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Platzi Raises $2.1 Million to Deliver Professional Skills Courses

Wall Street Journal • Jan. 8, 2016

Mexico City-based Platzi Inc. has raised $2.1 million in seed funding for its education technology startup that offers professional skills courses online in Spanish and English.

How Platzi bootstrapped its way into Y Combinator to build the future of education

The Next Web • March 23, 2015

With a proven product/market fit and a strong user base, Platzi found itself in the somewhat unusual position of not needing investors. Indeed, it has bootstrapped its way to a whopping $2.7 million USD in revenue to date, and Y Combinator’s investment has been the first external funding it has received.

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Founders / Key Team

John Freddy Vega
John Freddy Vega
CEO & Co-Founder

John Freddy Vega is the co-founder and CEO of Platzi, an online education platform that teaches courses on design, marketing and programming with a 70% completion rate, to over 80,000 students worldwide. Prior to starting Platzi, he led and founded Cristalab, the biggest web design community in Spanish. 

Christian Van Der Henst
Christian Van Der Henst
COO & Co-Founder

Christian has been researching internet technologies and their application in marketing, media and education since 1997. He built the first Spanish web forum for developers fifteen years ago and have experience being a web & media teacher. Christian received his B.S. in Business Management from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín and received his M.S. in Design Management at the Istituto Europeo di Design in 2007.