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John Levisay

How Video Platform Craftsy Is Acquiring 1,600 Paying Students Per Day

In 2010, John Levisay realized that the “promise of online education was not being fulfilled.” The former eBay and ServiceMagic executive went on later that year to found Craftsy, an online platform that teaches users a range of craft skills, from cake decorating to weaving, through paid ...

Craftsy And The Art of Turning Quilting Tutorials Into A $23M Revenue Business

Like another of the founders, CEO John Levisay came from eBay. Noticing the voracious demand on YouTube for how-to videos, Levisay and three other founders, Josh Scott, Todd Tobin, Bret Hanna decided to use their internet and engineering backgrounds to create a high quality...

Craftsy.com growing by tapping community of crafters

The company has raised about $20 million from investors, and its staff has grown from five to nearly 100, said John Levisay, the company's chief executive. Sympoz started out as an online education vendor, but after trying academic classes, cooking and wine tasting, it hit it big with ...

Denver Startup Week: Why Denver wants to attract tech entrepreneurs

"The investors were California-based, and they heavily encouraged us to move back to California," said co-founder John Levisay, a former eBay executive who relocated to Denver about five years ago. Levisay refused and ended up securing financial backing from local venture capitalists...

VC haul: Craftsy parent Sympoz scores major investment round

Sympoz was founded in 2010 by John Levisay and Josh Scott, former eBay and ServiceMagic technology veterans. The company created Craftsy, which offers online video instruction and a virtual community for subscribers interested in a variety of crafts and hobbies ranging from quilting to ...

Denver's Sympoz founders get Craftsy with new business plan ...

Scott and John Levisay, Sympoz’s CEO, started Sympoz in late 2010. They worked together at eBay in the Silicon Valley and came to Colorado to ... ServiceMagic, Inc. Access Venture Partners ; New Mexico State University ...

Can knitting improve health? Craftsy hosts a webinar on crafting for wellness

The webinar's panel includes John Levisay, Co-founder and CEO of Craftsy ; Dr. Victoria Schindler, professor of occupational therapy at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and co-author of The Neurological Basis of Occupation ; and neuropsychologist and University of Denver professor ...

How aspiring knitters at Craftsy could inspire online education

But founder and CEO John Levisay, a former eBay executive, said it places a premium on the production of the class, including the quality of the video, the experience of the teacher and the structure of the course itself. “The platform we’ve built wants to capture the benefits of ...

Quilters And Sewers: The Key To Startup Crafty's Unfettered Growth

I had the opportunity to connect with the founders of Craftsy, two former eBay execs, John Levisay and Josh Scott, to ask them a few questions. Alex Taub (AT): Where do you see your business going in the next 12 months? What are emerging classes? Craftsy Founders (CF): We are producing ...

For the First Time, Anyone Can Access a James Beard Award Winner in...

For them, our vibrant educational community provides just that: Students showcase inventive dishes, breathtaking landscape photos and art that embodies each painter's unique perspectives," said John Levisay, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craftsy. With more than 25 new classes in ...

Craftsy and Wilton Present Renowned Cake Decorating Classes Online for First Time in Storied Brand's...

"Over the past 85 years, Wilton, an iconic American company, has helped millions of aspiring cake decorators around the world create masterpieces to celebrate with friends and loved ones," said John Levisay, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craftsy. "We're revolutionizing the ...

Your Career: Surviving the office holiday party

— Over the years, John Levisay has worked for some of the biggest corporate names, including eBay and General Electric, and he’s attended some of the biggest holiday parties. Levisay has seen coworkers drink too much, dance too much, and other “ill-conceived behavior” that often came back to

'Online' Learning Revolutionized Again with Ability to Watch Lessons Offline: New Craftsy App

"After nearly three years of providing online education designed to help our students succeed, we are excited to expand our offerings to include offline on-the-go learning," said John Levisay, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craftsy. "As our community continues to thrive, our ...

America's Most Generous Cities Revealed DENVER, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

They're patient with their time and open-hearted with their projects," said John Levisay, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craftsy. "This first-of-its-kind ranking measures generosity based on the time makers across the country spend on creating thoughtful gifts, along with their ...

Craftsy and Lion Brand Yarn Company Partner on Innovative Techniques & Inspiration For First Time

"Over the past 135 years, Lion Brand Yarn Company, a family-owned and operated business, has inspired millions of knitters and crocheters with beautiful, one-of-a-kind patterns and instruction on essential techniques," said John Levisay, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craftsy. ...

Craftsy Hits Two Million Member Milestone! DENVER, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

There's been a movement toward self-empowerment, a pent-up demand for helping people to enrich their lives," said John Levisay, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craftsy. "We're fulfilling the promise of online education, and providing an affordable experience that transcends books...

bcrnews.com St. Bede grad makes learning easy, fun in ...

DENVER, Colo. — John Levisay has come full circle. The boy who grew up in Princeton and Spring Valley and wanted to be a teacher is now helping ... So he worked for General Electric for a while before earning his MBA at the University of Michigan, and then moving on to Wall Street.

Sympoz Closes $35M Series C Round Backed by Adams Street Partners

Sympoz founder and CEO John Levisay did not immediately return an e-mail asking for additional comments about the deal, while Foundry Group managing director Jason Mendelson, a board member, deferred questions to the company. Michael Davidson is the editor of Xconomy Boulder/Denver. He ...

Craftsy Reaches Two Million Members

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