Another Zoom Challenger: Engageli Capitalizes on Videoconferencing Limitations

Coursera’s Co-Founder and CEO of Insitro Daphne Koller and her husband, computer scientists Dan Avida launched this month Engageli, an online learning platform that tries to give an answer to Zoom video conferencing limitation for higher ed.

This Silicon Valey startup company started a few months ago, raised $14.5 million in seed funding. In addition to Koller and Avida, investors include RM, Emerge Education, Alex Balkanski – general partner at Benchmark Capital –, Lip-Bu Tan – CEO of Cadence Design Systems –, and Rob Cohen – former president of 2U.

The story is similar to ClassEDU, recently started by the co-founders of Blackboard with $16 million in funding. The two companies want to replicate the social feeling of being in a classroom while adding live data about student engagement on a browser-based tool. However, Engageli is designed from the ground up to work on any browser, and ClassEDU is built on top of Zoom. Engageli’s users won’t have to download an app to access class. […]