He and friend Malcolm Ong took the idea and some advice from Kickstarterfounder Perry Chen and built Skillshare, which Karnjanaprokorn said is centeredon the idea that everyone has something valuable to teach.
“Our vision is we want to covert every
city into a campus, every address into a
classroom and every single inhabitant into a teacher and student,” he said.
Layering community over a marketplace
Karnjanaprakorn, who previously led theproduct team at Hot Potato before it wasbought by Facebook ,said people areincreasingly open to sharing andtransacting directly with each other,something that was popularized by eBayand Craigslist but has been transformedby the layering of community on top of amarketplace. He said that is helping nudge people away from hyper consumptionto hyper sharing and in the process, giving rise to companies like Skillshare,Airbnb and Kickstarter.Building a community has been the focus of Skillshare in the early days. Bycreating a strong culture early and supporting teachers and students, it can helpproduce a healthy environment conducive to growth, said Karnjanaprakorn.
Managing trust in a P2p community
A big concern for any P2P economy company is the threat of bad users, somethingthat has been highlighted in the case of Airbnb andits struggles with a couple of rogue renters.Karnjanaprakorn agrees that trust is paramount for companies likeSkillshare. He said classes are not allowed to be one-on-one. And Skillshare is inthe process of building out more features like teacher reviews, badges andachievements as well as a recommendation engine that will help users find the bestclasses. So far, no teacher has been banned from the site though some refunds have
been made, often because users attend a class that doesn’t fit their skill level.