PE-backed acquires Halifax startup Compilr

Online education firm said Monday that it has acquired Compilr. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Halifax, Compilr is an online code editor. is backed by Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity and Meritech Capital Partners.


CARPINTERIA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–, an online education company, today announced that it has acquired Compilr, a software coding and development environment that allows people to learn, write, compile and test code from their browser. The acquisition is part of’s growth strategy and underscores its commitment to providing members with the best personal and professional development resources available.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” has always been forward looking in providing course offerings that meet growing demand for a wide variety of skills in business, technology and creative.
“The acquisition of Compilr reflects our dedication to providing members the best way to learn across a variety of segments, whether we build or buy to achieve those goals,” said Eric Robison, president and CEO of “We recognize the growing market demand for programming language instruction and are committed to providing a broad range of high-quality computer programming courses. This aligns with our learning philosophy and allows us to maintain and grow our market leadership.”
Compilr’s learning environment will complement the programming courses that have been a longtime staple in its online library. Compilr focuses on core programming languages that are the basis of modern web applications, smartphone and tablet applications. The interactive development environment supports more than a dozen of the top programming languages with technology and resources that cater to the needs of beginner and experienced programmers.
Compilr becomes a service of
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