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Brainly is a peer-to-peer learning community and educational technology company based in New York City, New York, United States and Krakow, Poland.

Brainly.com
Brainly logo.png
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Social network service
Professional network service
Founded2009; 10 years ago (2009)
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, United States
Krakow, Poland
Area servedWorldwide
Created byMichał Borkowski
Tomasz Kraus
Łukasz Haluch
Key peopleMichał Borkowski
Tomasz Kraus
IndustryNews and Technology
ParentBrainly.pl
Websitehttps://brainly.com
Alexa rankPositive decrease 4,446 (March 2019)[2]
RegistrationNot required language = Hindi, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Turkish, Thai, Romanian, Russian, Polish, Italian, Indonesian
Users150 million[1]
Current statusActive
Brainly
Stable release
iOS

4.10.1 (May 2, 2019; 6 months ago (2019-05-02)[3])

Android
4.7.0 (May 2, 2019; 6 months ago (2019-05-02)[4]) [±]
Operating systemiOS, Android
Websitehttps://brainly.pl,%20https://brainly.com

Brainly operates a group of social learning networks for students, parents and educators. Brainly advocates to share and explore knowledge in a collaborative manner, and engaging in peer-to-peer educational assistance. The network has elements of gamification in the form of motivational points and ranks, and encourages users to engage in the online community by asking questions and answering those of other students.[5] Brainly has 150 million monthly unique users across 35 countries including the United States, Poland ,India, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, and Turkey.[6][7]

HistoryEdit

Initially called Zadane.pl, the company was founded in 2009 in Poland by Michał Borkowski (current chief executive officer), Tomasz Kraus and Łukasz Haluch. The first million unique users monthly was achieved within 6 months after the release.[8] In January 2011, the company founded Znanija.com, the first international project dedicated to Russian language speakers.[9] Several other versions in multiple languages for the following markets included Turkey (eodev.com), Latin America and Spain (brainly.lat) and Brazil (brainly.com.br). In December 2013, seven new language versions of Brainly were released, include the English language (brainly.com), Indonesian (brainly.co.id), Indian (brainly.in), Filipino (brainly.ph), Thai language (brainly-thailand.com),[10] Romanian (brainly.ro) and Italian (brainly.it) sites. Brainly was initially funded by the co-founders, but then raised funds from Point Nine Capital[11][12] In October 2014, the company announced that it had raised another round of funding from General Catalyst Partners, Runa Capital and other venture capital firms.[13] The total amount of the investment was $9 million and allowed further product development, as well as the opening of the US-based headquarters in New York City.[14][15]

In May 2016, another funding round of $18 million of combined debt and equity was disclosed.[16] In June 2016, Brainly acquired the US-based OpenStudy.[17][18]

In October 2017, Brainly raised $14 million in the funding round led by Kulczyk Investments.[19] In January 2018, Brainly announced it had acquired the video education start-up, Bask,[20] to bring video technology to the Brainly platform.[21] In July 2019, Brainly raised $30 million in a Series C funding round led by Naspers, with participation from Runa Capital and Manta Ray.[22] The total funds raised by the company since its establishment is reported to be $68.5 million. [23]

WebsiteEdit

General overviewEdit

Brainly provides questions and answers for students and parents looking for help with homework-related tasks. Students use Brainly to strengthen their skills across core subjects such as math, history, science, and social studies. The platform allows them to connect with their peers, subject matter experts, and professional educators to discuss their subjects and seek answers to their questions. Users may post comments to every question and answer and can freely collaborate on problems.All questions are categorized by subject, respective of country and school level.[24] All questions are categorized by subject, respective of country and school level.

GamificationEdit

Each user is given a fixed amount points upon registration, which they can use to ask questions, subsequently, one can answer questions to gain additional points.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brainly ma już 150 mln użytkowników. Jak polska platforma zmienia rynek edukacji". Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  2. ^ "Brainly.com Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". www.alexa.com.
  3. ^ "Apple on the App Store". iTunes Store. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  4. ^ "Brainly Homework Help & Solver". Google Play Store. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  5. ^ "Brainly.com - For students. By students". brainly.in. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  6. ^ "Brainly.com - For students. By students". brainly.com. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  7. ^ "Too cool for school! Polish edutech apps proving a global hit". Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  8. ^ Petrovich, Liesha. "With 80 Million Users, Poland-based Brainly is Changing Education". HuffPost. The Huffington Post Media Group. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  9. ^ Degeler, Andrii. https://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/03/17/crowdsourced-school-homework-brainly-plans-take-us-market-success-europe/ "Crowdsourced school homework: How Brainly plans to teach the US after success in Europe", The Next Web, 17 March 2014. Retrieved on 28 May 2014
  10. ^ Millward, Steven. http://www.techinasia.com/crowdsourced-homework-helper-brainly-launches-asia/ "Crowdsourced homework helper Brainly brings the answers to Asia"], Tech in Asia, 15 April 2014. Retrieved on 20 May 2014.
  11. ^ O'Hear, Steve. https://techcrunch.com/2012/09/12/social-learning-network-brainly-raises-500k-from-point-nine-capital-angels/ "Social Learning Network Brainly Raises $500k from Point Nine Capital, Angiels", TechCrunch.com/organization/brainly-com
  12. ^ http://www.pointninecap.com/brainly Archived 2014-05-29 at the Wayback Machine, Point Nine Capital
  13. ^ O'Hear, Steve. "Schoolwork Q&A Site Brainly Scores $9M Series A To Answer The U.S. Expansion Question". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  14. ^ PRNewswire. https://www.cnbc.com/id/102089516#. "Brainly Expands to U.S. with $9M Venture Funding Led by General Catalyst", "CNBC", 15 October 2014. Retrieved on 19 October 2014
  15. ^ CNBC.com, Elaine Pofeldt, special to. "Guess where a big crop of unicorns is coming from". CNBC. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  16. ^ "Form D: Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities". US Securities and Exchange Commission. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.}
  17. ^ "Brainly Acquires US Social Learning Platform, OpenStudy - EdSurge News". EdSurge. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  18. ^ "Social Learning Platform OpenStudy Joins the Brainly Community". Press release. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  19. ^ "EdTech Startup Brainly Closes $14 Million - NewsCenter.io". NewsCenter.io. 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  20. ^ "Bask". www.usebask.com.
  21. ^ "Brainly acquires Bask to add video to its peer-to-peer learning platform for students".
  22. ^ "Brainly, a crowdsourced homework helper for students, raises $30M to expand in the US". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  23. ^ "Brainly Funding Rounds". Crunchbase.
  24. ^ Coleman, Alison. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisoncoleman/2014/05/16/global-ed-tech-disruption-from-poland-crowdsourced-homework/ "Global Ed-Tech Disruption From Poland: Crowdsourced Homework", Forbes, 16 May 2014. Retrieved on 21 May 2014.
  25. ^ Johnson, Thomas. http://recode.net/2014/01/18/brainly-aims-to-bring-social-learning-to-u-s/ "Brainly Aims to Bring Social Learning to U.S.", re/code, 18 January 2014. Retrieved on 28 May 2014