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Pluralsight Acquires Chicago-based TrainSignal

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September 4, 2013

Salt Lake City –Pluralsight has acquired Chicago-based TrainSignal, an online training resource for IT professionals. The $23.6 million acquisition comes two weeks after the company purchased Seattle-based PeepCode, a similar service for open-source programmers.

TrainSignal provides hundreds of online video courses for individual and enterprise users, including Allstate Insurance, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Dell, Disney and Paychex. Its training spans IT technologies such as VMware, Cisco, Citrix, CompTIA and Microsoft.

"With this acquisition, Pluralsight has cemented its position as the industry leader in online training for serious software developers and IT pros," said Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight. "The Pluralsight library now covers the entire training spectrum."

Over the next few months, the TrainSignal and PeepCode course catalogs will be incorporated into the Pluralsight network. The Pluralsight library will expand from 500 courses to more than 1,000.

TrainSignal's founder and CEO, Scott Skinger, and product development director Gary Eimerman will join Pluralsight in executive roles overseeing the newly created IT division. TrainSignal's network of about 65 instructors are expected to join more than 150 other expert authors.

"I have long admired the caliber of service Pluralsight provides for serious software developers, and I'm thrilled to join forces to create the premier training resource for web and IT professionals," Skinger said. "This acquisition is a perfect marriage that greatly enriches the experience for both of our communities by providing the best practical training available, all in one place."

Prior to acquiring TrainSignal, Pluralsight had amassed nearly 300,000 individual users and 3,000 corporate accounts across 100 different countries. TrainSignal brings in an additional 100,000 individual users and 1,500 corporate memberships. 

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