Thursday, December 24, 2015

Springboard Raises $1.7M For Its Mentor-Based Approach To Online Learning - Jon Russell, Tech Crunch

Springboard, an India-U.S. company formerly known as SlideRule, has raised a $1.7 million seed round to accelerate its concept of learning through engagement with others. It has adopted individual mentors, who provide a weekly catch-up session with their students, while partnering with other MOOCs for course content, creating its own where it sees gaps in the market. The funding comes from some pretty prominent names, including LinkedIn cofounder Allen Blue, Princeton Review founder John Katzman, InMobi founder Naveen Tewari, and Wharton School professor Kartik Hosanagar. Also participating was 500 Startups, Blue Fog Capital and clutch of angel investors that include WhatsApp business lead Neeraj Arora, ex-Facebook VP Greg Badros, Dropbox engineering head Jea-Deniz Greze, and LinkedIn VP Dan Shapero.

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