Arist, a Boston, MA-based text message learning platform, raised $1.9m in seed funding.
The round was led by Acadian Ventures, Global Founders Capital and Craft Ventures, with participation from Y Combinator, Soma Capital, Emles Venture Partners, Hack VC, Rebel Fund, Liquid 2 Ventures, and angel investors Derek Schoettle (CEO of Cloudant) and Adam Goldstein (founder of Hipmunk), among others.
The company intends to use the funds to continue to expand operations and its business reach.
Founded by Michael Ioffe, Ryan Laverty, and Maxine Anderson, Arist delivers courses entirely via text message and WhatsApp. Used by organizations including DuPont, the Poynter Institute, and the State of California, the platform enables organizations to create and launch text message courses on any topic — from diversity and inclusion, compliance and sales enablement to safety training. Arist is suited for reaching frontline employees who may not have laptop or LMS access, and is currently used by more than 50 leading companies, universities and nonprofits.