OpenSesame eLearning Marketplace Reaches 3,000-Course Milestone

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Sellers Eager to Partner with Digital Content Marketplace to Reach New Customers

OpenSesame enables buyers to see the price up front, purchase just the content they need in the quantity they need

OpenSesame (http://www.OpenSesame.com), the elearning marketplace connecting the buyers and sellers of elearning courses, today announced that it now counts 3,000 corporate training courses in its catalog.

The OpenSesame elearning marketplace makes buying and selling corporate elearning as easy as downloading a song from iTunes. Using crowd-sourcing similar to iStockPhoto, the OpenSesame marketplace and technology displaces the leaders in the highly fragmented $4.5B elearning content market.

“Our most important goal is creating the he broadest, freshest and deepest catalog of elearning courses,” said OpenSesame CEO Don Spear. “Our 3,000 course catalog offers buyers all the courses they need in one place and the ability to purchase them instantly for use in any learning management system.”

OpenSesame enables elearning course developers to sell their content directly to a broad audience of customers. Furthermore, courses purchased at OpenSesame work in any learning management system (LMS), solving the interoperability hurdle that makes elearning a hassle for many buyers.

“Businesses are used to painfully negotiating long-term, six-figure contracts for elearning content catalogs, not unlike getting a cable package,” said OpenSesame co-founder and general manager Josh Blank. “OpenSesame enables buyers to see the price up front, purchase just the content they need in the quantity they need.”

The OpenSesame catalog encompasses courses on a wide variety of topics - from management to safety - in many languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish and French. OpenSesame has also developed patent-pending video technology that connects video content to learning management systems.

“Not only do we have one of the largest catalogs of elearning courses in the world,” said OpenSesame co-founder Tom Turnbull. “We have groundbreaking technology that unlocks new forms of content like video and connects them to any learner, anywhere.”

OpenSesame recently announced $2 million in seed funding from Portland investment group Harmony Investments, the OpenSesame management team, and the funding OpenSesame received as the winner of the Angel Oregon 2011 competition.

About OpenSesame
Based in Portland, Oregon, OpenSesame is an open marketplace for elearning that connects elearning buyers and sellers. Buyers browse thousands of courses in a wide variety of subjects from workplace safety to business skills– all compatible with any learning management system. For more information, visit http://www.opensesame.com or follow @OpenSesameNow on Twitter.

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