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About Steven C.

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About Steven
Chat with Steven C., Founder and CEO of TakeLessons, about start ups, funding, business advice, culture, Internet marketplaces, and personal development.

Steven C. is serving as CEO and Founder of TakeLessons, America’s leading online marketplace for finding qualified and vetted instructors. At TakeLessons, students can follow their dreams and fuel personal growth by connecting with the perfect instructor in areas ranging from music, dance and acting to foreign languages, math and photography.

Before TakeLessons, Steven served as Managing Partner of Reddito Partners, a privately held management consulting firm specializing in web management strategy, web operations, e-commerce, and business development. Key clients included Cisco, Club Med, and Brian Tracy International.

Before Reddito, Steven served as Vice President of Strateg
ic Development for CollegeClub website, the 44th largest site on the Internet. Steven’s specialty was to design and implement marketing, sales, and business operation initiatives. While at CollegeClub website, Steven started the company’s sales and business development department, opened up regional branch offices, and was responsible for the production of multi-million dollar business development deals. He was instrumental in helping the company grow from 22 employees to 300. In 2000, Student Advantage, a publicly traded company, acquired the company.

Before this, Steven was a founding employee and National Business Development Director for PurchasePro (PPRO), a business-to-business e-commerce platform, and the fourth highest performing public stock offering of 1998. He was responsible for initiating B-2-B commerce between educational institutions, governmental agencies, and their suppliers. During the time Steven C. was there, the company grew from 8 employees to over 400.

Steven graduated with honors and dual degrees in Finance and Human Communications from Eastern Kentucky University and now lives in San Diego, CA. He is also an accomplished songwriter, producer, and musician, with two released CD’s and songs featured on radio and in film.
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Julie B. June 8, 2015
· Startups · In studio
Steven is a great public speaker and presenter. He is very passionate about helping the Startup community and has a wealth of knowledge about running a startup. I highly recommend him!
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Christopher W. June 4, 2015
· Business · In home
Great business acumen. Always interested in helping others grow their business.
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Jon C. June 4, 2015
· Business · In studio
As a mentor and a friend, Steven has been invaluable to the growth and development of my skill-set and business acumen over the past 4+ years.

His experience as the leader of TakeLessons speaks for itself and I highly recommend Steven if you're looking to invest in yourself for advice in any area of business, startups and entrepreneurship.

Don't wait. Book some time with him now... you will not be disappointed.
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About Hissael R.

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About Hissael
I have been teaching and tutoring students for 6 years now. I teach math and guitar. The thing I love most about my teaching isn't the end result of a student's passing report card or a student's accomplishment of learning a difficult musical piece. It is the effort that takes place between the student and the tasks, along with guidance. The student's ability to think and approach the tasks, whether it is music, math, or English in a way that fully immerses the student's creativity and understanding is at the foundation of my teaching. I can help your child pass his/her tests, I can help them read music and play their favorite songs, but, I encourage them to overcome the challenges that they face when they are on their own in the classroom and practice room. And that is what I have to offer.
-Hissael R.
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Ed S. July 30, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Hissael is cool. We enjoyed his instruction and is very flexible.
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Francisco July 28, 2018
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Taking classes with Hissael was a great experience. He was very patient and we improved our level in just 4 classes.
Highly recommended.
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About Ivan R.

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Annandale, VA
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EXPERIENCE

U.S. Army-Green Beret, Intelligence Officer, Foreign Area Officer 1997-Present
Ivan served in special operations, intelligence and foreign affairs assignments at the tactical, operational and
strategic levels in overt and clandestine roles within the most sensitive programs of the US Government. He
has served as a Green Beret commander at the detachment level in Central America and company level in
Afghanistan and Jordan training other nations militaries in joint, interagency and coalition environments. Staff
positions included time as an assistant Army attache to U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; the deputy
officer in charge of the AFPAK Hands program on the Army Staff; as an Intelligence Community Liaison
Officer at the National Guard Bureau; and furthermore, he served as a foreign area specialist on the Jo
int Staff
advising the Deputy J2 while on the Ukraine Crisis Team at the National Military Command Center.
Operational assignments include: New York City immediately after 9/11, Afghanistan, Georgia, Honduras, El
Salvador, Monterey, The Pentagon and as recently as October 2016 in Jordan countering ISIL as the Special
Operations Command Forward-Jordan Advanced Operations Base Commander.

Entrepreneur-Startup Advisor, Investor, Attorney 2015-Present
Ivan is an advisor/investor in early stage startups in the DC TECH, Silicon Valley, New York and Chicago tech
ecosystems to which he provides legal, growth-hack and life-hack strategies. His aggressive social media
activity over the past year in tech has placed him as a leader/influencer in the social media marketing,
technology, and content marketing communities with a ~100k person following. His investment thesis for 2018
will focus on mixed reality, artificial intelligence, drones, internet of things, wearable technology & the
collaborative economy.

Defense Intelligence Agency-Intelligence Officer 2012-2017

EDUCATION

M.S. Strategic Intelligence, (All but thesis); National Intelligence University 2012

J.D. Law, Emphasis on International Law & Intellectual Property; Touro Law Center 2004

B.A. Russia and Eastern European Studies, Minor in Business; University of Northern Iowa 1999

Languages: Professional Fluency: English, Russian, Spanish

Intermediate High: Arabic

Intermediate: French

Basic: Portuguese, Ukrainian, Italian, Bulgarian, Polish, Slovenian

Professional Memberships: Military/Intel/Foreign Policy: Lifetime member of FAOA, SFA, ROA, MICA;
Member of OSS Society, DACOR, AFIO, DIAA, NMIA

Legal: New York State Bar; ABA-International, Intellectual Property, National Security Law committees

Hobbies: Spend time with wife and two boys (5 & 8 year old), traveling, reading, and participating in all types
of outdoor fitness/sports on land (mountains, woods) sea or air as often as possible.
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Ivan R.

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About Lella L.

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San Bruno, CA

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About Lella
I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Maxine M. August 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Friendly introduction to piano for this beginner
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Mo March 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
5 stars' teacher
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Kayli September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We just had our first lesson and we hit a few bumps but my daughter has never had music instruction before so we're giving it another go next week to see if things go more smoothly. 3 stars above says meets expectations, and though it didn't, I just hesitate to give someone 2 stars based on one lesson.
Here are some details from class:
My daughter (K) just turned 5 but is pretty mature for her age and has expressed an interest in learning the piano so we signed up for individual lessons with Lella. At the start of class I mentioned again (I had noted it at booking time as well) that K has had zero experience with music instruction. Immediately Lella sat with K on the piano bench and started explaining treble clef sign, bass clef sign and what hands they relate to. Lella also has a thick accent as I was trying to follow along with her explanations with a little difficulty. She even asked if K speaks Chinese and I said "no" so she said "you're Indian right?" My daughter would look around from time to time while Lella was explaining at which point Lella would just keep seeing "Pay attention sweetie!" Then she asked my daughter to write the numbers 1-5 in a book and when she said she didn't know how to write the number 2, Lella laughed and said "you know, but you forgot right" so I spoke up and explained "no she has not been taught to write her numbers yet, but she can read/recognize them" to which Lella seemed very surprised, so I felt the need to say, "she's still in preschool. But if you write them she'll be able to tell you what they are." So then Lella switched to counts, explaining about the values of different notes. She asked my daughter if she had questions, to which my daughter said "I think I understand what you're saying, if it's just a circle that means four, but if it's a circle with a line..." And before she could finish her thought Lella said "no that's not a line, it's a stem". At another point when Lella asked if she had any questions, my daughter slowly said "yes... what's velour?" And when Lella looked confused I had to step in and explain that Lella was saying "value", the amount of counts for a note. By the end of the half hour lesson, Lella had reached her explanation of middle C, which she described to my daughter saying "this is middle C because it's in the middle, there are two black keys, then on the left is C. Can you find another one?" When K didn't respond right away, she repeated herself, and again another time. So I said "she really has had no previous music experience, I think you need to even explain to her that those are called keys, like there are black keys, white keys..." And Lella just looked at me confused.
At the end of the lesson I agreed to buy the theory book so we can practice that at home, and Lella asked if I can sit in on the next lesson to help explain things to my daughter, because she "doesn't really focus". I agreed to sit in on the lesson, for my own benefit so I can help her with HW since I also don't have music experience. But I also mentioned to Lella that her accent is quite strong and I think my daughter was having trouble understanding her, and Lella seemed surprised by that comment.
I don't know... it says on Lella's profile that she has worked with young kids but I can't really see how the class was any different from how she would teach me, an adult with no prior music experience.
Oh! I forgot to mention something so basic - when we met Lella she thought I was someone else so I re-introduced myself and introduced my daughter. Then as we were saying goodbye at the end of class I realized Lella had never introduced herself to my daughter, so I asked "oh, what would you like K to call you, Ms. Li, or Lella? Ms. Lella?" She said Lella was fine so I turned to K and said "Tell Lella bye K." It just hit me, I mean that's something about creating a relationship with a young student. Speaking to them directly, making that connection. Lella was really smiley which gave the impression she was friendly but she never really made a connection with K who is the student, not me.
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About Hilda R.

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Tomball, TX
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About Hilda
I am a native Spanish speaker, who also speaks Portuguese, and French. I have taught and tutored Spanish students from beginner-advance levels, both private and in groups for several years and taught Spanish full time at a school from grades 5-12 for a year. I currently teach art and Spanish at school for grades 1-7. I recently started teaching beginner ESL for Spanish speakers. I also teach art, drawing and painting for adults and older teens. I love teaching and intend to make it enjoyable and fun. I always encourage students to become independent and self reliant in all the subjects I teach. I care about each student and base my classes on their personal preferences, needs and circumstances.
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Zachariah J. August 21, 2018
· Spanish · Online
I love the way she interacted with Zachariah!
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Esteban June 27, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Hilda is very fun and engaging. She immediately talked with me about my interests. She quickly learned my ability in Spanish and started teaching from there. And she is very knowledgeable about grammar and the nuances of Spanish. EXACTLY what I was looking for! I recommend her very highly!!!
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Courtney M. February 9, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Hilda has me learning the finer points first: pronunciation and the alphabet. It's certainly tricky for a 39 year old brain to learn a completely new language but Hilda makes it fun and I am really enjoying our lessons.
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Hi, there! My name is Elsa and I can't wait to meet you! I was born and raised in France and I went to Université of Avignon in France and earned a Master's degree in Teaching French as a Foreign or Second Language in 2016. I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learning French and English. I'm a dynamic and enthusiastic person and my teaching style is personalized to my students needs. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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YUKSEL September 17, 2018
· French · Online
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· French · Online
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Malia August 27, 2018
· French · Online
Elsa is a really fun, interesting and really patient teacher. An hour lesson just flys by and I’ve learned so much from her. She is really good at figuring out what level I am at in French and then pushing me a litttle to build on what I know and help me understand the proper way to word something and use past, present and future tense verbs.
Because she’s French, her accent is perfect, but she also speaks perfect English.
I’m so excited to return to France and to use all that I’ve learned from her!
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About Yaelle B.

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College Station, TX
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Bonjour !

I was born and raised in a small town in West of France where the speciality is... a handkerchief!

I have since lived in Belgium, Norway, Israel, Romania and now Texas following my husband who is a scientist. In every country, I taught French to several students and developped great tutoring skills from it.

Beside teaching and science, my passion in life is cooking! I will be more than happy to share French recipes with you so you can feel and taste some of the French culture.
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Maria H. November 20, 2017
· French · Online
I love working with Yaelle! She makes class fun and really pushes you to have confidence in speaking the language. You get full immersion with her, so you truly feel ready to join the French culture. I've learned to better read French, as well as understand the language. I highly recommend class with Yaelle.
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Janaina September 26, 2017
· French · In home
She is a excellent teacher, friendly and very professional. I feel very comfortable during the lessons, because she makes learning easier. Her methodology is simple and clear. I'm very happy!
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Angela September 25, 2017
· French · In studio
Yaelle makes me feel really comfortable whenever we meet. At first, I was kind of embarrassed to try and speak in another language, but she was able to get me to do it. When she corrected me, she was really nice about it. I think I've made a lot of progress with her; she's a really good teacher!
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About Jeehyae D.

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I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I spent my first 20 years in Korea. I earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. While completing my studies at NAU, I was the vice-president of the Korean club teaching college students the Korean language (reading, writing, speaking), and culture.

I have experience teaching Korean to students ranging in skill from beginner to advanced. Students can expect to learn not only the language but also Korean culture and how the language is actually used outside of textbooks.

I also worked at the international office at NAU and Ajou University in Korea. So because of this, I am very experienced in teaching and speaking to students who are either learning English or Korean, and have a strong ability to increase their learning speed.
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Carson & Kaylin K. September 11, 2018
· Korean · In home
Very friendly, on time and she was able to keep my young children’s attention.
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Mikael K. August 24, 2018
· Korean · Online
Jeehyae is very, very nice. She's very patient if you get trouble with trying to get comfortable with pronunciation. She's a very encouraging teacher and I highly recommend her tutoring/teaching Korean.

A bonus is that sometimes her dog makes a guest appearance with online sessions.
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SeungHee "Sunny" S. August 19, 2018
· Korean · Online
I took lessons with Jeehyae for a year to help meet a foreign language requirement for school. I initially had no experience with the Korean Language or the Korean alphabet and Jeehyae was very patient and encouraging throughout all of my tutoring. She was flexible with the schedule, punctual for the lessons, and always available for questions. I highly recommend Jeehyae for any level of Korean language student.
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Hello my name is Aya, I am a Native Arabic speaker, I teach formal Arabic (Fusha), and also the Syrian, and Egyptian dialect.
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Aya G.

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