SOURCE: The Learning Annex
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 10, 2012) - The Learning Annex today launches its new, celebrity-curated online education marketplace which will connect experts and learners for the exchange of knowledge. The new Learning Annex platform will allow learners and experts to purchase and sell knowledge through a variety of offline and online means, including classes, live tutoring, online, phone calls, micro-consulting and email chat.
Continuing with its long tradition of working with celebrities, the new Learning Annex has enlisted mogul Russell Simmons, dating expert Siggy Flicker and home/design power couple The Novogratz to share their favorite experts or classes with their followers. The new platform will also provide celebrities with the ability to promote their own products, services or charities, teach a class or offer their expertise in various methods to Learning Annex members. New celebrities will be added to the platform every week.
Learning Annex founder and chairman Bill Zanker says, "More than 30 years ago, The Learning Annex changed adult education by offering experts and information in a shorter format, with one-night classes. Since then, the company has successfully provided more than two million people with the tools they need to enhance their lives and careers. I wanted to do something online that would transform and disrupt the way people currently connect with experts."
Zanker continued, "I believe that everyone has expertise to sell and that people want to purchase that knowledge in a convenient way. Just as Airbnb made people realize that an extra room in their home or apartment can be a source of income, the new Learning Annex provides a platform for people to monetize their knowledge. It's an exciting time for online adult education and our new platform is way to unify an otherwise fragmented market."
To support the launch and growth of the platform, The Learning Annex recruited internet industry veteran David Galvan to serve as the company's chief executive officer. Galvan has held leadership roles at technology companies such as Schedulicity, Yahoo!, AOL/Netscape and Motorola, among others, and is responsible for overseeing the company's transition from an offline provider of adult education classes to a robust expert marketplace, curated by celebrities.
"I'm honored to be working with such an extraordinary brand like The Learning Annex during this pivotal time," said Galvan, CEO. "The market for local individual experts in the adult education, life-long learning and self-help market is highly fragmented, inefficient and ripe for disruption. Since The Learning Annex's creation of the market, the industry has shown little innovation or change and represents a $100 billion global opportunity."
About The Learning Annex
For more than 30 years, The Learning Annex has been the premier producer of education classes, bringing courses and lectures from high-impact speakers, such as Suze Orman, Deepak Chopra, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, P. Diddy, Richard Branson, Bethenny Frankel, Tony Robbins, Harrison Ford, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Al Gore and many more. The new Learning Annex is the most comprehensive celebrity-curated online marketplace that connects experts and learners for the exchange of knowledge. The Learning Annex platform allows learners and experts to purchase and sell knowledge through a variety of offline and online means, including classes, live tutoring, online, phone calls, micro-consulting and email chat. For more information, visit www.learningannex.com.