Noodle, an educational resources website that offers school, tutor and course information to students and their families, has acquired AllClasses.com in an all-stock deal for an undisclosed price.
During the acquisition, the brand, technology, provider data and assets will be rolled into Noodle, Jeff Herbst, Chief Operating officer for Noodle said in an email statement. Herbst also says they acquired AllClasses.com primarily for its technology, VentureBeat reports.
AllClasses is a course search engine that offers course information from over 20,000 providers around the globe. The search engine helps learners discover online and offline classes that interest them in subjects like Life Skills, Recreation & Hobbies, Mathematics, Health & Fitness and more. AllClasses.com has a simple mission:
"From the workplace to the life-place, it helps people discover and design the best version of themselves."
AllClasses.com lets users to search, sort, compare, share and book classes through an intuitive interface. The search engine focuses on making life-long learning opportunities available to anyone with an eagerness to grow:
"Allclasses was built on the premise that in the knowledge economy, opportunities should be open to everyone."
Users can filter their results based on price, course location, starting time and education provider and provides topic suggestions based on the queries one makes.
Currently, AllClasses crawls and presents over 100,000 workshops, online classes and offline courses. This database of 100,000 classes will be added to the existing and continuously growing database of 800,000 school and tutor profiles Noodle runs.
In 2014, Allclasses received $1.5 million in seed funding.
"Education doesn't stop when the school bell rings and it doesn't stop after the graduation gown comes off. At Noodle, we are aggressively trying to change the way families approach their education, helping them cut through the noise to find the right fit for them," Jeff Katzman, the Noodle founder said.
"The addition of Allclasses means students, parents, and professionals who come to Noodle will easily be able to search, find, and take the best online and offline local classes for them."
With this acquisition, Noodle will make its interactive search engine offer more, relevant and complete information to users regarding their education opportunities.
Noodle says that education has to be personalized, and that's why they help students and parents make the right learning decision by presenting them with resources on schools, tutors and classes.
Unlike lead generation sites that recommend based on the highest bid, Noodle offers an impartial alternative solution:
"By holding our content to the highest standards, we strive to bring you the personalized, authentic, and honest information you deserve."
Noodle users can find information for preschool through college, find special education programs or schools with low bullying rates, and get contact information on suitable tutors.
Previously, Noodle paired up with College Abacus, a company that helps families of students estimate their children's college education cost.