Outschool

Outschool, the online learning platform that offers kid-friendly academic and interest-based classes, announced today the launch of its AI Teaching Assistant, a tool for tutors to generate progress reports for…

Outschool launches an AI-powered tool to help teachers write progress reports

“Every company is a fintech company” is a common adage, but in today’s environment, the shift may be more about survival than serendipity.

Edtech reacquaints itself with fintech

Outschool, a marketplace for kid-friendly, virtual after-school programs, has laid off 31 people or 18% of its workforce, CEO Amir Nathoo confirmed to TechCrunch over text message. The layoff, conducted…

Outschool, which raised a Series B, C and D in 12 months, lays off 18% of workforce

For many marketplaces, those search, recommendation and ad functions are typically siloed, but Promoted has them all under one umbrella.

Promoted grabs more funding to help e-commerce marketplaces achieve profitability

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Outschool’s after-school enrichment marketplace is now valued at $3 billion

In the last 12 months, Outschool, a marketplace for kid-friendly enrichment classes, has raised its Series B, Series C and, now, it’s Series D. The startup announced today that its latest round, a $110 million tranche of capital, brings its valuation to $3 billion just four months after hitting unicorn status. The fast infusion of…

3:00 am PDT • October 14, 2021
Outschool’s after-school enrichment marketplace is now valued at $3 billion

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Employers are consumer edtech’s next beta test

Entrepreneurs need to convince employers to turn to edtech for a solution more elusive than even education: motivation.

4:02 pm PDT • September 28, 2021
Employers are consumer edtech’s next beta test

With the pandemic wreaking havoc amongst early years education amid school lockdowns, it’s no wonder edtech startups have piled into the space. But it has also served to highlight the…

Edtech startup bina raises $1.4M to teach 4- to 12-year-olds, launch School-as-a-Service

Duolingo is now targeting a $95 to $100 per share IPO price range, up from $85 to $95 per share, or a gain of around 12% at the bottom and…

Duolingo boosts IPO price target in boon to edtech startups

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Outschool is the newest edtech unicorn

Outschool, a marketplace providing small-group, virtual after-school activities for children, has raised a $75 million Series C led by Coatue and Tiger Global Management. TechCrunch first learned of the round from sources familiar with the transaction; the company confirmed the deal to TechCrunch. The new funding values Outschool at $1.3 billion, around four times higher…

6:00 am PDT • April 14, 2021
Outschool is the newest edtech unicorn

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Teachers are leaving schools. Will they come to startups next?

It wasn’t the lingering exhaustion that made Christine Huang, a New York public school teacher, leave the profession. Or the low pay. Or the fact that she rarely had time to spend with her kids after the school day due to workload demands. Instead, Huang left teaching after seven years because of how New York…

10:25 am PDT • October 30, 2020
Teachers are leaving schools. Will they come to startups next?

Outschool, which started in 2015 as a platform for homeschooled students to bolster their extracurricular activities, has dramatically widened its customer base since the coronavirus pandemic began.The platform saw its…

Outschool, newly profitable, raises a $45M Series B for virtual small group classes

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To reach scale, Juni Learning is building a full-stack edtech experience

 Juni Learning connects kids with math and science tutors, but co-founder Vivian Shen would prefer not to be lumped in with other edtech startups, despite the sector’s pandemic-born boom. “We’re not just in the middle to take a few percentage points off of each side and pretend like we’re delivering value,” said Shen. “That’s not…

12:19 pm PDT • August 27, 2020
To reach scale, Juni Learning is building a full-stack edtech experience

The potential for advances in online learning to enable personalized learning experiences, both in terms of newer platforms and apps that help assess domain-specific knowledge, are much broader than we…

Assessing the potential for a gig economy in education

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GC’s Niko Bonatsos on Y Combinator, edtech and investing in the shadow of coronavirus

This week, Extra Crunch hosted a call with General Catalyst managing director Niko Bonatsos to discuss a number of startup topics, including what the novel coronavirus is doing to investing in the Valley, as well as his thoughts on robotics, homeschooling, edtech, SMBs, international investing and what he’s looking to see today in startups. Joining…

2:14 pm PDT • March 19, 2020
GC’s Niko Bonatsos on Y Combinator, edtech and investing in the shadow of coronavirus

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Edtech startups prepare to become ‘not just a teaching tool but a necessity’

As Stanford, Princeton, Columbia and others shutter classrooms to limit the coronavirus outbreak, college educators around the country are clambering to move their classes online.  At the same time, tech companies that enable remote learning are finding a surge in usage and signups. Zoom Video Communications, a videoconferencing company, has been crushing it in the…

4:36 pm PDT • March 9, 2020
Edtech startups prepare to become ‘not just a teaching tool but a necessity’

Now kids can potentially take a class to find out how to get to Sesame Street, thanks to a fresh $1.4 million in new funding for Outschool and its online…

Outschool goes to Sesame Street and picks up $1.4 million for its K-12 online learning marketplace