TBS spoke with the head of online learning wizards YourTutor.com.au, Jack Goodman, who taught us that in digital landscape, face-to-face contact is still paramount.
After a brief foray into the world of academia and a side trip into journalism and magazine publishing, New York Native Jack Goodman has spent the majority of his professional life seeking ways to merge his interests in education, technology and start ups. Eventually, he made the brave, if slightly mad, decision, to start what became YourTutor.com.au. Even now he shakes his head wondering what he was thinking when he recalls talking to a prospective first client while his wife was in the hospital giving birth to their second child. As ideal as Australia appeared to be for an online tutoring service, the angel and venture capital markets proved not quite ready, so Jack and his wife decided to self-fund YourTutor.com.au. The company and their family had a lot in common. Both grew steadily (another child arrived in 2004), and both required more funding than initially anticipated. YourTutor.com.au turned its first profit in 2008. The children have yet to do so. In his spare time, Jack loves his family, his podcasts, and his dog, though not necessarily in that order. To learn more about Jack, view his public LinkedIn profile (http://au.linkedin.com/in/jackgoodman)