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The what's what...

In just a moment you’ll meet Eric Drymer, Co-Founder and CEO of Takeoff, a brand new social learning app that pays Gen Z to learn within the context of a virtual study hall.  

Growing up in Montreal, Eric always knew he wanted to build something that mattered...several members of his family were entrepreneurs, including his uncle who helped create one of the first sustainable cleaning products to really go mainstream.

After graduating from the University of Southern California, Eric took a job in banking thinking it was “the right thing to do”...but before too long, that entrepreneurial bug that had bit his grandfather, uncle, and other family members before him finally made its way to Eric. 

What if there was a better way to inspire students to learn?  Was it possible to incentivize students to spend less time scrolling through TikTok and more time studying for the SAT?  

Tune in to hear the story of how these questions ultimately inspired Eric to build and launch Takeoff. 

About the Podcast

Zach Busekrus


Zach Busekrus

Zach is the Founder of Enrollify. He thoroughly enjoys building new brands, developing and executing content marketing strategies, and hosting podcasts. When he's not working on Enrollify, he enjoys discussing life's quandaries over coffee (or a good bourbon) with friends, building Sponstayneous (his travel brand side hustle), trying out new HIIT workouts, and adventuring across the globe with his wife!

Eric Drymer


Eric Drymer

Eric Drymer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Takeoff, a social learning platform for Gen Z that aims to become the world's Virtual Study Hall. The idea for Takeoff grew out of Eric's realization that students around the world are learning pretty much the same things at pretty much the same times, and yet forming connections around this fact is still incredibly difficult. Takeoff's mission is to facilitate these connections and unlock the power of social learning. Prior to Takeoff, Eric worked in growth strategy at Founders Intelligence and venture debt at Silicon Valley Bank.

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Starter Stories is a podcast that explores the stories behind the world’s leading education technology companies and education consultancies...and the people who created them. In each episode, you’ll hear about the grit, the strategies, the wins, the failures, and the serendipity that transpired to take a half-baked idea and bring it to life. 

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