To reach scale, Juni Learning is building a full-stack edtech experience

[bTo reach scale, Juni Learning is building a full-stack edtech experience[/b

[bThe startup’s path to $10M in ARR is inspired by Peloton, not Kumon[/b Juni Learning connects kids with math and science tutors, but co-founder Shen would prefer not to be lumped in with other edtech startups, despite sector’s pandemic-born boom.
“We’re not just in the middle to take a few percentage points off of each side and pretend like we’re delivering value,” said Shen. “That’s not scalable.”
Semantics aside, Shen’s words underscore a truth about live tutoring businesses: Anyone can start one. All it takes is smart friends, eager students and a platform to bring them together.
The low barrier of entry has given rise to a slew of new startups. Some view edtech as a play, others go the economy route, and some are trying to make tutoring as simple as calling an Uber – and only when you need it. Learning, co-founded by Shen and Lee, is entering a fragmented and fatigued market full of better-funded and well-known startups. The startup views itself as a consumer play instead of an edtech startup and raised a $10.5 million Series A back in February to prove it can take a slice of the market.
With only 4,000 active subscribers, Juni Learning is bringing in $10 million in annual run revenue (ARR), compared to $2 million of ARR in March, according to my calculations.
So how is it faring?

[bA word of warning[/b
In 2005, Geant was thinking about two-sided gig economy marketplaces. He applied the model to tutoring, thinking he could grow a business from connecting students and tutors online to meet offline. So, Geant and Mike Weishuhn, both recent Princeton graduates, founded


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