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Ranku CEO and co-founder Kim Taylor.
Ranku CEO and co-founder Kim Taylor.

Ranku, a Seattle-based startup that helps online degree programs reach more students, announced today that it has been acquired for an undisclosed amount by John Wiley & Sons, the large education service provider and publisher.

Ranku was founded in 2013 by entrepreneur Kim Taylor. She continues to serve as Ranku’s CEO and moved the startup to Seattle in 2014, after completing the TechStars education accelerator in New York City.

Since its founding, Ranku has partnered with more than 1,000 online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The startup provides marketing and analytics services to universities, community colleges and state systems to help them reach more potential students, along with analytics that help schools tailor their curriculum to real-time market and job demands.

Ranku will join Wiley’s education services branch, previously education technology company Deltak, which Wiley acquired in 2012 for $220 million.

According to the companies, Ranku will remain at its headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, and its current leadership will stay in place.

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