A new startup has been summed up as a “dating app for teachers” and while that may be a bit strange, Selected has just raised $1.2 million in initial funding for its current program to enrol educators. Selected’s website does call itself a “dating app for the job-seeking teachers and hiring schools.”
That may sound a bit silly but Selected has a focus. They’re viewing their services to be not-so-different from an average dating app. Selected will use try to pair up the profiles of the teachers with the job openings they want to find and keep.
When teachers use Selected they’ll be linked to school depending on their personal options, the kind of schools available, the approach they have to teach, and other processes.
And the mentioning of a dating app isn’t random either.
Selected began initially as a tutoring app in New York City, where educators would create their profiles and include their experience and education backgrounds. Eventually Selected noticed that schools were more intrigued that students or parents. Typically it was the school who would seek out the educators on the app and just offer them a position.
Sensing this new chance, Selected moved toward matching educators and schools instead of one for just tutors.
Selected, early on, hired their current COO Eric Kim from the popular matching/dating app OKCupid where he was a senior product manager.
“We started talking to him early on as we were thinking about how matching should be designed,” said the CEO and co-founder of Selected Waine Tam, who graduated from Princeton with a focus on computer engineering and education. “[Selected is] similar to a dating app-type interface where you answer a couple of questions about what you’re looking for.”
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