MuSchool is a 2-sided marketplace that connects usually inaccessible experts to learners of all levels for 1-on-1 feedback via asynchronous video, audio, and text messages.


2020-2021 (Launched on iOS app store June 2021)

Team & Stakeholders

Miguel Rodriguez (me) - CEO, PM, Lead Product Designer
A. Komatz
J. Butta
Various Contractors
Advisors: Luke Cooper (Fixt), Paul DeGooyer (MTV, Peloton), Ali Baxter, and more.
Investors: TEDCO, multiple angel investors.

Project Type

Research Product Architecture + UI, UX


Product Management, UXR, UXD, UID

Project Overview

"Snapchat for learning"

MuSchool is for those striving to reach their fullest potential and learn from the best in the world. It's also for expert-influencers  who get 1,000s of DM's asking questions and have no way to monetize their responses.


• Influential creators and experts receive 1,000s of direct messages asking for feedback with no incentive to respond.
• Personalized feedback and 1-on-1 mentorship with influencers is out of reach for most people. If they do find access, expensive live sessions were the only option.

There are multiple apps on the market that aim to solve this problem now; however, when we began our research there weren't any that provided users with a cost effective means of engaging with influential individuals. Before MuSchool, when you had a specific question for an influential expert it was up to you to find the answer by searching for that needle in a haystack or taking a shot in the DMs.


• A 2-sided knowledge marketplace benefitting both influential creators and the audiences they serve (or currently fail to serve). Think Snapchat or Cameo for learning. Users pay to send messages to their favorite creators and get personalized feedback messages sent right to their inbox.

MuSchool synthesizes and improves upon familiar features of popular products to solve a critical set of market pain points. It makes learning from a hero more affordable, flexible, and personal than ever before & it streamlines the entire process on both sides of the marketplace.



Answering the 5 W's

Initial research focused on better understanding existing user needs and processes related to seeking expert advice.



What products and processes exist to solve this problem?


How do users interact with existing products and processes? What's the user's journey?


Are their pain points with existing products? Why? (x5)


Who exactly is experiencing the problem? How do they think? How do we measure the pain?

Surveys & Secondary Research (For each Customer Segment/User Role)

A survey was conducted with 40 participants (50% seekers / influencers) to identify which products and processes they are currently using and determine which problems are critical from both a learner and expert perspective.

User Interviews

A series of in-depth interviews were then conducted with 20 influencers and 20 seekers to further identify pain points, frustrations, motivations, needs, and desires with existing processes and products to determine how MuSchool could improve this experience.

User Interviews


Experts receive a surplus of DMs to their social media profiles but have no incentive to respond to them


Users value the ability to engage on their own terms, without needles friction and rails


Major products in the market lack desirable features and feel to ed-tech learning, outdated or untrustworthy


A simple solution to accessing talent/experts and the assurance of a response is valuable and needed


Too much information on screen makes users feel overwhelmed, they'd like a more curated experience


Current solutions do not comprehensively solve users pain points, and focus on too narrow of a use case

Competitive Analysis

A large scale competitive audit was performed internally in addition to a market research report executed by a firm we hired. These efforts gave us clarity in identifying competitor strengths and weaknesses, and the market opportunity. This chart summarizes some relevant key features from competitors:


Carving out a niche in an underserved market

After conducting user interviews, all the participants responses were synthesized to identify themes, opportunities, and features that MuSchool could focus and improve upon.

Affinity Diagram

An affinity diagram was created to identify high level themes and group similar insights gained from the user interviews.

Interview Synthesis

Interview data was then synthesized further into a number of tables for us to keep track of for future sprints, and throughout the continued customer research and design process.

Creator Persona (Our key growth factor)

A persona was built based on the data collected to help drive decision making and keep the product focused on solving users pain points, frustrations, and goals.


Crafting a new experience

Wire framing was conducted in order to define a starting point. A low fidelity prototype was then created for initial user testing.

User Flow

The primary user flow is the process of searching, selecting an expert, and beginning a conversation.

Site Map & IA

MuSchool's simple information structure makes it easy to navigate and move through tasks.

Low-Fidelity Prototypes

Using the feedback and insights gained from research, analysis and sketching, a low-fidelity prototype was created to begin user testing.

Usability Study

A usability study was conducted to determine where improvements could be made and identify new ideas to satisfy user expectations, needs, and desires.



    The extent of the exchange they were purchasing was unclear


    Tags in V1 were not clickable and seemed pointless as they were


    Not enough content types present on creator profiles



    Add a clear description of the exchange on the creators profile to make onboarding a conversation easy


    Make all tags clickable to fascilitate sorting and searching, add links from other social accounts


    Adding intro videos for every profile and also having them present on the marketplace, add reviews.


    Modern and simple

    Inspiration was drawn from popular social apps but with a focus on minimal yet functional simplicity, rooted in a creative-centric aesthetic. The UI design reflects the user's desire to have a clutter free, curated, and friendly look and feel.

    Typography & Color


    Learn what you want from who you want

    MuSchool makes the process of connecting with top experts and talent both simple and engaging. Connecting audiences and making the experience flexible and uniquely valuable.

    Sign In

    Intro screen and sign in/create an account


    Upon logging in, Users are walked through a short animated onboarding sequence. Due to the apps new market, customer research revealed the need for descriptive onboarding.

    Marketplace and Search

    Users land on the Home screen where they can view top creators and search by their interests.


    After finding an expert, users are walked through initiating and having a conversation.

    Profile and Finances

    Users can edit their profiles and upload video content for their profile wall. Experts can check their finances and refer friends for rewards.

    Problems Solved

    Seamlessly connect and have conversations with experts


    Get personalized responses to your questions and unique obstacles


    Supports social connection and engagement


    Easily redirect your audience to a safe, trusted, app for connecting


    Address and monetize your audience flexibly and on your terms


    Allow both parties to engage in a familiar, "Cameo" and "Snapchat" style interaction

    Business outcomes

    Strategically scaled the supply side of the user base by 3,000% from the initial 10 creators to 300 through the implementation of a revenue-share referral system


    The business model was improved iteratively through invalidating key assumptions

    Through the validated learning achieved with MuSchool, we discovered a larger opportunity and pivoted shortly after launch


    The app has produced revenue and is being actively marketed by influencers.

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