Israeli online marketplace for freelance services Fiverr has acquired Seattle-based online learning company CreativeLive, an education platform for learning about design, business, photography, video, and marketing.

Founded in 2010 by chief executive Chase Jarvis, CreativeLive offers more than 2,000 classes across a variety of creative and business categories and says it has helped 10 million people acquire new skills. It offers a diverse group of instructors including the winners of Pulitzers, Grammys and Oscars, authors, thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

CreativeLive will remain a stand-alone organisation with Jarvis at the helm, with Fiverr’s current online learning platform, Fiverr Learn, being folded into CreativeLive.

Fiverr founder and chief executive Micha Kaufman said: “Fiverr is more than just a work platform – we fundamentally believe in supporting the entire freelance lifestyle, and that includes professional education and training. The ability to acquire new skills in a rapidly changing work environment and then be able to monetise them is part of Fiverr’s role in leading transformation for buyers and sellers on our platform.

“The acquisition of CreativeLive is part of this broader strategy. Chase and the team’s expertise in creating compelling learning experiences across industries is a natural fit for us as we scale this part of our business. The depth and calibre of the courses that CreativeLive offers are exceptional and we look forward to offering them to our entire community.”

Jarvis commented: “Core to all this is people’s ability to learn new skills, to think creatively, and operate with a growth mindset. Once thought to be ‘nice to haves’, we now know these attributes are key to success in any industry. We are excited to be part of the Fiverr family, to grow our inventory of compelling courses, and increase economic opportunity for our community, the Fiverr community and today’s modern workforce.”

Date published: 7 October 2021

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