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The Ebay of Skills?

Brewers, bakers, butchers and picture takers can now make money selling what they know as opposed to what they make at Skillshare. Sign up for classes. Sign up to teach. Short circuit the slow and expensive official educational machine and pick up some new skills without taking out a student loan.

It sounds like a lot of fun, and it’s another sign that the future of American jobs is hitting us hard and fast. Skillshare just announced $3.1 million in its first round of venture capital fundraising. That’s peanuts by internet standards, and Skillshare may not be the Google of the new educational movement, but the formal educational system is so costly and bureaucratic that there’s money to be made working around it.

Skillshare and others have the potential to do for skills and information what Ebay does for stuff.  Look for more and more Americans to make a living by selling their skills and their know how over the web.

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  • WigWag

    Mark Twain on disintermediation in education circa 1880

    “I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.”

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