Go1 (YC S15) Takes The Pain Out Of Company Onboarding And Compliance Training

by Alexis Ohanian7/27/2015

Training courses are something that every company should provide, whether for teaching new team members about company culture, educating customers about how to use a product, or providing required lessons on HR issues such as discrimination and sexual harassment. But anyone who’s sat through a corporate training session knows that they can be time-consuming, inefficient, and ineffective.

Launching this week out of our Summer 2015 class, Go1 aims to take the pain and expense out of the training that every company should be doing, by enabling each organization to create its own personalized web-based training portal.

TechCrunch’s Christine Magee wrote about Go1 in a story published this morning:

“Founded by an Australian team of educators out of Oxford University,
GO1 is applying some of the concepts proven by edtech startups, such as
Coursera and Udemy, to employee training.

‘For a lot of companies, compliance training is fairly ad-hoc,’ says
GO1 founder Andrew Barnes, who is a Rhodes scholar finishing up a
masters in Education Technology at Oxford. ‘It’s a really bad use of
people’s time and it creates a sense of resentment toward the company,
when really, training should be empowering the staff.’

Organizations using GO1 can customize their own white-labelled
training portal by either adding courses from GO1’s marketplace or
creating their own with company materials. Instead of a generic 50-slide
PowerPoint presentation about why listening is important, a GO1 course
might feature a TED Talk by an Army general followed by two
multiple-choice questions about how his story applies to your job.”

Read the full story, including details on Go1’s current clients, in TechCrunch here, and participate in the related Hacker News discussion here.


  • Alexis Ohanian