From my understanding, the website itself was setup by ATP Flight School, but the “Pilot Mentors” are non-paid former student/instructors.
Personal Opinion If all they wanted was more money and business for ATP, they probably wouldn’t suggest waiting to go to ATP in a few years rather than sooner. I have also seen numerous posts where their suggestions were NOT to attend ATP but to look at other options, or even that maybe aviation wasn’t right for that person.
I can tell you that the less you fly, the more you will lose between flights, and I totally agree with them on this. My experience: I will be starting ATP in a few months, it took me nearly 2.5 years in total to get my PPL at my local flight school while working full time, I was flying 2x per week on average. Now included in that I had to stop flying for about 14 months at around 25-27hr just a few hours after soloing, but when I came back (with a new instructor) it took me another nearly 10-15hr before I was back to the point of solo. I didn’t finish my PPL until about 70hr (I think…my logbook is down in the car), and it cost me a lot more money than it could have. I totally understand the itch to get going, but at a young age I would definitely invest in the degree first. I personally am 32 with an AS degree, but I have had a nice 15 year career with the same company (counting part and full-time), I am free of all debt, have a savings/investments, some retirement, good credit, no dependents or spouse, etc., so I plan to pursue ATP now to get into the industry before I get much older, just works out that I’m in the right place for it at the right time in my life… besides the fact that I am extremely tired of my current profession.
Anyway, hope my long-winded explanation helps calm your anxiety about the site and the mentors suggestions. i’ve been on here a while and haven’t ever seen Adam, Chris, or Yarden give anybody bad advice.