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Skillshare books $12 million to take its education platform international

Edtech startup Skillshare Inc. has raised a $12 million round of venture funding to grow its marketplace of “bite-sized, self-paced courses for creators,” according to founder and CEO Michael Karnjanaprakorn.

Amasia and Omidyar Network co-led the Series B investment in Skillshare joined by Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. The funding brings the company’s total capital raised to $22 million to-date.

New York-based Skillshare, which employs 40 full-time today, intends to use its new funding to double headcount, expand internationally and continue to add courses and features that its instructors and subscribers want.

Karnjanaprakorn said he believes that Skillshare is differentiated from a proliferating number of online education platforms in several ways.

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