Polish startup Brainly, a service that allows students to help each other with homework, has decided to ring in the new year in style, announcing international expansion plans and revealing a major growth milestone. Back in October, the company announced that they had pulled in $9.4 million in new funding in a round led by Boston-based General Catalyst and joined by Russian fund Runa Capital and current investor Point Nine Capital, which is based out of Berlin.
Now, they tell us that they are expanding across the Atlantic with an office in New York City. The company says that the opening of the new office will accelerate hiring and allow the company to move closer to their local audience. In addition to the plans for the new office, the company has revealed that they have reached 40 million unique users from more than 35 companies across Europe, the Americas, and Asia since its launch back in 2009.
Brainly is free, but operates on a point-based system. They encourage users to actively take advantage of the service by answering questions that others pose. This generates points for the users (as well as points that they might obtain from actively using the site, recommending the service, topping the various leaderboards, and more), which they can then use to pose questions to others. The original site was in Polish, but they have since expanded to include sites in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Indonesian, Portuguese, Malaysian, Romanian, and Turkish.