Zuckerberg, Jobs-linked groups back Boston education startup

By Globe Staff 

A Boston educational technology startup now has two of the most storied families in Silicon Valley behind it.

Panorama Education, which makes tools that schools use to help students prepare for college, has raised $16 million in an investment round led by Emerson Collective, which is run by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Other investors included The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organization of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.


Boston-based Spark Capital, as well as Owl Ventures, and SoftTechVC, also participated in the funding round, Panorama said.

The company said its products, which help measure students’ skills and improve learning environments, are being used in 400 school systems including New York City, Dallas, and San Francisco.

Panorama chief executive Aaron Feuer said in a statement that the new investment is a recognition that the company is adding a needed dimension to the way children learn.

“Great schools go beyond English and math to help grow every aspect of the child, from social-emotional development to love of learning,” he said.

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