Finding educational video content online is almost always free - however, the New York-based learning platform, Skillshare, has managed to accumulate a growing following of freelancers who pay $15 monthly (or $99 annually) for access to its library that contains over 20,000 courses.
“In a freelance world you don’t have the same set of resources and structure around you,” says CEO Matt Cooper. “You can’t walk down the hall and ask the subject matter expert how to do something. That’s a gap that we can fill.”
Targeting one of the fastest-growing segments of the job market has served Skillshare well. Today, the company announced that it has raised $28 million in Series C funding—$20 million in equity, including checks from existing backers Union Square Ventures and Spero Ventures, and $8 million in debt. The funding will support product development, as well as further expansion overseas.
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