Where to search for classes in Hong Kong | OhMyClass
Mochy is an Education Hong Kong brand that offers STEM classes and OhMyClass is an EdTech marketplace that connects teachers with learners. Are you in search for classes for your kids?
Tell us about your business! What inspired you to start this journey?
Nat: “OhMyClass (學住慳) is a course matching EdTech marketplace that connects teaching businesses with learners. There are last-minute enrolment and bulk purchase features that significantly enhance the successful matching probability. Our vision is to empower everyone to live to learn, with mission to offer the easiest way to discover nearby last-minute learning experiences.
COVID-19 has taught us that we neither enjoy zoom meeting nor virtual learning, because social interaction is just a basic human need. Thus, rather than e-learning with pre-recorded videos, OhMyClass promotes the human element in teaching (i.e. face-to-face classes).
On top of that, through years of experience in running a successful STEM education business (Mochy Group), we found out:
A) with group discounts, customers are highly incentivized to look for friends to join classes together
B) it is common on the market that lots of yet-to-be-full classes are forced to kick off.
Yet, traditional course matching platforms are unable to capture the bulk order segment, nor effectively advertise classes last-minute.
OhMyClass leverages heavily on Artificial Intelligence (AI) (e.g. Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA)). Through this, we are able to automate more personalised class offerings on a mass scale.”
Can you share your journey as an entrepreneur?
“After graduating from financial law (a master’s degree that I pursued after my mom told me I couldn’t pass; yes I’m rebellious at heart ) at University of Warwick, I entered the ‘glamorous’ corporate finance world – serving listed companies that have high business exposure to education and technology themes.
Unsurprisingly I was working day and night. As a highly driven and disciplined person, I soon realized that I feel way more rewarded to create value-added tasks (instead of merely executing tasks that I was told and do not understand why they matter). Solo and bootstrapped, I started moonlighting my EdTech startup. At some point, my business venture became financially self-sufficient and I quit my full-time dream job. It took me around a year to be standing on my feet [and become financially self sufficient].
Being an entrepreneur is the most gratifying experience. To date, I am still extremely grateful for the previous work opportunity to learn about EdTech, to every amazing client who supported and trusted us along the way, and for every effort that my extraordinary team have put into growing Mochy and OhMyClass. If I have a next life, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
We are also expanding into the crypto world lately, [and started a NFT Design Lab’s website].”
Keep your eyes on the bigger picture
“I am an overly detail-oriented person: my biggest challenge as an entrepreneur so far is to just keep my eyes on the big picture, and stop drilling on minor and trivial issues.“
Seek constructive criticism
“Working hard on your desk 24/7 does not make the cut, you’ve gotta get out there and seek criticism, especially from your friends. They are usually the ones who know the latest details about your business, and are more willing to share honest opinion. Remember, constructive criticisms provide perfect opportunities for you and your business to get better.”
Can you share a tip with us for people who are on the same journey?
“Understand who is your target audience, focus on marketing efforts that expose your brand to that segment.”