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Inc. Magazine, September 30, 2015: 10 Fastest-Growing Companies in Utah
Switch & Shift, September 23, 2015: Personal Disruption: Shaking Up Your Life for Good
USA Today, September 18, 2015: Tech in Utah Podcast
USA Today, September 18, 2015: Utah’s Silicon Slopes Lure Tech Entrepreneurs
CRN, September 17, 2015: Demo: Pluralsight SaaS Platform for IT Training
TechCrunch, September 16, 2015: CrunchBase Unicorn Leaderboard
Education Investor, September 14, 2015: Easy as B2C
ARN, August 31, 2015: Pluralsight Has Opened its Global Headquarters in Sydney
Utah Business, August 27, 2015: Lightning Fast: Utah Business Honors State’s Fastest-Growing Companies
Inc. Magazine, August 12, 2015: The 2015 Inc. 5000
EdSurge, August 7, 2015: Can the White House Fix the Leaky Entrepreneurship Pipeline?
Beehive Startups, August 5, 2015: Pluralsight and TechHire Combine to Expand Access to Tech Jobs
InfoWorld, July 22, 2015: Free course: Get started with AngularJS
TechRockies, July 13, 2015: Pluralsight Opens Up Free Courses
Education News, July 13, 2015: Pluralsight Continues to Grow, Acquires HackHands
EdSurge, July 10, 2015: Pluralsight Snaps up Live Help at HackHands
Utah Business Magazine, July 10, 2015: Pluralsight Acquires Live Mentoring Service HackHands
TechRockies, July 10, 2015: Pluralsight Buys HackHands
Xconomy, July 9, 2015: Pluralsight Buys San Francisco Coding Mentorshop Site HackHands
Education Drive, July 9, 2015: Pluralsight adds real-time coding assistance with HackHands acquisitions
Silicon Slopes, July 9, 2015: Pluralsight acquires HackHands to offer live help to programmers
Beehive Startups, July 9, 2015: Pluralsight Adds HackHands to Growing List of Acquisitions
VentureBeat, July 9, 2015: Pluralsight snaps up HackHands to offer budding coders real-time support
Fortune, July 9, 2015: This company is adding on-demand help to win the online education race
ATD Magazine, July 8, 2015: A Lie About Accountability for Learning Premium Content
Fast Company, June 26, 2015: This Online School for Developers Pays Teachers Millions of Dollars
Education Drive, June 5, 2015: Tech learning ‘Netflix’ Pluralsight offering free courses to reservists, vets, and families
Association for Talent Development, June 3, 2015: Throwing Away the Rule Book
Hot Topics, May 21, 2015: How Pluralsight grew an online learning business that made its tutors millionaires
e-Literate, April 28, 2015: Pitchbook Lists Most Valuable Ed Tech Companies
Xconomy, April 20, 2015: Edtech Companies Hail New Rival LinkedIn as Industry Catalyst, April 13, 2015: Ladies Learning Code Receives Free Subscriptions from Code School
Forbes, April 9, 2015: With Small Add-On to its $135 Million Raise Rival Pluralsight Takes Odd Approach to VC
ABC 4 Utah, March 6, 2015: Utah’s Pluralsight Continues to Impact their Community and Industry
Beehive Startups, February 26, 2015: Forbes Names Pluralsight as One of America’s Most Promising Companies
The Wall Street Journal, February 18, 2015: The Billion Dollar Startup Club
WorkDesign, February 13, 2015: This Office Encourages Working, Playing, and Winning Together
Education Dive, February 10, 2015: 9 Coding Schools Higher Ed Should Keep an Eye On
Silicon Slopes, February 9, 2015: Utah Companies Say Culture Creates Billion Dollar Valuations
Beehive Startups, February 4, 2015: The Rise of Pluralsight
Upstart Business Journal, February 2, 2015: Who are the Billion-Dollar Unicorns in Online Education?
Tech Cocktail, February 2, 2015: Orlando’s Code School Acquired by Pluralsight for $36M
Fast Company, January 27, 2015: Pluralsight Continues its Acquisition Spree, Dropping $36 Million on Code School
Computer Graphics World, January 26, 2015: Hour of Code Kickstarts Kids’ Creativity
The New York Times, January 26, 2015: Pluralsight, a Training Service for Tech Professionals, Buys Code School
Wired, January 26, 2015: How Big Is Coding Right Now? A Programming School Just Sold for $36M
Business Insider, January 26, 2015: How to Get Free Access to Over 4,000 Online Coding Classes – Only for This Week
Tech Cocktail, January 26, 2015: Pluralsight Acquires Code School; Get Free Access to Courses
EDUKWEST, January 26, 2015: Pluralsight Acquires Code School for $36 Million
Orlando Business Journal, January 26, 2015: Orlando’s Code School Acquired for $36 Million
Silicon Slopes, January 26, 2015: Pluralsight Grabs Six Companies to Take Over Online Education
Silicon Slopes, January 26, 2015: Pluralsight Acquires Code School for $36M
Orlando Sentinel, January 26, 2015: Orlando’s Code School Acquired for $36 Million by Utah Firm
TechCrunch, January 26, 2015: Online Learning Service Pluralsight Acquires Code School for $36 Million
Fortune, January 22, 2015: The Unicorn List
Forbes, January 21, 2015: America’s Most Promising Companies
Beehive Startups, January 20, 2015: The Importance of Culture at Pluralsight
Utah Business Magazine, January 19, 2015: Countdown To Samys: Jeff Ross
One Million by One Million blog, January 16, 2015: Billion Dollar Unicorns
The New York Times, January 11, 2015: Silicon Valley Turns Its Eye to Education
Utah Public Radio, December 12, 2014: Hour of Code Kickstarts Kids’ Creativity
The Davis Clipper, December 12, 2014: Governor, Davis Students Try Hands at Coding
Standard Examiner, December 10, 2014: Davis Kids ‘Teach’ Computer Code to Governor
Salt Lake Tribune, December 9, 2014: Riverton Teen Says Computer Programming is More Than a ‘Boring Old Guy’s Job’
Beehive Startups, December 9, 2014: Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard Joins Gov. Gary Herbert for “Hour of Code”
KUTV, December 8, 2014: Utah’s Governor Kicks Off “Hour Of Code”
ABC 4 Utah, December 8, 2014: Governor Herbert Teams Up with High Tech Industry to Develop the Next Generation
Deseret News, December 8, 2014: Students Practice Computer Coding at Capitol
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
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
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
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
KSL, October 28, 2014: Utah company offers unlimited vacation and ‘no-fear’ culture
Utah Business Magazine, October 23, 2014: Training Managers Discuss Innovations in Employee Education
Site Selection Magazine, September 16, 2014: Nice People Talking SMAC
Education Drive, September 4, 2014: 7 ed tech startups making progress with investors
The Price of Business, August 30, 2014: Pluralsight and Company Culture
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
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
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
Entrepreneur, August 11, 2014: 4 Tips to Thwart iOS Attackers
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 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
Utah Business Magazine, June 5, 2014: 2014 CXO of the Year Profile: Greg Woodward, Pluralsight CFO
Utah Business Magazine, June 5, 2014: Pluralsight
VentureBeat, 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
TechCrunch, 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


Executive bios:

Aaron Skonnard, Founder and CEO

Pluralsight Acquires Live Mentoring Service HackHands

July 9, 2015 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

SALT LAKE CITY– Pluralsight, a global leader in online training and assessment for technology professionals, today announced the acquisition of San Francisco-based HackHands, an online mentoring platform for programmers. HackHands gives programmers access to a network of more than 4,000 developers and industry experts from all over the world for one-on-one coding help.

The digital mentoring service expands Pluralsight’s capabilities beyond video tutorials and assessments, providing live assistance for technology learners. HackHands allows its users to submit instant requests for coding help and be matched with an expert in minutes. Through video and audio chat, bi-directional screen sharing and text editing, coders get the assistance they need in a quick and efficient manner, saving both time and money on technical projects.

“We believe that the way we train, credential and mentor technology professionals is fundamentally changing, and Pluralsight is building an expanded platform where all of these components will be integrated for the long-term benefit of companies and enterprises around the world,” said Aaron Skonnard, CEO and co-founder of Pluralsight. “We believe in the power of virtual communities and collaboration, and the HackHands acquisition is central to our strategy of democratizing and revolutionizing professional technology training.”

The HackHands acquisition marks Pluralsight’s seventh deal in less than two years, and it comes on the heels of the recent acquisitions of Code School, a learn-to-code platform used by more than 1.3 million people, and Smarterer, a tool for assessing a user’s technical ability quickly and in relation to his or her peers.

After bootstrapping for nearly a decade, Pluralsight has raised nearly $170 million since 2013 for the express purpose of rapid growth. Claiming a leadership position in the corporate online learning market, valued at $107 billion according to Global Industry Analysts, Pluralsight has quickly expanded its course offerings, expert author base and international reach.

“We’re extremely excited to join the Pluralsight family. We see HackHands as a ‘911’ for developers and as a resource that will perfectly complement Pluralsight’s existing ecosystem,” said Ed Roman, CEO of HackHands. “By infusing online learning with real-time collaboration and mentorship, we’ll be able to help increase productivity for technology professionals and businesses across the globe.”

An idea originally incubated by the Brazilian development shop 6PS, HackHands co-founders Assis Antunes, Geraldo Ramos and Forest Good, created a network of expert mentors that to-date have provided more than 77,000 minutes of live coding and programming help. To expand upon its core mission, the company is also working to bridge the gap in productivity between experienced and novice programmers through its HackPledge. This initiative encourages industry experts to commit an hour of time to mentoring and teaching in order to help novice developers master their craft. The company also launched the HackSummit, the largest virtual conference and programming conference in history, which had more than 64,000 registrants.

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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, the company offers instant access to more than 4,000 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

About HackHands
HackHands is an online mentoring platform for programmers serviced by a global network of technology experts. The company got its start in 2013 at the New York WeWork Labs space as an independent spinoff of 6PS Group, a Brazilian development shop. Since moving its operations west, HackHands has been rapidly growing its expert community in order to provide an instant and hands-on helpline to coders around the world. For more information, visit