Brilliant – Build quantitative skills in math, science, and computer science with fun and challenging interactive explorations.
Brilliant’s mission is to inspire people to achieve their goals in STEM. Brilliant enables great teachers to illuminate the soul of math, science, and engineering through bite-sized, interactive learning experiences. Their courses explore the laws that shape our world and elevate math and science from something to be feared to a delightful experience of guided discovery.
Brilliant was founded in 2012. At the Launch Festival in March 2013, CEO and co-founder Sue Kim gave a presentation on the idea of Brilliant, and caught the eye of venture capitalist Chamat Palihapitiya. In May 2013, Kim described Brilliant’s vision at TEDx.
In August 2013, TechCrunch reported that Brilliant.org had raised money from Palihapitiya’s Social+Capital Partnership as well as from 500 Startups, Kapor Capital, Learn Capital, and Hyde Park Angels, and that the website had over 100,000 users. As of July 2017, the website has over 4 million registered users, although the number of paying users is not known.
Diamond has over 60 courses in math, science, CS and quantitative finance. Free mobile application with added features of downloadable courses is available; which can be used offline. Brilliant has also been featured in a number of publications for his success in identifying promising young mathematicians and scientists around the world, many of whom would not have been identified or given the chance to develop their full potential otherwise. Commonly cited examples include Farrell Woo of the Philippines, Dylan Toh of Singapore, and Phoebe Kai of the United States.
Brilliant regularly publishes mathematical and scientific puzzles in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian and FiveThirtyEight. The Atlantic Ocean also called “Brilliant” the catalyst for the “mathematical revolution” – the growing number of American teenagers who excel in mathematics.
In 2013, Brilliant co-founder and CEO Sue Him was inducted into the Forbes list of 30- to 30-year-olds in the Education category for her work on Brilliant.
Brilliant offers problem-based math, science, and engineering courses based on National Science Foundation research that supports active learning.
In addition, Brilliant publishes weekly complex math and science problems on problems written by members of their community. Brilliant also supports interactive, community-written math and science. In 2016, The Atlantic reported that “some of the most recognizable companies in the technical industry regularly review prospects” on Brilliant.