TakeLessons, a San Diego, CA-based online marketplace for private lessons, raised $7m in funding.
The round was led by new investor Lightbank, with participation from existing investors Crosslink Capital, SoftTech VC, and Triangle Peak Partners, and new investor Moore Venture Partners.
The company intends to use the funds to expand into new categories such as hobbies and crafts, sports and fitness, visual arts and computer skills, and advance the mobile scheduling and payment tools.
Led by Steven Cox, CEO, and Alan Cole, COO, TakeLessons offers a comprehensive selection of private instructors who teach in-person and online lessons about and photography, painting, music, dancing, or algebra, etc. Students can receive recommendations of vetted instructors and book lessons online at TakeLessons.com and can call a counselor to find the perfect match.
Using the platform, teachers have earned more than $20m and taught more than 1 million lessons.
Earlier in 2014, the company acquired Betterfly, an educational marketplace focused on online lessons.