Payal Kadakia and Sanjiv Sanghavi, the New York-based Indian origin co-founders of Classtivity, were featured on the cover of Inc magazine’s April issue after winning seed funding from TechStars, one of the world’s top and toughest startup accelerators.
TechStars, described by thenextweb as an accelerator program tougher than Harvard to get into, is a three-month mentorship program including a boot camp and investment fund. This year, around 1,480 startups applied with their quirky two-minute video presentations, to be chosen as one of the 14 winners. Each company accepted into TechStars will receive $118,000 seed money.
Classtivity is a new way to register online for thousands of classes: in the New York area at present with the intention to take over the country and the world soon.
The classes -- from yoga to Bollywood dance and everything in between -- are easily searchable and bookable.
The idea is to bring an end to the tedium of finding suitable classes to quench the thirst for learning something new or to brush up skills.
With their immense database of classes, classtivity hopes to make it possible to folks to attend classes suiting their own schedule.
Register online and choose the subjects you are interested in, and classtivity will make online bookings and send reminders ahead of the classes.
In the classtivity blog, there are descriptions of classes ranging from flying airplanes to martial arts, comic book drawing, baking and an assortment of dances, sports and exercise routines.
Here is an introduction to Team Classtivity, which is mostly Asian American.
Payal Kadakia , the boss, is an MIT alumnus and dance enthusiast. The Indian lady is also the founder of The Sa Dance Company in NYC, doing Bollywood-dance inspired shows for Broadway.
Sanjiv Sanghavi, 'the business guy' co-founder, is a former investment banker who left his day job to pursue his entrepreneurial interests.
Atul Ohri is the tech guy with over 15 years of experience in interactive and mobile development, design and digital technology. Naman Desai is the liaison man for class providers and helps maintain the classtivity blog. Rashi Birla, the designer behind the site's look and a UCLA graduate, was Art Director at an interactive ad agency before taking up freelance design and then deciding to join Classtivity. Kristi Chen, an alumnus of NYU’s Stern School of Business, is the Copy Editor. Romanian-origin Catalin Stefanovici is the Front-End Web Developer.
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