We’ve been following music-education startup Yousician since its earliest days making an iPad app called WildChords. It’s come a long way since then: the company earned $50m of recurring revenue from its 20 million users in 2020. Now it has raised a Series B funding round of $28m to continue growing its business, which now includes the core Yousician app for learning guitar, piano and other instruments, as well as guitar-tuning app GuitarTuna.

The round was led by VC firm True Ventures, with Amazon’s Alexa Fund and Zynga founder Mark Pincus among the other new investors in the company. The involvement of Amazon is one pointer to the future for Yousician: a hint at a role for smart speakers in music education.

Meanwhile, Yousician also says it plans to use the funding to strike more partnerships with professional musicians “to show the world’s budding artists how to play like a pro”.

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