Arist Announces $1.9 Million in Seed Funding to Transform the Way Organizations Train and Learn

Funding will be used to scale rapidly – as the need for digital learning becomes more important than ever

Arist, a text message learning platform used by organizations including DuPont, the Poynter Institute, and the State of California, announced it has raised $1.9m from Acadian Ventures, Global Founders Capital and Craft Ventures, with additional 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. Founded by Michael Ioffe, Ryan Laverty, and Maxine Anderson, Arist makes learning accessible and frictionless by delivering courses entirely via text message and WhatsApp.

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Text message learning platform @learnarist announces $1.9 million in seed funding to transform the way organizations train and learn. #textmessagelearning #onlinelearning

Learning from Ioffe’s prior work improving access to learning in war-torn countries, the Arist team saw a different but critical need in the American workplace. The Arist platform makes it easier to create and simpler to access training. Organizations can create and launch text message courses in just minutes on any topic — from diversity and inclusion, compliance and sales enablement to safety training. Arist is particularly well-suited for reaching frontline employees who may not have laptop or LMS access, and is currently trusted by more than 50 leading companies, universities and nonprofits.

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“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,” says co-founder Michael Ioffe. “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,” says co-founder Michael Ioffe. “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,” Ioffe added.

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