Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
<a href="http://www.talkabroad.com/index/story">Todd Nichols</a> is the founder of TalkAbroad. Todd first began developing the TalkAbroad business model when he lived in Honduras. He worked at a local micro-finance agency, and one thing was evident in the organization: entrepreneurship was being forced, and it was affecting success rates. What Todd realized was that local entrepreneurs were taking out loans to start a business, but they were doing so without appropriate training and without a business plan that had any good chance of success. They were forcing business in areas where they were not skilled.
Todd realized that one of the skills each possessed was their ability to speak the language. As a language learner himself, he realized the benefit he received from sitting and speaking the language with the entrepreneurs, and thought back to the absence of opportunities to speak with native speakers during his language training in the US.
Putting two and two together, TalkAbroad was hatched. Let's provide these entrepreneurs in Honduras with access to students in the US. They can run a business utilizing their unique skill set, and using a proven business model. We can provide access to the market through our relationships with individual universities, and software than connects the groups. We can raise the success rate for local entrepreneurs, encourage language learning and the sharing of cultures, and promote economic development through job creation. Do all of this as a for-profit company meeting the needs of the language learning community.