The Packback Blog

Packback Takes on $1.5M in New Funding Including Strategic Investments from University Ventures and ICG Ventures

Packback adds $1.5 million of new capital with participation from industry strategic investors as the Chicago-based education technology company doubles its user-base since the last semester and anticipates over 70,000 new students at 50+ universities using the service throughout the academic year. The investments from University Ventures, the premier investor in education technology focused on […]

What’s New with Packback: Spring 2017

Some of you may be wondering what Packback has been up to lately. About a year ago, we claimed space in our own office in Chicago’s South Loop and introduced our 1.0 platform, Packback Answers. Shortly after, in the Summer of 2016, we launched our 2.0 platform, Packback Questions. We shared about this update back […]

Rich Text Editing: Beautifully Add Images, Videos, Text Formatting (and Even Emojis!) to Posts on Packback

The Packback Product Team has integrated Rich Text Editing into the Packback Questions platform to allow every student to fully express their ideas through videos, images, formatted text, formulas and more. Communities on Packback span a huge range of majors, and the introduction of Rich Text Editing provides all of our communities with the tools to fully and clearly explore any subject matter.

What’s new at Packback in Fall 2016

The start of 2016 has been an exciting time at the Packback office! Not only did we move into our own space and bring on several amazing new team members, we launched a brand new rebuilt platform for our Curiosity Communities, Packback Questions!

Big Changes at Packback

Dear friends, You might know us as that “cheap eTextbook startup”.  Or maybe “those guys that went on Shark Tank”. We started our business as college students about 3 years ago. As students, the cost of textbooks felt like the BIGGEST issue in education. And don’t get us wrong…textbook prices are a HUGE problem, (like a 7 Billion […]

Watch Packback’s Jessica Tenuta at TEDxNormal

Our cofounder, Jessica Tenuta spoke at TEDxNormal 2015 about the critical importance of cultivating curiosity in education. We believe that every great innovation is born out of a great question…but students are being taught to answer questions in school, not ask them.

What does Packback’s “Shark Tank” appearance mean for the publishing industry?

Packback gained national exposure Friday night, with over 8 million viewers in one of the most successful episodes to date of ABC’s “Shark Tank”. What does that mean for Packback, and the future of the education industry?