According to a post by Kara Swisher at AllThingsD, Ning is in talks with several big companies including Google, Groupon, AOL and Demand Media about a possible acquisition of the platform whereas the talks with Google and Groupon seem to be the most promising ones.
With this possible acquisition by one of the big players, there is of course the question of what will happen not only to this arrangement with Pearson but also if the service will remain active at all. If it is an acquisition for the growing base of premium users Ning may remain intact as a service. Swisher quotes a
“400 percent year-on-year revenue growth, going from 17,000 to more than 100,000 subscribers and with 60 million monthly active users”
Funding in online education – Knewton $12.5 million, Grockit undisclosed and Academia.edu $1.6 million and if this shows a trend that online education is actually getting on the radar of investors finally.
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