Ten years ago today, when I was a high school junior, I published a website called Quizlet.com. It launched with little fanfare, but the small group of friends I had as beta-testers liked it enough that they began telling their friends. Quizlet started spreading, slowly but surely.
Between 2005 and 2007, I had been working on Quizlet after school and on weekends, building a tool to help myself study. I never intended for Quizlet to be a business. I was just working on a fun project meant for myself and my friends. But over time, I realized Quizlet had potential to be useful to the broader world, and on January 17, 2007, I made it available for anyone to create an account. I had no expectations that I would still be working on Quizlet 10 years later, and that it would come to be used by tens of millions of students worldwide.
Quizlet (and I) have both grown up in the last ten years. It’s a lot more popular than it was in 2007, it’s available in more languages, and offers far more ways to learn. But at its core, Quizlet has always been about helping students practice and master whatever they’re learning.
Here’s a look at the key moments in Quizlet’s history in the last ten years:
Quizlet has come a long way. When it launched, it was only a desktop website (in fact, the iPhone launched 8 days before we did). Today, we support hundreds of devices and screen sizes. Students everywhere are very likely to have a phone in their pocket that could help them study with the Quizlet app. Schools are also changing — affordable devices like Chromebooks and broad availability of wifi means that teachers can play real-time games like Quizlet Live in their classrooms.
At the 10-year anniversary of the launch of Quizlet.com, we have more than 50 employees, and people have now created more than 150 million study sets! Every day, we come to work thankful for the millions of students, teachers and lifelong learners who make up our community, and spend their time learning on Quizlet. To everyone involved with Quizlet who has made these last ten years possible, thank you so much.