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Study Mode, LLC.
  • Internet
  • Education
  • Blaine Vess
  • Chris Nelson
  • Todd Clemens
Los Angeles, California
United States,

StudyMode is a Los Angeles County-based, self-funded company that owns and operates a network of educational websites and applications.[1]

StudyMode’s network of properties includes, where students can download model essays and term papers,[2] book notes and AP notes;, where students can share and review flashcards; and, a citation generator and bibliography builder.[3] The company also owns several international properties including, a Spanish-language version of,, the French version, and, the Portuguese version of

StudyMode was founded by Blaine Vess and Chris Nelson in 1999 and was originally run out of a dorm room at North Central College.[4] By 2007, revenues and profits exceeded US$1 million.[citation needed] Todd Clemens joined the company in 2008.[5] The company subsequently grew through acquisitions and international site launches. Its portfolio now includes more than a dozen websites in several languages and reaches about 2.5 million visitors per day.[3] Annual revenues exceed $10 million.[1]

For more than a decade, the co-founders ran the company out of Vess’ home with about thirty remote contractors.[1] In 2011, the company moved into a physical office in West Hollywood. It now has approximately twenty full-time employees.[1]


StudyMode was acquired by StudentBrands in January 2017,[6] which in turn was acquired by Barnes & Noble Education in August 2017.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Dave, Paresh (19 July 2013). "Blaine Vess harnesses the Internet to help students succeed". Business. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  2. ^ Bamberger, Peter A.; Biron, Michal; Meshoulam, Ilan (2014). "Suggestions for Further Information". Human Resource Strategy: Formulation, Implementation, and Impact (2nd ed.). Routledge. p. 304. ISBN 9781135122263. OCLC 891629906 – via Google Books (preview).
  3. ^ a b Jarvey, Natalie (19 September 2013). "West Hollywood Company to Help Students Cram". Los Angeles Business Journal. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  4. ^ Watson, Dan (2 October 2013). "Digital Entrepreneur Blaine Vess Brings His 'Home Work' to WeHo". WEHOVille. West Hollywood, California: WHMC LLC. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  5. ^ Vess, Blaine (27 August 2013). "Should I Find a Co-founder or Start a Business Alone?". YFS Magazine (Digital magazine). YFS Media. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  6. ^ "StudyMode acquired by Student Brands". crunchbase. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Barnes & Noble Education Acquires Student Brands" (Press release). Barnes & Noble Education. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018 – via BusinessWire.