Creative computing platform for children, Tynker, raises $7.1m in Series A funding
CA-based creative computing platform, which teaches children how to code, Tynker has raised $7.1m in Series A funding. Among the lead investors include Krishna Bharat, Cervin Ventures, Felicis Ventures, New Ground Ventures, Reach Capital, Relay Ventures, GSV Capital and others.
Tynker will further use the investment for product development and further expansion into schools and districts outside of the US and Canada. Tynker is currently used by more than 50,000 schools and 32 million students, spanning over 200 countries.
Krishna Vedati, co-founder, and CEO of Tynker. “It’s a true privilege to have their experience, wisdom, and passion for building great businesses alongside our team as we bring Tynker to a whole new generation of makers and computer scientists.”
Tynker help kids to learn the use of early computer science (CS) education in homes, classrooms, learning centers, and technology camps. It provides a creative computing platform for children to develop computational thinking and programming skills.
It’s intuitive visual programming language enables kids to build web and mobile apps, design RPG and platform games, control robots, program drones and even modify Minecraft worlds. Through integrations with Philips, Sphero, and Parrot products, Tynker enables kids to control robots, fly drones and program lighting systems – opening a whole new world of connected devices to young makers.
Krishna Bharat, Tynker board member, said, “It represents a super promising approach to getting kids to code, and one of the most appealing K-12 programming platforms I have ever seen. I find parents, teachers, kids, and iconic brands are attracted to Tynker because it is engaging, intuitive and transformational.”
Founded in 2014, Tynker’s tablet app has enabled kids to conveniently use it on the go, on vacation, or in ‘airplane mode’. It also collaborated with Mattel to introduce engaging content based on the iconic Hot Wheels® and Monster High® brands.
The company has recently introduced the ability for kids to mod Minecraft using the Tynker visual programming language.