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Codecademy Takes in $40 MM Series D Round Led by Owl Ventures

By Henry Kronk
February 23, 2021

The online learn-to-code platform Codecademy announced on February 23 it had signed a Series D funding round worth $40 million. The company says it plans to use the funds to scale its consumer- and business-facing operations overall. It also plans to expand its presence in India and other growing markets.

The round was led by Owl Ventures, a venture fund that maintains a focus on edtech. The Series D brings the company’s total funding to just under $100 million, according to Crunchbase. Two previous investors also joined the round: Prosus and Union Square Ventures. The former led Codecademy’s $30 million Series C, while the former led the company’s $2.5 million Series A.

Codecademy Announces Series D Following a Strong 2020 and a Period of Sustained Growth

The company says it has been picky in terms of investors it is willing to work with following its last round in 2016.

“We have ambitious goals to help hundreds of millions of people access our learning platform and unlock the skills they need to lead better lives,” said Zach Sims, CEO and co-founder of Codecademy, in a statement. “While we have seen tremendous success on our own, we are excited to accelerate our growth even further by partnering with Owl Ventures, whose unparalleled experience and expertise in edtech will help us surpass our goals and make Codecademy the premier technical learning platform for consumers and businesses globally.”

The Company Plans to Use the Funds to Scale Its Services and Expand Into Emerging Markets

The latest funding arrives following a period of sustained growth at the company. It has reported positive cash flow for the past two years. 2020, however, marked a record year for the company. During that twelve-month period, it gained 5 million new users, 150,000 individual Codecademy Pro subscribers, and 600 business clients.

Following the outbreak of Covid-19, the company offered over 200,000 scholarship subscriptions to students and recently laid off or furloughed workers.

“Codecademy has been on our radar for a long time, as one of the early, long-standing leaders in online learning,” said Amit Patel, managing director of Owl Ventures. “We could not be more excited to help the team continue its impressive growth trajectory and deliver its mission to empower the world with technical skills.”

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