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  • 8/18/09 - Brightstorm Launches Free Math Help
    BRIGHTSTORM LAUNCHES FREE MATH HELP
    Teens watch great teachers explain Algebra, Geometry and Precalculus at Brightstorm.com

    San Francisco, CA (PRWeb) 18 August 2009 – Every school night, high school students in the US spend millions of hours completing their math homework. They often get stuck, and have few resources to turn to. Their parents struggle to help them with the newest "new math," their textbooks further confound them, and online resources are often difficult to find and just plain confusing. What these students lack is a friendly, knowledgeable teacher who can explain math concepts 24/7. Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com), the leading provider of online learning services to high school students, has launched just such a solution—Free Math Help.

    Brightstorm's mission is to bring great teaching to the world. The company recruits the best teachers in the country, and then works with them to create high-quality, video-based learning solutions. Brightstorm's free math help offering includes over 1,800 videos of great teachers explaining every topic contained in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Precalculus. The videos are short, averaging about 5 minutes each, to correspond to the attention span of the online generation. For each math topic, the teacher has a short video explaining the concept and then a few short videos walking through sample problems.

    "The whole purpose of this is for that student who goes home, is working on their homework assignment, and for some reason they're just not getting it," says Brian McCall, Brightstorm's Geometry teacher. "They have to get their homework done, but they don't have that teacher right next them. Now, with Brightstorm, every student can have a great teacher at their side."

    "Brightstorm's free math help is a major step toward achieving our vision of a world in which millions of students learn through technology," says Brightstorm CEO Jeff Marshall. "In today's networked world, there is no reason why a student should struggle with their math homework. Students should be able to have easy access to great teachers explaining the concepts they're struggling with. That's what Brightstorm's free math help solution is all about."

    Brightstorm focuses heavily on content quality, to ensure that every user has a positive learning experience. Quality includes both video production values and great teaching. Brightstorm films its videos in high-definition, and uses a video player to automatically adjust the quality of the video to the user's bandwidth. Brightstorm picked its initial math help teachers after an extensive interview process that identified teachers who both know their subjects deeply, and are especially engaging on camera. The result—four great teachers covering every topic from Algebra 1 through Precalculus (Calculus will be launched during the school year).

    "Before this program was started, it would have been hard to find a site that was reasonably priced on which you could find everything that you needed. Now, with Brightstorm's math help, students can find something good," says Brightstorm's Precalculus teacher Norm Prokup.

    Brightstorm also focused on comprehensiveness. With over 1,800 free math help videos, the offering is designed to meet the needs of every one of those millions of students completing their homework each school night.

    "Brightstorm math help really covers everything from Algebra to Precalculus," says Mr. Prokup. "If you're in the high school math curriculum, you can find what you're looking for."

    With such a large library of free math help topics, user-friendly search functionality becomes critical to a positive customer experience. Brightstorm uses cutting-edge search functionality to display the most relevant search results, and allow users to preview math topics from the search interface itself, so that users can quickly find the video that meets their needs.

    "Creating great math videos is only half the battle," says Mr. Marshall. "Content is only good if the learner can find it quickly, so user-friendly search and browse have been a major focus for Brightstorm math help."

    All this adds up to a solution designed to be ultra-convenient for the user who needs just-in-time math help—the exact explanation they need, when and where they need it.

    "It's kind of like your back-pocket math teacher, who can explain those difficult concepts to you." says Alissa Fong, Brightstorm's Algebra 1 teacher. "You can review the video, and watch it over and over—from your home."

    Brightstorm also helps students help each other. If a student has questions about a video, she can enter the question in Brightstorm Answers, and members of the Brightstorm community can respond. And, of course, students can easily share the free math help videos with links to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and email.

    "Learning with our great teacher videos is only the beginning," says Mr. Marshall. "Ultimately, Brightstorm's free math help will serve as a foundation from which millions of learners can connect and learn together."

    Brightstorm's free math help offering is now live at www.brightstorm.com.

    About Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com)
    Brightstorm is advancing the learning economy through an online learning network that empowers teens, teachers and parents to shape the future of education. Brightstorm partners with the best teachers in the country to create online, video-based test prep and high school help solutions that enable teens do better in school and get into college. Brightstorm offers teacher videos in short, personalized formats that include practice tests, downloadable materials, live interaction with Brightstorm experts and comprehensive study guides. Brightstorm's online video network allows great teachers to reach and inspire millions of teens, while providing those teens with the anytime and anywhere digital consumption they expect. The net result is a powerful network where teens learn more, expert teachers are able to reach more students, and parents can play a more active role in helping their students learn confidently. Brightstorm is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco, CA. For more information please visit www.brightstorm.com.

    Contact:
    Bum Soo Kim, Co-Founder and CEO
    Brightstorm, Inc.
    415-814-1369
    bumsoo@brightstorm.com
    www.brightstorm.com

  • 8/11/09 - Brightstorm Launches College Board of Directors
    BRIGHTSTORM LAUNCHES COLLEGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    5 Enthusiastic College Students from Top-Notch Universities Join Brightstorm.com

    San Francisco, CA (PRWeb) 11 August 2009 – Today's high school students face a variety of challenges as they make their way toward college—getting good grades, achieving high scores on tests like the SAT and ACT, navigating the college admissions process, and securing financial aid. And then there's the intimidating prospect of leaving home and trying to succeed, alone, in a competitive college environment. A good friend and advisor can often help, especially if that person is already in college and knows the ropes. Toward that end, Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com), the leading provider of online test prep and high school help solutions, today announces the launch of the Brightstorm College Board of Directors, an innovative way for high school students to connect with college students at top-notch universities.

    Brightstorm's mission is to bring great teaching to the world. The company recruits the best teachers in the country, and helps them to create high-quality, video-based, online test prep and high school help solutions. With the College Board of Directors, Brightstorm now extends the great teaching model to peer-to-peer interactions.

    "Great teaching comes in all flavors," says Brightstorm CEO Jeff Marshall. "Often the best person to teach you something is the person who just learned it. Our customers—high school students and their parents—have asked us to provide a special kind of teaching that goes beyond academics, test prep and the classroom, and really helps teens have the confidence to get into and succeed at top-notch colleges. The best teachers for that are students who are thriving at great universities. Our College Board of Directors is just that group of people. They've successfully made it through the test prep, college admissions, student loans and scholarships—and now they've figured out how to succeed in college."

    Brightstorm's College Board of Directors launches with five enthusiastic college students from great universities:
    • Brittany, a junior at Brown University, plays on the varsity lacrosse team while pursuing a major in Economics.
    • Clarissa, a sophomore at UC Berkeley, is pursuing a double-major in Film Studies and Economics, while still making time to volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
    • Ian studies Human Biology, with an emphasis on neuroscience, at Stanford University, while playing the saxophone in a band and exploring areas of interest like intellectual property law.
    • Tyler, a sophomore at UCLA, balances his academic pursuits with playing in a band and involvement in the Campus Crusade for Christ.
    • Zak is pursuing a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley while playing ultimate frisbee and enjoying the diversity of the Bay Area.

    Brightstorm College Board of Directors members write blogs, post videos and photos, and answer questions posted on Brightstorm's websites. What do they talk about? Everything from the SAT test and ACT test, to college applications, to financial aid, student loans and scholarships, to how to survive and thrive in college. College Board of Directors members even conduct live webinars as part of Brightstorm's SAT test prep and ACT test prep summer sessions.

    "I'm so glad to be part of Brightstorm's College Board of Directors," says Clarissa. "If I'd had a resource like this when I was in high school, I would have felt a lot more confident about getting into college and succeeding once I got there."

    Clarissa writes in her first Brightstorm College Board of Directors blog post, "With this blog, I'm not only going to delve into my college experience, but I also intend on reminiscing about my high school experience and the path I took to where I am today, from writing college application essays to finally deciding on which university to attend. I will expose my experiences throughout the years—the anxiety and anticipation; my apprehension and excitement; and my disappointments as well as my highlights. I'll try to not leave anything out. So look forward to my honest and holistic take on the high school and college experience."

    "The idea with Brightstorm's College Board of Directors is give teens more opportunity to interact with peers and role models who have succeeded in the way they want to succeed," says Mr. Marshall. "So much of a teen's success hinges on their confidence—in their ability to score well on the SAT test or ACT test, in their ability to write a great college application, in their ability to succeed at a top-notch college, and in their ability to create rich opportunities for themselves in life. By connecting teens with role models, Brightstorm allows those teens to realistically imagine themselves succeeding as our College Board of Directors members are succeeding."

    You can meet Brightstorm's College Board of Directors at www.brightstorm.com.

    About Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com)
    Brightstorm is advancing the learning economy through an online learning network that empowers teens, teachers and parents to shape the future of education. Brightstorm partners with the best teachers in the country to create online, video-based test prep and high school help solutions that enable teens do better in school and get into college. Brightstorm offers teacher videos in short, personalized formats that include practice tests, downloadable materials, live interaction with Brightstorm experts and comprehensive study guides. Brightstorm's online video network allows great teachers to reach and inspire millions of teens, while providing those teens with the anytime and anywhere digital consumption they expect. The net result is a powerful network where teens learn more, expert teachers are able to reach more students, and parents can play a more active role in helping their students learn confidently. Brightstorm is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco, CA. For more information please visit www.brightstorm.com.

    Contact:
    Bum Soo Kim, Co-Founder and CEO
    Brightstorm, Inc.
    415-814-1369
    bumsoo@brightstorm.com
    www.brightstorm.com

  • 8/4/09 - Brightstorm Announces Sweepstakes for $20,000 Scholarship
    BRIGHTSTORM ANNOUNCES SWEEPSTAKES FOR $20,000 SCHOLARSHIP
    Teens Earn Chances to Win $20,000 in Free Tuition while Preparing for the SAT and ACT at Brightstorm.com

    San Francisco, CA (PRWeb) 4 August 2009 – As many parents know, it can be difficult to get teens to take advantage of idle summer hours to prepare for the SAT and ACT exams. Now Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com), the leader in online test prep and math homework help, has created a hefty incentive to study for the college entrance exams—$20,000 in free tuition.

    Brightstorm's mission is to bring great teaching to the world. The company recruits the best teachers in the country and then works with them to create high-quality, video-based, online test prep and math homework solutions. Brightstorm's complete solutions for online SAT and ACT test prep include diagnostic tests, downloadable materials, study guides, and full-length practice exams.

    Brightstorm's online test prep solutions come in two flavors—a self-paced offering and intensive one-week summer sessions. The self-paced SAT and ACT courses allow students to watch videos, take practice ACT and SAT tests, and progress through their test prep study plan at their own pace, over the course of a few months. The intensive one-week SAT and ACT summer sessions add more structure to the students' experience, including daily emails that outline what students should do each day, more extensive reporting, more full-length SAT and ACT practice exams, and live web conference sessions with Brightstorm's SAT and ACT teachers, as well as other Brightstorm experts.

    "At Brightstorm we try to provide solutions personalized to each student's needs," says Jeff Marshall, Brightstorm's Co-Founder and CEO. "For students who are self-motivated, and need to fit test prep into smaller time slots over longer periods of time, our standard SAT and ACT test prep offerings are best. We tailored the SAT and ACT Summer Sessions for students who appreciate more structure and more contact with our test prep experts, and who want to finish up their test prep in one intensive week."

    And now, regardless of program, Brightstorm is offering the chance to win $20,000 in free tuition as an incentive for students to prepare for the ACT and SAT tests.

    "We all remember what it was like to be a teenager," says Mr. Marshall. "It's hard to get motivated to study for the SAT and ACT exams, especially in the summertime, when most teens would rather be hanging out with their friends than taking a test prep course. So, we wanted to give teens an extra nudge to prepare themselves for these important exams."

    Students can receive an entry in the $20,000 free tuition sweepstakes by purchasing an SAT or ACT course at Brightstorm. Additional entries can be achieved by inviting friends who then purchase Brightstorm's online test prep solutions.

    "This is a great opportunity for a lucky student to earn $20,000 in free tuition while preparing for the SAT or ACT with a great, online test prep course from outstanding ACT and SAT test prep experts," says Mr. Marshall.

    Brightstorm's online test prep solutions can be viewed at www.brightstorm.com.

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. For information on how to enter without a purchase see Official Rules at http://corporate.brightstorm.com/sweepstakes/rules.html. There is a limit of 16 entries per person regardless of entry method. Open to US residents between the ages of 15 and 19 at time of entry and planning to attend a two or four year college or university. Void where prohibited. Ends 10/10/09.

    About Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com)
    Brightstorm is advancing the learning economy through an online learning network that empowers teens, teachers and parents to shape the future of education. Brightstorm partners with the best teachers in the country to create online, video-based test prep and high school help solutions that enable teens do better in school and get into college. Brightstorm offers teacher videos in short, personalized formats that include practice tests, downloadable materials, live interaction with Brightstorm experts and comprehensive study guides. Brightstorm's online video network allows great teachers to reach and inspire millions of teens, while providing those teens with the anytime and anywhere digital consumption they expect. The net result is a powerful network where teens learn more, expert teachers are able to reach more students, and parents can play a more active role in helping their students learn confidently. Brightstorm is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco, CA. For more information please visit www.brightstorm.com.

    Contact:
    Bum Soo Kim, Co-Founder and COO
    Brightstorm, Inc.
    415-814-1369
    bumsoo@brightstorm.com
    www.brightstorm.com

  • 7/28/09 - Brightstorm Launches Summer Session versions of SAT and ACT Test Prep
    BRIGHTSTORM LAUNCHES SUMMER SESSION VERSIONS OF SAT TEST PREP AND ACT TEST PREP
    Teens enjoy daily test prep emails and live web conferences with test prep experts at Brightstorm.com

    San Francisco, CA (PRWeb) 29 July 2009 – Each year millions of teens take the ACT and SAT exams in an effort to get into their targeted colleges. In spite of the importance of these exams, it is often difficult for teens to find the time, and money, to prepare for them adequately. Now Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com), the leading provider of online test prep and math homework help solutions has released new video-based SAT and ACT test prep Summer Session programs that are both convenient and affordable.

    Brightstorm's mission is to bring great teaching to the world. The company recruits the best teachers in the country and then works with them to create high-quality, video-based, online test prep and math homework solutions. Brightstorm's newest offerings, intensive Summer Session test prep courses, are designed for students who want to take advantage for free time during the summer to prepare for the SAT and ACT.

    "It's not easy for a teen to find affordable test prep solutions for the SAT and ACT," says Brightstorm CEO Jeff Marshall. "Traditional offerings cost over a thousand dollars and require transportation to test prep centers. At Brightstorm, we offer high quality, customized test prep solutions that students take from the convenience of their own homes, at a fraction of the price."

    Brightstorm offers the five-day online test prep Summer Sessions throughout the summer. Each day starts with an email outlining what test prep activities the student should undertake that day—from viewing teacher videos on the best strategies for the SAT critical reading section, to practice quizzes for ACT science, to full-length practice exams.

    "The Summer Sessions are really thorough test prep programs. You get everything you would in a traditional test prep class, plus much more personalization," says Mr. Marshall. "Based on your progress through the program, Brightstorm guides you on where to spend your time."

    Students can re-watch the SAT and ACT videos as many times as they like during the week. And if they miss a video or practice test that they should have taken? Their email the next morning reminds them that they need to complete the task.

    Brightstorm's ACT and SAT test prep Summer Sessions also include live web conferences with Brightstorm teachers. During the web conferences, students hear presentations and ask questions about everything from SAT and ACT registration processes to how to choose a college that's best for them.

    "Imagine the best test prep experts in the world, the most convenient test prep solution, and a very affordable price—that's Brightstorm's ACT and SAT test prep Summer Sessions," says Mr. Marshall.

    Brightstorm chooses its teachers from the best in the industry. Brightstorm's ACT teacher, Devorah Goldblatt, was a former Kaplan Teacher of the Year who has been specializing in ACT test prep for several years. She is the proprietor of her own ACT test prep company, Advantage Point, in Cleveland, Ohio, and has authored two books on ACT test prep: The Undercover Guide to the ACT and Boost Your Score. Brightstorm's SAT teacher, Eva Holtz has been an SAT test prep tutoring professional for many years. In high school, she achieved a perfect score on the SAT Reasoning Test, as well as four SAT II subject tests. At that point, she realized she had a gift for SAT test prep, and, at the age of 16, Ms. Holtz began tutoring her peers. Years later, after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University, Ms. Holtz founded her own test prep company, Prep Point, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    "We are very proud to have Devorah and Eva as part of the Brightstorm online test prep team," says Mr. Marshall. "With Eva and Devorah teaching Brightstorm's SAT and SAT Summer Sessions, students get to learn from the absolute best at an affordable price."

    Brightstorm's SAT and ACT online test prep Summer Sessions can be viewed at www.brightstorm.com.

    About Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com)
    Brightstorm is advancing the learning economy through an online learning network that empowers teens, teachers and parents to shape the future of education. Brightstorm partners with the best teachers in the country to create online, video-based test prep and high school help solutions that enable teens do better in school and get into college. Brightstorm offers teacher videos in short, personalized formats that include practice tests, downloadable materials, live interaction with Brightstorm experts and comprehensive study guides. Brightstorm's online video network allows great teachers to reach and inspire millions of teens, while providing those teens with the anytime and anywhere digital consumption they expect. The net result is a powerful network where teens learn more, expert teachers are able to reach more students, and parents can play a more active role in helping their students learn confidently. Brightstorm is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco, CA. For more information please visit www.brightstorm.com.

    Contact:
    Bum Soo Kim, Co-Founder and COO
    Brightstorm, Inc.
    415-814-1369
    bumsoo@brightstorm.com
    www.brightstorm.com

  • 6/22/09 - Brightstorm Launches Enhanced SAT Test Prep Solution
    BRIGHTSTORM LAUNCHES ENHANCED SAT TEST PREP SOLUTION
    Eva Holtz, SAT Test Prep Expert, Joins Brightstorm.com

    San Francisco, CA (PRWeb) 23 June 2009 – Summertime offers busy high school students an opportunity to relax and take a break from their hectic school-year schedules. For many ambitious students, though, summer is the one season of the year during which they have enough time to study for perhaps the most significant exam they will take in their lifetime, the SAT Reasoning Test. About 1.5 million students take the SAT test each year, and achieving a high score can mean the difference between a dream college and a "safety school," hence the intensive SAT test prep activities during the summer. Just in time for the busy summer test prep season, Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com), the leading provider of online test prep and high school help solutions, has released a new video-based SAT test prep course to help high school students prepare for the SAT test.

    Brightstorm's mission is to bring great teaching to the world. The company recruits the best teachers in the country and then works with them to create high-quality, video-based, online test prep and high school help solutions. Brightstorm's newest SAT test prep teacher, Eva Holtz, brings a wealth of SAT test prep experience to Brightstorm's team of dozens of top-notch teachers.

    "Eva fits the Brightstorm model perfectly," says Brightstorm CEO Jeff Marshall. "She is really an outstanding teacher, who explains test prep strategies exceptionally clearly. And Eva comes with a resume that puts her in the top 1% of SAT test prep professionals nationwide. Before Brightstorm, it would normally cost a student thousands of dollars to have access to a test prep tutor like Eva. Now, Brightstorm is sharing Eva's gifts at a much lower cost, so that thousands of students can benefit from her test prep expertise."

    Ms. Holtz has been an SAT test prep tutoring professional for many years. In high school, she achieved a perfect score on the SAT Reasoning Test, as well as four SAT II subject tests. At that point, she realized she had a gift for SAT test prep, and, at the age of 16, Ms. Holtz began tutoring her peers. Years later, after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University, Ms. Holtz founded her own test prep company, Prep Point, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    "I'm very excited to be part of Brightstorm," says Ms. Holtz. "I love helping high school students succeed on the SAT. Normally, I can only tutor a few hundred students a year. Now, with Brightstorm, I can help millions of students prepare for the SAT test every year."

    Brightstorm offers Ms. Holtz's class in two flavors: a special, intensive one-week SAT test prep program for the summer, and an at-your-own-pace offering.

    "My SAT Summer Session is a great way for students to take advantage of their free hours in the summer to get up to speed on the SAT test," says Ms. Holtz. "During one intensive week, students watch about seven hours of my videos, in which I review key test prep strategies and the core content every student needs to know in order to score well on the SAT test. They can replay videos as often as they like, to make sure they understand the concepts. Students start the week Monday with a diagnostic test to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and finish up Friday with a detailed report from me on their progress. Along the way, they get full-length practice exams, lots of self-quizzes, and several live sessions with me and other Brightstorm experts. I send students emails every day to help them stay on track, so it becomes easy for oversubscribed teenagers to manage their time and succeed on the SAT test."

    The self-paced version of Ms. Holtz's course is designed for students who prefer to spread out their SAT test prep activities over a few months, rather than packing their test prep into a single week.

    "By offering Eva's course in two flavors we are taking an important step toward personalized learning solutions," says Mr. Marshall. "Not everyone learns in the same way, and no one single test prep solution will work for every learner. With Brightstorm, students can choose the SAT test prep program that is right for them, with the confidence that they'll always have a great teacher at the core of the program."

    Ms. Holtz's SAT test prep courses are currently available on www.brightstorm.com.

    About Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com)
    Brightstorm is advancing the learning economy through an online learning network that empowers teens, teachers and parents to shape the future of education. Brightstorm partners with the best teachers in the country to create online, video-based test prep and high school help solutions that enable teens do better in school and get into college. Brightstorm offers teacher videos in short, personalized formats that include practice tests, downloadable materials, live interaction with Brightstorm experts and comprehensive study guides. Brightstorm's online video network allows great teachers to reach and inspire millions of teens, while providing those teens with the anytime and anywhere digital consumption they expect. The net result is a powerful network where teens learn more, expert teachers are able to reach more students, and parents can play a more active role in helping their students learn confidently. Brightstorm is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco, CA. For more information please visit www.brightstorm.com.

    Contact:
    Bum Soo Kim, Co-Founder and COO
    Brightstorm, Inc.
    415-814-1369
    bumsoo@brightstorm.com
    www.brightstorm.com

  • 6/8/09 - Brightstorm Launches Comprehensive ACT Test Prep Solution
    BRIGHTSTORM LAUNCHES COMPREHENSIVE ACT TEST PREP SOLUTION
    Devorah Goldblatt, ACT Test Prep Expert, Joins Brightstorm.com

    San Francisco, CA (PRWeb) 9 June 2009 – Each year nearly 1.5 million high school students take the ACT test in hopes of achieving high scores and gaining admission into competitive colleges. Now Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com), the leading provider of online test prep and high school help solutions, has released a video-based ACT test prep offering to serve this large and growing market.

    Brightstorm's mission is to bring great teaching to the world. The company recruits the best teachers in the country and then works with them to create high-quality, video-based, online test prep and high school help solutions. For the ACT test, Brightstorm reached out to the Midwest (where the ACT exam is actually more popular than the SAT test) to recruit ACT specialist Devorah Goldblatt.

    Devorah Goldblatt has been specializing in ACT test prep for several years. She is the proprietor of her own ACT test prep company, Advantage Point, in Cleveland, Ohio, and has authored two books on ACT test prep: The Undercover Guide to the ACT and Boost Your Score. Ms. Goldblatt's ACT test prep course comes in two flavors: regular ACT Test Prep and an intensive ACT Summer Session.

    "My regular ACT Test Prep course is a great way for learners to experience all the advantages of in-person tutoring, including video explanations, practice tests, the ability to ask questions and more," says Ms. Goldblatt. "My week-long ACT Summer Sessions are great for students who want to take advantage of free time during the summer to prepare intensively for the fall ACT test. In the Summer Sessions each student gets daily emails to guide activities, live interaction with Brightstorm experts, and an end-week, personalized report."

    "We are very pleased that we landed Devorah as our first ACT test prep teacher," says Jeff Marshall, Co-Founder and CEO of Brightstorm. "Devorah has put together a dynamite course, filled with ACT test prep strategies. Devorah is a natural on camera. Her explanations are very clear, and she's a dynamic presenter."

    Devorah's ACT Test Prep and Summer Sessions are currently available at www.brightstorm.com.

    About Brightstorm (www.brightstorm.com)
    Brightstorm is advancing the learning economy through an online learning network that empowers teens, teachers and parents to shape the future of education. Brightstorm partners with the best teachers in the country to create online, video-based test prep and high school help solutions that enable teens do better in school and get into college. Brightstorm offers teacher videos in short, personalized formats that include practice tests, downloadable materials, live interaction with Brightstorm experts and comprehensive study guides. Brightstorm's online video network allows great teachers to reach and inspire millions of teens, while providing those teens with the anytime and anywhere digital consumption they expect. The net result is a powerful network where teens learn more, expert teachers are able to reach more students, and parents can play a more active role in helping their students learn confidently. Brightstorm is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco, CA. For more information please visit www.brightstorm.com.

    Contact:
    Bum Soo Kim, Co-Founder and COO
    Brightstorm, Inc.
    415-814-1369
    bumsoo@brightstorm.com
    www.brightstorm.com

  • 10/21/08 - New Online Learning Network Brings the Best Teachers to Teens Everywhere
    Online Learning Network Brings The Best Teachers To Teens Everywhere

    With Brightstorm, Teens Learn from Expert Teachers through Video-Based Courses Designed to Fill in Knowledge Gaps, Improve Grades and Better Prepare for College

    San Francisco, Calif. - October 21, 2008 - Brightstorm today launched a new online learning network to help high school students deepen their understanding of important subjects and better prepare for college through video-based courses, designed and taught by expert teachers from across the country.

    Brightstorm's network offers teens access to 5-hour interactive video courses, broken down into 10-20 minute lessons, in a variety of subjects, including math, writing, history and AP and SAT test prep - with more subjects and teachers coming soon. The courses are personalized to match high school students' interests and digital consumption habits. On Brightstorm, teens are able to work at their own pace, choose the right teacher for their learning style, participate in interactive discussion groups, and benefit from bonus materials such as interactive quizzes, 'challenges' and study guides.

    The growing demand for better education, mass broadband adoption and a new generation of digitally savvy teens is driving the growth of new learning models, services and technologies. Taking advantage of this atmosphere, as well as the talents of amazing teachers from across the country, Brightstorm addresses the need for more high-quality and engaging learning opportunities.

    "We started this company as parents, educators and technologists who saw a need for a learning network that helped teens do better in school by syncing with their interests and online lifestyles," said Jeff Marshall, CEO & co-founder, Brightstorm. "Great learning starts with great teaching, and we're giving teens a hand-picked selection of the best teachers from across the country. Simultaneously, Brightstorm broadens the reach of these teachers beyond their hometown classrooms and also gives parents an opportunity to engage with their kids and help them pursue their educational dreams."

    "Brightstorm is built on solid curriculum design and sound learning principles," said Shelley Goldman, professor of education and faculty advisor to the Learning Design and Technology Program at Stanford University School of Education. "The company's online learning network empowers teens, teachers and parents to impact the future of education. I believe in this vision and I'm looking forward to seeing the influence this company will have on the way teens learn."

    Brightstorm's teachers commit themselves to developing unique curriculums that capture the most critical concepts in ways teens can relate to. They are chosen on the basis of an extensive selection process that takes into consideration their classroom teaching success, passion for learning and professional qualifications.

    To get 'on Brightstorm,' and learn more about the network, the teachers and how to capture that "A-Ha!" learning moment, log on at www.brightstorm.com.

    About Brightstorm
    Brightstorm is advancing the learning economy through an online learning network that empowers teens, teachers and parents to shape the future of education. Brightstorm helps teens do better in school through video-based courses, taught by expert teachers and offered in short, personalized formats. Brightstorm's online learning network gives great classroom teachers a new channel to reach and inspire millions of teens, while providing teens with anytime/anywhere access to outstanding learning experiences that map to their interests and increasingly savvy digital consumption behavior. The net result is a powerful network where teens learn more, expert teachers are able to reach more students, and parents can play a more active role in building their kids' confidence in school. Brightstorm is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit www.brightstorm.com.

    For More Information
    Kasey Fleisher or Lindsey Zouein
    LaunchSquad
    Phone: 415-625-8555
    Email: brightstorm@launchsquad.com

  • 10/21/08 - Brightstorm.com Launches Online Learning Network for Teens; Announces $6M in Series A Financing
    BRIGHTSTORM LAUNCHES ONLINE LEARNING NETWORK FOR TEENS; ANNOUNCES $6M IN SERIES A FINANCING

    Learning Experts Join Forces to Empower Teens, Teachers and Parents To Shape the Future of Education

    San Francisco, Calif. - October 21, 2008 - Brightstorm today launched a new online learning network for teens that offers video-based courses designed and taught by expert classroom teachers from across the U.S. The company also announced that it has secured $6M in Series A financing from KTB.

    The growing demand for better education, mass broadband adoption and a new generation of digitally savvy teens is driving the demand and opportunity for new learning models, services and technologies. Brightstorm was founded to advance this new learning economy through an online learning network that maps to the way teens consume content online.

    "Great learning happens because of great teachers," said Jeff Marshall, CEO and co-founder of Brightstorm. "By giving teachers a new channel to reach millions of teens and to express their creativity and expertise, we're creating a new model for learning opportunities to flourish. Our mission is to give parents, teens and teachers a platform for advancing education by making great learning happen all the time and delivering it in a way that maps to the interests and habits of today's digitally savvy teens. If we can deliver on this mission, we passionately believe that we can have a major impact on the overall learning economy."

    Brightstorm features experienced teachers from across the country in video-based courses covering a variety of subjects, including math, writing, history and AP and SAT test prep. Teens can choose their own teacher and teaching style for each subject, and take courses at their own pace in order to improve their grades, succeed when struggling, and better prepare for college. The Brightstorm learning network also features interactive elements and bonus materials, including practice problems, quizzes, study guides and forums.

    Brightstorm's founding team has decades of combined education, technology and eLearning experience, and has joined forces to advance a new vision for learning. The company's vision is based on the idea that teens are eager for a new learning channel that corresponds with their online lifestyles. By creating a learning network to bring together great teachers and teens, while offering a high level of choice, personalization and high-quality content, Brightstorm seeks to advance the learning economy, and in the process, shape the future of education.

    Brightstorm's founding team includes:

    Jeff Marshall, CEO & co-founder - Jeff's educational technology expertise stems from his time at Convergys (formerly DigitalThink), where he served as senior principal prior to co-founding Brightstorm. He has also held the role of product development manager at LeapFrog Enterprises, a leading educational company. Before that, Jeff taught humanities, math, English and Spanish at public schools in California and Arizona.

    Chris Fitzgerald Walsh, Chief Learning Officer & co-founder - Chris specializes in eLearning product development, technology-enhanced classroom instruction and education reform. He has held director positions at WestEd, a leading K-12 services organization, KIPP, a college-prep-focused network of charter schools, and with the Google Teacher Academy, a professional development program geared toward helping K-12 educators get the most from Web 2.0 tools. Chris also spent eight years teaching middle school and working as an education technology coordinator.

    Bum Soo Kim, Chief Operating Officer & co-founder - Bum Soo brings deep experience in both operations and venture investing to Brightstorm. Prior to Brightstorm, Bum Soo was a principal at KTB, one of the largest venture capital firms based out of Korea. During his time there, Bum Soo focused on investments in wireless communications, consumer electronics and Internet media and services. Bum Soo also has a successful track record of customer engagements and business development in the IT business division of Samsung Corporation.

    About Brightstorm
    Brightstorm is advancing the learning economy through an online learning network that empowers teens, teachers and parents to shape the future of education. Brightstorm helps teens do better in school through video-based courses, taught by expert teachers and offered in short, personalized formats. Brightstorm's online learning network gives great classroom teachers a new channel to reach and inspire millions of teens, while providing teens with anytime/anywhere access to outstanding learning experiences that map to their interests and increasingly savvy digital consumption behavior. The net result is a powerful network where teens learn more, expert teachers are able to reach more students, and parents can play a more active role in building their kids' confidence in school. Brightstorm is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit www.brightstorm.com.

    For More Information
    Kasey Fleisher or Lindsey Zouein
    LaunchSquad
    Phone: 415-625-8555
    Email: brightstorm@launchsquad.com

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