The first time I experienced online education was on Lynda.com. I remember downloading their PHP/MySQL courses (but I don’t think I finished even one of them) from torrents while doing my undergrad in India.
Lynda.com was started in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and her husband Bruce Heavin. According to their Wikipedia page, the company started offering online courses in 2002. They raised for the first time in 2013 ($103 million) and then again in 2015 ($186 million).
Dhawal is the CEO of Class Central, the most popular search engine and review site for online courses and MOOCs. He has completed over a dozen MOOCs and has written over 200 articles about the MOOC space, including contributions to TechCrunch, EdSurge, Quartz, and VentureBeat.