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Nice site! And coincidentally, I literally just finished eating one of these from Bareburger in NYC. They're not quiiiite there yet but it's pretty shockingly close to a real burger.
Hey Max - thanks for the questions! Answers below...
-Absolutely! Right now we're focused on creating an amazing experience for people looking to connect with online creative mentors for short term or long mentorship via video conversations. Like you said, it can be really difficult to break into the creative world if you don't know anyone in the industry or don't live in a city with in-person mentorship opportunities. However, our eventual goal is to build RookieUp into the go-to mentorship platform for professionals, whether you want a quick online chat, want to find a long-term mentor, or are looking to connect with someone in your city. The future of RookieUp isn't exclusively an online community, but also engages people within their cities and brings them together in person as well through one-on-one match ups or even group meet ups.
-Over time, we want to grow into a platform that provides easy access to mentors for anyone trying to learn a creative or professional skill to advance their career. Once we've built an amazing platform for the current creative segments, we're excited to expand into new areas of the creative industry, like copywriting, front-end web development, digital marketing, product management, fashion design, music production, and more. The great thing is that everyone can benefit from mentorship, so the possibilities for where we can go are pretty limitless.
-Pricing is completely up to the mentors. If you go on our site right now, you'll see a curated community of amazing creatives with experience in a huge number of industries, skills, client types, and more. We want to provide an easy-to-use platform that lets creative professionals offer some of their time each week for mentorship while also allowing them to supplement their income using the knowledge they've gained over years and years of study and practice.
-As far as mentors we're seeking out – we're looking for people with a passion for teaching aspiring creatives in their fields and amazing portfolios of work. If you don't fall into one of the 5 creative categories we currently offer, definitely still reach out so we can be ready to add you to RookieUp soon.
Love the photography and customer examples. Really beautiful, clean design. :-)
Hey Ketan - thanks so much for your note. I definitely understand your point and we've thought about it a lot. At the end of the day, you're totally right that a longer-term personal relationship with a mentor is more ideal than a short conversation with a stranger. Unfortunately, finding a long-term mentor can be difficult, especially for people not living in larger cities with active creative communities. We want to create something that makes mentorship (long or short term) accessible to anyone, no matter where they live or who they know in the creative world.
In terms of the transactional point, a lot of our mentors have told us that they've had 30 minute coffee meetings that were just as impactful on their career as longer-term relationships. It's all about making sure the person you choose to talk with is the best person for the job - if that gets handled well, it's pretty easy to have a great eye-opening conversation even in just 30 minutes! And on our platform, all our mentors have to confirm they're the best person to answer the mentee's questions before the session is confirmed. :-)
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