Tutorspree with Aaron Harris
Before Tutorspree, Aaron Harris CEO of Tutorspee spent a year at Compass Advisors – a boutique investment bank in NYC – and three years at Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund based in Westport, CT. At Bridgewater, Aaron was the COO of a group of thirty analysts where he was also responsible for product design of internal technology. Aaron left Bridgewater last March to work in technology, and he and Josh began working on Tutorspree soon thereafter.
Aaron’s non-Tutorspree activities include heading up Partnerships for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry’s Young Leadership Committee and trying to make it up the hill in Central Park one more time on his bike.
Aaron graduated Cum Laude from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in History and Literature.
Tutorspree is an online marketplace that helps parents find high quality local tutors. We act as a liaison between tutors and students, offering tutors a way to effectively and easily market to parents and students without having to rely on word of mouth. We give tutors a way to differentiate themselves through student feedback and peer reviews, while our in-depth tutor profiles highlight a tutor’s background and accomplishments.
Our tools make it easy for new clients to contact tutors, and make it easy for the tutors to manage their lessons. Parents are able to schedule with the click of a mouse and we’ve made billing and payment simple for everyone involved. Tutorspree acts as a secure third party that releases funds to a tutor at the completion of a lesson.
For administrators, Tutorspree provides a safe platform where they control which tutors are accessible to parents, and which are not. Our reviews system allows administrators to quickly and easily judge the quality of tutors being used by their students (and make changes to their roster as necessary).
Overall, the information we gather on tutoring sessions can give administrators a full picture of tutoring in their school, from the number of students being tutored, to the frequency of tutoring, to an and understanding of which teachers are tutoring, and how good they are at it.
- Tell me how the company got started, including how you got the idea or what the impetus for starting it was
- In what ways did your approach to building your marketplace succeed/fail?
- Tell us about Y Combinator and how it has changed the way you approach entrepreneurship
- Did working in finance prepare you for what you are doing now?
- Why the focus on tutoring and education?