I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Pedregal and Shreyans Bhansali, the Founders of Socratic, in the summer of 2013. During our first meeting we were quickly finishing each others’ sentences as they described their vision for how they want to make learning easier for students. They had both a clear vision, a noble mission, and I could see how the resulting product could be as ambitious (if not larger) than a web-juggernaut like Wikipedia. Based on a compelling initial product, a stellar core team, and their vision, I was eager to partner with these guys on their seed round, and I’m delighted they gave me the opportunity for us to work together.
Now, almost two years later, the community at Socratic is flourishing. A community of teachers are investing hundreds of hours collectively building together a massive repository of questions and answers to help students understand complex topics more easily. As a result, teachers are having a profound impact on a global audience that is multiple orders of magnitude larger than their real-world classrooms. One retired Chemistry professor (who goes by the handle Earnest Z) has touched 1 million students via his Socratic contributions.
This exciting community growth at Socratic was a catalyst in the company raising a $6MM Series A announced today. I’m delighted that Sean Flynn from Shasta Ventures has led the round. Sean and I have the privilege of working together on another board, and it’s a treat to be able to work with him again here. In reflection on this financing news, Chris took the time to outline his vision for the next 5 years at Socratic. It’s an inspiring read, and I’m excited to be partnered with Chris, Shreyans, and the rest of the Socratic team as they build towards their vision, a vision they see so clearly, it’s painted on the walls of their office:
If you share this vision, come join them. Socratic is hiring.