Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, VC John Doerr invest $14.5M in DreamBox Learning

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, venture capitalist John Doerr and two undisclosed Seattle education philanthropists are investing $14.5 million in DreamBox Learning, a Bellevue company that’s pioneered a new interactive and adaptive educational system for teaching kids math. In addition, GSV Capital has tripled its investment in the 7-year-old company. “DreamBox Learning’s adaptive technology is fueling… Read More


Tech Moves: Pearl Jam Web developer joins Seattle’s Yabbly; Rosenthal leaves Madrona; etc.

Ian Shafer has joined Yabbly, a new social decision making app created by former Marchex exec and Google product manager Tom Leung.  A 2001 graduate of the University of Washington’s computer science and engineering department, Shafer worked at Amazon.com as a software engineer before moving on to lead Web development for Pearl Jam’s online storefront. He… Read More

In with the new

DreamBox re-positions itself for focus on K-12 market

Digital education company DreamBox Learning has solidified its shift to emphasize the K-12 school market over the consumer market by unveiling a new logo and brand identity. Bellevue, WA-based DreamBox, founded in 2006 by Lou Gray and former Microsoft executive Ben Slivka, was acquired two years ago by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and the Charter School Growth Fund,… Read More

Out with the old.

Reed Hastings, John Doerr and others invest $11 million in DreamBox Learning

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and venture capitalist John Doerr are among the backers pumping $11 million into DreamBox Learning, the Bellevue online education company that creates tailored lesson plans for elementary school kids. Other investors in the round include GSV Capital and current investor Deborah Quazzo. “DreamBox Learning has cracked the code on improving early educational… Read More


Now Playing: Post-it Wars

There’s a lot of troubling stuff happening in the world right now, and people are looking for new ways to add some levity to their lives. Which helps explain what has been happening for the past couple weeks on 108th Ave. NE in Bellevue: Post-it Wars. Office dwellers from companies including Expedia, DreamBox Learning, Apptio… Read More