The Seattle company builds the technology platform on which online courses and training programs offered by Skilljar clients sit on.
Seattle startup Skilljar is announcing Monday that it has raised an additional $2.6 million of funding in a round led by Bellevue’s Trilogy Equity Partners.
Skilljar was co-founded in 2013 by former Amazon.com product manager Sandi Lin, with two fellow Amazon vets. The company builds a platform for enterprises to create online customer-training programs.
Fellow Seattle startup Tune, a mobile advertising company, uses Skilljar to teach the businesses it works with to use Tune’s analytics tools and other products.
Skilljar was originally known as Everpath, and it created a search engine for online classes. After a stint in Techstars Seattle, a $1.1 million funding round and a lot of talking to clients, the company changed course and rebranded as Skilljar.
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Companies were asking Skilljar for a way to teach their own customers how to use their products.
“We thought, maybe we should build what customers are telling us is a real problem,” Lin said.
Skilljar is used mostly by companies in the business-to-business arena, but some companies are using it to reach directly to consumers. BECU, the credit union, created a course for first-time homebuyers to learn about home financing. Some authors have used the platform for cooking or yoga tutorials.
Skilljar builds the underlying technology the online courses sit on. BECU creates the courses it recommends for customers, and it uses Skilljar’s platform and tools to operate the tutorials.
Lin plans to use the latest round to expand the six-person team with sales and marketing staff and keep expanding the product, which is now used by about 30 customers.