Classmint is free and ad-free. We like it that way and it’s continued growth!
The problem is that it’s not easy to keep it that way forever because we need to pay our bills.
All of us have seen a street guitarist at some point in time.
We Classmint co-founders consider ourselves more like software artists rather than business people. The cool thing about being an artist is there is clear focus and dedication towards creating something of value to the consumer of either music or software. Everything else is like a distant next priority. It’s really cool and it works for good artists. If you’re not a good artist, you should not be in the business anyway!
We think that’s a good thing because it will help our stat-up decisions more inclined towards value creation for our consumers. If they find it valuable enough, we are sure that we’ll be paid for that. Thinking about money too early can be distracting because it may hurt the chances of building something really awesome. We’re here for the long and make the best learning system ever.
There are many reasons why a street guitarist’s business model is best suited to Classmint:
- Putting advertising on Classmint is a bad idea because students come here for studying and learning and spend a good deal of time on the site. We do not want to distract them and offer a clean uncluttered experience. It’s core to our existence.
- One option is to sell a premium subscription to students. We think it is also an average idea. We are intending to have a massive impact in education and we should not be ruling our poor students who are talented but not able to buy it.
- We feel our music (our product/craft) should be free and everywhere. It’s a pleasure to build something that a large number of people. We’re growing at 20-30% month over month and would love to see the growth only accelerate and more people benefit.
All these looks great in theory. Now, we’ve taken the first to practice this theory.
We’ve currently implemented on our home and looking to see how that works for us.
Here is how it looks.
Will update this post in a couple months and publish our experience.
Let us know what you think about it in the comments.