October 21, 2012
Dabble, where you can learn everything from pasta making to Dr. Who, now allows teachers from any city to host a class.
Dabble’s one-session, in-person classes are for curious people who like to try out new interests. The site launched in May 2011 in Chicago and has hosted 750 classes so far, with staple topics like entrepreneurship and cooking alongside quirky ones like urban foraging and staging your own sexual revolution (inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey).
“I am a dabbler,” says community manager Meghan Hammond. “Even if I wasn’t working here, I would definitely be a user of Dabble.”
As it expanded nationwide, Dabble also became smoother to use. Students can see reviews and ratings, “heart” classes to save for later, and suggest class topics. Teachers have more pricing options (up to $60 per class) and get venue suggestions from Dabble. And they can eliminate Dabble’s 25 percent fee by recruiting all the students for a class.
Dabble’s team of five also has a new home: they won a competition to be a startup-in-residence at the IDEO design firm in Chicago, receiving funding and mentorship. If you’re looking for low-commitment learning, head over to Dabble.co.
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