Featured Ed Tech Startup

Featured Ed Tech Startup

Every quarter, Simba looks at several startups in depth, providing updates on new product launches and financing rounds completed. You can find these companies in the Simba report Ed Tech Startup Quaterly Dashboard. Every week Simba will focus on one of these tech companies carving out a niche in the education technology market.


Tapping into the need for compelling video content is Zaption, a publishing platform founded in 2012 by father and son team Charlie and Jim Stigler. The publishing platform based in San Francisco offers free interactive video tools and ready-to-use video lessons designed to engage learners in K-12 and higher education. Zaption’s video platform can be used in all major browsers and in its native app for iPhone and iPads.

Today’s students are growing-up in a world where video is available instantly and on any device. As a result, developers at Zaption are seeking new ways to use videos to improve instruction and personalize learning. Zaption is focused on improving video tools to make it easy for instructors to create and share video, and tract its effectiveness.

Zaption has three pricing models. The basic free model allows users to watch video lessons, find educational videos, create and store their own video lessons and track viewer progress and responses. Two premium services add interactive elements, like advanced controls for viewing, sharing and organizing video and tools for integrating Zaption with a learning management system. A Pro Classroom option for one instructor to use in all their classes is priced at $89 per year. A Pro Campus option, priced at $995 per year, covers 15+ instructors and their students.

Zaption, which has eight employees, has received seed funding from Scion Capital and NewSchools venture fund.