A Cloud Guru Buys Linux Academy
December 17, 2019
Cloud Guru bought Linux Academy, creating the largest cloud computing
training platform in the world. With a shared mission to “teach the
world to cloud,” the combined organization now represents THE school for
the future of IT: hands-on, practical and updated daily to keep pace
with continuous changes in cloud technology.
By bringing together the all-skills level A Cloud Guru offering and the
more advanced Linux Academy training programs, the combined content
library will represent the world’s largest catalog of hands-on training
for cloud computing (AWS, Azure & Google Cloud), DevOps, containers,
security, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
As part of this acquisition, Bain Capital Tech Opportunities has made a
significant investment in A Cloud Guru, alongside participation from
existing investors Elephant, Summit Partners and AirTree Ventures.
Organizations across sectors and geographies are in the midst of
transitioning to a cloud-first strategy. The cloud services market is
growing at a rate nearly three times that of the overall IT services
market, but most enterprises aren’t prepared for the cloud transition.
Nearly three-quarters of IT decision makers believe their organizations
have lost revenue due to a lack of cloud expertise within their teams.
Now, solving that challenge will become easier.
“We recognize that our mission to ‘teach the world to cloud’ does not
just start with the novice learner or end with the most advanced
engineer, but is a mission that meets customers where they are at and
enables them to be successful at their particular stage in their
journey,” said A Cloud Guru CEO Sam Kroonenburg. “By bringing together
our complementary strengths, customers will now have a single partner to
keep pace with the rapid evolution of cloud technology.”
Cloud Guru will bring together the best of both companies to provide an
integrated learner’s journey and create an unparalleled customer
experience, while also rapidly accelerating the launch of new courses
and the pace of innovation.
“I’m thrilled for our students. They are the true winners in this
combination of two best-in-class cloud training providers,” said Linux
Academy CEO Anthony James. “Our student-first missions are completely
aligned, and we truly are better together.”
Kroonenburg will lead the combined organization, which has already
helped more than 1.5 million people learn cloud computing, and James
will serve in an advisory capacity. The company is growing revenues at a
rate of nearly 100% and today employs almost 400 team members around the
William Blair & Company, LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to