Monday, April 30, 2012
Mahalo Retools As Educational Content Apps Provider
Remember Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the startup headed by Jason Calacanis and backed by such investors as Sequoia Capital? The firm has been fairly quiet recently, but apparently in the last few months has retooled itself as an "educational startup", focused on providing courses on the iPad, iPhone, and Android, in addition to YouTube, the web, and Apple's iBook platform. In a recent blog post, Calacanis said that the firm has now seen more than 950,000 downloads of its apps and 200M videos on YouTube, in the last six months. Mahalo had initially focused on creating a human-curated search engine, but had seen some stumbles after major Google algorithm changes last year which caused a dropoff in the firm's search engine traffic.