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Fiverr acquires CreativeLive to boost online education offerings

Fiverr CEO Micha Kaufman

On Thursday, Fiverr, the Nasdaq-listed and Israeli-founded online freelancers marketplace announced the acquisition of online learning startup CreativeLive.

The Seattle-based company has established a platform for creative and entrepreneurial education, where users may learn about design, business, photography, video production, and marketing, among other topics. Among the instructors are a broad mix of Pulitzer, Grammy, and Oscar-winning authors, thinking leaders, and iconic entrepreneurs.

“Fiverr is more than a job board; we believe in promoting the whole freelance lifestyle, which includes professional education and training.”

The ability to acquire new skills in a fast changing work environment and subsequently monetize them is a critical component of Fiverr’s role in facilitating transformation for customers and sellers on our platform,” said Micha Kaufman, Fiverr’s Founder and CEO.

“Acquiring CreativeLive is a component of this bigger goal. Chase and his team’s expertise in building captivating learning experiences across industries makes them an ideal fit as we scale this segment of our business. The breadth and quality of CreativeLive’s courses are unmatched, and we look forward to giving them to our entire community.”

CreativeLive, founded in 2010 by Chase Jarvis, offers over 2,000 lessons in a variety of creative and business categories and has assisted over 10 million learners in developing new skills for their profession, hobbies, and life.

“The future rewards individuals and businesses who can innovate, develop, and adapt to a quickly changing world,” stated Chase Jarvis, CreativeLive’s Founder and CEO. “At the heart of it all is people’s capacity to acquire new abilities, think creatively, and act with a growth mentality. Once considered ‘nice to haves,’ we now understand that these characteristics are necessary for success in any industry.”

CreativeLive will continue to operate independently, retaining and growing its team from its present location in Seattle, Washington, with Founder and CEO Chase Jarvis at the helm. Fiverr Learn, Fiverr’s current online learning program, will be included into CreativeLive.

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