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LessonsUp Helping Seniors Learn Today's Technology

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Project Description

Mission

We help seniors use today's technology...and support teachers while doing it!

Problem

With COVID-19 we saw how dependent we are on technology and the harsh reality for those who aren't connected. Essential life goods and services, and leisure services, increasingly require that you own a device and know how to use it. For those who didn't grow up with smart technology this is a serious problem, and according to The National Digital Inclusion Alliance, a public health issue.

60% of age 55+, and 75% 65+, don't feel confident on their devices. Modern technology is not designed with their needs in mind. This needs to change. 

Solution

Personal lessons in tech. Our community of personal tech instructors work with seniors 1-1 to navigate today's technology, starting with areas that make the biggest impact on their life. Lessons over phone and video,  at the learner's pace. Keep the same instructor for up to 6 lessons to build rapport, trust, and retain skills. Working with the same person is very important to seniors!

 

Market size

160 million people age 55+ across U.S. and Europe

Why we need funding
  • Automate scheduling and appointment routing
  • Test marketing tactics to reach more seniors
  • User research: Test more lessons and service offerings
  • Legal expenses

Who We Are

 

Thank you for helping us help seniors and support tech teachers! 

Want to give but can't give the big bucks?

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Why should we trust you to teach tech to seniors?

Malinda is a former teacher herself, and Vlada has 15 years experience in education and curriculum design, including cofounding a school and starting I.M.U. in Education (Inspiring Multicultural Understanding in Education), a program to bring diversity and inclusion methodology to schools and educators.

What if I'm not sure what technology I should be using?

That's one of our specialties. We'll work with you to translate your life challenges and goals into tech solutions. Our tech instructors and leadership team are well connected to the thousands of options and possibilities that can enhance your life through technology.

Why should we trust you to build this?

Our diverse, female led team has over 20 years combined experience in launching and scaling startups.

But can you really help my mom learn to use her iPhone?

Yes we can! Buckle up, it's not a quick fix. Most services use a tech support approach to solve one-off problems. Ours starts with a 15-minute discovery call to identify needs and match with a tech instructor. The first lesson includes an inventory of technology, goal setting,  and one skill area or process that makes an impact on their life, and helps assess learning pace. The next 3-5 lessons with the same tech instructor move through learning goals, making adjustments as needed to accommodate new high priority needs.

What about telehealth?

We're glad you asked. We prioritize telehealth and access to any other essential services over all other lessons. We also facilitate communications with health providers that require technical processes. For highly sensitive matters, we may recommend other services, and have relationships with SF Tech Council and National Digital Alliance to recommend the best support for your needs. 

Carla
06/28/2020
Monetary Contribution
$20
Mel Coler
06/27/2020
Monetary Contribution
$20
Jason Lee
06/26/2020
Newsletter Gratitude Shout Out
$25
06/23/2020
Monetary Contribution
$1,000
06/23/2020
Free Lesson + T-Shirt
$500
Alex
06/23/2020
Free Lesson + T-Shirt
$100
Malinda Coler
06/22/2020
Supporters page on website
$1,000
Mary Luong, Ph.D.
06/22/2020
Free Lesson + T-Shirt
$100
AJ
06/19/2020
Newsletter Gratitude Shout Out
$25
Simba
06/19/2020
Free Lesson
$100
Monetary Contribution

We are so grateful for any amount you give! It all goes to support seniors and tech teachers. The amount is set to $0 so that you can enter whatever you're able to give. Thank you!

3 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Newsletter Gratitude Shout Out

When you support us, you're also supporting seniors and our diverse community of tech instructors. They love to hear about it when you support them! Any amount you give up to $25 and we'll give you a big thank you in our newsletter.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Startup Kit & Social Media Shout out
  • Newsletter shout out
  • + social media shout out! We're excited to tell everyone that you're supporting seniors and teachers. We'll post our big thank you on all of our social media channels. 
  • +Startup Resource Kit: 75+ approaches to 1:1 meetings from leaders and direct reports at top tech companies; Hiring templates for 30 most common jobs in tech incl Job Descriptions, Interview Questionnaires, Candidate exercises from contributors at tech companies; and more!
0 Supporters
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500.00 USD
AMA founders Zoom chat
  • Newsletter shout out
  • Social media shout out
  • +Startup Resource Kit: 75+ approaches to 1:1 meetings from leaders and direct reports at top tech companies; Hiring templates for 30 most common jobs in tech incl Job Descriptions, Interview Questionnaires, Candidate exercises from contributors at tech companies; and more!
  • Free or Donated lesson
  • +Zoom chat with the founders and T-Shirt!

You're helping us help seniors and support teachers, and we would love to meet you and send you a LessonsUp t-shirt. Thank you for joining our community and showing support during the early phases of our company. We'll reach out to you to schedule a Zoom lunch.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Supporters page on website
  • Newsletter shout out
  • Social media shout out
  • +Startup Resource Kit: 75+ approaches to 1:1 meetings from leaders and direct reports at top tech companies; Hiring templates for 30 most common jobs in tech incl Job Descriptions, Interview Questionnaires, Candidate exercises from contributors at tech companies; and more!
  • Free lesson + T-Shirt
  • AMA Zoom session with the founders

Be featured on our supporters page on our website! You're supporting seniors and teachers during the earliest phases of our journey, and we want everyone to know it as we become the go-to choice to empower everyone everywhere through technology. We'll include you on our supporters page. Thank you!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Curated Lesson Named After You 1 Month
  • Newsletter shout out
  • Social media shout out
  • +Startup Resource Kit: 75+ approaches to 1:1 meetings from leaders and direct reports at top tech companies; Hiring templates for 30 most common jobs in tech incl Job Descriptions, Interview Questionnaires, Candidate exercises from contributors at tech companies; and more!
  • Free lesson + T-Shirt
  • AMA Zoom chat with the founders
  • Supporters Page on Website

+Branded tech lesson. You are awesome! We will develop a new tech lesson for our seniors and name it after you for 1-month. View our curated lessons list here.

0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

We are so grateful for any amount you give! It all goes to support seniors and tech teachers. The amount is set to $0 so that you can enter whatever you're able to give. Thank you!

3 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Newsletter Gratitude Shout Out

When you support us, you're also supporting seniors and our diverse community of tech instructors. They love to hear about it when you support them! Any amount you give up to $25 and we'll give you a big thank you in our newsletter.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Startup Kit & Social Media Shout out
  • Newsletter shout out
  • + social media shout out! We're excited to tell everyone that you're supporting seniors and teachers. We'll post our big thank you on all of our social media channels. 
  • +Startup Resource Kit: 75+ approaches to 1:1 meetings from leaders and direct reports at top tech companies; Hiring templates for 30 most common jobs in tech incl Job Descriptions, Interview Questionnaires, Candidate exercises from contributors at tech companies; and more!
0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
AMA founders Zoom chat
  • Newsletter shout out
  • Social media shout out
  • +Startup Resource Kit: 75+ approaches to 1:1 meetings from leaders and direct reports at top tech companies; Hiring templates for 30 most common jobs in tech incl Job Descriptions, Interview Questionnaires, Candidate exercises from contributors at tech companies; and more!
  • Free or Donated lesson
  • +Zoom chat with the founders and T-Shirt!

You're helping us help seniors and support teachers, and we would love to meet you and send you a LessonsUp t-shirt. Thank you for joining our community and showing support during the early phases of our company. We'll reach out to you to schedule a Zoom lunch.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Supporters page on website
  • Newsletter shout out
  • Social media shout out
  • +Startup Resource Kit: 75+ approaches to 1:1 meetings from leaders and direct reports at top tech companies; Hiring templates for 30 most common jobs in tech incl Job Descriptions, Interview Questionnaires, Candidate exercises from contributors at tech companies; and more!
  • Free lesson + T-Shirt
  • AMA Zoom session with the founders

Be featured on our supporters page on our website! You're supporting seniors and teachers during the earliest phases of our journey, and we want everyone to know it as we become the go-to choice to empower everyone everywhere through technology. We'll include you on our supporters page. Thank you!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Curated Lesson Named After You 1 Month
  • Newsletter shout out
  • Social media shout out
  • +Startup Resource Kit: 75+ approaches to 1:1 meetings from leaders and direct reports at top tech companies; Hiring templates for 30 most common jobs in tech incl Job Descriptions, Interview Questionnaires, Candidate exercises from contributors at tech companies; and more!
  • Free lesson + T-Shirt
  • AMA Zoom chat with the founders
  • Supporters Page on Website

+Branded tech lesson. You are awesome! We will develop a new tech lesson for our seniors and name it after you for 1-month. View our curated lessons list here.

0 Supporters
Select this reward