In the Spotlight: Kristen Slack, founder of Prof2Prof

Prof2Prof started as a midnight inspiration.

Kristen Slack, a social work professor at UW-Madison, literally bought the domain in the middle of the night after reading a New York Times article about an e-commerce platform that allows K-12 teachers to sell lesson plans and activities they create to other teachers.

Kristen immediately recognized that the higher education world could use a platform that allowed academics to share their lesson plans, activities, and research with each other. But she didn’t think e-commerce was the right model for higher ed.

So she decided to build her own platform, and started working on Prof2Prof in 2015. I got the chance to talk to Kristen about how the platform works, exciting milestones, and the unwelcome surprises of entrepreneurship. Read on for an edited transcript of our conversation. (By Olivia Barrow)

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