MasterClass is an American online education platform on which students can access tutorials and lectures pre-recorded by experts in various fields.
MasterClass offers online classes created for students of all skill levels.
MasterClass was founded in October 2014, by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with an office in Los Angeles, California.
MasterClass is transforming online education by enabling anyone in the world to learn from the very best.
MasterClass views itself as neatly on the intersection of entertainment and education. The startup has produced 85 classes taught by celebrities, or “masters,” on their specialties. The platform has garnered blockbuster names like Anna Wintour to talk about how to grow a business, Gordon Ramsey on how to cook and David Sedaris on how to be funny. The previews of classes are called “trailers.”
MasterClass tugs on that idea a bit by also offering classes that fundamentally do not make sense to be “digitized.” Think high-contact sports, like a tennis lesson from Serena Williams or a basketball lesson from Steph Curry. Or just general pontifications from RuPaul on self expression and Neil deGrasse Tyson on scientific thinking and communication.
MasterClass is backed by NEA, IVP, Atomico, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Owl Ventures, 01 Advisors, NextEquity Partners and others. The company raised $100M in a Series E round on May 20, 2020. This brings MasterClass' total funding to $236.4M to date. The latest round also gives the company a valuation of $800M post-money.