Niche.com made headlines this spring raising a $35 million Series C round to fuel its growth in Pittsburgh. We are excited to welcome Niche.com Founder and CEO Luke Skurman to Business as Usual at noon today to talk about the company, its platform and growth plans moving into the future. Skurman founded Niche in 2002 as College Prowler and rebranded to Niche.com in 2013 as a platform aimed at helping people find “the right schools and neighborhoods.
5: Entrepreneur with 20 years of experience and CEO of Niche ft. Luke Skurman
How They Did It Podcast
Hello and welcome to the Diverse VC business podcast where social is the new capital. I’m your host Alec Taylor, the Founder of Diverse VC. On today's podcast, we will be talking to an Entrepreneur with 20 years of experience running his company. We will be discussing his background, entrepreneurship, scaling a business, getting funding, key factors for business success, the future of the Ranking & Reviewing industry, how he has been successful both outside of work, his business & life philosophies, as well as a fire round. Today we have Luke Skurman! He is passionate about education, entrepreneurship, and leadership. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in entrepreneurship & Public Policy & Management and is a member of its Board of Trustees; Luke is the Vice Chairman of the Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship committee and is involved with many other impactful organizations. Luke has won national awards related to entrepreneurship from BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Inc. Magazine while being featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, and Fortune. He was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Pittsburgh region and was considered one of America’s coolest young entrepreneurs. Luke is currently the CEO of Niche formerly known as College Prowler, an online platform that allows students and parents to review, rate, and view statistics of schools, colleges, and neighborhoods. Niche is transforming the way people make big life decisions by providing insight and analysis from everyday experts, to choose a college, K-12 school, or place to live for your needs. Thanks for listening to the DiverseVC Business Podcast!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/diversevc/support
429 How to Raise $35 Million w/ Luke Skurman of Niche.com
Going Deep with Aaron Watson
Luke Skurman is the CEO and Founder of Niche.com. Niche is an informative website that provides insight and analysis from experts and neighbors to help people choose colleges, K-12 schools, and places to live. Niche, formerly College Prowler, was founded in 2002 and recently raised $35 Million to expand its client base and grow its team. This Series C funding was led by the New York-based Radian Capital and San Fransisco-based Salesforce Ventures. Luke has been at the helm of this college resource dynamo since its founding and has led it through tremendous years of growth. In 2019, Niche grew its client-base by 60% and increased annual recurring revenue over 100%. In this episode, Aaron and Luke discuss the Series C funding, how to grow a tech business in Pittsburgh, and the future of remote work in lieu of COVID-19. Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year. Luke Skurman’s Challenge; Increase your level of empathy for others. Connect with Luke Skurman Linkedin Twitter Instagram Niche.com If you liked this interview, check out episode 303 with Luke Skurman where we discuss the origins on Niche.com and the first large raise. Also, listen to Glen Meakem talk about his billion-dollar valuation after a 1999 IPO. Text Me What You Think of This Episode 412-278-7680 Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies. Our clients become better storytellers. How? Click here and Learn more. We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs. Follow Piper as we grow YouTube TikTok Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | Spotify
303 Generating 50,000,000 Unique Visitors & Raising a $6.6 Million Series B w/ Luke Skurman
Going Deep with Aaron Watson
Niche.com generated 50,000,000 unique visitors last year. They announced a $6.6M Series B round of fundraising in February 2018. They've come a long way from their humble beginnings in 2002. In my interview with Luke Skurman, the Founder & CEO of Niche.com, we discuss the challenges of raising venture capital as an established company, the marketing & business development talent in Pittsburgh, and importance of aiming at a big target. Luke is also a Co-Founder of Ascender, a non-profit, 501(c)(3), focusing on bolstering innovation and entrepreneurship in the Pittsburgh region. They host the annual Thrival Innovation + Music Festival every year in Pittsburgh. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter. Luke’s Challenge; The more you give, the more you get back. Have an impact in a meaningful way through service. Connect with Luke Twitter LinkedIn Website Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram If you liked this interview, check out a bunch of previous interviews with Pittsburgh entrepreneurs like David Cristello, Jorgen Pederson, and Darrin Grove. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
Episode #8: Luke Skurman, CEO of NICHE | Leadership | Business | Entrepreneurship
The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith
In this episode I had the honor of sitting down with Luke Skurman, CEO of College Prowler. We talked about entrepreneurship, networking, leadership, money, family, and more. This podcast is well worth taking the time to listen to. Get a pen and paper ready!
Luke Skurman- Hottest Bachelor, Smartest CEO and Entrepreneur of the Year Again
He is CEO and Founder of one of the country's hottest business's.He is Inc. Magazine's top 30 under 30 Entrepreneur of the Year! His company College Prowler is in its'6th season, the ultimate insider’s guide to colleges across the country, he just partnered with AOL to launch their blog and video site. Meet this incredible young man who has been featured in Fast Company,Business Week,and just won the Cisco award in Technology for Innovators in Customer Relationship.. and to top it all off.. h