Jul 3, 2013

[Sd] Japanese MOOC startup raises $1.5 million from investors

Schoo is a Tokyo-based MOOC (massive open online course) startup providing livestreamed lectures on the internet. The startup announced today that it has raised 152 million yen (approximately $1.52 million) from Itochu Technology Ventures, Incubate Fund, and Anri. This follows its previous funding from Incubate Fund and Anri back in October of 2012. 
Schoo was launched back in January 2012 under the mission of “ridding the world of graduations”. It provides more than 130 different online courses, and to date it has more than 40,000 users, mostly office workers in their late 20s and early 30s. ...
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Sd 7/2/2013 [en]

  • Schoo adopts a freemium model. It is free to watch any number of streaming lectures and to communicate with other students, but free users can view only one recorded lecture a month. Paid users who pay 525 yen per month can view an unlimited number of recorded lectures. Retaining paid users would be a challenge for the service because it seems not easy to keep them learning something continuously.
  • http://schoo.jp/

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