Bangalore-based code learning platform Codelearn has raised $150,000 funding from the French angel investment firm Kima Ventures, reports The Times Of India. The report states that Kima Ventures has taken a minority stake in the company in return.

Confirming this funding to Medianama, Hemanth Haridas, co-founder at Codelearn said that they plan to use this funding to add more courses to their website and for hiring and marketing purposes.

Launched in July 2012, Codelearn allows programmers and non-programmers to learn various programming languages through interactive courses and an in-browser app development environment on its website.  What’s worth noting though is that Codelearn offers these tutorials on a need-to know basis rather than the traditional chapter model i.e. it only offers information that would be needed during a specific course and ignores all the smaller level details which may not be needed for a programmer.

At #Alpha, the product and startup showcase at #NAMA conference, Haridas had said that the existing programming tutorials are too focused on teaching a syntax of a programming language rather than focusing on app development itself. In addition, he had also pointed out that setting up a development environment on any computer is currently a pain point for budding app developers, due to which they had introduced an in-browser app development environment on the site.

Registered Users: While the website was in private beta back then, the company had then claimed to have emulated the complete Rails environment on its website, allowing programmers to learn and test their written code for correctness. Haridas mentioned that Codelearn is currently in public beta and claims to have 2,500 registered users. However, he declined to comment on the number of active users on the platform.

When we checked, we noticed that Codelearn has revamped its website and currently offers both tutorials and an in-browser app development environment called Codelearn Playground side-by-side, allowing users to try out the examples mentioned in the tutorials simultaneously. The company has also implemented a test framework, allowing users to test their apps for correctness.

Future Plans: Going forward, Haridas said that they plan to add more courses and introduce additional app development environments in the future. Codelearn currently offers only Ruby on Rails app development environment.

Monetization: Haridas mentioned that they are currently focusing on increasing their user base on Codelearn, before considering different ways for monetization. In the meantime, they plan to introduce advanced courses to registered users on a subscription model. However, he refused to disclose any specific information on how this subscription model will work. Codelearn currently offers only free courses on its website.

Other Players

Sparsha Learning Technologies offers a service called Coderipe which aims to offer a hands on experience with programming to students and allow teachers to create and deliver activity based learning content. The service previously offered support for programming languages like as C, C++, JAVA, Perl, and Python, however it looks like the site now offers support for only C programming language.

US-based Codeacademy also offers a similar platform through which it offers online lessons and an online development environment for budding developers. The company offered tutorials in Javascript, Python, Ruby and jQuery among others. The site also allows programmers to create courses in any programming topics which will be later featured on the portal. Earlier this month, Codeacademy had tied up with Youtube, NPR, Bitly, SoundCloud and Parse to launch API lessons and allow users build apps on top of these platforms.

Besides this, there are other players like Code SchoolProgramr, and Code Avengers.

Investments In Education Segment

Last week, Educomp Solutions subsidiary Authorgen had raised Rs 22 crore from a Private Equity firm Kaizen and a German media company Bertelsmann. EduRaft had also raised $61,000 in angel funding from an alumni group from IIM-Kozhikode and Anna University, Chennai.

Last month, MeraCareerGuide had raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Indiagames founder Vishal Gondal and Walt Disney India chief Ronnie Screwvala while Aurus Networks had raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Indian Angel Network (IAN).

Interestingly, Kima Ventures had also invested (pdf) in a similar France-based collaborative code learning and code sharing platform called FriendCode, earlier in the month.

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