TakeLessons Amazon Home Services

EDBRIEF: TakeLessons partners with Amazon Home Services

Tutoring marketplace TakeLessons has partnered with Amazon to provide tutors for its newly launched Amazon Home Services platform.

TakeLessons started as a music-centric tutoring marketplace in 2006. The San Diego-based startup has since raised nearly $19 million in venture capital and started to expand into other verticals like online tutoring and language lessons.

To boost the expansion TakeLessons acquired its competitor Betterfly in February 2014 to add its user base of tutors to their offering. According to the company, language lessons have grown 25% month-over-month for the past twelve months.

Through the partnership with Amazon, TakeLessons’ tutors are searchable through the new Amazon Home Services portal which launched in late March, currently covering Seattle, New York City and Los Angeles.

Amazon users can simply book individual lessons or packages through their Amazon account, and also leave reviews and ratings like they would on other purchases.

The tutoring market heated up last year with longtime rivals TakeLessons and WyzAnt raising sizeable VC rounds and acquiring smaller competitors. Tutoring marketplace WyzAnt, founded in 2005, raised a $21,5 million round in December 2013 and subsequently acquired its competitor Tutorspree in January 2014.

Further Reading

  • TakeLessons Teams Up with Amazon to Pioneer On-Demand Service Commerce | Press Release
  • TakeLessons Continues Expansion into Language Lessons, Critical Job Skills | Press Release

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