History and Shareholders

Totara Learning was founded in 2010 by three partners:

  • Catalyst IT,
  • Kineo 
  • Flexible Learning Network (now part of the Kineo group).

The shareholders’ combined strengths and experience has supported the evolution of Totara, swiftly established as a preferred learning platform over its more expensive, and less adaptable proprietary alternatives.

Catalyst IT has a unique culture. What sets them apart is that they don't just use open source; the ethos of open source permeates every aspect of the company. They work together, collaboratively and collegially across teams and with their clients, open source projects and other open source contributors to achieve the best outcomes with their software services.

For example, Catalyst has been part of the development effort behind Moodle for more than ten years, being release managers as far back as 1.4.3 and have a strong record of contributing key features since then. Catalyst has been a Moodle Partner since 2004. Catalyst has also been the lead development company and maintainer of the Mahara project since its beginning in 2006.

The Totara R&D team has strong bonds and shares the same values with Catalyst – we even share the same building; Catalyst House. 

Kineo is a global workplace learning company that helps businesses improve performance through learning and technology. Kineo is part of the City & Guilds Group, one of the world’s largest learning and skills businesses. Over 2 million people a year train with City & Guilds which offers more than 500 qualifications across 28 industries, working with over 10,000 centres and with training providers in 80 countries around the world.

Kineo has implemented Totara as the enterprise LMS for some of the world's leading businesses, including Tesco, Sony Europe, and Bridgestone. As co-founders, Kineo regularly collaborates closely with the team at Totara Learning, including major new features such as program management, performance management and Totara Mobile. 

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