GO1 lands more than $40m in Series C round led by Madrona Venture, SEEK

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GO1.com has raised more than $40 million in a Series C round led by Madrona Venture Group and SEEK, the Australia-based online training and education platform said in a statement Monday.

Salesforce Ventures was a new investor in the round, with existing investors M12, which is Microsoft’s venture fund, and Our Innovation Fund also participating, the statement said.

The COVID-19 viral outbreak and resulting lockdowns and quarantines have spurred interest in tools that help employees work from home efficiently.

The startup plans to use the proceeds of its latest financing to expand in North America and increase tie-ups with content providers for its library of training material as demand is rising, noting that its platform has also been integrated into Microsoft Teams.

“GO1’s growth over the last couple of months has been unprecedented and the use of online tools for training is now undergoing a structural shift,” Andrew Barnes, CEO of GO1, said in the statement.

GO1 said the number of organisations using its platform in the US has jumped by five times since last year, reaching more than 3,000 globally, while usage of the platform has tripled over the past month.

The company’s website said it has more than 170,000 resources and more than 100 content providers. In addition to Australia, it said it has offices in the US, South Africa, Vietnam, the UK and Malaysia.

Somasegar, managing director of Madrona Venture, said his company met with GO1 before the viral outbreak heated up and was already “impressed” with the platform’s growth.

“The global pandemic has only increased the need to both provide training and retraining – and also to do it remotely. GO1 is an important link in the chain of recovery,” he said in the statement. GO1 said he would take a board seat.

GO1 has raised over $80 million in funding from investors including M12, Madrona Venture Group, Australian online recruiting firm SEEK, Salesforce Ventures, Shark Tank investor Steve Baxter and Oxford University.

In 2019, GO1’s Series B round, led by M12, raised $30 million, with Y Combinator also participating. In 2015 and 2016, the company raised seed rounds, with Tank Stream Ventures among the investors, according to Crunchbase data.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.