Michael Arrington, Kevin Rose and others invest in online education startup CreativeLive

creativelive11CreativeLive, the Seattle and San Francisco online education startup founded by photographer Chase Jarvis and entrepreneur Craig Swanson, disclosed some more of its high-profile investors today. It also announced that Flickr founder Caterina Fake is joining the board.

The investor list now ncludes some well known folks in the technology and entertainment industry, including TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, Digg founder Kevin Rose and Creative Artists Agency. Together, along with existing investor Greylock, they’ve sunk $8 million into the company.

We previously reported on $7.5 million of that round last October, at the time that digital media veteran Mika Salmi joined as CEO.

“Creativity is the new literacy and a driving force in today’s economy for success across all industries. More than ever before it is critical for people to learn tangible, actionable skills to further their personal lives and careers,” said Salmi, the former president of Viacom Digital and co-founder of Atom Films. “This funding will help us fulfill our mission to unleash the creative potential of millions of students around the world by connecting them with the world’s most inspiring experts.”

Mike Salmi

Mike Salmi

CreativeLive currently offers classes in the areas of photography, film, design, business and software training. It plans to offer more courses throughout the year.

Upcoming courses include “YouTube Marketing: Simple Video Strategies to Grou Your Business with James Wedmore” and “Family Portraits with Michele Celentano.”

CreativeLive is playing in the arena of massive open online course (MOOC) — a topic of discussion on GeekWire’s education-oriented podcast last weekend. It’s also one where Khan Academy, Udacity, Coursera and others are operating.

  • Forrest Corbett

    Congrats to the CreativeLive team! They’ve found a great way to deliver content like this and have gained a great rep.