AFTER SCHOOL has raised a $16.4 million round after a four-month ban from the app store last year. Accomplice led the round; Cowboy Ventures, AngelList founder Naval Ravikant and Parse co-founder Tikhon Bernstam also participated. Founded in 2014, the San Francisco-based company makes closed social networks for high schools where users can post anonymously.
According to Re/code, the app was flooded with users in its early days before its safety features could handle such volume, so students used the app to bully and threaten one another. Apple then removed the app from the store for "personal attacks" and "objectionable content." After School now employs people who read every post and has partnered with DoSomething.org to promote messages of positivity and encouragement.