Dillon Rosenblatt is a senior getting a Los Angeles education at Harvard Westlake High School, but he’s also a CEO. As the co-founder of Tutors LLC, he’s working to take the stress, inconvenience and high costs out of meeting with a tutor. In doing so, he believes he’s created the “Uber fortutors.”
Students can log into the Tutors LLC app, then browse through tutors who have registered with the company, based on subject specialty, price, ratings and location. Most of the site’s tutors are graduates of prestigious colleges, and have multiple specialties to offer. “We have hundreds of active tutors, with rates ranging from $10 per hour to $300,” Rosenblatt says. Appointments are booked through the app, allowing direct communication without a third party.
Like so many on-demand businesses, Tutors LLC began life as the answer to a problem faced by its own creators. “The inspiration for Tutors came from my friend and partner, Tyler Mahkani, and I wanting to solve a real-world problem,” Rosenblatt says. “Being two high school students, we were familiar with the ridiculous price tag and hassle of scheduling and meeting with a tutor, so we saw an opportunity to make a difference and took it!”
With the boom in on-demand service apps, allowing students and qualified tutors to connect directly proved to be an important service – and a business opportunity. And with tutoring becoming a $5 billion industry over the past few years, according to Marketwatch, it’s an opportunity that investors are keen to get in on. “We had support from family and friends in our seed round,” Rosenblatt says, “and then, through a few introductions to private investors who believed in the idea, we were able to secure additional support. The idea kind of sells itself.”
With additional funding secured, Rosenblatt is ready to expand the app beyond the Los Angeles area. “We hope to be spread throughout California and to various out-of-state universities by the end of this school year,” he says. Students can beef up their knowledge in problem subjects, and the tutors themselves can make money on their own schedules.
As for Rosenblatt’s dual path as a CEO and student, he’s more than willing to continue it. “I’m quite passionate about entrepreneurship, and a chance to disrupt such a sizable industry is extremely rare and intriguing,” he says. “I’m planning to attend USC if I’m accepted, and I’d be able to fully manage the Tutors app from there.”