Online tutoring startup InstaEDU comes out of beta with $4M led by Battery Ventures

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) that instruct tens of thousands of students at once may get the lion’s share of attention in online learning these days. But San Francisco-based InstaEDU is gaining traction with a far more intimate approach: teaching students one at a time.

The online tutoring startup launched in public beta last May and, on Wednesday, said it was coming out beta with an additional $4 million in the bank. The Series A round, which follows $1.1 million previously raised, was led by Battery Ventures and includes current investor The Social+Capital Partnership. As part of the deal, Battery Ventures’ Brian O’Malley will join InstaEDU’s board.

InstaEDU 2With more than 3,000 screened tutors (mostly college students), the startup provides high school, college and adult students 24/7 on-demand or scheduled tutoring sessions that can be as short as 10 minutes or as long as 4 hours. Students can choose from three…

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