When people ask me why I started Kibin, I always have the same answer.
Back in 2010 I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. The personal statement element of my application was more critical for me than probably for most applicants. I didn’t have great grades in college, yet I was still set on applying to top-tier law schools. It was vital for me to tell a compelling story, to sell the admissions committee on me and not my statistics.
As I worked through the first couple drafts, I knew I’d need some serious revision and feedback. I initially asked friends and family for help. But I quickly found that this channel provided one of two things: Superficial “this is great” comments or a complete inability to find the time to help.
I gave up and began a search for my solution online. Proofreading services seemed to be a dime a dozen, and that was the problem. There was no clear differentiator, and it didn’t seem like any of them offered what I was looking for: in-depth comments and feedback, not just simple edits and corrections.
My solution finally materialized in the form of an online forum where prospective law school students were swapping personal statements to give one another feedback. I ended up going back and forth via private messages in the forum with an applicant on the east coast.
And through this experience, Kibin was born.
I dropped my flimsy law school aspirations and began figuring out how to build a site that could better facilitate that review process.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a good story. It’s easy to follow and it makes logical sense. And therein lies the problem. While this story is logical, it lacks any emotional appeal. It’s not actually relatable to most people.
And while this story is completely true, it’s also a lie. (more…)