Based in Japan and India. Has led to 1 successful fundraise in Japan. Been working the space of Venture Capital and Private Equity for the last 3 years.

BrightBytes a fast-growing educational analytics organization that counts almost 1 in 10 U S schools as customers announced today that it closed 15 million in Series B funding to accelerate its impressive growth and global expansion The investment was led by Bessemer Venture Partners BVP with participation from existing investors including Rethink Education and Learn Capital Previous funders include NewSchools Venture Fund

We’re excited to work with Bessemer Venture Partners said Rob Mancabelli co-founder and CEO of BrightBytes BVP has successfully invested in education and SaaS based companies for more than a decade and their unique perspective will help fuel the expansion of our mission-driven teams both in the U S and abroad We’re looking forward to making key hires in the areas of engineering data science customer acquisition and customer success ‘

The BrightBytes team has a track record of successfully tackling a huge challenge-blending complex research and disparate data sets into actionable roadmaps for educators The BrightBytes platform Clarity is used by educators in almost all U S states to make quick effective decisions that improve student learning The organization’s secret sauce is a unique blend of talented educators with deep experience in K-12 gifted engineers building the next generation data platform and world-class data scientists analyzing ways to improve student- learning outcomes

BrightBytes educators are among the most knowledgeable educational professionals in the industry-a remarkable blend of TedTalk speakers published authors and thought leaders They work with states districts and schools around the world to understand the unique needs of each partner and to drive the learning outcomes of millions of students The ability to offer a research-based solution that addresses exactly the needs that I myself had when leading district-level technology and curriculum change has been incredible states Kristen Swanson Edcamp founder author and BrightBytes Team Leader It’s so gratifying to be able to solve the very real problems that our educators face today ‘

Likewise BrightBytes engineers are attacking some of the most interesting data and technology challenges in education We use some of the most prominent technologies within our platform from parallel processing to advanced algorithms that combine research and evidence based practice with data to produce recommendations If you are an engineer looking to work on interesting challenges check us out says BrightBytes CTO and co-founder Hisham Anwar The engineering team works closely with the data scientists in BrightBytes Labs to build a state of the art data analytics platform that is device agnostic extremely scalable and % secure The ability to take the vast amount of data that’s available about schools make sense of it and use it to improve the education of millions of students has been incredibly rewarding states Esthena Barlow Data Scientist and Stanford graduate

Similarly BrightBytes creative folks are tackling the challenge of transforming data and research into stories that are simple and actionable The BrightBytes design team led by Emmy award-winning visual expert Vanida Vae loves the challenge of turning complex data into beautiful graphics At BrightBytes I’m often given a blank canvas and can create design and imagine hundreds of ways to make data visual fun and engaging states Vanida

Together the BrightBytes team is changing the way school leaders think about data and in the process they are building an organization that will redefine the landscape of K-12 education and the outcomes of millions of school-age children With thousands of schools already using BrightBytes’s Clarity platform their technology is clearly resonating with educators and the educational research community said BVP partner Rob Stavis We are excited to be investing in a team and organization that has lived these problems first hand and is helping to revolutionize our educational system-and student outcomes-for the better ‘

About BrightBytes

BrightBytes online data analytics platform gathers ideas from the best experts in the world and creates evidence-based frameworks that are combined with data from your school or region giving you the tools to understand and quickly improve student learning outcomes Our solutions are specifically designed to address the unique needs of educational leaders globally Our flagship platform Clarity makes data simple fun and actionable More information about BrightBytes can be found at www BrightBytes net

About Bessemer Venture Partners

Bessemer Venture Partners BVP invests in early-stage hyper-growth startups partnering closely with entrepreneurs to build durable businesses BVP is a global firm with offices in Menlo Park Cambridge New York Mumbai Bangalore Herzliya and Sao Paolo With 4 billion under management BVP invests anywhere from 100,000 to 75 million in innovative companies like LinkedIn Yelp Skype CornerstoneOnDemand Pinterest 2U and Knewton Over 100 BVP companies have gone public Learn more at bvp com and follow us on Twitter @BessemerVP

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