Helsinki-based Yousician, which claims to have 20M MAUs across its music education app and guitar tuning app, raises $28M Series B led by True Ventures

Helsinki-based Yousician, which claims to have 20M MAUs across its music education app and guitar tuning app, raises $28M Series B led by True Ventures (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

Musician raises $28 million for music education to make it more accessible to students

As Chris Thür himself admits, starting a music education company wasn’t the most obvious thing in the world for him to do.

During an early meeting with an investor, Thür (formerly a laser researcher) recalled the investor asking whether he and co-founder Mikko Kaipainen (an electrical engineer) were music teachers or musicians, ultimately going down a list of everything that might qualify us for that job.

In Thür’s words, “we felt we were missing out on playing an instrument.”. “We weren’t the only ones.”

It is their music education and guitar tuning apps that reach 20 million users each month, though they never convinced that unnamed investor to write a check. Series B funding has been raised by the Helsinki-based startup.

Getting here has been “a bit of a journey,” said Thür (Yousician’s CEO). Before finding success with a less age-specific approach, the company, formerly known as Ovelin, focused exclusively on kids.

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