GO1 funding: raises $40M from Microsoft, Salesforce ventures, and more.

With a large ratio of knowledge workers doing their jobs from home, it can be important to make them feel and keep connected more practically to their profession. A company after seeing good engagement on its platform and triple in last month is announcing a growth round of funding.

GO1.com, it’s an online learning platform whose center of attention is to provide professional training courses to enhance worker’s skills and also to those who needed for a compliance training in a company has raised $40 million in a Series C funding that it plans to carry on expanding its business. The startup was founded in Brisbane, Australia and now has operations also based out in San Francisco. It was also a part of the Y Combinator cohort back in 2015, and in particular, wants to run on in North America and its partner network.

GO1 works both with in-house learning management systems or provides its own. GO1’s growth over the last couple of months has been remarkable and the use of online tools for training is now undergoing a structural shift,” said Andrew Barnes, CEO of GO1. “It is gratifying to fill an important void right now as workers embrace online solutions. We are inspired about the future that we are building as we expand our platform with new mediums that reach millions of people every day with the content they need.”

Funding is coming from a very strong list of investors: participation from Microsoft’s venture arm M12, new financer Salesforce Ventures, it’s co-led by Madrona Venture Group and SEEK – it’s an online recruitment and course directory company that has supported a number of Edtech startups and previous investor, Our Innovation Fund.

Microsoft is a strategic investor: GO1 integrated with teams, so now users can access GO1 content directly via Microsoft’s enterprise-facing video and messaging platform.

“GO1 has been fragile for business continuity as organizations navigate the remote realities of COVID-19,” said Nagraj Kashyap, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Global Head of M12, in a statement. When 75 million people are using the application daily, the integration of GO1 with Microsoft offers a consolidated experience. They are proud to invest in a solution that helps employees learning and businesses grow through this time.

Likewise, Salesforce is also coming in as a calculated and strategic one, connecting this into its own online personal development products and initiatives. They are excited about partnering with GO1 as it looks to spread its online content hub globally. They believe the new digital obligatory will see a quickening shift to online learning tools where the majority of corporate learning is done in person today.

The organizations are facing a whole new set of challenges working remotely, typically the employees who have never worked from home or have never worked for days, weeks, and months outside of the office. Some of the IT nature companies have been facing challenges in getting secure access to systems and to make sure that people can communicate in the ways they need to in case of getting the work done.

People should remain in a healthy state of mind about work and education is one way of getting them on the right track: professional development is a way to motivate people, to focus their minds, and take a rest from their routines and not only doing his or her job better.

GO1 is absolutely not the only company pursuing this opportunity. Others are there which includes Udemy and Coursera, which have both come to the enterprise after initially focusing more on traditional education plays and LinkedIn Learning was the innovator in this space.

For these, enterprise training sits in a different strategic place to GO1, which started out with compliance training and onboarding of employees before solidifying into a much wider set of topics that range from photography and design, Java, accounting, and even yoga and mindfulness training and many more in between.

It’s possibly the directional accessibility next to its success, that have set GO1 different from the competition and has magnetized the investment, which seems to have come ahead even of the current promotion in usage.

The global pandemic has only increased the need to both provide training and retraining – and also doing it remotely. GO1 is an important connection in the series of a rally.

Remarkably, GO1 is currently making all learning tools in respective of COVID-19 which are available for free and will help teams continue to perform and feel encouraged during this time of break-down and change.