Copyright Recognized with Bay Area Best Places to Work Award

Company ranked highest among edtech companies in the San Francisco Business Times & Silicon Valley Business Journal Best Places to Work List for 2017

April 27, 2017

Mountain View, CA —, one of the largest providers of online video courses for K-12 and college, has made the list of 2017 Bay Area Best Places to Work, an awards program presented by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

"I feel honored and humbled to work with such a great team," says Adrian Ridner, CEO and Co-founder of "It is amazing the culture you can create when you have exceptionally smart and passionate employees united in a mission to educate the world." operates under a motto, "Do well so we can do good," and it's not just talk. The company recently launched a program called Mountain View Working Scholars which offers anyone in the local community a chance to earn a bachelor's degree for free. "This philanthropic effort and our daily mission of making education accessible continually energizes and motivates the team," said Ridner.

Culture and celebrating success are very important at With company-wide parties, weekly happy hours and special-themed events, employees work hard and play hard. People are also encouraged to join shared interest groups like creative writing, tabletop games, sports, billiard team, bowling league, and hiking. These events have helped employees develop real friendships and trust within the organization.

In addition to an energizing mission to educate the world, a culture of fun and collaboration, and world-class benefits, one truly unique benefit offers employees and their families is the opportunity to take over 80 college courses online for free. The courses are transferable to over 2,000 colleges and cover a majority of the general education requirements at most schools—alleviating a bulk of tuition costs for family members in need of getting their bachelor's degree. Families with younger children can take advantage of free access to the K-12 courses and study tools to help with homework and improve grades.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to continue learning. I'm earning a second bachelor's degree now. My first degree cost over $100,000. Getting another for free is too good of a chance to miss. Plus, my kids can use the videos to help them with their homework," says Jeff Calareso, Senior Manager of Content at

2017 Bay Area Best Places to Work Awards are based on employee rankings across five categories such as fun, collaborative culture, solid compensation and benefits offerings, and other amenities as well as management practices. Results of the 14th annual "Best Places to Work" Awards were presented by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal on April 18th at a celebration held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Adrian Ridner, CEO of accepted the award on behalf of the company.

About is the simplest, most efficient way to learn online. Over 25 million students a month use our online courses and study tools to master any subject. helps students in kindergarten through college excel academically and professionals can gain the skills they need in the workplace. The animated videos bring concepts to life and provide an easy, low-cost way to improve grades, earn college credit, and close skill gaps. was founded in 2002 and is a privately-held company located in Mountain View, California.

About 2017 Bay Area Best Places to Work

Best Places to Work is an innovative publication and awards program produced by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The rankings were determined by surveys that went directly to employees who answered a series of questions. The survey was administered online by the employers and through a service provided by Quantum Workplace, our research partner. The rankings are numeric based on Quantum's scoring process. By ranking companies and sharing best practices we facilitate idea sharing and help other companies learn from the best.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer McHam

(650) 962-1200 x520

jmcham [at]