Trala, an app which helps users learn how to play violin, has raised a $1.29 million seed investment round from LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, lead investor Origin Ventures and Techstars Ventures. Other investors including Duolingo’s CEO Luis Von Ahn, VP of business Bob Meese and CTO Severin Hacker also participated.
The company’s app, which is available exclusively on the App Store, uses advanced signal processing and easy tutorials to teach beginners how to play the violin. It currently boasts 60,000 downloads.
Sam Walder, CEO of Trala, said:
“The Trala app promises to teach violin faster and more effectively than your standard private teacher. First-time violinists can learn their first song in 10 minutes instead of three weeks. We’re unlocking a skill that has been out of reach to most people for hundreds of years.”
Prashant Shukla or Origin Ventures added:
“Origin is excited to back the Trala team and the technology it has built. For the first time, anyone can learn violin from an app. We bet on technology that drives dramatic improvements in efficiency and value, and Trala’s rapid early growth shows it is delivering this for users.”