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Recent press releases:

  • Pluralsight Acquires Boston-based Skills Assessment Company Smarterer for $75 Million
  • Pluralsight and LaunchCode Partner to Solve Employment Challenges Through Training for High-Demand Tech Jobs
  • Pluralsight Names Jody Bailey as its Vice President of Engineering
  • Pluralsight Wins Gold Stevie Award for Best Training Site in 2014 American Business Awards
  • Pluralsight Raises $135 Million in Series B Funding Led by Insight Venture Partners
  • Pluralsight’s Digital-Tutors Launches New Web and Interactive Training Content, Providing Learners with End-to-End Web Solutions
  • Pluralsight Teaches Kids to Code with Newest Free E-Learning Course: Basic HTML Part 1
  • Pluralsight Unveils New Headquarters, Announces Partnership with the Utah’s STEM Action Center and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  • Technology Gurus Don Jones and Greg Shields Join Pluralsight
  • Pluralsight CFO Greg Woodward Wins CXO of the Year Award from Utah Business Magazine
  • Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard to Speak at 2014 Goldman Sachs – Harvard University Global Education Conference
  • Pluralsight Offers CEOs Five Security Tips to Prevent Cyber Attacks
  • Pluralsight Acquires Digital-Tutors for $45 Million
  • Pluralsight Teaches Kids to Code with Latest Free E-Learning Course: Kodu Kingdom Defense
  • Pluralsight Acquires Tekpub, Third Acquisition in 3 Months
  • Pluralsight Purchases IT Training Network TrainSignal for $23.6 Million
  • Pluralsight Embraces Open Source Community With Acquisition of Peepcode
  • Pluralsight Leadership Team Gears up for Surging Growth with Appointment of Former Skullcandy VP Brett Barlow as CMO
  • Pluralsight Computer Programming Instructor Becomes Online Education’s First Millionaire Author
  • Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard Named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year at Utah Awards Gala
  • Recent press coverage:

    St. Louis Business Journal, November 20, 2014: LaunchCode Partner Makes Big Acquisition
    VentureFizz, November 19, 2014: Skills Assessment Company Smarterer Acquired for $75 Million
    Boston Business Journal, November 19, 2014: Skills Test Software Startup Smarterer Acquired for $75M
    Beehive Startups, November 19, 2014: Pluralsight Acquires Smarterer for $75 Million
    Staffing Industry Analysts, November 19, 2014: Pluralsight Acquires Skills Testing Company
    PE HUB, November 19, 2014: VC-Backed Pluralsight Acquires Smarterer for $75 mln
    Silicon Slopes, November 19, 2014: Pluralsight Acquires Boston-Based Skills Assessment Company Smarterer for $75M
    Edukwest, November 19, 2014: Pluralisght Acquires Skill Test Platform Smarterer for $75 Million
    DowJones, November 19, 2014: Pluralsight Acquires Smarterer for $75M
    BetaBoston, November 19, 2014: Pluralsight Picks Up Smarterer, Focused on Skill Tests, for $75 Million
    Xconomy, November 19, 2014: Smarterer Sold to Utah-Based Pluralsight for $75M
    BostInno, November 19, 2014: Smarterer Acquired for $75M By Developer Training Company Pluralsight
    edSurge, November 19, 2014: Pluralsight Gets Smarterer in $75M Deal
    Inc. Magazine, November 18, 2014: 7 Ways to Overcome Office Negativity
    Inc. Magazine, November 11, 2014: The Top 5 Lessons You Can Learn from Silicon Valley
    TechCrunch, November 10, 2014: Coding Education Programs Expand In U.S. As IT Jobs Market Flourishes
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 7, 2014: Pluralsight teams with LaunchCode
    Inc. Magazine, November 4, 2014: The 6 Most Important Lessons the Millennials Have Taught Us
    KSL, October 28, 2014: Utah company offers unlimited vacation and ‘no-fear’ culture
    Inc. Magazine, October 28, 2014: What Silicon Valley Knows That You Don’t Know
    Utah Business Magazine, October 23, 2014: Training Managers Discuss Innovations in Employee Education
    Inc. Magazine, October 21, 2014: Why You Should Kill Your Employee of the Month Program
    Inc. Magazine, October 14, 2014: 12 Powerful Ways to Grow in Your Career
    Inc. Magazine, October 7, 2014: Does Unlimited Vacation Really Work?
    Utah Business Magazine, October 7, 2014: On the Fast Track
    Inc. Magazine, October 1, 2014: Why the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go
    Inc. Magazine, September 23, 2014: Meetings Don’t Have to Suck
    Site Selection Magazine, September 16, 2014: Nice People Talking SMAC
    Inc. Magazine, September 10, 2014: Why Tech-Savvy CEOs Rule the World
    Inc. Magazine, September 9, 2014: How to Increase Value by Doing Less
    Education Drive, September 4, 2014: 7 ed tech startups making progress with investors
    Inc. Magazine, September 3, 2014: Staying Lean: Why You Shouldn’t Have a Master Plan
    The Price of Business, August 30, 2014: Pluralsight and Company Culture
    Utah Business Magazine, August 29, 2014: Pluralsight Raises $135 Million in Funding
    Beehive Startups, August 27, 2014: Pluralsight Raises Largest-Ever Venture Financing Round for a Utah Company – $135 Million
    Business Insider, August 27, 2014: This Startup Is Now Worth Almost A Billion Dollars By Just Focusing On Online Developer Training
    Forbes, August 27, 2014: Online Learning Industry Poised for $107 Billion In 2015
    FOX Business, August 27, 2014: Pluralsight Raises $135M to Help Grow Enterprise Customer Base
    Silicon Slopes, August 27, 2014: Pluralsight raises $135M, approaching $1 billion valuation
    NetworkWorld, August 27, 2014: Pluralsight bags $135M to fortify online coding, tech course offerings
    VentureBeat, August 27, 2014: Pluralsight grabs $135M to expand online learning for professionals
    Reuters peHUB, August 27, 2014: Insight Venture Partners leads $135 mln Series B funding round in Pluralsight
    The Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2014: E-learning Co. Pluralsight Raises $135M in Record Round for Utah
    TechCrunch, August 27, 2014: Pluralsight Raises $135 Million At A Valuation Approaching $1 Billion
    Inc. Magazine, August 26, 2014: How to Build a Kick-Ass Exec Team
    Inc. Magazine, August 20, 2014: Why Measuring Systems Matters More Than Measuring People
    All Voices, August 18, 2014: 5 Ways to Learn to Code at Home for (Nearly) Free
    Redmond Magazine, August 15, 2014: Why IT Pros Should Prepare for Microsoft’s Stealth Library OS
    Inc. Magazine, August 12, 2014: Why Sales Commissions Don’t Work (in the Long Run)
    Entrepreneur, August 11, 2014: 4 Tips to Thwart iOS Attackers
    Inc. Magazine, August 5, 2014: How to Create a No-Fear Culture
    Silicon Slopes, August 4, 2014: Pluralsight opens new office, offers free tech education to Utah teachers
    Utah Business Magazine, August 4, 2014: Pluralsight Opens New Headquarters, Launches GOED Initiative
    The Davis County Clipper, August 4, 2014: Pluralsight: a tech business magnet for Davis County?
    Area Development, August 4, 2014: Pluralsight Opens Newly Designed Headquarters In Farmington, Utah
    Standard Examiner, August 1, 2014: Tech firm makes a splash in Farmington
    Beehive Startups, August 1, 2014: Pluralsight Partners With State of Utah to Advance Teacher Training
    Inc. Magazine, July 30, 2014: What We Learned From Buying 4 Companies in 8 Months
    Utah Business Magazine, June 5, 2014: 2014 CXO of the Year Profile: Greg Woodward, Pluralsight CFO
    Utah Business Magazine, June 5, 2014: Pluralsight
    Venture Beat, June 7, 2014: 5 reasons you should forget the coding bootcamp and study online instead
    Entrepreneur Magazine, May 30, 2014: 10 Insights From 10 Years Running a Business
    PandoDaily, April 10, 2014: MOOCs’ forgotten older sibling rises to take the online education throne
    Tech Crunch, April 9, 2014: PluralSight buys Digital-Tutors for $45 million to add media software training
    3DArtist, April 9, 2014: Digital-Tutors bought by Pluralsight
    VentureBeat, April 9, 2014: Why your VC funding is worthless without a plan
    Entrepreneur, March 20, 2014: How making employees lifelong learners can help your company succeed
    IT World, November 18, 2013: One question holds the key to a killer IT resume
    PandoDaily, October 30, 2013: Developers are becoming jacks of all trades
    Informationweek, August 5, 2013: Pluralsight buys TrainSignal, broadens IT training lineup
    Computerworld, May 9, 2013: For young students, a C# coding workshop for kids
    Gigaom, March 25, 2013: Developer training company Pluralsight releases online coding courses for kids
    TechCrunch, January 2, 2013: Developer training platform Pluralsight raises $27.5M from Insight Venture Partners to expand its online catalog

    Media contact:

    Megan Herrick, Director of PR
    megan-herrick@pluralsight.com

    Executive bios:

    Aaron Skonnard, Founder and CEO

    Pluralsight Acquires Boston-based Skills Assessment Company Smarterer for $75 Million

    November 19, 2014 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

    SALT LAKE CITY– Pluralsight, a global leader in online training for technology professionals, today announced that it has acquired Boston-based Smarterer, an innovative skills assessment company, for $75 million. Smarterer assessments enable individuals and enterprises to close the gap between skills they have and skills they need by utilizing crowdsourcing and a proprietary dynamic assessment engine that can validate anyone’s skill in as few as 10 questions and 120 seconds.

    The company’s approach enables people to change as fast as their industries by benchmarking their skills against peers and industry trends. This model allows Smarterer to continuously capture new developments as today’s most relevant skills evolve. Smarterer’s consumer platform and its enterprise product, Flock, both enable users to author questions, provide feedback, and collaboratively develop skill tests. To date, Smarterer’s community has answered more than 56 million questions across 1.7 million test sessions.

    Pluralsight’s acquisition of Smarterer marks the first step toward creating a more advanced and credible industry standard for skills measurement, one by which individuals and enterprises may quantify and authenticate skill sets against current demands to unlock new professional opportunities.

    “The assessment capability Smarterer provides is invaluable in this tech-reliant era, enabling individuals and companies to measure talent and change in pace with their constantly innovating industries,” said Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. “We are excited to fuel Smarterer’s growth and help establish an industry standard for skill assessments and measurement. Smarterer’s distinctive technology paints a clear picture of true skill level, and creates opportunities for more efficient workforce planning and individual self discovery.”

    The acquisition is Pluralsight’s fifth in the past 15 months, and comes on the heels of the Utah-based company raising a $135 million Series B funding round led by Insight Venture Partners, ICONIQ and Sorenson Capital. Pluralsight’s previous acquisitions have been focused on expanding the company’s library of online video courses for high-tech and creative professionals, which is now the world’s largest with more than 3,500 titles.

    “Change is the only constant today. Employment skills are evolving more rapidly than ever,” said Dave Balter, co-founder and CEO of Smarterer. “We are thrilled to partner with Pluralsight as the momentum heats up in online learning. Together, we can fast-track Smarterer’s trajectory, providing individuals and employers with assessments tools that serve as a respected barometer for skill measurement.”

    Smarterer will continue to operate as an autonomous but aligned company, working with global Fortune 500 companies, education providers, and talent platforms like Care.com and Elance, helping people quantify their skills to remain relevant and competitive in their industries.

    Smarterer assessments will be incorporated into Pluralsight’s subscription-based learning and development platform, helping individuals and enterprise customers accurately measure learning. While Pluralsight currently offers skills assessments, Smarterer’s technology will provide Pluralsight users with more acute, progressive measurement through adaptive testing and the ability to compare skill mastery with others who have taken the assessment. Test results will be linked to Pluralsight’s course library to create data-driven learning paths, offering specific course suggestions to help learners improve their scores.

    For more information on Pluralsight and Smarterer visit www.pluralsight.com and www.smarterer.com.

    About Pluralsight
    Founded in 2004, Pluralsight is the global leader in online learning for professional software developers, IT specialists and creative technologists. As the world’s largest curated professional development platform for professionals, the company offers instant access to more than 3,500 courses authored by top experts. With customers in more than 150 countries, Pluralsight serves as a career catalyst, delivering hands-on, practical training for the most in-demand and understaffed jobs of today. For more information, visit Pluralsight.com.

    About Smarterer
    Smarterer helps individuals and enterprise companies close the gap between the skills they have and the skills they need. By leveraging a library of the freshest crowdsourced tests, our dynamic assessment engine can quantify anyone’s skill in as few as 10 questions and 120 seconds. Smarterer’s community of Fortune 500 employees and consumers has answered over 56 million questions, across 1.7 million test sessions. For more information, visit Smarterer.com.