Bright Rounds Up $15M For Online, Live Classes From Celebrities

Los Angeles-based Bright said on Thursday that it has raised $15M in a celebrity-packed funding round, for its online, livestreamed classes. The company said that the funding roudn was led by Sound Ventures, RIT Capital, and Regah Ventures, along with Marc Benioff’s TIME Ventures, Globo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Jeff Lawson (Twilio co-founder), Rachel Zoe, Drew and Jonathan Scott, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Amy Schumer, Bethenny Frankel, Ryan Tedder, Shawn Mendes and his manager Andrew Gertler’s AG Ventures, and Ashton Kutcher. The startup also said that it has added Jessica Alba, Kane Brown, and Maria Sharapova as advisors to the company as part of the funding. The company sells access to online, live courses run by celebrities and experts on different areas, which allow people to interact with those celebrities while learning about different topics.