Bloomberg Businessweek

When the Teacher Is An Ocean Away

VIPKid pairs Chinese students and American instructors via the web | “What keeps me up at night is not growth, it’s quality”
Instructors and kids video chat one-on-one during classes

Cindy Mi loved English so much as a child that she spent her lunch money in middle school on books and magazines to practice. By 15, she was good enough to tutor other students. At 17, she dropped out of high school to start a language instruction company with her uncle. Today, 33-year-old Mi is co-founder of a startup that aims to give Chinese kids the kind of education American children receive in top U.S. schools. Called VIPKid, the company matches Chinese students age 5-12 with predominantly North American instructors to study English, math, science, and other subjects. Classes take place online, typically for two or

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Bloomberg Businessweek

Bloomberg Businessweek3 min readSociety
If Anyone Asks, You’re Steve’s Friend
“Ambiance and atmosphere models” are in high demand for Silicon Valley’s corporate parties this holiday season
Bloomberg Businessweek4 min read
Bartender, I’ll Have A G&T. Hold the Gin
As hipsters rediscover classic cocktails like the Sidecar, their teetotaling friends are stuck with cola, water, or such treacly confections as the Shirley Temple. After one too many mocktails at pubs, Ben Branson decided to create a nonalcoholic alt
Bloomberg Businessweek8 min readBusiness Biography & History
Remarks
Who will replace Warren Buffett? After years of mystery, there’s only one heir apparent left