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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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