Tutorspree Preps for Back-to-School Market

8/18/11Follow @jpruth

With summer ending, classrooms will soon fill with students who may need some help tackling tough academic subjects. Searching for tutors can be a haphazard process of scouring classified ads. New York startup Tutorspree offers a more streamlined platform for students to find potential tutors local to them.

One-year-old Tutorspree is an online service that allows tutors list their expertise and receive reviews from the students they have advised. Aaron Harris, co-founder and CEO of Tutorspree, says his company verifies the tutors, who cover a broad pool of subjects that include math, sciences, and even software programming. Tutorspree is available across the country, though Harris says it has the highest concentration of tutors in cities such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

Harris says Tutorspree was designed to appeal to parents and students who want to find the right help for their academic needs. “There is a big, underserved market of people who need algebra tutors or reading tutors for their kids,” Harris says. “We see that playing out in the sixth to twelfth grade.”

Tutorspree got its own education boost through the Y Combinator business accelerator last January. Harris says his company applied for the program at the behest of Tutorspree co-founder Ryan Bednar, and the program sharpened their strategy. “The biggest helpful thing that YC gave us was the focus on what’s important,” Harris says. “You could … Next Page »

João-Pierre S. Ruth is the editor of Xconomy New York. He can be reached at jpruth@xconomy.com and followed on Twitter @jpruth. Follow @jpruth

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