By: Calvin Carter, University Of Memphis Entrepreneurial Journalism Student
Plixser, a music teaching startup, is hoping to expand nationwide from its base in Memphis.
Plixser is a software program that attempts to fix many of the headaches faced by music teachers and students. The program features a live-streaming function for teachers to give lessons to students online, an automated billing system, and the ability to track lesson completion.
Marcus Wiggins, a doctoral student at the University Of Memphis who has been involved in music since the 8th grade, is the founder.
“I know the pains of both the teacher and the student, and Plixser can eliminate those pains,” he said.
By the time you read this, Plixser will have already officially launched. It spent two to three weeks in beta, gaining a positive reaction from ten teachers and students so far, Wiggins said. But Wiggins will continue to spread the word about the music program outside of Memphis, starting with an upcoming event with the Texas Music Educator’s Association. He hopes to garner some interest from the crowd of 25,00 expected to attend.
In it for the long haul, it appears that Wiggins is already enduring the trying moments of being an entrepreneur.
“The sexiness of being an entrepreneur wears off real quick, especially when you get no sleep and are working all the time,” he said.
But Wiggins said he shares one goal of many entrepreneurs trying to solve a problem: going beyond just having a job. “I want it to be that this is who I am and not what I do,” Wiggins said. “…. I want to fund the life that I live.”