Nasdaq-traded and Israeli founded online gig marketplace Fiverr announced on Thursday that it has acquired online learning company CreativeLive. The Seattle-based company has developed a creative and entrepreneurial education platform where people can learn about design, business, photography, video, marketing and more. Instructors include a diverse group of Pulitzer-, Grammy-, and Oscar-winners, New York Times best-selling authors, thought leaders and legendary entrepreneurs.
“Fiverr is more than just a work platform - we fundamentally believe in supporting the entire freelance lifestyle, and that includes professional education and training. The ability to acquire new skills in a rapidly changing work environment and then be able to monetize them is part of Fiverr’s role in leading transformation for buyers and sellers on our platform,” said Micha Kaufman, Founder and CEO of Fiverr. “The acquisition of CreativeLive is part of this broader strategy. Chase and the team’s expertise in creating compelling learning experiences across industries is a natural fit for us as we scale this part of our business. The depth and caliber of the courses that CreativeLive offers are exceptional and we look forward to offering them to our entire community.”
Founded in 2010 by Chase Jarvis, CreativeLive offers over 2,000 classes across a variety of creative and business categories and has helped more than 10 million learners acquire new skills for their career, their hobbies, and their life.
“The future favors people and companies that can create, innovate and adapt to a rapidly-changing world,” said Chase Jarvis, Founder and CEO of CreativeLive. “Core to all this is people’s ability to learn new skills, to think creatively, and operate with a growth mindset. Once thought to be ‘nice to haves’, we now know these attributes are key to success in any industry."
CreativeLive will remain a standalone organization, retain and grow its team from its current headquarters in Seattle, WA, with Founder and CEO Chase Jarvis remaining at the helm. Fiverr’s current online learning platform, Fiverr Learn, will be folded into CreativeLive.