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Chegg Co-Founder Osman Rashid Announces Galxyz, A Gaming Startup Focused On Science Education

TechCrunch TechCrunch 30/04/2014 Anthony Ha

Osman Rashid, co-founder and former CEO of textbook rental service Chegg and interactive textbook platform Kno, is announcing his next startup, Galxyz. It’s still related to education, but otherwise sounds like a pretty big departure.

Basically, Galxyz (pronounced “galaxies”) is building a science-focused game for tablets and smartphones. And it is just focused on one game — Rashid described it as “an intergalactic science adventure” that will allow kids to learn at their own pace.

Apparently the idea came to him as he saw his own children interact with educational games, games that he found lacking in several ways — they weren’t engaging enough, the content wasn’t deep enough, or they required the parents to get involved in order for the kids to advance in the game.

That’s why he’s focusing on one title, so that kids can just keep playing rather than running out of material after a few weeks.

Rashid also said that the gameplay will be integrated with the actual learning — in other words, players don’t read a bunch of material and then just play a generic game that tests you on it. For example, he said that to help players learn about gravity, they actually have to apply their knowledge of gravity and related concepts to defeat one of the enemies in an early mini-game.

The company has partnered with the New York Academy of Science to test the game out over the summer and vet the content, and the plan is to fully launch Galxyz in September.

Galxyz is backed by Relay Ventures, Andresseen Horowitz, and Emerson Collective.

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