Arist, a text-message learning platform, has raised $1.9m from 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 (chief executive of Cloudant) and Adam Goldstein (founder of Hipmunk), among others.

The Boston-based company delivers courses entirely via text message and WhatsApp that are used by organisations including DuPont, the Poynter Institute, and the State of California.

The Arist platform allows organisations to create and launch text message courses in minutes on topics such as diversity and inclusion, compliance, sales enablement and safety training, and can reach front line employees who may not have laptop or learning management systems access.

Arist co-founder Michael Ioffe said: “Digital learning is broken. This reality is especially problematic amidst the move toward remote work and mounting video fatigue, where companies – and individuals – suffer from lack of genuinely meaningful training, engagement and growth.

“Simply put, our mission at Arist is more important than ever. The ability to launch truly remote-friendly courses in minutes has immediate impact for thousands of people. The timing of the funding is perfect, and will help us support the growing need for better digital learning and training tools, while providing more robust learning opportunities to a wider range of audiences.”

Jason Corsello, general partner at Acadian Ventures, added: “Arist’s innovative text message learning platform is a brilliant solution to the current challenges of digital learning. As the landscape shifts predominantly to personalised learning at the fingertips of the employee, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Arist.”

Date published: 19 October 2020

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