TA Ventures backs Ukrainian Startup CheckiO

CheckiO, an interactive code-learning game, is planning to close its first funding round of $750,000.
Along TA Ventures the backers of CheckiO include Vegas Tech Fund (the ventures fund of Zappos’ Tony Hsieh) as well as business angels Bob Mason (Brightcove), Jay Batson (Acquia/Drupal) and others. The total amount of funding received is.

TA Ventures saw ChekiO’s presentation at IDCEE 2012 conference, says Viktoriya Tigipko, TA Ventures Managing Director. «We got passionate about CheckiO's mission to become IT Olympics», she added.

CheckiO was founded in October, 2012 by a Ukrainian Aleksandr Lyabakh. CheckiO is the game for coders. It is a world of islands, full of missions and puzzles. To level-up, players write code to solve these challenges. CheckiO provides a code editor and runtime environment to test solutions and visually evaluate their codes’ behavior. The community ranks top solutions through which users exchange experience and learn from each other.More than 25 thousand players have already contributed over 45 thousand solutions to puzzles and challenges. The author of Python, Guido van Rossum, has joined CheckiO to share his knowledge through code reviews. The Python Foundation itself promotes CheckiO as a learning tool. Strategic partners such as GitHub and O’Reilly Media have already held competitions awarding winners with prizes and media coverage. University professors are starting to supplement their traditional curriculum with CheckiO.

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