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About Michael Dearing

In spring 2006, Michael Dearing joined the d. school faculty at Stanford University. At the same time, he began working closely with and investing in a few small companies. In 2008, Michael established Harrison Metal.

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Stanford, California, 94305,

United States

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A new video platform offering classes about skilled trades begins to build momentum – TechCrunch

Jun 4, 2021

Commerce colleges are nothing new, however a brand new startup known as Copeland thinks it may construct a giant enterprise by bringing training about plumbing, drywall, cabinetry and extra to the lots by way of high-quality pre-filmed lessons on-line that function trade execs educators. If it seems like a type of MasterClass for all issues building, that’s not an accident. Copeland sprung from the thoughts of famend investor Michael Dearing , who wrote the primary test to MasterClass (now reportedly valued at $2.5 billion ) and spied a possibility in pairing underemployed People with homebuilders who can’t discover sufficient individuals to rent. In the meantime, Copeland’s cofounder and CEO, Gabe Jewell, beforehand spent practically 4 years as a inventive producer with MasterClass. After all, along with commerce colleges, Copeland, which expenses for its content material, is competing with an infinite — and free — variety of YouTube movies about tips on how to each construct and dismantle issues. Nonetheless, the year-old, six-person, Bay Space-based firm, which has produced nine distinct pieces of content to date, has buyers enthusiastic about its prospects. Certainly, along with early backing from Dearing, the corporate simply raised $5 million in seed funding from Defy.vc and Collaborative Fund in a spherical that brings its complete funding thus far to $7 million. This afternoon, we talked with Jewell to be taught extra about what Copeland — named after an educator — is assembling, and whether or not owners, in addition to aspiring tradespeople, are goal prospects, too. A few of that dialog follows, beneath: TC: You’re making an attempt to coach commerce employees and people aspiring to work in building — an trade that’s within the midst of a years-long labor shortage and desires individuals with know-how. Do you envision awarding credentials so employers know your prospects have gone by way of coaching? GJ: That’s on the desk — proof of aptitude or certificates of completion after you’ve efficiently handed an evaluation. On the licensing aspect, that might be difficult as a result of [general contractor] licenses are provided regionally, and it’s good to be a licensed electrical contractor so that you don’t burn somebody’s home down, and that’s a four-year course of usually. So we’re proper now centered extra on common training and help quite than [anything more tangible than that]. TC: Out of curiosity, how would you take a look at customers, given this can be a one-to-many platform? GJ: A few of it might contain testing building math — placing you thru an evaluation to make sure you understand how to calculate angles and space and so forth. Different exams chilly be extra round common information. We are able to’t, with an internet take a look at, be sure that you’ll construct an excellent cupboard, but it surely’s straightforward to think about [other testing] alternatives. TC: MasterClass depends on celebrities and stars of their respective fields. To generate extra buzz, may you pull in movie star homebuilders and tradespeople from do-it-yourself-type reveals as lecturers? GJ: We’re speaking about that, too. There’s a wholesome on-line group of professional builders who share what they do they usually’ve given us a heat welcome. What’s most essential to us is making certain that the standard of instruction is basically excessive actually. TC: I spent a part of yesterday watching movies about tips on how to dismantle a brick wall; it makes me wonder if there can be content material in your platform that’s accessible to, and even focusing on, owners. GJ: We’re hopefully going to see a DIY halo viewers for these items. For instance, deck constructing is an employable ability and one which we’ll educate you such which you can be taught to do it as an expert would. On the similar time, when you’re critical about constructing your individual deck, who else would you quite be taught it from than execs who know tips on how to educate it? We’re additionally considering of how to deliver these audiences collectively. You could possibly learn to dismantle that wall, however you could possibly additionally come to Copeland to discover a skilled remodeler who you come to see as a trusted useful resource. TC: How lengthy does it take to create each bit of programming for the location? GJ: It takes us a few months to place the programs collectively, which largely fall proper now between an hour and two hours, although effectively see extra variability in that down the street. TC: Do you may have partnerships with homebuilders or business actual property builders which might be determined proper now for assist? GJ: We’re establishing partnerships with actual property builders. Just a few are [coming together now] and we’re actually enthusiastic about rising that aspect of the enterprise as we develop and movie extra stuff and add to our present library. TC: Will subscriptions be a part of the image as you construct out that content material? GJ: Sure, proper now we cost $75 per course, and you’ve got entry to it ceaselessly, or a enterprise should purchase a quantity or seats. As we develop the library, although, you’ll see see flexibility concerning the pricing construction. TC: What kind of content material is coming? GJ: Presently, we’re actually centered on residential building, each hands-on commerce expertise, like carpentry and cupboard making, but additionally blueprint studying, and we’ll proceed to develop that by including in plumbing, and drywall and common contractor expertise, like studying contracts and threat administration. However we’re additionally constructing a business building administration library that’s taught by college professors largely centered round expertise between the sphere and the workplace. Perhaps you’re an skilled craftsman and it’s good to be taught management expertise, otherwise you come to building from retail and also you’re working in an workplace capability and must learn to join the dots.

Michael Dearing Investments

5 Investments

Michael Dearing has made 5 investments. Their latest investment was in Soft Services as part of their Angel - II on May 5, 2021.

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5/21/2021

Angel - II

Soft Services

$3M

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1/24/2018

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$99M

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10

11/2/2017

Seed

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$99M

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6/12/2014

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$99M

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5/4/2012

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5/21/2021

1/24/2018

11/2/2017

6/12/2014

5/4/2012

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Angel - II

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Seed VC

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Soft Services

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$3M

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Michael Dearing Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Michael Dearing has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was Yard Club on May 05, 2017.

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5/5/2017

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$99M

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5/5/2017

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$99M

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