Clarity is a newly-launched website meant to serve as a line of connection between startup royalty and the aspirational. The idea is similar to Ohours, but with cooler font and a greater emphasis on multitasking phone interviews over in-person meetings. The site was founded by Dan Martell, a lean startup guru and investor/advisor to sites like Hootsuite.
Clarity’s UI is gorgeous, very bright and lush with big, clean images. Though its mission is fairly straightforward, it offers a lot of flexibility for users in time and payment plans. Advisors are given the option to receive hourly payment for their service or donate their time to the charity of their choice. Clarity takes a transaction fee for paid calls (but not the charity ones) and plans to offer a freemium model in the future.
There are some impressive names on the advisor list and a lot of Canadian representation, but it’s difficult to get a feel for how many users are participating. It’s so private and classy that it almost feels abandoned, like being left alone by the receptionist in a modern office waiting room. The Facebook-centric registration ensures that everyone has a spiffy little picture right away; I’d like to see some face-action on the site even if it’s just testimonials or a “top advisors” page.
Ohours and Clarity both seem to have implications for bringing one-to-one communication back to online learning. The idea of mentoring and sharing knowledge in small, naturally-occurring bits of free time seems like a relatively sustainable method for distance connection.
Clarity is a sleek spin on a solid idea.