Cameron Sadler wants to help mold the future of work through a carefully crafted learning experience that innovates the way we acquire new skills online.
The founder is on a mission to help people learn a new craft and hone their skills through the Y-Combinator backed startup NewCraft, a platform designed for anyone interested in discovering, sharing and building learning experiences.
NewCraft evolved as a space for people to learn how to freelance their work, collaborate on projects, and search for contract workers. Sadler and his team developed two iterations of the product before landing on the current version of the platform.
The founder first toyed around with the idea of freelancers subcontracting work to other freelancers and also built a product delivering instant payouts to freelancers. Both products served thousands of users while ensuring customers learned how to become master freelancers.
Now, the former computer information systems teacher is taking his education background and applying it to NewCraft to help people master new skills in hours and days instead of months and years.
“Once we did it for freelancers, we knew we could do it for everyone that is learning online,” said Sadler who officially launched NewCraft last month.
NewCraft—the internet’s learning management system—allows users to engage in two experiences: interactive missions and Super Smart flashcards. Anyone can create an interactive mission that takes users through a “learn by doing” skill-building experience on the platform. Super Smart flashcards are designed to integrate into the users’ workflow through spaced repetition learning. The flashcards appear with new information and overtime learners build new skills.
“I’m a former teacher, this is my dream teaching tool,” said Sadler. “I found the traditional classroom setting to be pretty outdated and not great for the new workforce.”
Sadler is a Texas native with a background in IT project management. He previously founded a startup called GF-17, Inc.–a co-working space for freelancers–and taught technology at a high school.
“I wanted to create something that made education and work identical,” the founder said. “Something where someone felt like they weren’t going to a class, but are learning by doing.”
NewCraft participated in the Y-Combinator accelerator program where the startup received $120,000 in seed funding this year.
“Our mission is to change the way people learn and work online. Make it possible for everyone to discover learn and share learning experiences,” said Sadler.
NewCraft is set to launch publicly before the end of Q4.
Cameron Sadler will be participating in the AfroTech Cup Pitch Competition. Check out the live stream starting at 2 o’clock to see him and other founders pitch their ideas.