Product Thinking
Episode 136: From College Choices to Education Empire with Luke Skurman, CEO of Niche
September 13, 2023
In this episode of Product Thinking, Luke Skurman, CEO of Niche, joins Melissa Perri to explore the incredible story of Niche's journey from helping students choose the right college to become a successful company in the education industry. They dive into Niche's first years, how the company adapted to the changing landscape, raised funds, and achieved rapid growth when it switched from a survival mindset to a growth mindset.
In this episode of Product Thinking, Luke Skurman, CEO of Niche, joins Melissa Perri to explore the incredible story of Niche's journey from helping students choose the right college to become a successful company in the education industry. They dive into Niche's first years, how the company adapted to the changing landscape, raised funds, and achieved rapid growth when it switched from a survival mindset to a growth mindset.

Luke founded what was initially called College Prowler, which has now evolved into Niche, one of the foremost content startups in the United States. He also co-founded and serves as the Chairman of Thrill Mill, an innovative non-profit accelerator formed of a business plan competition, an incubator, and a music festival.

As a testament to his leadership, Luke is the inaugural curator of the Global Shapers Pittsburgh Hub, an initiative affiliated with the World Economic Forum. Recognizing his entrepreneurial spirit, Ernst & Young honored him as the Entrepreneur of the Year for Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia in 2016.

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