Synchronous virtual classroom technologies

Social Impact

Company mission

To change the way the world learns.



HQ Location

Dupont Circle, Washington, DC


64% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Class

Sam Franklin headshot

Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

Class is primarily built around the well-known video-conferencing platform, Zoom. It adds to Zoom's basic services a suite of tools that let teachers take attendance, distribute and grade assignments, and deliver online assessments.

The need for such a service has been paramount, and this has been reflected in the huge early-stage investment which Class has received since its founding in 2020. Naturally, a potential obstacle for Class will be whether it can maintain demand for its services over the coming years. To secure its future success, Class wants to create a revolution in learning. It's banking on institutions desiring to keep online learning in some form because of two key advantages: accessibility and cost. Plus, with a service which can potentially be used for teaching all the way from nursery to university level, Class hopes that it will always be able to serve a big chunk of the market.

The main competition for Class comes from platforms such as Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. Even with its competition, Class is able to access a huge market share. Its key challenge will be holding onto it.

Total funding - $164.1m

Last 2 fundraises

Apr 2021



Jul 2021



This company has top investors

Company benefits

  • Work from anywhere
  • Competitive pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, & vision
  • Unlimited PTO
  • 24/7 access to a virtual doctor
  • And more


Most notably, they previously served as co-founder & CEO of Blackboard Inc., a pioneering edtech company. They also served as CEO of both drone-tech company PrecisionHawk and social media company SocialRadar.

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