Employee e-Learning software
Updated: May 18, 2020
2020. GO1, an enterprise learning platform, picks up $40M from Microsoft, Salesforce
GO1, an online learning platform focused specifically on professional training courses (both those to enhance a worker’s skills as well as those needed for company compliance training),has raised $40 million in funding with participation from Microsoft’s venture arm M12 and Salesforce Ventures. Microsoft is a strategic backer: GO1 integrated with Teams, so now users can access GO1 content directly via Microsoft’s enterprise-facing video and messaging platform. Similarly, Salesforce is also coming in as a strategic, integrating this into its own online personal development products and initiatives. GO1 counts the likes of the University of Oxford, Suzuki, Asahi and Thrifty among its 3,000+ customers, with more than 1.5 million users
2019. Workplace learning platform HowNow scores $3M funding
HowNow, the workforce learning platform, has raised $3M. Designed for organisations that want to support teams with self-directed learning and the development of “business-critical” skills, HowNow is described as an integrated learning platform that autonomously curates learning resources, “business intelligence” and market insights that live in various internal and external sources. This is powered by a browser extension and integrations with Slack, Salesforce, HubSpot and more than 300 other apps. Machine-learning is also employed to push the right content to the right employee.
2016. LinkedIn unveiled e-Learning service
Business-oriented social network LinkedIn (now owned by Microsoft) launched the e-learning portal called LinkedIn Learning, containing thousands of online courses from coding to accounting. It's based on startup Lynda.com, acquired by LinkedIn last year. The courses can be either selected by employees themselves or pushed by employers, who can use LinkedIn’s analytics products to monitor employees progress. LinkedIn education is available for free for LinkedIn Premium subscribers who look like they will get 25 new courses every week.
2015. Online language-learning service Duolingo raises $45 Million
Free language learning service Duolingo has raised a $45 million investment round led by Google Capital. Duolingo says its free language learning tool currently has over 100 million users worldwide. More people are now using it to learn languages in the U.S. than in the entire public school system, the company claims. Over 100,000 teachers have also registered for the company’s free platform for schools. “Duolingo’s mobile-first, adaptive, and gamified platform is changing the way people are learning languages across the globe,” said Laela Sturdy, partner at Google Capital. “We were blown away by Duolingo’s growth and engagement numbers, and we’re thrilled to partner with them as they shape the future of education.”