Fishtree Inc. is an Educational Technology Company that provides a personalized learning platform for K–12 and Higher education. As of March 2015, the Fishtree platform is being used by nearly 500,000 users worldwide in multiple languages including English, Spanish, and Mandarin.[1]

Fishtree Inc.
Company typePrivate company
IndustryEducational technology
  • Terry Nealon (CEO)
  • Jim Butler (CTO)
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In 2012, Fishtree Inc. was founded by CEO Terry Nealon and CTO Jim Butler. In 2015, the company announced it had raised $3 million (€2.7 million) in venture capital funding to expand in the U.S. education marketplace. Investors in the company include New Markets Venture Partners in Fulton, Maryland; Recruit (company) based in Chiyoda, Tokyo; and JISR Venture Partners in Dubai.[2]

In 2016, Fishtree Inc. partnered with Blackboard Inc. and other educational technology providers to integrate the former's personalized learning technology with Learning management system platforms used by instructors at K-12 and postsecondary institutions.[3]

The company also announced a deal with Jefferson Education, which included a financial investment and collaboration, that would help expand its research and data-gathering capabilities to improve the Fishtree platform.[4]



The Fishtree Platform


Fishtree is an Adaptive learning platform designed to support a Competency-based learning model. Teachers and school administrators use Fishtree to automate curriculum planning and management tasks, such as authoring lessons and courses, recording grades, finding teaching resources, personalized learning, and tracking student trends.

Its web-based software uses Machine learning to collect and assess relevant and personalized Learning analytics in real time as the student engages with course content, and then assign differentiated instruction based on the student's needs. It is also notable that Fishtree provides access to Open educational resources for teachers to use in the classroom.[5][6][7]



In 2014, Fishtree won the Software and Information Industry Association NextGen Most Disruptive and Overall Mobile Award.[8]


  1. ^ O'Dwyer, Peter (3 March 2015). "Fishtree Lands Big One: A €2.7m Deal". The Irish Examiner. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ Newenham, Pamela (5 March 2015). "Irish Out in Force at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona". The Irish Times. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  3. ^ Rhea, Kelly (12 May 2016). "Blackboard Partners with Fishtree for Personalized Learning". Campus Technology. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  4. ^ Schaffhauser, Dian (9 June 2016). "Ed Tech Companies Explore Impact of Digital Content in Personalized Learning". THE Journal. Retrieved 25 January 2017. Follett today announced that it has acquired Fishtree, a leading adaptive learning platform that streamlines both the technical integration and educational adoption of personalized learning in school classrooms. Follett will integrate the machine-based learning tools of Fishtree within Follett's industry leading Destiny content and resource management platform used by more than 70,000 schools and school districts across North America. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
  5. ^ Vander Ark, Tom (14 October 2015). "20 Ways Education Will Improve by 2020". Vander Ark on Education Blog, Education Week. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  6. ^ Kurshan, Barbara (26 July 2016). "Technology and Classroom Data". Forbes. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  7. ^ Ahearn, Amy (10 January 2016). "How to Choose the Right Tools for Your Online Course". EdSurge News. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  8. ^ "EdTech Company Fishtree Selected as NextGen Most Disruptive and Overall Mobile Award Winner". PRWeb. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2017.