Photo: Andrew Hsu
Airy Labs, a startup that is making social learning games for kids, just raised a $1.5 million seed funding round.The round was led by Foundation Capital with participation from Google Ventures and Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson.
Airy Labs is interesting first of all because of its founder, Andrew Hsu, a 20-under-20 Thiel Fellow with a pretty arresting resume: Hsu completed high school at 9 years old, had 3 bachelor’s degrees at 16 years old, and was a 4th year PhD candidate in neuroscience at Stanford when he stopped out.
It’s also interesting because of its mission, which is potentially to disrupt education. The internet provides myriad ways to change the way education is provided, and also the way it’s conceived. Online learning games for kids is a potentially excellent idea. The only problem is that virtually all of the educational games and toys for kids we’ve seen so far are terrible. They treat kids like idiots and are bad both at teaching and at being games. But there’s no reason it has to be that way.
If Airy Labs can make fun educational games, it can be successful. If Airy Labs can make learning itself playful for kids, it can be huge.