Brainly, the world’s largest student-powered social learning community, today made several announcements.
The company has partnered with Rutgers University after raising $15 million from Naspers to focus on new product development in 2017. Brainly is set to optimize towards a ‘more personalized’ learning and user experience with a goal to accommodate the needs of individual students. These updates will not only benefit Filipino students but also the rest of Brainly’s 80 million monthly users around the globe. The company believes its social learning platform combined with highly personalized learning is what sets them apart from most personalized learning projects.
“We are thrilled with our momentum in the U.S. and globally over the past year. Looking forward to 2017 and beyond, I believe using machine learning to develop advanced analytics within our platform that will allow highly personalized learning for each student will present a great opportunity for us,” said Michał Borkowski, the CEO of Brainly. “The team has employed machine learning algorithms to work on the product improvements that will better serve our community of students and thanks to the grant received from Rutgers University and collaboration with its staff, we are able to double down on product development this year using the best technology.”
Brainly also announced that Eric Oldfield is joining the company as the General Manager of the US market and the Chief Business Officer. The new role will mostly cover development, testing and implementation of the monetization plan for Brainly. Such move sets a new direction for Brainly, that up until now has mostly been focused on growing its global learning communities. Now, the company also plans to work on optimizing the product for its users and build a more engaged community, while still increasing the global reach, especially in the Philippines. Prior to joining Brainly, Eric was engaged in building and developing sales, customer services and business development teams at Trulia, Zillow Group and Justworks. “I’m thrilled to be joining the Brainly team. The company’s progress in audience growth (to over 80mm unique users a month) is an amazing foundation upon which to build. I’m excited to build engagement and monetization product that will expand user utility and fuel the company’s continued growth.” said Eric Oldfield.
About EduTECH Philippines
As part of the internationally renowned EduTECH series, EduTECH Philippines 2017 will map out and drive forward next generation education in the Philippines on 21-22 February 2017 at SMX Convention Center, Manila, Philippines. The event will consist of a premium conference featuring over 60 inspirational speakers and a free expo. The Expo will have a showcase of the latest education technologies by over 30 industry players and up-and-coming start-ups, a makerspace with hands-on activities using maker tools and a seminar theatre featuring #teachtechtalks for teachers by teachers. Free expo passes now available.
Brainly is the world’s largest student-powered social learning community. It offers a supportive community of like-minded peers that fills the gaps students face in their own schools – whether those gaps are social, behavioral, or academic. Founded in 2009, Brainly is one of the most promising and fastest growing internet businesses in the EdTech space with over 80 million monthly users. Based in New York City and Kraków, Poland, Brainly is currently visited by users from over 35 countries. The company has closed a $15M Series B round of funding led by the global internet and entertainment group, Naspers, to bring total funding from existing investors including General Catalyst Partners, Point Nine Capital, Runa Capital and Learn Capital to $27M. Find more information on brainly.ph
Check out their whitepapers:
- Evaluating the Quality of Educational Answers in Community Question-Answering
- Beyond Questioning and Answering: Teens’ Learning Experiences and Benefits of Social Q&A Services
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