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yoli - make money anytime anywhere by tutoring others on your smartphone
76 backers pledged ¥1,037,809 to help bring this project to life.

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What is yoli?

yoli is an extremely convenient 1-to-1 language teaching platform on WeChat. We’re leaders in the language learning market in China. 

WeChat, if you aren't familiar, is a Chinese messenger app, like Facebook Messenger (but way more feature-heavy). There are 900 million daily users on WeChat. The language market in China is also huge (400 million Chinese language learners). So, China has been a great place to start—it’s been like training for a marathon at high altitude

Now we're ready to build on that WeChat/China success and go global. But, right now yoli only exists on WeChat, and that's the issue. That's why we're building an App.

With your support, we are going worldwide!

We’re taking everything we’ve learned from our success over the last three years in China and repeating that success on a much bigger scale. An App is the only way to do that. With an App, people over the world can tutor on the platform and earn. Simply put, helping us hit our campaign goal means we can build this App, and if we build it your next flight to wherever can be a one-way ticket--you can earn as you go! This is a game changer. The new paradigm of earning and learning is freedom!

What current tutors are saying about tutoring on the yoli platform...

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We’ve been called the Uber of language learning. If you know how Uber works, you know how yoli works. The teachers are the drivers. The students are the passengers. Where we differ is that Uber may have self-driving cars someday, but yoli is all about the human connection. We care about two things at yoli, above all else: Connecting people around the world, and Freedom. Oh, and in case you were wondering, it is possible to make up to US$20 an hour tutoring on yoli with your smartphone.

An American success story in China: the yoli co-founders

Three Americans who met in China turned a shared passion for language learning and teaching into a learning platform like no other. While yoli leverages the latest mobile tech and AI, we believe language learning is deeply tied to culture, and interactions with real people, real native speakers, is the best way to become fluent. yoli connects students and teachers on-demand.

Luke Priddy (Tutors  & Content), James LaLonde (CEO), Drew Kirchhoff (Product)
Luke Priddy (Tutors & Content), James LaLonde (CEO), Drew Kirchhoff (Product)

A completely new way to teach and learn languages

yoli has revolutionized language learning in China. No more appointments or wasted time traveling to crowded classrooms. No more sitting in front of a computer with a big stupid headset. yoli supports the 21st-century lifestyle.

Finally, a learning method that fits student's lifestyle. The average wait time for a tutor on yoli is only 78 seconds!
Finally, a learning method that fits student's lifestyle. The average wait time for a tutor on yoli is only 78 seconds!

 yoli in the news

As a result of our impact in China, yoli has been covered extensively in the Chinese press as the future of learning. Most of the coverage has been on the user experience, but the story around the ease of tutoring and earning is compelling as well. Tutors don't need to prepare--class tasks pop up automatically. We do all the hard stuff. As a tutor, just enjoy your latte and have a conversation, then get paid.

News coverage of our launch on WeChat
News coverage of our launch on WeChat

This is what the new tutor app will look like

An App makes yoli globally accessible, for tutors and students--not just in China, not just on WeChat. Also, right now we only offer English and Mandarin. With an App, gone are the limitations. We will be able to offer any language (we plan to launch more in the future). 

For teachers in particular, the App will allow us to build out all kinds of cool functionality that just isn’t possible in WeChat. There will be more ways to teach and a far better user experience. Classes will be even more convenient to teach, with a streamlined classroom design. Additionally, tracking income will be really easy.  

yoli tutors can make up to US$20 an hour tutoring, and right now only supporters of this campaign can become yoli tutors!

yoli is all about bringing the world together through language.
yoli is all about bringing the world together through language.

By supporting this campaign, you’re helping language learners achieve their goals, and at the same time, you can have the lifestyle and financial freedom that wasn't possible until now. 

Come meet us! The yoli core team is in Beijing, China 

All rewards come with a chance to win a round-trip air ticket to Beijing to meet the core yoli team, enjoy the sights of China's capital city and appear in a cameo role in one of our yoli videos. Thanks for your interest and your support! Please select one of the rewards on the right and become a part of the most flexible way to earn and learn on the planet!

yoli Kickstarter Rewards Guide
yoli Kickstarter Rewards Guide

 Choose your reward and support yoli today. Thank you!

Regarding the rewards, want more information on the new book from yoli co-founder and CEO James LaLonde? Click the picture of the book below for a chapter-by-chapter overview, a video of James presenting some of the topics, and more. For a limited time, the book is only available to supporters of this Kickstarter campaign!

Tell me more about "The Tao of Startups"
Tell me more about "The Tao of Startups"

For more background information on doing a startup as an American in China and his love of language learning, have a listen to yoli CEO, James LaLonde's interview on the acclaimed "Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom" podcast with host Brendan Davis.

Listen to the podcast!
Listen to the podcast!

Risks and challenges

As a co-founder of a successful mobile phone game publishing company James (yoli CEO) has extensive experience in gathering teams to build successful iOS and Android Apps. yoli is far and away the most successful language learning and teaching platform on WeChat (the Chinese social "super app" that has over 1 billion daily users). yoli has been in business for more than two years and has delivered hundreds of thousands of classes via the WeChat platform to date.

That said we face the normal challenges any App developer faces and could run into unexpected delays. If funded, we plan to ship the universal tutor App and keep our 100% on-time shipping record of software intact. In the extremely rare case that there are delays we will inform you in real time via email.

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    Pledge ¥999 or more About US$ 10

    Citizen of the yoliverse (about US$9)

    Limited to the first 200 backers.
    Support yoli and get a priority interview slot to become a tutor and begin earning!
    + Put your name in the hat for a drawing for a free round trip to Beijing, China and a cameo role in one of our yoli videos!

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    Pledge ¥2,099 or more About US$ 20

    Early-Access eBook (about US$19)

    Support yoli and get a priority interview slot to become a tutor and begin earning!
    + Digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" written by yoli CEO, James LaLonde with bonus videos and other extras only available through Kickstarter. https://www.startuptaobook.com/
    + Put your name in the hat for a drawing for a free round trip to Beijing, China and a cameo role in one of our yoli videos!

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    Pledge ¥3,299 or more About US$ 31

    Tri-Lingual eBook (about US$29)

    Support yoli and get a priority interview slot to become a tutor and begin earning!
    + Digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" written by yoli CEO, James LaLonde with bonus videos and other extras only available through Kickstarter.
    + Early Access to the digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" (创业道)Chinese version.
    + Early Access to the digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" (起業家精神)Japanese version 日本語版. https://www.startuptaobook.com/
    + Put your name in the hat for a drawing for a free round trip to Beijing, China and a cameo role in one of our yoli videos!
    *Items shipped electronically as they become available.

    Includes:
    • The Tao of Startups eBook - English version
    • The Tao of Startups e-book (创业道) Chinese version (中文版)
    • The Tao of Startups e-book (起業家精神) Japanese version 日本語版
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    Pledge ¥5,399 or more About US$ 50

    Physical Book & eBook (about $49)

    Support yoli and get a priority interview slot to become a tutor and begin earning!
    + Digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" written by yoli CEO, James LaLonde with bonus videos and other extras only available through Kickstarter. https://www.startuptaobook.com/
    + Physical Book "The Tao of Startups"
    + Put your name in the hat for a drawing for a free round trip to Beijing, China and a cameo role in one of our yoli videos!
    *Items shipped electronically or via post as they become available.

    Includes:
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    Pledge ¥7,599 or more About US$ 71

    All-Access Digital (about US$69)

    Support yoli and get a priority interview slot to become a tutor and begin earning!
    + Digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" written by yoli CEO, James LaLonde with bonus videos and other extras only available through Kickstarter. https://www.startuptaobook.com/
    + Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course (a $199 value)
    + Put your name in the hat for a drawing for a free round trip to Beijing, China and a cameo role in one of our yoli videos!

    Includes:
    • The Tao of Startups eBook - English version
    • Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course
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    Pledge ¥9,799 or more About $91

    Signed Physical Book + (about US$89)

    Limited to the first 1000 backers. Support yoli and get a priority interview slot to become a tutor and begin earning!
    + Digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" written by yoli CEO, James LaLonde with bonus videos and other extras only available through Kickstarter. https://www.startuptaobook.com/
    + Physical Book "The Tao of Startups" signed by the author.
    + Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course (a $199 value)
    + eBook versions in English, Chinese and Japanese
    + Put your name in the hat for a drawing for a free round trip to Beijing, China and a cameo role in one of our yoli videos!
    *Items shipped electronically or via post as they are available.

    Includes:
    • Physical Book "The Tao of Startups" signed by author
    • The Tao of Startups eBook - English version
    • The Tao of Startups e-book (创业道) Chinese version (中文版)
    • The Tao of Startups e-book (起業家精神) Japanese version 日本語版
    • Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course
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    Pledge ¥32,500 or more About US$ 301

    China Hand 中国通 (about US$299)

    Support yoli and get a priority interview slot to become a tutor and begin earning!
    + 3 months of daily 1:1 Mandarin Chinese classes on yoli
    + Digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" written by yoli CEO, James LaLonde with bonus videos and other extras only available through Kickstarter. https://www.startuptaobook.com/
    + Early Access to the digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" (创业道)Chinese version.
    + Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course (a $199 value)
    + Put your name in the hat for a drawing for a free round trip to Beijing, China and a cameo role in one of our yoli videos!
    *Items shipped electronically as they become available. Mandarin study can begin immediately upon purchase!

    Includes:
    • 3 months of unlimited 1:1 Mandarin classes on yoli
    • The Tao of Startups eBook - English version
    • The Tao of Startups e-book (创业道) Chinese version (中文版)
    • Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course
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    Pledge ¥32,500 or more About US$ 301

    Chinese National 中国人用 (about US$299)

    + 3 months of daily 1:1 English classes on yoli (a $599 value)
    + Digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" written by yoli CEO, James LaLonde with bonus videos and other extras only available through Kickstarter. https://www.startuptaobook.com/
    + Early Access to the digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" (创业道)Chinese version.
    + Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course (a $199 value)
    + Put your name in the hat for a drawing for a free round trip to Beijing, China and a cameo role in one of our yoli videos!
    *Items shipped electronically as they become available. English study can begin immediately upon purchase!

    Includes:
    • 3 months of daily 1:1 English classes on yoli (max 1 hour/day)
    • The Tao of Startups e-book (创业道) Chinese version (中文版)
    • The Tao of Startups eBook - English version
    • Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course
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    Pledge ¥32,500 or more About US$ 301

    Japanese National 日本人用

    (about US$299)
    + 3 months of daily 1:1 English classes on yoli (a $599 value)
    + Digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" written by yoli CEO, James LaLonde with bonus videos and other extras only available through Kickstarter. https://www.startuptaobook.com/
    + Early Access to the digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" (起業家精神)Japanese version 日本語版.
    + Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course (a $199 value)
    + Put your name in the hat for a drawing for a free round trip to Beijing, China and a cameo role in one of our yoli videos!
    *Items shipped electronically as they become available. English study can begin immediately upon purchase!

    Includes:
    • 3 months of daily 1:1 English classes on yoli (max 1 hour/day)
    • The Tao of Startups e-book (起業家精神) Japanese version 日本語版
    • Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course
    • The Tao of Startups eBook - English version
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    Pledge ¥199,000 or more About $1,842

    I Want It ALL 爱学语言者!(US$1,820)

    + 12 months of daily 1:1 English or Mandarin classes on yoli (a $2,399 value) - must choose one language prior to beginning.
    + Digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" written by yoli CEO, James LaLonde with bonus videos and other extras only available through Kickstarter. https://www.startuptaobook.com/
    + Early Access to the digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" (创业道)Chinese version.
    + Early Access to the digital copy of "The Tao of Startups" (起業家精神)Japanese version 日本語版.
    + Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course (a $199 value)
    + Put your name in the hat for a drawing for a free round trip to Beijing, China and a cameo role in one of our yoli videos!
    *Items shipped electronically or via post as they become available. English or Mandarin study can begin immediately upon purchase!

    Includes:
    • 1 year of daily 1:1 English classes on yoli (max 1 hour/day)
    • Physical Book "The Tao of Startups" signed by author
    • The Tao of Startups eBook - English version
    • The Tao of Startups e-book (创业道) Chinese version (中文版)
    • The Tao of Startups e-book (起業家精神) Japanese version 日本語版
    • Udemy "The Tao of Startups" Video Course
    • 1 year of daily 1:1 Mandarin lessons on yoli (max of 1 hour/day)
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