Brilliant learning platform – A review and story behind it

  • by is a website where individuals come together to challenge themselves, find talent, and find opportunities. Brilliant focuses on problem-solving and learning to think. Designed to help you learn the concept, Brilliant has its own set of Wikis. Also, you can freely contribute your problems and ideas.

The birth and foundation

In university, students are measured on learning skills that are irrelevant to solve real problems. Brilliant’s founder, Sue Khim, creates a place where these students can succeed, challenge themselves their true potential. Users can share their solutions and their processes in solving. Brilliant will connect with universities and with companies and organizations.

A number of math professors, scientists joined to create difficult problems. Within a year Khim thinks that the site could hit 1 million users range from 13 years of age. Learn Capital, RTA Capital, and Hyde Park Angels, seeded Brilliant to help scale the site.

The current model to find technical talent who will become leaders in science, medicine. Brilliant is helping find and provide opportunity to who may have gone unnoticed.

Learning subjects

Students, professionals, and self learners can learn about high school math and science. You can also learn physics and computer. It even has electricity & Magnetism, Science Essentials, Physics, Classical Mechanics, and so much more! Some more topics are Algebra, Number Theory, Statistics & Probability, Geometry, Calculus, Linear Algebra.


Brilliant is a site that follows the freemium business model. More and more content is being user-generated, and by professors and technical minds. You do have to pay if you want to get the value of Brilliant. Users write an algorithm against other algorithms.

How it works

Student takes a brief diagnostic exam of mathematical or problem solving skill. Students get three chances and by each week, the student will gain access to problem they would get in school. If they perform well for two weeks Brilliant will bump them to the next level.


Competitions are but not a lot of very active problem-solving communities. Sites like Reddit, Quora, Stack Overflow have math/science communities, but built for a different purpose.

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