Diane von Furstenberg Teaches Building a Fashion Brand

Today, we are excited to announce our newest MasterClass, Diane von Furstenberg Teaches Building a Fashion Brand. In her first ever online class, von Furstenberg teaches how to build a fashion brand, including how to differentiate yourself, create a visual identity, test your product, build a team, and make a name for yourself in the fashion industry.

As the founder of one of fashion’s most timeless brands and designer of the iconic wrap dress, von Furstenberg’s experience and perspective on what makes a strong and enduring brand resonates far beyond fashion. Her online class will focus on building a fashion brand, while also diving into finding your inspiration, authenticity, overcoming failure, and gaining confidence. As a mentor, she offers an unflinching look at the instincts that have guided her career and life.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to teach this MasterClass and to share my knowledge, my experience, successes and failures,” said Diane von Furstenberg. “It is a class about building a fashion brand but it is also about designing your life.”

“Diane is an amazing teacher and mentor. She not only teaches how to design and build a fashion brand, but she shares business and life lessons that apply to everyone,” said David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder.

The class is currently available for pre-enrollment starting today at www.masterclass.com and will officially become available this summer.

David Mamet Joins MasterClass to Teach Dramatic Writing

Today we announced that David Mamet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director of such works as GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, AMERICAN BUFFALO, and WAG THE DOG will offer his first ever online writing class.

David Mamet is one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. His early work off-Broadway with THE DUCK VARIATIONS, SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO, and AMERICAN BUFFALO first earned him recognition. He has gone on to write over 30 plays, more than 15 books, and screenplays for films like THE VERDICT (1982), HOFFA (1992), and WAG THE DOG (1997). In 1987, Mamet made his feature film directorial debut with HOUSE OF GAMES, and went on to write and direct over 10 more films, shorts, and TV series.  The two-time Academy Award© and Tony nominee was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his work on GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS in 1984. In addition to his work for the stage and screen, Mamet authored novels and essay collections like The Village (1994) and Bambi vs. Godzilla (2007).

In his first-ever MasterClass, David Mamet will teach writing for both the theatre and screen. Mamet will teach students how to structure a plot, create compelling characters, write dialogue, and create a compelling scene.

Pre-enrollment for the class begins today at www.masterclass.com/DaMa

“We all slow down with age. When successful artists begin to slow down they, many times, turn to philosophizing about their art. This is enjoyable, as the artist can delude himself into thinking his musings have worth beyond any potential entertainment value. I firmly believe in the things I propound on MasterClass. I hope you will find my presentation diverting; you may even conclude, at some point, that the things I say are both true and useful. More likely, if they divert you, you may, some day, remember my class with affection, and, having had your own career, opine, as will then be your right, that I was good-hearted but misguided,” 

– David Mamet

New Investor IVP Leads Round to Accelerate Class Development and Expand the MasterClass Instructor Roster

MasterClass announces a $35 million Series C funding round led by IVP. Existing investors, including New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Javelin Venture Partners, Bloomberg Beta, Advancit Capital, Novel TMT, Yan-David Erlich, Matthew Rutler (MX Investments) and new investors GSV Acceleration and Sam Lessin participated in the round. This brings the total funding raised by the company to $56.4 million to date.

MasterClass plans to use the funding to accelerate class development, expand the roster of instructors, and build out the team to make it possible for anyone in the world to learn from the best. Eric Liaw (IVP) and Roseanne Wincek (IVP) will be joining the board alongside existing board members Rick Yang (NEA) and Alex Gurevich (Javelin Venture Partners).

“We are honored to lead the Series C round at MasterClass,” said Eric Liaw, General Partner at IVP. “From Serena Williams teaching tennis to Gordon Ramsay teaching cooking to Kevin Spacey teaching acting and soon Shonda Rhimes teaching television writing, they are delivering on their mission to make the knowledge of the world’s great masters available to everyone and it’s exciting to partner with them.”

“We launched MasterClass with belief that everyone should be able to learn from the best and a hope that if we could do that we had a chance to make the world just a little more equal. This round of funding will enable us to accelerate the sharing of knowledge,” said co-founder and CEO David Rogier. “We’re thrilled to be working with the IVP team.”

See additional press coverage to learn more:

TechCrunch
Variety
IVP News

Steve Martin Joins MasterClass to Teach Comedy

Today we announced that actor and comedy legend Steve Martin will offer his first ever online class exclusively with MasterClass.

Considered one of the greatest standup comedians of all time, Martin is also an actor, writer, producer and musician. He broke out into the comedy business in the 60’s as a writer for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” and later as a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show.” Since the 80’s, Martin branched off from the comedy realm becoming a successful actor, author, playwright, and banjo player who has earned Emmy, Grammy and American Comedy awards among others. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at 6th place in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. He was awarded an Honorary Academy Award at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013. Martin holds the 2nd highest record for the most times guest hosting “Saturday Night Live,” 2nd only to Alec Baldwin.

In his first-ever MasterClass, Steve Martin will share insights from his 50-year career spanning sold-out arenas and blockbuster films. Students will gain access to the mind of a comedy genius and learn how to find their voice, gather material, develop an act, and take their writing to the next level.
“I’m so honored to be invited into your home, phone, or wearable.” said Steve Martin.
Pre-enrollment for the class begins today at www.masterclass.com/sm.

 

Announcing the Second James Patterson Co-Author Competition

When we first introduced the James Patterson Co-Author Competition, we had no idea we would receive such incredible submissions. We were blown away by your passion (and your writing)! We weren’t the only ones. James Patterson was so impressed, he wants to do it again. So, we are!

The competition is only open to MasterClass students. So if you haven’t already, enroll in James Patterson’s MasterClass.  After taking the class, you can submit a two sentence book hook for your idea (maximum 100 words) and a sample chapter (maximum 1,000 words). Patterson himself will hand-pick the top 3 proposals. There is no additional fee after enrollment and submissions are limited to one per student.  The competition opens February 1, 2017 at 9:00am PST. The submission period ends March 1st, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

The top 10 semi-finalists will be awarded $1,000 and from there, the selected 3 finalists will be asked to provide an outline for the story by April 13th and will receive an additional $2,500. The final winner to co-author a book with James Patterson will be notified by May 31, 2017, and we will officially announce the winner in June of 2017.

You can find all the details of the competition at www.masterclass.com/co-author

Good luck!

An introduction to MasterClass

What is MasterClass?
MasterClass was created to give anyone the ability to gain the wisdom and knowledge of the world’s best creators. The education platform offers affordable, engaging and inspirational online courses curated by world class instructors.

Through the MasterClass platform, instructors create engaging online classes with interactive assignments, course materials, student community and Q&A that creates a uniquely powerful educational experience. All classes are available online for individual purchase.

What’s the format of a class?
We design the curriculum for each MasterClass with the instructor, so every class is unique. However, all MasterClasses include extensive pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities.

Once you purchase the class, you can access the videos at any time. The video can be paused, fast-forwarded, and re-watched as many times as you’d like.

Students are also invited to use the class discussions below each video to share their thoughts, upload their work, and provide feedback on other student’s work.

How long is each class?
Each course consists of 2-5+ hours of video content. You can take the class at your own pace, so the number of weeks it takes to complete the course will vary. Specific class information can be found by selecting a class.

Do I have to complete the class within a specific time frame?
No. You can take the class at your own pace! Once you purchase your class, you have lifetime access to all of the content.

If you’re interested, the workbook provides a recommended pace for the class.

What does the enrollment fee include?
Once you purchase the class, you have access to the following:

  • Unlimited, lifetime access to every chapter in your course
  • A downloadable workbook with chapter recaps, important takeaways, and exercises
  • Membership to our active community of engaged students (upload your own work, or provide feedback on a peer’s!)
  • Access to any answers your instructor provides to any students’ work
    Class-specific tools to help you practice your craft (e.g., Christina Aguilera’s class features a range finder that allows you to determine your full vocal range)

Ready to enroll? Browse all available classes.

Continue reading “An introduction to MasterClass”

James Patterson’s Co-Author Semifinalists

“There are a lot of people who have the talent, but haven’t been shown the door to walk through.”—James Patterson

James Patterson has been so impressed by students in his MasterClass that 8 weeks ago he announced that he would pick one student to become his newest co-author.

We received thousands of submissions for the James Patterson Co-Author Competition. We are blown away not only at the quality of the submissions, but even more importantly the encouragement, advice, and collaboration we saw in the class community.

Today, we’re excited to announce the 10 semifinalists who have been selected based on their submissions. These semifinalists will receive a $1,000 cash prize and 3 will move on to the final round where they will receive $2,500 and submit an outline for a chance to become James’ co-author.

So, without further ado, here are the ten semifinalists for the James Patterson Co-Author Competition!

  • Kecia Bal
  • Lynette Eason
  • EJ Flynn
  • Veronica Forand
  • Jeff Gunhus
  • Michael Hilliard
  • Ellery Kane
  • Theresa Schultz
  • Sarah Smothers
  • Jacob Turner

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the competition and to our semifinalists! It was an incredibly difficult decision, and we’ve been amazed by the number of great submissions. Be sure to come back to learn more about the semifinalists. Tune in on April 12th when we announce the top three finalists and on May 24th when we announce James’ newest co-author!

Exciting News

We have exciting news. Since launching in May, we’ve been blown away by the response to our classes. We couldn’t ask for more amazing instructors or students! Today we are announcing that we’ve raised $15 million in Series B funding to continue our mission to make it possible for anyone in the world to learn from the very best. The Series B was led by New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) (Partner: Rick Yang). Before this latest round, we raised a $4.5 million Series A led by Javelin Venture Partners (Partner: Alex Gurevich) and two seed rounds totaling $1.9 million both led by Harrison Metal (Founder: Michael Dearing). Our other investors include: Bloomberg Beta, Novel TMT Ventures, Advancit Capital, WME Ventures, Downey Ventures, Usher, Yan-David Erlich and Matthew Rutler (MX Investments).

We couldn’t ask for better investors and are very excited to create more classes, build more interactive tools and grow the MasterClass team.

Give the Gift of MasterClass!

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Give the gift of mastery this year with MasterClass! Check gifts off your shopping list with online classes by Dustin Hoffman (acting), Serena Williams (tennis), James Patterson (writing), Usher (performance), and Kevin Spacey (acting).

You can send a MasterClass Gift Card by mail for delivery by December 24th (order must be placed by December 13th) or email for delivery on a date of your choosing.

To purchase a gift, select any of our classes and click the “give as a gift” button! 

 

 

Welcome to MasterClass

We are thrilled to announce the launch of MasterClass and invite you to our first series of classes.

In addition to the classes below, Annie Liebovitz Teaches Photography and Usher Teaches Performance are coming soon.

Dustin Hoffman Teaches Acting

Serena Williams Teaches Tennis

James Patterson Teaches Writing