THE READY BUSINESS PODCAST: 'I don’t feel like an entrepreneur because I haven’t invested any financial risk - just time'
'Students live in an online world,' explains surf-loving, secondary school teacher Luke Saunders on this week's Ready Business podcast. 'When I started teaching, I was shocked that nothing had changed in the classroom since my time as a student.'
And so Studyclix was born as an online tool to help teachers and students in their Junior and Leaving Certs. There's 120,000 students and 25,500 teachers using the service, but he still hasn't given up the teaching just yet. The future of education, he says, still comes from the school and what the students are saying and doing.
‘A typical day for me is I teach, maybe have a surf on the way home, then after the kids are gone to bed by 8.30, I get to work on Studyclix until midnight.’
They’ve now launched in Australia and their target is to be in five countries by 2020.
‘Ireland has been our proving ground,’ he says. ‘And we’re looking to replicate its success internationally.’
As for his top three tips on succeeding in business?
'Put your product first. Solve the problem that helps people and then worry about monetisation afterwards. Secondly, listen to your users for feedback and ideas on how to improve your product. Thirdly, invest in customer support because that builds brand loyalty and makes people refer you afterwards.’
You can check out the full Ready Business Podcast series here.