Welcome to the Meat and Potatoes, the podcast where we explore successful startups in Utah and uncover key ideas that led to their triumphs. In this episode, Garrett Clark sits down with John Koelliker, the Co-founder and CEO of Leland, an amazing platform that connects students with experienced coaches. In their discussion, John shares the founding story of Leland and shares the following unique aspects that have made the company successful:
Empowerment of Coaches—One of the standout features of Leland is the empowerment it offers coaches. Coaches have the freedom to set their own prices and schedules, ensuring a flexible and rewarding experience. Leland understands the importance of asking coaches what they want, and an astonishing 90 percent express a deep desire to give back to others. Many of these coaches offer their expertise on the side, allowing them to accommodate their commitments and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Friendship Through Mentorship—Leland fosters friendship through mentorship, recognizing that different students have unique learning needs. The platform aims to create custom playbooks tailored to individual students. Some may grasp concepts quickly with just a single lesson, while others require more extensive guidance. Through this personalized approach, Leland enables students to form lasting relationships with their mentors, resulting in unexpected benefits beyond academic or professional growth.
Vetting Process for Coaches—To ensure a harmonious match between students and mentors, Leland takes the vetting process seriously. All coaches on the platform offer free introductory calls, allowing students to gauge their compatibility and ensure a positive mentorship experience. The company prides itself on maintaining an exceptional talent network, guaranteeing that students receive guidance from seasoned professionals who truly understand their needs.
To gain more insights from Leland or John Koelliker, please watch the interview below:
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