What's interesting about the new wave is that most are targeting outside of traditional eLearning Solutions. Traditionally, we've seen start-ups that focus on authoring tools, virtual classroom, learning management, content, services. When you look back at 2000-2002, companies getting VC funding were folks like Outstart, Hyperwave, Infocast, Element K, Pathlore, Vuepoint, Knowledge Impact. Some of that is still happening with folks like Cornerstone getting $32M. But a lot of what you see today is consolidation among players in these areas.
Today the startups in eLearning sit in smaller niches or by attacking tangential opportunities in eLearning. They are going after things like:
- specialized tools and content that meet particular industry or audience needs
- games and simulations
- web 2.0 approaches that leverage distributed content creation, social aspects as part of learning, collaborative learning and editing.
One thing that was curious to me is that I can't find a good resource that shows what companies have received funding in our world? Where are the analysts? Is there a list somewhere? How could I find this out?