Chicago Made: Learning Marketplace Announces Funding

November 13, 2014

11:45 am, originally launched in January 2014 by Discovery Communications, is a consumer-centered online marketplace that features the best learning-based content. They have announced that the ownership of the company will change from Discovery to an independent company, Beacon Solutions, Inc. Also announced was a $6 million Series A funding from Discovery and four Chicago investors: Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Origin Ventures, Chicago Ventures and Corazon Capital.

“Discovery Communications itself was born from a singular idea, the Discovery Channel, combined with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and we continue to pursue strategic growth opportunities, especially in the knowledge space,” said Bruce Campbell, Chief Development and Digital Officer and General Counsel, Discovery Communications, who oversaw the transaction for the company. “ has evolved from a powerful concept to a strong platform and business. We look forward to continuing to support’s growth and development, along with this new, strong team of investors.”

The idea behind is to encourage users to have fun while learning. The site also aggregates and organized content to fuel curiosity and knowledge-building. The site offers more than 500,000 courses, classes, and tutorials from 300 trusted partners.

curiosity screen shot

Founder and CEO Gabe Vehovsky is also an investor and will be joined on the Board of Directors by Sean Atkins (Discovery Communications), Adam Koopersmith (Pritzker Group Venture Capital) and Brent Hill (Origin Ventures).

“During my seven years with Discovery, I have been inspired by a mission-driven culture that values curiosity and growth on all levels, and I am grateful for Discovery’s foresight and support for,” said Gabe Vehovsky, Founder and CEO of “With this solid foundation and thanks to our forward-thinking financial partners, is ready for its next chapter, reaching growing audiences and, most importantly, making it fun and easy for them to never stop learning.”

Life-long learners are invited to feed their curiosity at, which is optimized for mobile, tablet and desktop devices.


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Previously the Managing Editor at Tech.Co, Ann Diab has a background of launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies. Empowering and educating entrepreneurs and startups to better productivity and culture is her passion. Growth Manager at WorkingOn to enable folks all over the world to enjoy work and improve communication. Follow me on Twitter.

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