General Assembly Is Not The First Coding School To Sell

Morning Report: General Assembly’s exit is not the first of its kind. Here are a few others.

News recently broke that General Assembly, a coding school based in New York, sold to Adecco (a “Swiss staffing firm,” per today’s Daily) for around $413 million. That huge sum was a a smidgen under the firm’s last private valuation, but a goodly multiple on its $119.5 million in raised capital.

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It’s a big transaction and a good moment for its market space. But it’s not the first.

At least two other coding schools have had exits in recent memory, perhaps helping the General Assembly sale explain itself in terms of market value. (Bear in mind that it’s not exactly news that General Assembly was looking for an exit, as Reuters’ Salvador Rodriguez and Liana B. Baker reported.)

In January of 2016, Pluralsight (now going public) acquired the aptly-named Code School for $36 million. Pluralsight is a juggernaut of what TechCrunch called the “online technology training” space, making the deal quite reasonable given its acquirer’s focus.

More recently, in October of 2017, WeWork bought Flatiron School, bringing coding education to the large, largely coworking-focused unicorn. Terms of that deal were not disclosed.

The General Assembly deal’s occurrence this year means that at least one coding school in each of the last three years has found an exit. Not bad for the category given the scale of the latest transaction.

And as Pluralsight is going public likely this quarter, the tech education market looks increasingly stable and mature.

From The Crunchbase Daily:

Code school General Assembly sold for $413M

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