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San Francisco, USA
530 Howard
Suite 100
San Francisco, CA, 94105


CEO and co-founder
Board of Directors
COO and co-founder
CTO and co-founder




InstaEDU makes it easy for any student to instantly connect with a top tutor in an online lesson space. The website combines the effectiveness of face-to-face private tutoring with the convenience and affordability of an online service. Students can browse tutor profiles, message with tutors, and choose to get connected instantly, or to set up a lesson with a specific tutor at a specific time.

The InstaEDU lesson space includes video, audio and text chat (with LaTeX support), as well as a collaborative whiteboard and text editor.

InstaEDU co-founders Alison Johnston Rue and Dan Johnston previously ran an in-home tutoring service called Cardinal Scholars (sold to Course Hero). While running that service, they realized that traditional tutoring was both prohibitively expensive for most students, and not built for students’ schedules — most tutoring is in the afternoon at a set time each week, whereas many students don’t realize they need help until the night before a test at 10 or 11 p.m. From there, they founded InstaEDU to make it possible for any student to get immediate academic support when it’s needed most urgently.

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What is InstaEDU?

Added: 8/13/13


InstaEDU screenshot
Above: The InstaEDU Workspace
Uploaded: 8/13/13
InstaEDU screenshot
Above: InstaEDU Tutor Profile
Uploaded: 8/13/13


  1. InstaEDU On-Demand Video Tutoring Gets An A+ and $1.1M Seed From Chamath’s Social+Capital Partnership ( [edit]
  2. Main Event Page video Online Tutoring Platform InstaEDU Raises $4 Million Series A Led By Battery Ventures ( [edit]
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