEO, Virtually