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March 2, 2017

Simplilearn is Education Company of the Year: VCCircle Awards

Ed-tech firm Simplilearn Solutions Pvt. Ltd has won the News Corp VCCircle education company of the year award for 2017 for the business innovation it has demonstrated and the progress it has made on the global expansion front. The eminent jury, chaired by Arun Duggal, chairman of ratings agency ICRA, unanimously acknowledged the San Francisco-based company’s stellar show over the past year.

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March 1, 2017

DevOps can be used by both born-in-the cloud and traditional businesses: Bernard Golden

Bernard Golden, a technology visionary who has been called as one of the 10 most influential people in cloud computing by Wired.com who is on the Simplilearn Advisory Board and CEO of Navica shares his thoughts with Dataquest on DevOps and their role in transforming businesses.

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February 24, 2017

SHEROES partners with Simplilearn to provide online certificate courses to women

SHEROES, a job and career platform for women has entered into an alliance with Simplilearn, an online training and certification course provider, to provide women professionals access to various online certification courses. Over 150 Simplilearn's certification courses can be accessed from anywhere in the world via SHEROES, under the Career Resource page. Areas where they can seek certification will range from big data, analytics, digital marketing, cloud computing, project management.

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February 17, 2017

Trump administration's proposed H-1B visa reforms induces e-learning platform Simplilearn to switch focus

Online training and certification course provider Simplilearn is switching its focus to corporate training from individual or consumer-focussed programmes. This move comes as large technology companies get keen on skill training of employees in the wake of the proposed H-1B visa reforms in the US that will require highly skilled employees to justify the increased minimum wage and a growing intent of skilling back in India.

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January 24, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Simplilearn is no longer just helping professionals up-skill, it can now get you hired by Top Indian Companies

It was one of the first to steer its way through a turbulent Ed-tech Space successfully a few years ago. Simplilearn has not failed to surprise us yet again. One of the most effective Ed-tech portals in our country , it is now also one of the first in the online education space to have announced a placement assistance service to bridge the gap between job aspirations of candidates and skill expectations of hiring companies.

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January 18, 2017

Simplilearn to raise $40 mn this year for acquisitions, expansion

Online certification course provider Simplilearn is planning to raise $30-40 million in Series D funding in the first half of this year, its founder and CEO Krishna Kumar told Techcircle. Simplilearn, which acquired US-based digital marketing training firm Market Move in mid-2015, has since built an enterprise business wherein it offers courses to employees of big corporations.

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January 3, 2017

Simplilearn appoints Big Data Leader Ronald van Loon to its Advisory Board

Simplilearn, one of the leading professional certification training companies, announced that Big Data thought leader Ronald van Loon has joined as an Advisory Board Member for its Big Data training category. Named by Onalytica as one of the top three most influential personalities of Big Data in 2016, van Loon will contribute his expertise towards the rapid growth of Simplilearn’s popular Big Data & Analytics category.

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January 3, 2017

Big data to be a big opportunity in 2017: Report

Over the last years, big data has been a growing demand for companies including corporate, SMBs as well as the upcoming startups. And, it has also led to numerous opportunities for people to explore new career possibilities across sectors like banking, education, government, Healthcare, manufacturing and retail. This segment currently shows a job market size of 60,000 for India particularly in the IT industry and is set to grow at 30% Y-O-Y, according to a report by Simplilearn.

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December 26, 2016

Bangalore remains the top recruiter for cloud computing jobs in India

As cloud computing continued to see an increased business acceptance and subsequent adoptions over the years, the demands for skilled resources also rose by leaps and bounds to make the transition smooth. Simplilearn, which offers short-term online training courses to help professionals get certified in its recent ‘India Cloud Computing Skills Report’ has stated how the demand for cloud computing skills has grown in India vis-a-vis the US, the companies that hired aggressively in this space with a city-wise hiring trend in detail.

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December 25, 2016

Project Management Most Sought-After Tech Skill For 2017: Survey

The survey, titled 'In Demand Tech Skills for 2017', was conducted by the Career Data Labs team of the global professional training company Simplilearn among 7,000 Indian technology professionals to map their career preferences and skilling priorities for the next year. Among white-collared professionals including architects and engineers, project management is the skill that has received maximum investment, making it the most in-demand, followed by big data and analytics, cyber security and digital marketing, the survey has found.

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December 22, 2016

Simplilearn is Google's first authorised training partner

Global professional training company Simplilearn has become Google Developer's first Authorised Training Partner (ATP) to teach the updated Android fundamentals course approved by Google, the company said on Thursday. The course will enable mobile app developers to prepare for Google's Associate Android Developers (AAD) Exam. This official certification is the industry benchmark for Android development skills.

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December 15, 2016

Simplilearn introduces Masters Programs in AWS and Azure Cloud

Simplilearn, the professional certification training company, has launched another Masters Program in AWS and Microsoft Azure Cloud. The company currently offers 13 Masters Programs that are targeted at professionals looking to build careers in fields like cloud computing, mobile, data science, big data Hadoop, and digital marketing.

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November 24, 2016

Tech Skills Gap

In a separate study conducted by LinkedIn, skills in cloud and distributed computing made the top of a list of the ten top skills of 2016; it’s suggested that these are the most sought after skills in the US and globally and could be key to landing a rewarding job in 2017. And, of course, Microsoft isn’t all about submissively allowing competitors to steal the limelight either; instead, they’ve announced their own training collaboration with Simplilearn, a global professional training company that’s been provided with the task of training 100,000 IT professionals on Azure by 2020. Implementing Simplilearn’s agile online instructor-led training and e-learning, Microsoft will be driving the certification courses of Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure, Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions, and Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions.

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November 24, 2016

Millenials are upskilling for a secured financial future

Millennials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. They represent the future of economic growth in India, and like millennials all over the world, their experiences and behaviors are very different from their parents. Having come into the world during a time of technological advancement, globalization, and economic disruption, they are very proactive about their careers and lifestyles. So it’s no surprise that today’s working professionals are actively looking at different and more sophisticated investment options to provide them with a quicker and more satisfying ROI. In addition to bonds, stock-trading, and recurring deposits, most individuals in the age group of 23-35 are now investing a set amount of money, every 6-8 months, in acquiring new skills.

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November 23, 2016

Simplilearn teams up with Microsoft to train over 1 lakh professionals on Microsoft Cloud by 2020

Simplilearn has teamed up with Microsoft to create a talent pool of over one lakh next generation cloud professionals by 2020. This makes Simplilearn Microsoft’s silver learning partner for its suite of Microsoft Azure certification courses. As cloud based apps are taking centrestage in the digital workplace, the learning platforms will help train IT professionals on Azure. The certification courses include Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions to equip learners with relevant skills through Simplilearn’s online training, e-learning and industry projects.

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November 14, 2016

Simplilearn hires Mark Moran as chief marketing officer

Simplilearn, a leading professional certification training provider, has appointed Mark Moran, as its chief marketing officer. As the company strengthens its global operations and expands its presence in the U.S market, Moran will oversee its marketing initiatives, communications, and go-to-market efforts. Reporting to CEO Krishna Kumar, Mark will be based out of San Francisco, Simplilearn’s US headquarters. The company’s renewed focus on its enterprise training business and rapid customer growth had led to three more key appointments earlier this year in U.S and India.

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November 14, 2016

Simplilearn beefs up marketing team in push to sell to enterprises

Education start-up Simplilearn, which provides online certification and training courses for professionals, has hired a chief marketing officer based in the US as it seeks to tie up with large enterprises based there. “We decided that for the kind of space that we are in, enterprises have huge budgets to train their employees. Two quarters back we decided to spend a lot of our energy on the US market, and build a strong brand, and that’s why we hired Mark Moran, who has two decades of experience as our CMO,” said Krishna Kumar, chief executive officer, Simplilearn.

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November 14, 2016

When Technology Meets Education

The global demand for new-age skill sets in digital and big data analytics are largely unmet by traditional B-schools which leaves students in a perennial fix. That said, these unmet skill sets offer a huge opportunity to edutech companies to bridge the widening industry-academia gap. Online certification training provider Simplilearn offers structured training programmes in some of the key domains relevant for management professionals. “With our master’s program, our aim is to serve working executives who face skill gap, but do not have the time or accessibility to opt for a full-fledged MBA course,” says Kashyap Dalal, chief business officer at Simplilearn. “We offer a variety of master’s programmes taught by global industry experts that cater to the needs of management professionals in areas such as digital marketing, data science, project management, agile-scrum master and quality management,” he adds.

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October 12, 2016

Simplilearn aims to create a larger community of Twitter-advertising aware professionals

Global professional training company, Simplilearn, has launched an initiative aimed at creating a larger ecosystem of Twitter-advertising aware professionals. Simplilearn is presenting educational content, powered by Twitter, as the core of its certification in Twitter Advertising. The objective is to educate marketers on how to leverage Twitter successfully for their business's digital and social media marketing efforts.

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October 11, 2016

Millennials upskill to climb career ladder

Move over gold, stocks, mutual funds and bonds. Career upskilling appears to have emerged as the new investment option for the new generation. Working professionals, largely in the age group of 23-35, are rapidly scaling up their skills to quickly climb the career ladder and attain better pay scales. A study of 10,000 working professionals conducted by Simplilearn across key metros reveals that six in 10 certified professionals receive a pay raise within six months of completing an upskilling programme. Experts said what job security was for the previous generations is career security for the millennials.

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September 26, 2016

Multi-skilling helps professionals grab the high-paying jobs in big data

As more and more working professionals are looking for career advancement, a dominant trend of upskilling and multi-skilling is quite prevalent in the IT industry today. Multi-skilling refers to acquiring different skill sets in a particular domain. From a company point of view, multi-skilled employees provide the organization the flexibility to take on different projects based on the industry needs. Kashyap Dalal, Chief Business Officer of online education provider of professional training, Simplilearn says, “While multi-skilling is a great asset for all professionals, this is especially pronounced for some technologies. Big data is one such field. Most professionals start their journey with expertise in Hadoop. However professionals who master complementary skills like MongoDB, Scala, Kafka and Impala see as much as 30 per cent higher salaries in comparison.”

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September 26, 2016

Skilling up: the only way to remain relevant in Digital Age

The Internet has changed the rules of businesses worldwide. What was once considered as a best practice a decade ago is no longer applicable in today’s digital era. IT/ITes, telecom, media and FMCG are some of the key sectors that have been completely transformed by the emergence of the digital economy. In the digital economy, media consumption is changing; newspapers, readerships and revenues are evaporating, with content being consumed completely online. And if you think your industry is untouched, you’re likely to be wrong. Therefore, in order to be in line with future trends, one has to constantly learn and develop one’s skills to keep pace with changing technologies.

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September 7, 2016

Ashish Virmani of FreeCharge is now VP - marketing and categories, Simplilearn

The global ed-tech company Simplilearn has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Ashish Virmani as vice-president - marketing and categories. He will focus on driving growth for the business through integrated plans across marketing and category functions.
Virmani comes with over 11 years of diversified experience across various start-ups and established FMCG brands. He joins Simplilearn from FreeCharge where he was associate vice president - marketing. Prior to that, he used to head offline marketing initiatives at Flipkart.

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September 2, 2016

Salesforce Thought Leader Ben McCarthy Appointed to Simplilearn Advisory Board

Simplilearn, one of the world's largest providers of online training and professional certification courses has announced that Ben McCarthy, expert Salesforce MVP award winner, has been appointed to its advisory board. Demand for certified Salesforce professionals has soared 159 percent since 2008, leading to a supply shortfall for skilled Salesforce administrators and application developers. Simplilearn is a leader in Salesforce training, having trained more than 3,000 professionals since 2014. "Simplilearn is one of the few third-party learning platforms that offer an up-to-date, comprehensive curriculum," said McCarthy. "As a Simplilearn Advisory Board Member, I will advance the Salesforce course category with proven industry and certification methods to ensure that Simplilearn's learners receive best-in-class training."

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August 31, 2016

Leading Cloud Expert Bernard Golden Joins Simplilearn as Advisory Board Member

Simplilearn, one of the world's largest providers of online training and professional certification courses, today announced that Bernard Golden has joined the company as an Advisory Board Member for its cloud computing certification courses. Simplilearn is rapidly expanding its cloud computing offerings with courses developed and taught by world-class faculty under the direction of Golden. Cloud computing course participants get training to prepare for roles as solution architects, cloud developers, system operators and other skilled positions. Simplilearn is a silver lining partner of Microsoft Azure Solutions, as well as an authorized learning partner for Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services.

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August 16, 2016

10 Useful Platforms To Learn In-Demand Digital Skills

We’re living in the golden age of information and endless opportunities. You can build a career in any profession you choose to with the right guidance. Sure, it requires dedication, passion, and a willingness to learn, but it’s definitely possible. We need to thank the internet and innovative online education organizations providing accessible knowledge. You’re free to choose what to study, learn at your pace and even get certified. Today, I’d like to share with you a list of the top 10 learning platforms to help you acquire highly desired digital skills and stay relevant in a changing world.

Digital Marketing: Simplilearn

Simplilearn is helping people grow their careers by offering online training and certifications. Learn from industry thought-leaders and master new skills with industry-recommended learning paths. Check out their digital marketing training course for $499.

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August 13, 2016

Additional skills can uptick your salary by 25pc

The Indian education market, which is currently estimated at $100 billion, is expected to reach $180 billion by 2020. On the other hand, the online professional education market globally is expected to exceed $9 billion by 2020 after growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14 percent from 2016, according to Simplilearn’s newly published report. The company and Technopak, have published a joint report titled ‘Technopak & Simplilearn Whitepaper on the Digital Learning Market in India’, which studies the digital learning landscape of India. India’s digital learning market is currently estimated at $2 billion, growing at a CAGR of 30 percent, and is expected to reach $5.7 billion by 2020, according to Technopak’s analysis. The report highlights that working professionals are increasingly looking to enhance their employability by upskilling with online certification training in emerging technologies like Big Data, Cloud Computing and Salesforce, Project Management, Mobile App Development and Digital Marketing.

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August 12, 2016

This is what makes Simplilearn one of the most effective Education Startups in recent times

It's natural for startups to feel skeptical when entering a space which has not taken off yet or has a poor track record, but that is also where some of the biggest opportunities lie. For Simplilearn - an education startup which kicked off six years ago along with a few other online players, it was a risky affair to dive into the Ed-Tech space considering the general mood of investors was negative owing to the failure of several other education portals. For some reason, nobody seemed to have been getting their model right until Simplilearn emerged. It slowly raced ahead of everybody else and that too in no time. It was able to win the confidence of some of the biggest investors. That meant there was money in its pocket and the startup had wings to fly. Little had the firm's founder Krishna Kumar anticipated that his once personal blog where he would post free video lessons and practice tests during the 2009 financial crisis just to kill his boredom would soon emerge as a firm with over 500 employees training over 5 lakh employees training over 5 lakh professionals across the globe!

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August 9, 2016

Online Certificate Courses can give a Boost to your Career, Here's Why

In a day and age when companies require working professionals to be reflecting multiple and high skill sets, employees need to upgrade their competencies to be able to make a bright future for their careers. It's impossible to return to college, and more importantly not worthwhile because the Indian education system is anyway failing to keep up with times and most of the curriculum in schools and colleges does not include big data, data science, cloud computing and other such high competency fields. As a result, the same question haunts every working professional and organization alike, in their journey towards up skilling - Am I/Are we not competent enough and can these certificate courses help train me/my team? This is where Edu-Tech portals in India have come into play bridging the gap between the demand and supply of skills and competencies. Several players are extending education to empower working professionals/enterprises with better skills that can help them feel more confident or land them with better projects/increase productivity of the organization as a whole. One such player, one of the biggest in the Indian market, Simplilearn, recently undertook a study of over 10,000 working professionals in India and built what it called the 'Career Impact Survey 2016' which has answers (in the form of key findings) to all your questions if you are worrying about the potential of certificate courses in up skilling.

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August 9, 2016

Technopak and Simplilearn publish report on Indian digital learning market

Technopak and Simplilearn, a leading global Ed-tech company, have jointly published a report titled, "Technopak & Simplilearn Whitepaper on the Digital Learning Market in India". Covering the most significant trends expected to impact the digital learning landscape in India. The report highlights that the online professional education market globally is expected to exceed USD 9 billion by 2020, growing at compound annual growth (CAGR) of 14% from 2016 - 2020. With the growing demand for skilled talent in the IT industry today, the report highlights that working professionals are increasingly looking to enhance their employability by up-skilling with online certification training in emerging technologies like Big Data , Cloud Computing and Salesforce, Project Management, Mobile App Development and Digital Marketing.Technological advancements in the IT industry has raised awareness about certification training, which is reinvigorating the Indian online professional education space.

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August 5, 2016

EXIN and Simplilearn join forces in US to close the Agile Scrum skills gap

Agile Scrum is about working together successfully to reach a certain goal. Following these principles, EXIN and Simplilearn worked together to develop a unique delivery method on the subject. The certification program developed by EXIN covers all aspects and competences that are necessary for professionals become a successful Agile Scrum Master. Simplilearn has innovated the method of delivery to candidates through a practical path, engagement, scenarios, and assignments that guarantee the right knowledge for professionals.

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August 2, 2016

IT Security Thought Leader Joseph Steinberg Appointed to Simplilearn Advisory Board

Simplilearn, one of the world's largest providers of online training and professional certification courses, today announced that Cyber Security Expert Joseph Steinberg has joined the company as an Advisory Board member. A veteran executive in the IT security industry, Steinberg will contribute his expertise towards the rapid growth of Simplilearn's Information (IT) Security category and courses. "An increasing cybersecurity skills gap is creating vulnerabilities when so many security-related positions go unfilled," said Steinberg. "With the further expansion of the Internet of Things, a heightened focus on social engineering, and constant attacks targeting confidential information, the demand for skilled IT professionals is at an all-time high. I am excited to advise Simplilearn and help build a pipeline of trained cybersecurity workers to meet the industry demands of today and tomorrow."

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July 28, 2016

With outcome based skilling programmes, Simplilearn redefines training for Indian IT Industry

With an industry-high course completion rate of 72 per cent, Simplilearn is one of the leading training providers for enterprises, and that is helping individuals build digital skills through flexible online training solutions. In an exclusive interview with The Economic Times, Krishna Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, talks about how enterprises can build a productive workplace with innovative learning to stay ahead in the market and ensure that their employees don't become outdated in this ever-changing world of technologies.

What do you see as the biggest trend in the IT training industry?

Training has always played a key role in the Indian IT industry where organisations invest heavily in preparing thousands of fresh graduates for the workforce with classroom training sessions. To keep pace with the demand for digital services, IT organisations now want to ensure that employees with legacy skills adapt to these technologies and stay relevant. With diverse workforces spread across geographies these firms have already started adopting innovative online training programs that meet the learning demands of these fast changing new-age technologies.

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July 24, 2016

Automation, digitisation to affect careers, impact job security

Rapid technological advancements like automation and digital technologies are set to affect careers of professionals in the coming years and will have a significant impact on job security, a report said. According to Simplilearn's State of India Technology Skills Report, that compiled inputs from over 9,200 mid-level IT/ITeS professionals, over 60 per cent believe that rapid technology advancements are set to impact their careers by 2017-18. Around 62 per cent believe that the impact will be due to automation, artificial intelligence and digital technologies, 48 per cent believe the impact will be due to globalisation and changing consumer perceptions, the report that covered professionals working at tier-I & -II companies in Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata said.

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July 21, 2016

Obsolete talent pool: IT industry's biggest challenge yet and what they are doing about it

What do you do with thousands of JavaScript programmers when your organization's future projects are in Big Data, analytics, digital marketing, data science, cloud computing and other next-gen technologies? This is the dilemma that leaders of all IT/ITes companies are facing today. These next-gen technologies are extremely dynamic. What is cutting-edge today can be obsolete within six months. Yet leaders are optimistic about finding a solution to this problem through the age-old practice of employee training - but with a difference Companies have found that training programmes delivered by industry experts that provide their employees with relevant hands-on experience, have significantly boosted the productivity of their workforce. As a consequence, organisations are now partnering with special training providers like Simplilearn, which focus on rigorous training in specific new-age technology verticals with an outcome oriented approach.

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July 20, 2016

Simplilearn Partners With Hiring Our Heroes to Offer Skills-Based Training and Certification to Active Duty Military

Executives from Simplilearn and Hiring Our Heroes announce that Simplilearn has joined the Chairman’s Circle of the Hiring Our Heroes Veteran Employment Advisory Council along with several Fortune 500 companies. In support of the program, Simplilearn is providing scholarships for active-duty service members participating in the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program to gain professional certifications in their chosen professional career field as they transition out of active military service.

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July 16, 2016

Simplilearn Moving Headquarters to SF

Simplilearn, one of the world’s largest providers of online training and professional certification courses, announced that it is moving its North American headquarters to San Francisco to accommodate the company’s growth, as well to better attract key talent from the Bay Area. Simplilearn’s Market Motive division, which was acquired last year, will also join the move to San Francisco and begin doing business as Simplilearn Americas, Inc.

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July 14, 2016

Startup central: Simplilearn; the career app

In a chat with ET Now's Startup central, Simplilearn CEO Krishna Kumar talks about the company's progress in the past 5 years and the future targets.

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July 12, 2016

Google plans to train two million mobile app developers in India

Google has unveiled a slew of initiatives to educate and certify students and developers as part of its Android skilling programme in India, which aims to train 2 million mobile app developers. Google's move comes as Apple plans to open a development accelerator in Bengaluru, which will provide specialised support to iOS app developers. Google has tied up with Edureka, Koenig, Manipal Global, Simplilearn, Udacity and UpGrad, among others, which will operate as authorised Android training partners in India.

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June 21, 2016

Why do online courses from top universities like MIT and Harvard fail?

Not everyone can get through big universities like MIT, Harvard, Columbia.. But everyone can easily take up an online course designed and taught by the very professors of these mighty universities-And for free. Yet, usually, only 2% of the total enrolled learners actually go on to complete a course. However, Online certification players like Simplilearn, Udacity see a much higher completion rate than the industry average. With the help of in-house innovative tech methodology, Simplilearn has a 72% course completion rate for their self developed online courses.

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June 20, 2016

Simplilearn: How a blog turned into a professional training startup

Edutech or e-learning is gaining a foothold in India, but this wasn’t the case back in 2009 when Krishna Kumar started his blog called Simplilearn.com. Today, with close to 500 employees and office operations in San Jose, California and Bangalore, it’s a professional training startup aimed at the upskilling and reskilling of working professionals across the world. It’s available to access on the web and also in the form of iOS and Android apps.

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June 15, 2016

Simplilearn LMS

Despite its egalitarian promises, online education is primarily a boon to working professionals. White-collar workers can enroll in an array of training and certification programs, available on-demand and at minimal expense. Simplilearn isn't new to the space. The professional certifications company launched in 2009 and has since moved entirely online, jettisoning its offline training centers in 2015. In addition to developing its own learning management system (LMS), Simplilearn produces training content. Today it's one of the largest providers of professional certification courses, particularly with regards to project management, digital marketing, and big data analytics. All of this despite the fact that competitors such as Lynda.com, Udacity, and Pluralsight offer larger catalogs of self-paced courses that are often less expensive than those available on Simplilearn.

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June 6, 2016

Education start-up Simplilearn plans to expand tie-ups with Indian corporations

Simplilearn Solutions, a Bengaluru-based education start-up which offers online courses for IT professionals, is looking to focus on expanding its tie-up with corporates and is working toward offering guaranteed interviews after the completion of courses. The company has a paid online education model where it offers courses mainly focused on upskilling. The firm offers courses across categories like digital marketing, big data, data sciences, cloud, IT security, mobile, project and process management.

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May 30, 2016

Simplilearn targets enterprises, aims for $50 million revenues

Simplilearn trains close to 20,000 people every month and when asked about their growth after the course, Kumar said, “We did a survey to find out about our clients and how helpful the courses were for them. About 79% of users said after the courses they got a pay hike, different job or different project.” When asked about its plans to expand, Kumar said, “At present, we are concentrating only on the Indian and US markets. US is a big market for us. We are planning to focus on B2B. Apart from our individual clients, we are also now approaching enterprises.”

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May 22, 2016

Edutech startups: Why the opportunity as well as the challenge is huge

"We have become a reliable source for working professionals to reskill and upskill themselves," says Krishna Kumar, CEO and founder, Simplilearn. "There is an opportunity to build a global education platform from India." As demand grows, Kumar and Co are tweaking the venture's business model to keep pace. For instance, Simplilearn offers courses in subjects such as big data, where a professional can take a clutch of online courses and get professional certification once she complete the programme. Elsewhere, the type of content is moving from purely self-learning modules to live classes, even as the company goes beyond IT-related courses and adds a few in the fields of sales, finance, human resources and project management to its portfolio .

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May 16, 2016

Simplilearn ties up with MilitarytoCorporate (M2C)

Simplilearn, provider of online certification courses, announced their partnership with and MilitarytoCorporate (M2C), corporate hiring and transition assistance partner for the Indian military community, to facilitate the career transition of military veterans into the civilian workplace. This partnership between will provide training certification opportunity to over 60,000 ex-service men and women who retire every year from active service thus aiding them to transition to civilian life. These training certifications, at discounted price points, will help veterans be better prepared for jobs in the civilian sector and also add skillsets that complement their military skills in industry recognized professional training courses.

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April 29, 2016

200% more women join professional training

Nearly 5,000 women enrolled with Simplilearn to upskill themselves over the past six months, a 200% increase over the preceding six-month period. This happened as the California based online education provider of professional certification training ran a campaign titled #She-TakesCharge on social media, in addition to sending out surveys to customers six months after the completion of their courses, to put together insights on professional advancement among women.

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April 25, 2016

Employees moving to digital education platforms to gain new skills

MOOC's (Massive Open Online Courses) like Coursera and edX were under the scanner for their low conversion rates, but have now come up with cohort groups and messaging platforms to connect students with each other and platforms like Simplilearn and Emeritus are charging the customers, thereby bringing in the required push to complete the course. Take for example, Zeeshan, an android developer. He did not get placed during the campus recruitments and took up an android programming course on Simplilearn. "These days everything is on app, so I took the android programming course and landed with a job in a startup," he said. Money is no longer the talking point as the companies sponsor employees or employees are ready to pay for the sake of career opportunities. "The biggest challenge was, people were not willing to pay, but now they have begun to realise that it's an investment," said Krishna Kumar, CEO of Simplilearn.

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April 24, 2016

Start to up-skill if you're unsure of your startup job

The biggest threat to employability is in the medium skill level. These are the well-paying jobs like day traders, project managers, process owners, quality managers and any other role that involves managing workforce who are into low level tasks. With an onset of digital technologies, there has been an advancement in machine learning, hi-tech automation, and the birth of new tools and technologies that has resulted in a whole generation of medium-skilled professionals becoming redundant. Also, the changing way of conducting business has given rise to the need of adapting oneself to the transforming requirements of such jobs.

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April 20, 2016

How big data courses are filling skill gap

Simplilearn already has 11 courses in this domain spanning across basics of big data, platforms of Hadoop and Spark to NoSql databases like MongoDB and Cassandra. "We have more than 2,500 students enrolling on monthly basis for the big data course categories," says Ankur Arora, head of category at Simplilearn. "Of these learners, about 85 per cent are professionals with at least 2-3 years of work experience. Our courses are intended to help professionals become job ready. Also, mid-level professionals undergoing career stagnation can take up these courses to move from traditional technologies to big data, further helping them in scout for better career opportunities. We have close to 25 highly-qualified and certified trainers with industry relevant experience deliver trainings in big data and analytics," says Arora.

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April 11, 2016

HR, not funds, big headache for startups

Fund-raising may have come easy for startups. It's the people matters that appear to be rather tricky. For some, establishing a unique culture is proving to be tough, while for others it's about ensuring new hires remain as engaged as those who began their careers at the start of the company's journey. Simplilearn, a professional certification provider, has a practice called 'Free Look Period', which allows the employee to understand the role, team dynamics and work culture. It's an opportunity to ensure that the new hire and the company are a perfect fit. The firm is now creating a new post for head of culture. The objective, said COO Gerald Jaideep, is to link the core values and vision of the company with business goals and to replicate behaviours in people to ensure they deliver.

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March 29, 2016

Simplilearn appoints Anand Narayanan as VP for product and engineering

Simplilearn, a professional certification training company has announced the appointment of Anand Narayanan, a product head from Rackspace as vice-president - product and engineering. Narayanan heading the cloud compute product portfolio for the public cloud business division at Rackspace.

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March 16, 2016

Simplilearn Announces Executive Appointment

Simplilearn today announced Ray Rike will join the company as President, Simplilearn Americas. In this role, Rike will oversee all aspects of the Enterprise Business including marketing, sales, operations, and customer success. He will report to Krishna Kumar, Chief Executive Officer. "Ray is a seasoned and strategic leader with multiple, successful experiences in building the enterprise business in emerging and high growth companies, which will accelerate our presence in the corporate marketplace," said Kumar. His experience and expertise will help align our customer acquisition and expansion strategy with our robust emerging technology and process course catalogue to strengthen our position as an industry leader. His proven ability to rapidly scale a business will be a tremendous asset to Simplilearn moving forward and I am pleased to welcome Ray to our executive team.

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March 14, 2016

New-age IT skills can double your pay

If you have some of the new-age tech skills, not only are you likely to be hired much faster, you could also earn far better salaries.Terms like R, Julia, Hadoop, Scrum Master and DevOps may sound alien to most people, but these are some of the hot skills that companies are looking for. A youngster who has just started out and has learnt R, a popular programming language used for statistical computing to derive insights from data, gets an average salary of Rs 8 lakh a year, according to data from Simplilearn, an online education provider of professional certification training. In comparison, the average salary for a regular fresher in an IT company is Rs 3.5 lakh. "These are deep technology shifts changing the game for businesses. Five years ago, Java, C++ were sought-after skills, but IT companies are today looking at diversity in their tech talent pool to improve business conversation with their customers," said Kashyap Dalal, chief product officer in Bengaluru-based Simplilearn.

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March 9, 2016

Simplilearn partners with EXIN to launch online training course in Scrum Master

Simplilearn has partnered EXIN, an independent certification institute for ICT-professionals, to launch a training course in EXIN Agile Scrum Master. As a part of this partnership, Simplilearn is providing training on agile and scrum concepts through live online instructor led training with gamified sessions. Together with EXIN, who is providing the accreditation, Simplilearn has designed the course that provides learners an immersive experience on the SCRUM Master philosophy, delivering the highest of value to all aspiring professionals.

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February 24, 2016

What next for education start-up Simplilearn?

When Krishna Kumar started a personal blog in 2009 and posted free video lessons and a practice test there, the idea wasn’t to do business. It was to kill boredom. Six years later, the blog has become Simplilearn Solutions Pvt. Ltd, a leading education start-up, employing 450 people and training 20,000 people every month on the back of $28 million it has raised from multiple funds. The company trains IT professionals online to help them earn certifications in areas like project management and analytics. Earlier, Simplilearn operated offline centres, but moved completely online in the last year. “Post moving to the online model, our costs have moved down a little bit, but we’ve also been able to increase the payouts and benefits that we provide to our trainers in order to attract and retain the best trainers from across the globe,” said Kumar, chief executive officer of Simplilearn.

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February 23, 2016

Simplilearn and Tableau partner to solve global data scientist shortage

Simplilearn, the largest provider of professional certification courses, and Tableau, a global leader in self-service business analytics software, today announced their partnership. The aim of this partnership is to strengthen Simplilearn's vision to build a talent pool of 200,000 skilled Data Scientists by the year 2020. The partnership enables aspiring professionals to get up-skilled in data science and analytics with high quality instructor-led training, e-learning, and industry projects fulfilled on the latest version of Tableau.

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February 22, 2016

Simplilearn Ranked in Top 10 Most Influential Education Brands

Simplilearn is ranked as #8 of the 50 most influential education brands outpacing Wharton University, Harvard Business School, New York University, University of Phoenix and other traditional institutions. Organizations were honored for their achievements in the areas of educational publishing and their commitment to providing quality content. As one of the top among 50 organizations receiving recognition, Simplilearn was selected as #8 based on its engaging work on LinkedIn.

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February 19, 2016

Simplilearn urges consumers to upgrade their professional skills

Simplilearn, the online certification training provider, has launched its first television campaign (TVC) 'Get Certified, Get Ahead', to create awareness about its platform. The TVC, which features, actor Irrfan Khan, aims to encourage working professionals to acquire new technology skills and certifications. This national campaign highlights Simplilearn's plans to increase the visibility of its online certification courses in trending categories such as big data and analytics, digital marketing, cloud computing, project management, and IT security to white-collared professionals spread across Tier-I and Tier-II cities.

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February 19, 2016

7 Indian EdTech Startups You Should Know About

Some of the most active VCs in this space include Ah! Ventures, 500 Startups, TLabs, Mumbai Angels, with each of them making at least five investments each. Sequoia and Tiger Global have backed two startups each. The total funding in this space amounts to $282.8 million (roughly Rs. 1,936 crores), with at least ten startups raising funding rounds over $1 million (roughly Rs. 6.7 crores) in 2015. The top VC-backed startup from India raised $15 million (roughly Rs. 102.6 crores) in 2015. Here's a list of some of the leading EdTech startups in India's startup ecosystem.
Simplilearn: Simplilearn claims to be the world's largest professional certifications company with customers from over 150 countries. It offers over 400 courses from a panel of over 2,000 industry experts ranging from Data Science, Project Management, Big Data, Digital Marketing, SEO (search engine optimisation), and more. The startup claims to have trained over half a million professionals since its inception, and is named the eighth-most influential education brand in the world by LinkedIn in its 2016 Education Edition report.

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February 12, 2016

Simplilearn recognized as the 'Best Educational Website' by IAMAI

Simplilearn was awarded the ‘Best Educational Website’ by the prestigious Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) at the 6th India Digital Awards held in New Delhi on February 10th. Simplilearn has been recognized by IAMAI for the second time for its leadership position in online certification training space and for providing highly interactive and seamless learning experience to working professionals worldwide.

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January 12, 2016

Want to Get Hired? Look to the Tech and Health Care Industries

During the last quarter, the demand from companies has shifted to big data and analytics and outpaced project management, said Michael Stebbins, head of U.S. operations at Simplilearn, a Scotts Valley, Calif.-based provider of short-term certification courses. The top five areas for job growth and ones who will provide the largest raises include big data and analytics, front-end and back-end web application programmers, IT security, social media marketers and project managers for both IT and marketing functions. “We are bullish for 2016,” he said. “We have a pretty unique vantage point that allows us to see where the demand is – both from students and employers that we work with. With affordable, accredited online courses, young professionals can jump into both online and virtual classroom training to quickly increase their skills for the jobs that are in most demand.”

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January 10, 2016

Gains and pains of digital transformation

Since technology now becomes obsolete faster than ever before, companies have to scout for fresh talent. Often there aren’t programmers with required knowledge base. Coupled with this is the need to re-skill existing employees. “If you take 100 programmers, the chances are that a majority are trained in native language that is tied to a platform. There are fewer people trained in open source. If a company has to hire a PHP programmer, it will have to shell out a much higher amount,” says Gerald Jaideep, COO of Simplilearn.

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January 2, 2016

Digital marketing course to be most sought after in 2016

Digital marketing course has emerged as the most sought after course that professionals are keen to pursue in 2016, according to Simplilearn, a professional certification training provider which has come up with "2016 Career Goals" survey covering over 2,00,000 working professionals spread across top metros in the country. Majority of digital marketing course requirement comes from Hyderabad followed by Bangalore and Pune. It is used to launch and manage successful businesses online and there is a strong demand for professionals skilled in social media, data analysis and e-mail marketing and content marketing.

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December 31, 2015

A tech wishlist by technologists from India’s top cities

Simplilearn, a professional certification platform, ran a poll on 2 lakh professionals on its platform to understand their skill-building and training needs for 2016. The survey revealed about preferences of technologists from India's top cities where digital marketing, Android app development, Big Data & Analytics and The Open Group Architecture Framework or TOGAF were voted as the most preferred course requirements for up-skilling needs.

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December 17, 2015

Simplilearn starts personalized learning product Online Classroom Flexi Pass

Simplilearn, a professional certification platform, said it launched a new product that helps online learners to learn at a schedule of their choice through live online classrooms with industry experts at any point of time. The product, Online Classroom Flexi Pass, allows learners to attend real-time face to face online sessions with trainers across the world for 90 days."The biggest problems for online training are maintaining self-discipline, non-interactivity and paucity of time. This offering would help customers complete their courses without the hassles of commute, traffic or blocking few days for specific online classes," Simplilearn chief product officer, Kashyap Dalal, told TOI.

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December 14, 2015

Simplilearn Expands into Larger Silicon Valley Presence

Simplilearn, a global provider of online training and professional certification courses, announced today that it will move its North American headquarters from Houston to 10 Victor Square, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. The company has made great progress strengthening its brand and accelerating performance in the states, and the new Silicon Valley headquarters will be the forefront of the education technology space. Simplilearn–which trains professional learners and certifies their skills online –announced over a 300% percent increase in Learning Management System usage, in 2015 over 2013. “We have made great progress strengthening our brand and accelerating performance in the states, and our new headquarters will accommodate our growth.” Said Krishna Kumar, CEO.

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November 23, 2015

Startup incubation to help Simplilearn retain HR talent

Simplilearn, a professional certification platform, has started an in-house startup incubation programme to stem the outflow of its entrepreneurially minded employees. "Over the last two years, we noticed about 15 per cent of people across all levels leaving Simplilearn to set up their own venture," said chief operations officer Gerald Jaideep. "But not many hit upon success." Simplilearn re-hired these employees, and realized that it might as well allow employees to test the waters in house before they take the plunge to starting up. Jaideep said all CXOs of the company will be on the entrepreneurial panel, mentoring employees on their next game plan. The idea could span across any sector and is not limited to the edtech segment that Simplilearn operates in.

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November 18, 2015

Stayzilla’s Vedanarayanan Vedantham Joins Edu-Tech Firm Simplilearn

Simplilearn, a professional certification training provider, has announced the appointment of Vedanarayanan Vedantham as Senior Director of Marketing and Rajeev K.G as Director of eLearning for enterprise business. Vedanarayanan aka Veda and Rajeev have come on onboard at a time when the leading edu-tech company is scaling its presence rapidly through its innovative product offerings.

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November 18, 2015

Want to Develop Apps for Apple Watch? Simplilearn Launches Free Course on Application Development for Next-Gen Creators

Want to know more about developing for the Apple Watch? If so, you’re in luck. Simplilearn has just announced its launch of an Apple Watch Application Development course. Simplilearn, if you’re not familiar, is a global provider of online training and professional certification courses. Intended for aspiring as well as professional developers, the course is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to develop any iWatch app they can dream up and aim to create.

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October 21, 2015

Simplilearn: Educating Professionals

Simplilearn, a leading provider of a fleet of professional certification courses that work with companies working professionals to address the unique learning needs. Krishna Kumar, CEO, Simplilearn, spoke to Abha Bakaya on more about the company’s growth.

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18 October, 2015

Start-Ups Adopting Innovative HR On-Boarding Policies

Education technology company Simplilearn has a 'free look policy', which applies to hires at all levels, including senior management and across divisions. Under this, new hires are required to focus primarily on their training and familiarising with Simplilearn's process and culture. "Similar to the free-look policy in insurance sector, we give liberty to new hires to judge our culture, understand the job profile and let them assess if they would be a cultural fit considering personal and professional parameters," Simplilearn COO Gerald Jaideep said.

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October 05, 2015

By reaching 4,50,000 people from 150 countries, Simplilearn aims to be the career partner for working professionals globally

“From registering profitable numbers within our first year of operation, we have unlocked several milestones in a short span of five years. All our courses are offered online only via self-learning and instructor-led classroom models. With learners hailing from more than 150 countries, we are a 24X7 online company, making learning convenient, boundless of the time zones and geographies”, says Krishna Kumar, Founder and CEO

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September 15, 2015

Why Mobile Technology Is A Game-Changer For Learning

Just a few years ago we were introduced to the advantages of e-learning over traditional classroom training. Today, we're going a step further with mobile-learning, a need of the future. Mobile-learning is more than merely learning on a portable device. It is a method of acquiring knowledge and skills on the go in an interactive and informal environment.

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September 14, 2015

Why IT professionals constantly need to upskill

News reports in the last few months reveal that many top-tier IT services firms are cutting employee strength, specifically their middle management. The retrenchments are primarily triggered by the lack of desired skill-sets amongst experienced employees. The Simplilearn Customer Insight Survey illustrated the fact that a negligible percentage of IT workers in the age group of 35-55 saw a career increment last year. This indicates a growing skill gap between industry requirements and employee skills. This is especially true for individuals in the information technology industry, and other industries are also expected to feel the ripple effect.

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September 11, 2015

India Inc cuts the blah, makes induction fun

Some companies say employees don't stop their search despite them closing the position. To counter that, Simplilearn has introduced a 30-day 'Free Look Period' from the date of joining. This time allows employees to understand their role, team dynamics, work culture and possible impact all this will have on their career. The period is an opportunity to ensure that the new hire and the company are a perfect fit with one another.

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September 10, 2015

Simplilearn adds 25 new digital marketing courses

Simplilearn, an online platform for training and professional certification courses, has added 25 courses to its digital marketing category. The courses cater to freshers, mid-level advertising and marketing professionals and entrepreneurs for understanding the digital space, like search engine optimisation, web analytics, social media marketing, pay per click, mobile marketing and more. Several short courses are also available on topics like Youtube and video marketing, Facebook marketing, etc. The courses are powered by Market Motive which was acquired by Simplilearn in June.

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September 03, 2015

Lessons in entrepreneurship: The success of Simplilearn

Simplilearn.com came into existence at the right time when more and more professionals were looking for avenues to get themselves certified in a professional and smart way. The short-term courses are designed to help learners grasp the concepts effectively, qualify the exams, and gain certification to move ahead in their careers. Simplilearn, currently, has more than 250 courses and has trained more than four lakh professionals. Having just completed five years, Simplilearn’s success can be attributed to its learner-centric course development programme aiming to equip learners with the latest skills through various techniques that make learning easy and effective.

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August 05, 2015

Why Bengaluru rocks

One of the main roads in a Bengaluru neighbourhood called HSR Layout is dotted with fruit and vegetable shops and the more-than-occasional poultry store where chickens in cages squawk in protest. It wasn't quite RK Narayan's Malgudi but, in its semi-rural, semi-urban ethos, it seemed far removed from the world of start-ups for which the city has become renowned. And, yet at the end of that road, where every 50 metres one seemed to encounter a construction site for a new four-storeyed office, was a building with grey glass windows: the headquarters of Simplilearn, a company that helps people the world over reskill through online courses.

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July 30, 2015

Simplilearn Launches Courses in Design & Multimedia for Creative Professionals

Simplilearn, the largest destination for online training and professional certification courses, announces the launch of 45 new training courses in design and multimedia. With the entry into a new domain, Simplilearn provides training in design and multimedia through short-term online self-learning modules to aspiring professionals and students who wish to gain thorough expertise in creative graphics, animations and rich multimedia content and progress in their careers.

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July 28, 2015

Simplilearn shows size does not matter in global acquisitions

Krishna Kumar, the gung ho Founder and CEO of Bengaluru-based Simplilearn, talks to Your Story about the company’s acquisition of Market Motive, the global pioneer in online marketing training, and what it means for the company by way of access to new geographies, customers and abilities.

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June 25, 2015

Simplilearn acquires Silicon Valley-based Market Motive in a $10M deal

After raising $15 million earlier this year, Bengaluru-based ed-tech startup Simplilearn, today announced a $10 million deal to acquire Market Motive. Based in Silicon Valley, Market Motive was co-founded in 2007 by Michael Stebbins, John Marshall and Avinash Kaushik. It builds curriculum that trains professionals on digital marketing, and has delivered web-based certification programs to Fortune 500 companies. Post this acquisition, Market Motive will continue to operate as an independent arm of Simplilearn with Michael staying on as CEO along with his entire team. Michael will also join Simplilearn as the Chief Innovation Officer and work alongside the company’s Director of U.S operations, Prashant Parmar in strengthening Simplilearn’s presence further in North America.

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June 25, 2015

Simplilearn acquires startup to teach digital marketing to users

India's Simplilearn, an online education startup for professionals seeking IT certifications, today announced that it acquired Silicon Valley-based digital marketing training company Market Motive. The deal is worth US$10 million. Simplilearn focuses on providing short term certification-based courses that have a direct impact on the learners’ career. It claims to have 250 online courses on its portal, including topics like advanced cloud computing, six sigma, and big data. With the acquisition, Simplilearn will add digital marketing courses like social media marketing, digital advertising, web analytics, and marketing automation to its arsenal.

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June 25, 2015

IT pros take the e-way to upgrade skills

The pressure on professionals, particularly those in technology, to upgrade skills is turning out to be a gold mine for startups offering online professional courses.

Upstart in 2010, Simplilearn today offers 250 e-learning courses, has 500 employees and has raised $27 million from investors. Its founder Krishna Kumar says Simplilearn has a monthly enrollment of 20,000, and since 2010, has certified more than 400,000 people. He says the venture aspires to be the "Amazon of technical training."

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May 29, 2015

Simplilearn Offers Industry First Option to Its Users with All-Access Online Classroom

Simplilearn, the world's largest online certification destination, announces the launch of its All-Access Online Classroom feature. At just $ 999, interested individuals can get professionally trained in 25 + courses in over 90 days with the newly introduced All-Access Online Classroom. Catering to convenience and time, one can access 120+ instructor led virtual or self-paced accredited certified courses and be assured of rich and collaborative learning environment by recognized trainers.

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May 25, 2015

How Simplilearn aims to be the 'go-to career' destination for professionals globally

Today, when technology is ruling in every sector – whether it is financial, banking or any other – then how can education industry lack behind. With the changing trends in education sector, players dealing in online education are influencing education industry. India’s e-learning market is estimated to be around $3 billion. Due to the new start-ups, internet and smartphone penetration, India’s e-learning market is growing manifold.

Simplilearn is one such example which has come out with flying colors in e-learning market. Simplilearn is a leading provider of a suite of professional certification courses. They work with the leading companies and working professionals to address unique learning needs.

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May 18, 2015

Ram Gupta Joins Simplilearn's Board of Directors

Simplilearn, a leading global provider of online training and professional certification courses, today announced that software industry’s backbone Mr. Ram Gupta has joined its board of directors. Mr. Gupta currently serves as a director on the boards of Progress Software (PRGS), FusionOps, Unmetric and Uniken Inc. Mr. Gupta is a respected Silicon Valley software executive with over 25 years of strategy and execution expertise in fast-paced, innovative technology companies, especially those located in North America.

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May 01, 2015

Here's why education technology startups like CoBELS, Simplilearn are on a high in India

As processes and functions in technology become automated and new technologies emerge, professionals constantly seek ways to reskill themselves, a trend the likes of Simplilearn, and Jigsaw Academy are capitalizing on. Five year-old Simplilearn has about 18,000 people take its certification courses every month, and is growing at 200% every year in terms of revenue.

"When the economy, from a tech-industry perspective, slows down, people invest in their careers," said Gerald Jaideep, chief operating officer of Simplilearn, which has become one of the largest certification platforms globally in technology, projects and processes.

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April 30, 2015

How to answer Indian IT sector’s retrenchment problem

The recent disquiet in the IT Services industry over employee retrenchment has brought into sharp focus the need for constant employee reskilling/upskilling. The Simplilearn Customer Insight Survey illustrated the fact that a negligible percentage IT workers in the age group of 35-55 saw a career increment this last year.

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April 22, 2015

Simplilearn Raises $15M For Professional Training And Certification

Bangalore-based Simplilearn Solutions Pvt Ltd, the company behind Simplilearn.com, an online education and training destination for professional certification courses, has secured $15 million (Rs 92 crore) in Series C round of funding led by early-stage investor Mayfield, with participation from existing investors Kalaari Capital and Helion Venture Partners.

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Mar 31, 2015

Now receive professional training online

As a working professional, almost all of us experience a time when we wish to study further about our field of interest, and refine our skills. Unfortunately, we always need to make a choice between continuing to study and taking up the course. However, a startup company, Simplilearn has resolved the dilemma.

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March 2015 issue

40 under 40

The second annual Fortune India list of the hottest 40 under 40 shows exactly what’s going right in India. Based on the iconic 40 Under 40 list launched by Fortune, this definitive list features India’s first-generation young stars in businesses as diverse as biotech, e-retail, data analytics, investment banking, and mobile advertising.

February 12, 2015

Why you should accept the next job offer from a startup

More than 10% of the 9,000-plus students who will graduate out of IITs this year are likely to take up employment in new age companies, mostly startups, according to research done by ET during the placement season in December. Across India's top engineering and business school campuses, fresh graduates are keenly seeking the exhilaration of working in a start-up environment.

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February 06, 2015

Online education: the next big thing in India

The education sector in India is no longer bound to just classrooms. Thanks to new start-ups and higher internet and smartphone penetration, the online learning space in India is growing manifold.

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January 17, 2015

Foreigners drawn to e-classes in Bengaluru

Indian e-learning startups, eager to capitalize on the global boom in big data analytics, are raking in the majority of their revenues from foreign audiences by providing affordable course offerings that can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

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January 07, 2015

How an Indian entrepreneur turned his blog into a global online training site for professionals

In the late 2000s, Krishna Kumar was blogging about project management after his last venture, an electronics business solutions firm called TechUnified, was acquired by publicly-listed ORG Informatics. The blog he started was called Simplilearn.com, and six months later, 3,000 readers were tuned in to what he had to say.

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November 30, 2014

The clarity principle. Why managers and employees are sometimes not on the same page, and how to set realistic expectations

What people really want from their jobs, and what their bosses think employees want, may not be the same. Human resource (HR) consultancy Towers Watson recently conducted two complementary studies—the ‘2014 Global Workforce Study’ of 32,000 employees across 26 countries, and the ‘2014 Global Talent Management And Rewards Study’, for which it interviewed 1,637 organizations across 31 nations—to understand, and possibly address, this mismatch in expectations.

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October 20, 2014

IT Trainers update courses with Big Data & Analytics

In the race to the top-job in the current Information Technology market as a data analyst, certification and training play an important role for entry-level professionals and students to differentiate themselves. Startups focused on providing training to professionals in India are adding data analytics and big data certifications to serve the market.

October 10, 2014

Simplifying the Learning Process

Krishna Kumar, an Electronics and Communications engineer from NIT Surathkal, Mangalore, Karnataka, started Simplilearn in 2009 to help professionals across the globe realise their dream careers. They cater to professionals across different industries, offering training material for certifications in Project Management, IT Services Management, IT Security Management, Quality Management, Financial Management and Technology Certification, SAP, Microsoft, Salesforce and many more skill sets. Simplilearn has trained more than two lakh professionals in over 150 countries, including participants from leading Fortune 500 companies (an annual list of companies published by Fortune magazine, which ranks top 500 companies in the US based on their gross revenue).

August 26, 2014

Decoding Simplilearn’s Culture Code : “Be An Innovator And Be Your Best Every Day”

Simplilearn, a Bangalore based e-learning company was founded in 2009 as a project management blog, by founder and CEO Krishna Kumar.

With 600+ employees, presently Simplilearn has 100+ courses across multiple categories like Project Management & Agile & Scrum Certification, IT service management, etc. As of now more than 100,000+ trained professionals have enrolled for the certification courses for adding credentials to their professional life. Simplilearn has a blended model of learning which covers both Classroom and Online training (instructor lead tutoring and self-learning are both available in the online mode of training).

August 21, 2014

Trained cloud computing professionals – augmented need

In the recent years, it is evidently proven that cloud computing is the next big frontier in building business credibility. However, tremendous business value can be achieved only when cloud skills are applied appropriately with an analytical approach. The major question to be addressed here is; who will make all this happen?

August 20, 2014

iSPIRT adds 50 donor members

In an industry dominated by software service companies, iSPIRT, an independent think-tank formed last February to champion the cause of Indian software product firms, has beefed up its Founder Circle Donor members of 30 to an 80-member core team.

October 20, 2014

CNBC Young Turks Covers Krishna Kumar, CEO Simplilearn

June 05, 2014

A quick overview of online education market in India, with Embibe & SimpliLearn

The Indian education market is estimated to be worth INR 5.9 trillion in 2014-15. With nearly half the population of India below the age of 25 and increasing penetration of Internet & mobile devices in this demographic, the growth of online education market in India is indubitable too. Infrastructure and regulation issues might be slowing down the otherwise accelerating education space in India; online education, especially in the unregulated markets is poised for an immense growth. India’s online education market size is predicted to grow to $40 billion by 2017 from the present $20 billion.

May 02, 2014

DOWN TO BRASS TACKS Startups Open Door to Interns, Make the Talent Pipeline Hum

The notion of doing summer internship with the crème de la crème is done and dusted. It’s the startups that are now making all the buzz. Interns are not complaining as the stipend on offer can even match up to the best in industry

April 14, 2014

Learning it the simply way

According to the company, it earns 50% of its revenue from the US, 30% from India and is at a break-even stage. It is operating at a monthly run rate of around R8 crore." - Krishna Kumar, founder and CEO of Simplilearn shares his thoughts on the online education industry and Simplilearn's role to play in the sphere.

February 12, 2014

Simplilearn conferred the 'Best Educational Website' by IAMAI at 4th India Digital Awards

Simplilearn, the leading provider of online training and professional certification courses, was felicitated as the ‘Best Educational Website’ by the prestigious Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) at the 4th India Digital Awards held in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi. Chosen from among five entries in the Education category, Simplilearn was acknowledged for its contribution to the online learning space and for providing a relevant, engaging and interactive user experience.

February 06, 2014

Risky is Fun Stability Does not Excite Young Executives Anymore, Startups Do

More and more young professionals,eventhosewithafairbit of experience,arewillingto pass up the job security of a large, established company in favour of the thrill of innovation, sense of ownership, meaty roles and flat structures young startups have on offer.

January 24, 2014

SimpliLearn : Learn at your place, at your pace

Simplilearn.com, an online learning destination for young working professionals who are looking at career enhancement through certification courses across industry verticals. Simplilearn.com was founded by an Indian born visionary entrepreneur Mr. Krishna Kumar in 2009.

January 22, 2014

Kashyap Dalal, Ex-CEO & Founder of Inkfruit.com joins Simplilearn as Chief Product Officer

Bangalore, January 22, 2014: Simplilearn, the leading provider of online training and professional certification courses, announces the appointment of Kashyap Dalal as the company’s new Chief Product Officer (CPO).

December 30, 2013

The High-Flying Indian Startups: NextBigWhat of 2014

We’d shared the list of 100+ promising Indian startups earlier. While we expect a good number of these startups to make it big in 2014, here are a few startups who are already on a high growth path.

November 29, 2013

Simplilearn helps working professionals get certified and scale up

Education was, is and will be the one of the hottest sectors all the time. Talking about business in education sector, online education industry in India is around $20 billion and is set to grow to about $40 billion by 2017, making it the fastest-growing market in education. SimpliLearn have already set feet firm in this field.

October 25, 2013

Simplilearn, 4th on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India 2013

BANGALORE, INDIA: Simplilearn is an online learning portal for young working professionals who are looking at career enhancement through certification courses across the different industries. It announced that it ranked fourth on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India 2013, which was organised by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited.

Simplilearn, Leader in Professional Certification Training, Raises $10 million in Series B Funding led by Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital

September 17, 2013

New funding will be used to strengthen global presence, course catalogue and training delivery platform September, 17, 2013 -- Simplilearn (www.simplilearn.com), the leading provider of online training and professional certification courses, announced today that it raised $10-million in Series B funding from Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital. The funding will allow the company to diversify and expa...

New funding will be used to strengthen global presence, course catalogue and training delivery platform

September, 17, 2013 -- Simplilearn (www.simplilearn.com), the leading provider of online training and professional certification courses, announced today that it raised $10-million in Series B funding from Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital. The funding will allow the company to diversify and expand its course catalog to add more categories, focus on improving customer engagement by adding local team members in the US, UK, Australia and the Middle East, and enhancing its technology platform to make courses available on mobile devices.

"Simplilearn aspires to be world leaders in the business of online certification exam preparation for working professionals. Our USP is that we offer easy and convenient online, classroom and blended training programs across the globe. While there are many players in the market that design and deliver a gamut of certification exams, there is no single company that helps you effectively prepare for such certification exams, and this is the gap that Simplilearn is addressing,” said Krishna Kumar, CEO of Simplilearn. “We’ve been fortunate to have successfully trained over 75,000 professionals, and we’d like to use this funding to continue to scale and help more professionals around the globe to realize their career dreams.”

“The growth that Simplilearn has seen in the last few quarters is testimony to its success in differentiating itself in a crowded online training market. The approach of being solely focused on certification courses gives it a unique edge, and opens up a large addressable market,” said Rahul Chowdhri, Director, Helion Advisors. “As the demand for certified professionals continues to grow, Simplilearn’s innovative platform and large inventory of courses will be an invaluable resource for working professionals and large corporations.”

Simplilearn offers blended classroom and online training programs across 11 categories: Project Management, Agile and Scrum Certification, IT Service Management, Big Data and Cloud Computing, IT Security Management, Finance Management, Quality Management, SAP Certification, CompTIA Certification, Microsoft Certification, and Cisco Certification.

In 2009, Simplilearn launched as a blog that shared ideas on project management and offered PMP aspirants information about certification and professional training. In April 2010, Simplilearn introduced an innovative “blended model” approach to PMP training, which entailed a mix of classroom and online training. A year later, the site began offering additional courses across categories and by June 2012, Simplilearn had trained over 20,000 professionals in over 50 countries around the world.

Now, Simplilearn offers online training, blended classroom training and exam practice tests 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in over 80 courses across 11 major categories. To date, the company has trained over 75,000 professionals in over 150 countries around the world. Arguably, it is the largest certification training provider for working professionals. The company comprises an exceptional team of over 500 full time professionals across locations.

“Since its inception, Simplilearn has grown at a rate of 400% and has outpaced that growth since our investment early last year,” said Rajesh Raju, Managing Director, Kalaari Capital. “We are excited with the growth path that the company is embarking on with the current round of funding. We envision a global leadership position for the company in catering to individuals and corporates in a variety of certification areas."

Khetal advisors acted as the sole advisor to Simplilearn for this transaction.

For more information, visit www.simplilearn.com.

About Simplilearn Simplilearn is an online learning destination for young working professionals who are looking at career enhancement through certification courses across industry verticals. With study centers across the globe, Simplilearn.com offers over 80 certification courses across 11 categories. At present, Simplilearn trains about 4000 professionals a month.Simplilearn is a Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of PMI, USA, Accredited Training Organization (ATO) by APMG International, UK, Accredited Examination Center (AEC) by EXIN and PEOPLECERT. All the courses offered at Simplilearn.com are accredited for online delivery and approved worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.simplilearn.com

About Helion: Helion is a leading multi-stage venture fund with over $600 million under management. The fund invests across the technology and consumer sectors. Helion's investors are well-respected global institutions including top tier university endowment funds, sovereign funds, foundations, pension funds, family offices and Fund of funds. The fund and its portfolio companies are advised by an experienced and industry renowned team of professionals includes Sanjeev Aggarwal, Ashish Gupta, Kanwaljit Singh, Rahul Chandra and R Natarajan. For more information visit www.helionvc.com

About Kalaari Capital: Kalaari Capital is a leading early-stage venture capital fund with a focus on technology-oriented companies. The fund is passionate about investing in entrepreneurs who are poised to be tomorrow's global leaders. Kalaari seeks out companies that are striving to capture new markets through innovative business models on a global scale. For more information visit www.kalaari.com... view less

September 18, 2013

Simplilearn raises $10mn so professionals dont get left in the dust

In a competitive job market, Simplilearn helps people get the training they need to keep up.
Today, Simplilearn announced securing $10 million in its second round of financing. The company claims to be the world’s largest certification training provider for working professionals.

September 18, 2013

Simplilearn Raises $10 Million Series B

Online certification and training website Simplilearn announced on Tuesday that it raised $10 million in a series round of funding. The site, which offers more than 80 online training courses for professional certification across multiple IT categories, was funded by Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital.

September 18, 2013

Technology-Training Provider Simplilearn Enrolls Investors for $10M Series B

Simplilearn Solutions LLC, a provider of online training and professional certification courses, has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital.

September 18, 2013

Simplilearn scores $10 mln in Series B funds

Simplilearn said Tuesday that it has received $10 million in Series B funding. The investors were Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital. Khetal Advisors aided Simplilearn in this transaction. Simplilearn is an online learning platform for working professionals.

September 18, 2013

Simplilearn Solutions raises $10 million

Simplilearn Solutions Pvt. Ltd, a provider of online training and professional certification courses, has raised $10 million from Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital.

The funding will help the company diversify and expand its course catalogue to add more categories, focus on improving customer engagement by adding local team members in the US, the UK, Australia and West Asia, and enhance its technology platform to make courses available on mobile devices. The company expects to generate revenue of Rs.100 crore in 2013-14.

September 18, 2013

Simplilearn, Leader in Professional Certification Training, Raises $10 Million in Series B Funding Led by Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital

Simplilearn (www.simplilearn.com), the leading provider of online training and professional certification courses, announced today that it raised $10-million in Series B funding from Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital. The funding will allow the company to diversify and expand its course catalog to add more categories, focus on improving customer engagement by adding local team members in the US, UK, Australia and the Middle East, and enhancing its technology platform to make courses available on mobile devices.

September 18, 2013

Simplilearn, Leader in Professional Certification Training, Raises $10 Million in Series B Funding Led by Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital

Simplilearn (www.simplilearn.com), the leading provider of online training and professional certification courses, announced today that it raised $10-million in Series B funding from Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital. The funding will allow the company to diversify and expand its course catalog to add more categories, focus on improving customer engagement by adding local team members in the US, UK, Australia and the Middle East, and enhancing its technology platform to make courses available on mobile devices.

September 18, 2013

Simplilearn raises $10 million from Helion Venture, Kalaari Capital

Online training and professional certification courses provider, Simplilearn, today said it has raised $ 10 million from venture funds Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital.

May 27, 2013

Online Education: Does it Really Work?

The ever growing online education sector is a symbiotic complement to traditional college education today. This is not without any reason. Considering the costs and time required for a regular, full time college/professional education course, online education offers a meaningful supplement. Online education is popular nowadays for a number of reasons — cost, convenience and efficiency. And for professors, it offers a consistent classroom format.

Simplilearn.com accredited by CFA Institute

February 19, 2013

Simplilearn.com, leader in online education and training for professional certification courses, today announced its entry into the finance certification training after proving its expertise in Project Management and IT Services Management field. Simplilearn.com has received accreditation from CFA Institute to conduct the CFA Level 1 training. Simplilearn provides both Online and Classroom training for CFA Level I ce...

Simplilearn.com, leader in online education and training for professional certification courses, today announced its entry into the finance certification training after proving its expertise in Project Management and IT Services Management field. Simplilearn.com has received accreditation from CFA Institute to conduct the CFA Level 1 training. Simplilearn provides both Online and Classroom training for CFA Level I certification. Like its other trainings, Simplilearn has designed its own online training course based on the CFA Institute's curriculum for CFA Level I exam. This accredited training helps aspirants from around the world to prepare for the certification exam, conducted by CFA Institute twice a year.

CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), the most respected investment credential recognized worldwide, is a graduate level investment credential that demonstrates a commitment to professional integrity and a high degree of expertise. The course provides the professional with a broad range of skills needed for a competitive career in the investment industry.

Mr. Krishna Kumar, CEO, Simplilearn.com, says, "We have observed the non-availability of quality training content for Finance Certification exam preparation. Like we did for our other training programs for project management, IT service management, etc. certification, we focused on building the best course-ware for training CFA Level I certification aspirants. This training course-ware is accredited by CFA Institute." He further adds "Apart from CFA, we also offer other finance management courses like FRM and Financial modeling, which are accredited by GARP and EXIN respectively."

Sivananda Subudhi, FRM (has cleared all the three levels of CFA exam and is presently working as Senior Manager with Axis Bank Ltd.) said, "The CFA Level I preparation curriculum developed by Simplilearn team adequately covers all the critical concepts required for the exam.

The candidate is expected to be benefited to a greater extent from the interactive topic area wise video presentations and reading materials. The full length simulation mock tests will definitely provide the candidate an edge over others for tackling problem in real exam."

According to Mr Vivek Sayal, CFA- Level 1 trainer, "The CFA Level I online training course prepared by Simplilearn covers all the LOS (learning outcome statements) in the curriculum. The interface of the online portal is very user friendly and helps students to easily navigate within the course. Also at the end of each session, there is a quiz to test the concepts covered in the sessions with answers and explanations".

The comprehensive CFA level I course content developed by Simplilearn.com is already getting positive response and many CFA aspirants preparing for CFA level I examination in June 2013 have enrolled for the course.

About Simplilearn.com: Simplilearn.com is the industry leader in online education and training for professional certification courses. Simplilearn.com was founded by Mr. Krishna Kumar in 2009 and has received growth capital from IndoUS Venture Partners (IUVP). With study centers across the globe, Simplilearn.com offers over 50 certification courses in Project Management, IT Services Management, IT Security Management, Quality Management, Financial Management, and Technology Certification. Simplilearn.com has trained over 50,000 aspirants across 145+ countries, including those from the world's leading Fortune 500 companies. At present, it conducts over 300 classroom trainings per month across the world. Simplilearn.com is Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of PMI, USA, Accredited Training Organization (ATO) by APMG International, UK, Accredited Examination Center (AEC) by EXIN and PEOPLECERT. Also, all the courses offered at Simplilearn.com are accredited and approved worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.simplilearn.com ...view less

December 10, 2012

Training young guns

Here is a story of how an entrepreneur started out blogging as a part-time occupation which has now turned out to be a training and certification place for thousands of people across the world.

November 15, 2012

Does online education work?

online courses offer people, more than ever, the ability to get a post-secondary education. Because it is a self-directed programme, it may not be suited for people who aren’t highly motivated and organised.

October 26, 2012

Bangalore-based Simplilearn offers online courses for executives to scale up skills

"I believe, by enrolling with Simplilearn, I have got my money's worth or maybe more," says Aninda Mitra, who works with technology firm Logica.

September 19, 2012

IUVP Invests in Simplilearn.com

Simplilearn.com has spread-out globally by possessing study centers over 135 countries and has coached around 35,000 postulants.

August 27, 2012

Online training platform Simplilearn raises funding from IndoUS Venture Partners

The money raised will be utilised to expand its current portfolio of certification courses and to make foray into new geographies.

Simplilearn accelerates growth plans with funding from IUVP

August 12, 2012

Bangalore based Simplilearn.com.com, a pioneer in online education and training for professional certification courses, is looking to significantly expand on its current portfolio of certification courses and also to add newer geographies to its already wide coverage. The Company currently offers 50 courses and is planning to increase it to 100 courses by the end of financial year 2012-13. As part of its expansion pl ...

Bangalore based Simplilearn.com.com, a pioneer in online education and training for professional certification courses, is looking to significantly expand on its current portfolio of certification courses and also to add newer geographies to its already wide coverage. The Company currently offers 50 courses and is planning to increase it to 100 courses by the end of financial year 2012-13. As part of its expansion plans, Simplilearn.com will be doubling its workforce to strengthen its core certification-education platform and will add people across various levels in the organization. Recently, Simplilearn.com raised capital from IndoUS Venture Partners (IUVP) to fund its expansion plans in offering world class professional certification training. Launched in 2009, Simplilearn.com.com has trained over 35,000 aspirants across 135+ countries, including those from the world's leading Fortune 500 companies. Simplilearn.com develops its course content in-house for majority of the courses and delivers training through a unique online/offline delivery platform. At present, the Company conducts over 300 classroom trainings per month and has study centers across the globe. The company holds the mission of providing the working professionals with the utmost learning flexibility, including 100% online training from the convenience of their home or office, customized classroom training, 24/7 customer support and mentoring via online chat, e-mail, phone. "We have created a certification-education platform and business model that is capable of delivering high quality education for professional certification courses on a cost effective and highly scalable virtual delivery model that is a unique blend of online and offline channels. Although we are growing profitably, we have opted for the IndoUS Venture Partners (IUVP) funding primarily because of their reputation of working closely with entrepreneurs and helping them build strong scalable companies. We believe our partnership with IUVP will help us achieve our mission to become the largest online destination for professional certification courses accepted globally," said Krishna Kumar, CEO & Founder, Simplilearn.com. Commenting on the Simplilearn.com investment, Rajesh Raju, Managing Director, IUVP said, "As we looked at a number of education business models over the last many years, the challenge has been in finding an effective education delivery model that can scale. We believe Simplilearn.com provides a unique combination of a proven and effective classroom training model and a highly scalable online education delivery model. In addition, the company's sales, marketing and support activities are done purely online making it a highly economical and scalable model." He further added, "We are excited to be partnering with a successful serial entrepreneur who has achieved significant traction in a relatively short period." Rajesh Raju has joined the board of the Company following IUVP's investment. Vani Kola, Managing Director, India, IUVP, stated, "Krishna is an experienced and well-rounded entrepreneur and we are pleased with his choice to work with us. Simplilearn.com is on a high growth trajectory and poised to become the market leader." About Simplilearn.com: Simplilearn.com.com is the industry leader in online education and training for professional certification courses. Simplilearn.com.com was founded by Mr. Krishna Kumar in 2009 & has received growth capital from IndoUS Venture Partners (IUVP). With study centers across the globe, Simplilearn.com.com offers over 50 certification courses in Project Management, IT Services Management, IT Security Management, Quality Management, Financial Management, and Technology Certification. Simplilearn.com.com has trained over 35,000 aspirants across 135+ countries, including those from the world's leading Fortune 500 companies. At present, they conduct over 300 classroom trainings per month across the world. Simplilearn.com.com is Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of PMI, USA, Accredited Training Organization (ATO) by APMG International, UK, Accredited Examination Center (AEC) by EXIN and PEOPLECERT. Also, all the courses offered at Simplilearn.com.com are accredited and approved worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.simplilearn.com ...view less

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