The Packback Blog

Help Packback Get To SXSWEDU 2019

Every day, team members at Packback are inspired by our mission to fuel the lifelong curiosity in every student. We believe curiosity and asking questions are the building blocks for students to become successful, both in college and after graduation. In order to share our mission and the importance of curiosity, we submitted a proposal […]

Packback is Turning Off Support for Packback Books

On August 7th, 2018, Packback will be ending support for Packback Books, our eTextbook rental service and textbook price comparison services, to focus all of our engineering efforts toward making Packback Questions the best and most curious discussion platform for students on the web. All rentals that are still active when the Packback Books eTextbook […]

Product Feature: Give Feedback

Scaling relationships between the instructor and each student are hard when class sizes grow; so Packback sees it as a core part of our mission to help instructors scale their feedback and impact in their classes. To help instructors have more control over the feedback their students receive and to offer a way to provide […]

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 and Text Formatting to Packback Posts

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, but we also launched a brand new platform for our Curiosity Communities, Packback Questions!

Big Changes at Packback

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 three 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, but through the […]