Degreed and Pathgather, a Groundbreaking Combination for Transforming the Learner Experience


The coming together of Degreed and Pathgather supercharges organizations’ ability to deliver on the learner promise: learning not just for the sake of itself but to build competencies and skills that matter.

As an analyst, I always look for breakthroughs that are groundbreaking in the industry and also reshape the ways organizations think and act forever. Degreed and Pathgather coming together is one of those breakthroughs.

Learning’s rapid evolution is driven by learners who want to be inspired, empowered and in control of their learning. The have their own vision, mission and strategy for how and what they learn. Learners want to know that as they progress in their learning, they will have an equal opportunity to advance in their careers, increase earnings and build their own unique set of credentials. Degreed plus Pathgather is the new way forward for learners.

The coming together of Degreed and Pathgather supercharges organizations’ ability to deliver on the learner promise: learning not just for the sake of itself but to build competencies and skills that matter.

Degreed and Pathgather provide a new and refreshing opportunity for organizations to make a memorable and measurable impact on improving — and setting the bar for — what a great learning experience is supposed to be.

“This combination makes us the unequivocal leader in learning experience platforms,” said Chris McCarthy, CEO of Degreed. “Corporate learning budgets are shifting fast and LXPs have emerged as the new operating system for employees’ training and development. Pathgather and Degreed defined this market. Now, together, we have the products, expertise, relationships and war chest we need to accelerate innovation and dramatically accelerate our growth.”

This is a combination that should make you sit up and pay attention. The transaction clearly joins together two powerful experts in the arena of learning experience platforms – both pioneers in the space. It also uniquely positions Degreed as the leader in the learning experience platforms market, with a combined client base of more than 200 organizations, over four million licensed users and nearly $100 million in funding.

Eric Duffy, CEO of Pathgather, said “Joining forces with Degreed plugs us into the biggest and most vibrant community of innovative learning and HR executives in the world. We’re excited to tap into Degreed’s experience, insights and resources.”

This is just the beginning of a movement that has been set in permanent motion to transform how organizations look at learning and improving individual and organizational performance.

What should we look forward to, based on this company combination?

Degreed has set an aggressive agenda to expand their resources and organizational capabilities to accelerate the impact their platform has on clients and learners. Look for the following to be key milestones for the two organizations:

  • Sustaining the lead with best-in-class learner experience
  • Expanding access to more and better learning content
  • Improving administration, content management and reporting capabilities
  • Accelerating the use of data science and machine learning
  • Continued investment in proprietary skill rating and certification technologies

This is really great news for organizations and learners for two reasons. First, Degreed and Pathgather will continue to offer their industry-leading approach and we should eagerly look forward to what’s in their pipeline. Second, their efforts help focus the offerings of all learning providers on what’s most important: improving the learner experience.

Degreed said, “The future is certain.” I think it is, too. Learner experience platforms are here to stay and are now the standard for how all learning technology must function.

Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer and Principal HCM Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.