—Clipboard, a Bellevue, WA-based startup for collecting online content, is taking an undisclosed strategic investment from Scientia and will work with the company to develop a product for the education market.
Clipboard, founded in 2011 by former Yahoo and Microsoft research and development leader Gary Flake, had raised $1.5 million from a long list of VCs prior to this funding, which is described as its largest single investment yet.
Cambridge, UK-based Scientia, which makes scheduling tools for higher education and training institutions, sees “immense” potential in this market, says Scientia chairman Baron Steven Bentinck. Clipboard’s “powerful features allow for first-of-a-kind collaboration around research, classwork, projects and more from across the web,” he says in a statement.
As of December, Clipboard hit 100,000 registered users. It launched a private beta in October 2011 and opened the service to the public last May.
There’s no shortage of competitors in this area, and while Clipboard has its unique take online organization—particularly as regards its balance between public and private content—there is clear overlap with features of Pinterest, Evernote, Read It Later, and others.