The San Mateo, Calif.-based startup, founded in 2012, sells robots that sync with a mobile app and help children understand basic computer science concepts. The toy went on sale late last year, but has already appeared at the White House and in classrooms. Wonder Workshop has sold $3.5 million in robots to 37 countries since launching Dash & Dot in December.
“The response from kids, parents and teachers has been incredible. It’s heartening to see Dash, Dot and our apps opening minds to the possibilities in blending coding and hands-on play,” founder and CEO Vikas Gupta said in a statement. “We continue to build a platform that helps children learn through play, and the additional funding will help us invest even further in content for our community such as new apps, school curricula, weekly challenges, the monthly magazine, and more.”
Gupta previously sold his last company, Social Gold, to Google in 2010. Before that, he spent seven years at Amazon working directly with Jeff Bezos and helping to establish the Amazon India development center.
The round included participation from new investor WI Harper Group, with existing investors Madrona Venture Group, CRV, Maven Ventures, Bright Success Capital and other angels. Total funding to date is $15.9 million.