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Crash Course

I co-founded Crash Course with a friend of mine, Ganesh (another PM), with an ambitious goal of helping engineering students find their first job in the tech industry.

Our motto was straightforward - CS can be best learned by doing. We ran this for about 7 months - pivoted twice (initially, we targeted students and later instructors who were teaching the initially targeted students) during this time and shut down as we failed to make money.

During this stint, I designed & developed all the versions of our website, co-created content with Ganesh, and tried selling to colleges & universities. And yeah, I designed our logo!

We will soon make all the content free for anyone to use.

How it all panned out

Before even we started building the product, we did workshops and boot camps at engineering colleges to understand our users better. After gaining confidence that we could continue doing this thing, we put together a website that collected emails of interested students.

Crash Course's MVP stage
Our site when we were still doing workshops

After a lot of optimizations in content and the way we taught things, we launched a free trial of our course, and within a week, the paid course followed.

Crash Course's v1
The v1 when we launched a paid course

Where possible, we wanted to communicate the flexibility of our courses and called out the benefits on the home page.

Crash Course's v1
We wanted to call out the benefits right there

Our dashboard had links to the various courses on offer and about to be rolled out. It also had the notifications section that we used to increase adoption rates for features/stuff that we rolled out. Once the users reach the course home page, they can choose the way they wanted to learn.

Crash Course's v1
The course home page for C Programming 101

The content and our editor experience were good too. We will soon make all the learning modules open-source so anyone can use them for free.