Pluralsight Snaps up Live Help at HackHands

PLURALSIGHT'S HELPING HANDS: Pluralsight, in Farmington, UT, announced this past week that it acquired San Francisco-based HackHands. The price was not disclosed. Much like Lynda.com, Pluralsight offers a library of more than 3,500 courses and 10,000 hours of videos to support developer and IT training.

Pluralsight has been steadily building its footprint through a series of acquisitions, including plunking down $75 million last November to acquire Boston-based, Smarterer. HackHands will bring to Pluralsight live instructors--the equivalent of calling "911," according to Pluralsight cofounder and CEO, Aaron Skonnard. HackHands charges its customers $1 per minute for help from experts; it boasts 3,000 active experts.

Pluralsight's Buying Binge

Company Acquired Date Deal Size
HackHands July 2015 undisclosed
Code School  January 2015 $36 million
Smarterer November 2014 $75 million
Digital Tutors April 2014 $45 million
Tekpub October 2013 undisclosed
Peepcode July 2013 undisclosed
TrainSignal August 2013 $23.6 million

Source: Pluralsight

Pluralsight itself has raised approximately $180 million from investors led by Insight Venture Partners, ICONIQ Capital and Sorenson Capital.

Here's 2.5 minutes of Skonnard talking about the deal and about Pluralsight's ambitions.

Editor's note: We've corrected the box to properly identify Code School. 

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