Making online education your first choice for lifelong learning.
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.
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.
A couple of things about online learning service Platzi immediately set it apart from the other companies in Y Combinator’s latest batch. First, it is from Latin America — Colombia to be precise. Second, it is profitable. That’s right, it’s already making money.
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 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.