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Video mentoring platform Superpeer raises $8M and launches paid channels – TechCrunch


Superpeer, a startup that helps specialists share and monetize their information on-line, is saying that it has raised $eight million in further funding.

As I wrote in March, the Superpeer platform permits specialists to advertise, schedule and cost for one-on-one video calls with anybody who would possibly need to ask for his or her recommendation.

Along with saying funding, the startup can be transferring past one-on-one classes by launching paid channels, the place specialists can cost a subscription charge for entry to bigger group classes with video and chat. Co-founder and CEO Devrim Yasar prompt that channels enable Superpeer specialists to be extra accessible, internet hosting classes that value much less cash to look at and attain a bigger viewers.

“It may be onerous to say, ‘Hello I’m Anthony Ha, if you wish to discuss to me,
my hourly charge is $500,’” Yasar stated. (To be clear: I’d by no means say that.) “However when you have a channel the place anybody can subscribe for $1 or $5, that makes you’re feeling higher that you’re accessible.”

Plus, you may nonetheless provide (and cost extra for) one-on-one conferences, say for subscribers who nonetheless have “burning questions” after a channel session.

Within the midst of the pandemic, we’re seeing a widespread embrace of on-line mentoring and content material as new supply of supply. Final week, for instance, Squarespace launched a new paywall feature called Member Areas, and I’ve additionally written about another video mentoring platform called Prox.

Yasar acknowledged that issues are getting fairly aggressive, however he stated that Superpeer is attempting to construct essentially the most enticing model for public intellectuals and thought leaders — he described the imaginative and prescient (half-jokingly, half-proudly) as “OnlyFans for brains.”

“If you’re an mental, when you have an viewers, if you’re a TED speaker with 30 million views in your video, you’ve by no means had a platform to actually monetize that viewers,” Yasar stated. “All you could possibly do is perhaps write a e-book and promote that, you could possibly be a visitor at another person’s occasion [but not much else]. These individuals don’t need to go to YouTube or Instagram, that’s not the model that they affiliate themselves with.”

Past branding, Yasar stated that Superpeer has additionally labored onerous on the expertise aspect to create a light-weight video expertise within the browser.

The brand new spherical comes from Acrew Capital, Audacious Ventures, Homebrew, Moxxie Ventures, Brianne Kimmel, Scott Belsky and OnDeck, and it brings Superpeer’s whole funding to $10 million.

Yasar stated the startup shall be increasing its progress, partnership and income groups. It would additionally offer monetary assist for specialists via a model ambassador program, although the corporate continues to be understanding the main points.

And when you’d wish to see the platform in motion, I’ll even be talking to Yasar and his investors at Eniac Ventures tomorrow in a free session at midday Jap.

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Anthony Ha