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Openmind

Learn faster with 1-on-1 mentoring from an expert

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Max Deutsch
Maker
Hey Product Hunt! Excited to be launching Openmind today. Would love to hear your feedback. Here's the full story about the project, if you're interested: https://medium.com/@maxdeutsch/what-have-i-been-up-to-my-new-company-d08124c540 And here's the quick version... Openmind matches you with an expert mentor, who guides you 1-on-1 via unlimited text messaging to help you more quickly reach your goals — whether you’re looking to learn something new, grow your career, build a business, launch a side project, etc. There are currently 400+ expert mentors on the Openmind platform, who work at places like Google, NASA, and Airbnb, have built and sold multi-million dollar businesses, and have studied at the world’s top universities like Harvard, MIT, and Princeton. Currently, we offer mentors for the following categories: Entrepreneurship, app development, UI/UX design, machine learning, data science, digital marketing, web development, music production, product management, photography, sales, mathematics, intro to coding, film production, business strategy, economics, finance, ethereum development, foreign languages, art, and graphic design. We're adding new mentors and categories every week, so if there's isn't a mentor for you right now, there should be soon... The idea for Openmind came after I personally mentored ~60 students via text message in the past year. The text-based mentoring was surprisingly successful, but not very scalable, so I figured I'd build a platform that would enable world-class mentors and students to connect. The aspirational goal is to catalogue the expertise of everyone in the world, and build tools that make it easy for this expertise to be discovered and shared. But, one step at a time... Let me know if you have any questions!
Abadesi
@maxdeutsch @_maxdeutsch Could you tell us a bit more about the business model? How do you compensate mentors and where do you make money? Thanks
Max Deutsch
Maker
@maxdeutsch @abadesi Hey Abadesi - Students pay a subscription of $29/week for unlimited messaging with their mentor, of which ~80% is paid out to mentors. To put this in perspective, a typical one hour tutoring or personal training session once a week usually cost $50-100, so we think this price is really competitive. We continue to build tools for mentors to help them be more effective and efficient at scale.
Andre Farinazo
This is an awesome idea Max! One-on-One mentoring is one of the best ways to learn a new skill.
Max Deutsch
Maker
@andre_farinazo Thanks, Andre! Really appreciate the support
Lauren Mendoza
I've been a mentor on Openmind for a couple months now and it's going really well. I had been following Max's projects online for a while, and this idea is very needed, especially among people new to coding or in the start of their learning-to-code journey. I wish there was this app when I was starting out! I spend a few minutes a day, getting my mentee unstuck in their learning, and keeping them accountable to their goals. It feels really good to support another person's learning, and nice to get that extra $100 a month :)
Max Deutsch
Maker
@laurenmendoza Thanks for the support and awesome mentoring, Lauren!
Ollie McQuitty
Great job @ransegall on the design 👏
Max Deutsch
Maker
@ransegall @olliemcquitty Agreed. It was great collaborating with Ran
Jamie Gordon
what an awesome product. @_maxdeutsch . But i can't step back from chat onboarding to see other / explore more things you have.
Max Deutsch
Maker
@jamie_ross Hey Jamie - Thanks for giving Openmind a try! Sorry for the problem. This is a known design issue that we're working on... Hope to have it resolved soon
shashank harwalkar
This is a great concept! It forces a person to maintain a bit of discipline in learning new things and also, by having mentors, it saves your time which would otherwise be wasted on looking for right resources to read.
Max Deutsch
Maker
@i_shank Thanks, Shashank! We agree - we've seen the discipline/accountability make a huge difference for students
Frank Heijdenrijk
Fantastic tool! Really enjoying it so far. Got connected to a great mentor the first time - also heard some people need a few connections before they find the best one but always ended up finding a great mentor. Can definitely recommend it. I've been a user since the start and was on the email list when Max was still working on this - Max has been very open about creating the tool, the features and continually updates on the progress. Keep it up, @_maxdeutsch!
Max Deutsch
Maker
@fheijdenrijk Thanks, Frank! We appreciate your ongoing support. Glad to hear you've been having a good experience so far
Rishi Mathur
How do you pay mentors?
Max Deutsch
Maker
@rishikmathur Hey Rishi - Students pay a subscription of $29/week for unlimited messaging with their mentor, of which ~80% is paid out to mentors.
Daniel Eitam
Looks amazing, is this the project Ran Segal was working on?
Max Deutsch
Maker
@dadatalks Thanks, Daniel! Yes, Ran collaborated on the project.
Pete Hykin
Really cool. I think there is a big problem where some talented people are not good at (or scared to) reach out. This could solve that.
Max Deutsch
Maker
@pete_hykin Thanks, Pete! We hope so...
Pete Hykin
@_maxdeutsch Recommended this to someone and they're in customer success/account management. Seems like most companies will have this function and (generalising) is a big one for people early in their career not sure where to specialise. I.E could benefit most from mentors! Is this a category of mentors you might add soon?
Max Deutsch
Maker
@pete_hykin Hey Pete! This is definitely something we're considering adding soon
Cassandra Beaulieu
This is an awesome idea. I've been looking for something as simple as this for a long time. Finding a good mentor that has the time and desire to share its knowledge is never easy and I'm sure this chat based mentoring will help a lot of other young entrepreneurs like me. I love it !
Max Deutsch
Maker
@cassandra_beaulieu Thanks, Cassandra! I really appreciate the support. Let us know what you think...
griffellab
Great job! I would like to find out more about the learning process. How do you teach foreign languages through messages? Because learning foreign languages involves learning pronunciation. How do you go about that? And also how do you keep students motivated?
Max Deutsch
Maker
@griffellab We've found that just having an accountability partner (i.e. your mentor) + a more structured learning plan (that you create with your mentor) helps with motivation a lot. As for as foreign languages, in most cases, the mentor doesn't do the actual teaching. Instead, they curate the best resources, help create a plan, provide daily guidance, etc. The average foreign language mentor on Openmind speaks four languages (we have one mentor who even speaks 12), so they have a lot of experience learning new languages, even if they don't actually have experience with the particular language your interested in. Admittedly, though, languages are one of the more challenging use cases based on the current product.
brad
Can users see a timeline or summary of what they've learned with the mentor? As a visual to see their growth in that category?
Max Deutsch
Maker
@be_radu Not yet, but this is a cool idea. We're currently testing a few different ways to visualize progress
carlwheatley
Thanks for building a great product! I filled out your form to be a Mentor.
Max Deutsch
Maker
@carlwheatley Thanks, Carl! Appreciate it. Our team is working through a lot of mentor applications right now, but I hope you hear back soon
carlwheatley
@_maxdeutsch - Thanks!
Andre Marques Moura
I am mentoring through Openmind and loving it! It is a great oportunity to give back and help people who are starting their careers. Thank you, Max, for creating this platform!
Max Deutsch
Maker
@andremarquesmoura Thanks, Andre! Really appreciate all the support and awesome mentoring you're doing
Cliff Weitzman
Such a great product! LOVE IT!
Max Deutsch
Maker
@cliffweitzman Thanks, Cliff! Always appreciate the support
Ryan McCarroll
Hey, I've been using this app for about 2 weeks or so and I love it so far. It's honestly nothing I have experienced before and it has been extremely helpful with learning a new skill.
Max Deutsch
Maker
@ryan_mccarroll Thanks, Ryan! This is really great to hear
Chintamani Chintadripettai
@_maxdeutsch, Your web-app is running on the dev build. Enabling production mode will make it much faster. (open the browser debugger and see the Angular debug mode warning.)
Max Deutsch
Maker
@kewlking Whoops, good catch! Will fix this
Zach Tratar
Hey! I built a mentorship network before but we shut down the project for many reasons. Spent 2 years on it, so if you want to chat I'd be happy to transfer any knowledge of the market. My main question for you -> How do you achieve paying mentors $50/hour while keeping the program $29/week for what seems like unlimited use?
Max Deutsch
Maker
@zachtratar Hey Zach - We are investing heavily in the tools mentors use, helping them mentor much more efficiently (only a few minutes each day, on average), but still ensuring a great experience for students. Definitely curious what you learned during your project... Can you send me an email? You can find my email address at max.xyz. Thanks!
Del Williams
This is a great idea. I especially like that you monetized it quickly so it avoids the pitfalls of the freemium model. Curious the number of women using as mentors/mentees.
Max Deutsch
Maker
@delwilliams Thanks, Del! Currently, mentees are about 50/50 and mentors are 60/40 men/women.
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