Skillshare Statistics

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Skillshare was launched in 2011 to provide a platform to connect those wanting to share skills, with those wanting to learn them. Since its launch, Skillshare has evolved into a global learning community with over 12 million registered users.

In this article, we’ve compiled a carefully curated list of the top Skillshare statistics, numbers and facts from recent, credible sources.

You’ll find Skillshare data on:

– The company itself

– Funding and valuation

– Skillshare courses

So let’s get started.

Top Skillshare statistics

  1. Skillshare was founded in 2010 by Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong
  2. Daily views and time spent on Skillshare more than tripled during 2020
  3. Skillshare has over 12 million registered users
  4. Unlimited access to all of Skillshare’s courses is now available with Skillshare Premium for around $90 per year or $14 monthly 
  5. Skillshare has nearly 30,000+ classes (May 2021)
  6. More than 2,000 courses are available for free 
  7. Courses are divided into 3 categories Thrive, Build and Create 
  8. On average, a Skillshare class is 20-60 minutes of pre-recorded video content broken down into a series of short 2-5 minute videos 
  9. The company has over 8,000 teachers 
  10. The top 500 teachers on Skillshare earn about $2k per month on average

Wondering how Skillshare compares against its competitors? See statistics on: MasterClass, Coursera, edX, and Udemy.

Company

  1. Skillshare was founded in 2010 by Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong
  2. The Skillshare site launched in April, 2011
  3. As of May 2021, Skillshare had 546 employees (LinkedIn)
  4. It is headquartered in New York City (LinkedIn)
  5. Its CEO is Matt Cooper (LinkedIn)
  6. It is the world’s largest online community for creativity (PRNewswire)

Skillshare and the Pandemic

  1. In Q1-2 2020, Skillshare’s average rate of engagement more than doubled and sales nearly doubled year over year (Crunchbase)
  2. Daily views and time spent on Skillshare more than tripled during 2020 (Wall Street Journal
  3. By May 2020, Skillshare had 500,000 paying subscribers (Wall Street Journal)
  4. As of October 2020 Skillshare had 12 million registered users (PRNnewswire)
  5. In April 2020, Skillshare’s top teacher made $68,000 on her Adobe software course (Wall Street Journal)

Financials

  1. Skillshare raised $550,000 in an Angel round in 2011 Led by Founder Collective (Techcrunch)
  2. It raised $12m in 2016 in a Series B round led by Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital (TechCrunch)
  3. Skillshare’s latest funding round in October 2020 (Series D) raised $66m led by Adobe (Techcrunch)
  4. The company’s total funding to date is $116.8m across 9 funding rounds (Crunchbase)
  5. It has 22 investors and 6 lead investors including Spark Capital and Union Square (Crunchbase)
  6. It has a post money valuation in the range of $100m to $500m according to PrivCo (Crunchbase)
  7. Skillshare moved to a membership model in 2014 with membership set at  $9.95 per month (Skillshare blog)
  8. Unlimited access to all of Skillshare’s courses is now available with Skillshare Premium for around $90 per year or $14 monthly (Virtual Strategy Magazine)
  9. Skillshare allocates 30% of membership revenue each month towards a royalty pool for its teachers (Skillshare blog)
  10. The royalty pool is distributed based on % total Premium minutes watched – if a teacher’s class receives 5% of the minutes watched by Premium members, they receive 5% of the royalty pool (Skillshare blog)
  11. Between 2017-2020 teacher earnings grew 3.2x and the number of teachers earning over $200 per month increased by 2.9% (Skillshare blog)

Courses

  1. Skillshare launched in April 2011 with offline in person courses at a venue of the teacher’s choosing (inc)
  2. In August 2012 it launched its first 25 online courses (Pando)
  3. In August 2012, online courses represented 5% of its revenue, a year later it tipped 99% (Pando)
  4. Currently (May 2021) Skillshare has nearly 30,000+ classes (Forbes)
  5. More than 2,000 courses are available for free (Virtual Strategy Magazine)
  6. Courses are divided into 3 categories Thrive, Build and Create (Virtual Strategy Magazine)
  7. On average, a Skillshare class is 20-60 minutes of pre-recorded video content broken down into a series of short 2-5 minute videos (Skillshare Blog)

Customers 

  1. Skillshare has 12 million registered users (PRNnewswire)
  2. The top 500 teachers on Skillshare earn about $2k per month on average (Wall Street Journal)
  3. 20% of Skillshare’s top teachers and 40% of its subscribers are from outside the US (Medium)
  4. Skillshare has 500,000 paying subscribers (Wall Street Journal)
  5. Its subscribers come from 180+ countries (Medium)

Skillshare on the Web

  1. Skillshare averages 8.13m visits to its website each month (Similarweb)
  2. The US (24.29%), India (7.28%) and the UK (5.78%) drive most of its traffic (Similarweb)
  3. Daily views and time spent on Skillshare more than tripled during 2020 (Wall Street Journal)

Frequently Asked Questions

When did Skillshare launch?

Skillshare was founded in 2010, the website launched in 2011

How many customers does Skillshare have?

Skillshare has over 12 million registered users on its platform

How many courses does Skillshare offer?

Skillshare has over 30,000 courses available through its website

Sources

  • https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/skillshare/technology
  • https://news.crunchbase.com/news/skillshares-online-learning-platform-receives-66m-series-d-boost/
  • https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/in-honor-of-teacher-appreciation-week-skillshare-will-fund-teacher-projects-across-the-country-301281467.html
  • https://digiday.com/marketing/influencers-are-creating-million-dollar-incomes-selling-their-expertise-via-online-courses/
  • https://search.techcrunch.com/search;_ylc=X3IDMgRncHJpZAMwejIuM2ZxWlNDcXdOVEZnUGFXRElBBG5fc3VnZwM5BHBvcwMxBHBxc3RyA3NraWxsc2hhcmUEcHFzdHJsAzEwBHFzdHJsAzEwBHF1ZXJ5A3NraWxsc2hhcmUEdF9zdG1wAzE2MjEwNzIyOTkEdXNlX2Nhc2UD?p=skillshare&fr=techcrunch-s
  • https://www.linkedin.com/company/skillshare-com
  • https://www.forbes.com/search/?q=skillshare&sh=2658ec57279f
  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-lockdowns-spark-boom-in-home-schooling-for-grown-ups-11590053401
  • https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-08-10-online-course-library-skillshare-raises-66-million-in-series-d-round
  • https://medium.com/skillshare-team/skillshare-turns-5-and-raises-12m-series-b-be984b56f45d
  • https://pando.com/2013/11/05/skillshare-has-spent-the-last-year-quietly-transforming-itself-its-working/

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