Darien Brown & Jon Hickey of YongoPal

In this episode I talked to the co-founders of YongoPal Darien Brown (CEO) and Jon Hickey (CTO) about their service that connects South Korean  university students with American students for conversation lessons.

Darien and Jon explain how the idea was born during Darien’s studies in South Korea and both worked on the idea later on to turn it into a scalable product. They gave us also some very detailed insights on the South Korean ESL market and explained how they are going to target this niche of conversation lessons.

YongoPal recently won the UW Business Plan competition and received a price over $25k. The team is also currently raising funding.


Audio only:

1. EDUKWEST #29 with Darien Brown & Jon Hickey of YongoPal     

Additional Links:

Homepage: http://www.yongopal.com
KirstenWinkler.com Shocking: YongoPal plans to make money
Darien on Twitter: @darienbrown
Jon on Twitter: @jonhickey84
YongoPal on Twitter: @YongoPal

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at KirstenWinkler.com.

  • Way to go Jon! He's in my University of Washington MCDM Program. Congrats again!

    • It's a small world 🙂 Is it a coincidence that you both work in the education sector?