"Knowing that I’m building something that will reach a billion people gets me out of bed in the morning..." says Scoodle co-founder Ismail Jeilani
Interview with Ismail Jeilani, Owner of Scoodle - Ismail love telling stories. He graduated from King’s College London, furthering his learning with programmes at Oxford & Harvard before joining Google. While funding his degree, Ismail built his first company which helped raise over £900,000 for charity and interest-free funding. With his experience, he co-founded Scoodle, an app connecting students and teachers. Scoodle is a platform that allows students to "learn anything." Their tagline is: "Designing a world where parents can start choosing teachers, not schools’. They were even featured as Apple’s app of the day!’
Scoodle received funding from the co-founder of Twitter, and is the first education-based startup supported by the University of Oxford's incubator. What an achievement!
Ismail Jeilani has been featured in Buzzfeed, Business Insider, BBC and Vice News - as well as being ranked as one of the 'top 100 coolest people in tech' by Business Insider 2017. Read on to find out about his journey in business so far...
I didn't think it was fair that I had to choose between what I held closely to myself and my right to education, and I felt that anybody who's in that position should definitely be able to do both.
I went to King's, paying the nine grand a year — but I didn't take out a student loan. Instead, I moonlighted as a personal tutor, teaching Economics for between 15 and 20 hours a week alongside my studies. I also created small classes of 10 students, and in just over a year, I made enough to cover the cost of my entire degree.
It’s easy to think: ‘Of course I know my vision, I started the business’. But having regular conversations about it with your co-founders (or friends if you haven’t got any) can spark up excitement again. It’s so easy to get lost in features, bugs and all the different company things.
Every now and again, it’s just really exciting to get lost in a future where your company reaches its full potential. Spend time describing that world, and it becomes so much easier to stay driven as a result. I’d recommend doing this at least once a month.