HEDLINE: Curious raises $15 million Series B


Curious, a video platform that enables teachers to upload, share and sell bitesized video lessons raised a $15 million Series B led by GSV Capital with participation from its existing investors, including Redpoint Ventures, Bill Capbell and Jesse Rogers.

Curious officially launched in May 2013 and raised a $7.5 million Series A round led by Redpoint Ventures with the aim to become a marketplace for lifelong learners.

With the new funding Curious is looking into new ways to monetize the content on its marketplace by adding new features.

In order to make the platform more attractive and useful to serious learners, teachers can combine several lessons into courses and sell them at a discount to students. Prices for courses are between $9 to $49 USD and feature between 5 to 30 lessons. Teachers receive 70% of the revenue generated on Curious.

Students can now also tip a teacher at the end of a lesson as a token of gratitude.

Key Takeaway

The idea behind Curious is to give teachers and tutors the tools to become Internet entrepreneurs. When Justin Kitch was searching for a guitar teacher he noticed that most teachers lack the skills of marketing themselves online.

Kitch handpicked the first 100 Curious teachers on sites like YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. Today Curious has over 700 teachers and more than 5000 short video lessons.

Curious is also available on mobile devices via iPad and iPhone applications. One third of Curious’ signups come via mobile devices and the platform sees a “near triple-digit month-over-month growth” according to TechCrunch.

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