We are thrilled to announce that Wikispaces has been acquired by TSL Education. A few things won’t change: our entire team in San Francisco will continue to work on the platform you know and love with a true commitment to serving teachers and students. One thing will change: we are now backed by TSL’s deep resources and huge education network (read more about TSL in our acquisition announcement). This means we get to build more ambitious, more revolutionary, and more delightful products for you more quickly than ever before.
This day marks a new chapter in the story of our company. While our plans for the future are important, allow us to reflect for a moment on why we started Wikispaces and how we got here. We think it’s the best way for you to understand why this is going to be great for the education community.
We set out in 2005 on a journey to build a company that was different from many other Silicon Valley startups. We didn’t raise venture capital. We didn’t have a splashy product launch. We didn’t chase trends. We never issued a press release. Instead, we focused on positively impacting the lives of as many real people as possible. We strove to build a company with a human voice. We answered your emails and phone calls ourselves, day in and day out, to understand your needs. We built a company that was comfortable playing the long game, where success is measured by building a sustainable business making real change through technology.
Early on as we were learning who we were as a young company and product, we were surprised to discover that our most excited and engaged audience was teachers, students, librarians, parents, education technologists. We tugged on that thread, and it’s been the source of nearly all of our success ever since. Through relentless iteration we grew to serve the needs of millions of registered users, and tens of millions of monthly visitors.
All along we found our strength from you. From the feedback — both good and bad! — you sent us via email, on Twitter, in person at conferences. From the hundreds of millions of edits, uploads, and messages you’ve put on your wikis. We are in awe of how you’ve used technology inside and outside the classroom to make your lives and your students’ lives better, across every grade level, country, and subject matter imaginable.
We are extremely lucky to have found a partner as good as TSL Education. TSL is laser-focused on improving the lives of teachers around the world. In talking to Louise and her team we were excited by the similarity in our missions. And TSL has assets that we could only dream of as a small company: financial strength, an amazing and engaged community of teachers, and a broad library of educational resources.
The natural question you may be thinking is: what happens next? We will redouble our efforts to bring simple, usable, joyful technology into classrooms around the world. Our team in San Francisco will grow both in size and in ambition: we’re out to change the world of education as part of the TSL team. And we’re building applications on top of the Wikispaces platform that will surprise and delight teachers and students alike. We think you’ll love what you see.
We know that some of you will view this announcement with a feeling of trepidation. Many technology acquisitions don’t play out as planned. We ask you to judge this acquisition by our actions over the coming days and weeks and months. We’re the same team today that we were yesterday, now with a supercharged mission to better the lives of teachers and their students.
We can’t wait to take the next step in this journey with you. Keep an eye out here on our blog and on Twitter for a preview of what’s coming next. Tell a friend. Start that second or third or twentieth wiki for your classroom — we’re here to stay. And, as always, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
The Wikispaces Team
Adam, Dom, Eric, James, Jeff, Max, and Wendy