TakeLessons is an American venture-backed startup that connects students with pre-screened music teachers, academic tutors, dance, acting, and foreign language instructors locally and online. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California. It has teachers operating in over 2,800 cities in the U.S. In 2004, TakeLessons CEO Steven Cox was singing and playing guitar in the alt-rock band Across the Room with bassist Scotty B. and drummer Enrique Platas. The idea for TakeLessons came about when Platas announced that he was quitting the band in order to accept a job as a cook at Chilis, because he was having a child and was in need of a more steady income than he was making from music, and Cox wanted to find a way to allow Platas to use the internet to find steady work as a drum instructor. In 2006, TakeLessons was launched to connect music and voice instructors with students. Since its launch, the San Diego-based company has expanded across the country with private instructors in more than 2,800 cities. In 2009, TakeLessons partnered with Costco.com to sell gift certificates for music and voice lessons. In 2010, they entered into a partnership with Best Buy to sell and teach lessons in Best Buy stores. In 2011, the company was awarded $6 million in venture capital from Crosslink Capital. In 2013, the company received $4 million in venture capital to expand the services the company offered. In October 2013, they expanded the range of their services offered, adding academic tutors, foreign language instructors, and additional performing arts teachers in dance and acting. As of October 2013, TakeLessons had raised $12 million in capital.