|Type of business||Publicly traded|
Type of site
|Traded as||Nasdaq: UDMY|
|Founded||May 11, 2010|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Key people||Gregg Coccari (CEO)|
|Revenue||US$516 million (2021)|
|Operating income||US$−78 million (2021)|
|Net income||US$−80 million (2021)|
|Total assets||US$740 million (2021)|
|Total equity||US$390 million (2021)|
|Employees||1,238 (December 2021)|
|Users||52 million (2022)|
As of July 2022, the platform has more than 54 million students, 204,000 courses, and 71,000 instructors teaching courses in over 75 languages. There have been over 741 million course enrollments.
Students take courses primarily to improve job-related skills. Some courses generate credit toward technical certification. Udemy has made a special effort to attract corporate trainers seeking to create coursework for employees of their company.
In 2007, Udemy (you-de-mee, portmanteau of you + academy) founders Eren Bali and [[[Caglar]]] built a software for a live virtual classroom while living in Turkey. They saw potential in making the product free for everyone, and moved to Silicon Valley to found a company two years later. The site was launched by Bali, Oktay Caglar and Gagan Biyani in early 2010.
In February 2010, the founders tried to raise venture capital funding, but the idea failed to impress investors and they were rejected 30 times, according to Gagan Biyani. In response to this, they bootstrapped the development of the product and launched Udemy—"The Academy of You"—in May 2010.
Within a few months, 1,000 instructors had created about 2,000 courses, and Udemy had nearly 10,000 registered users. Based on this favorable market reaction, they decided to attempt another round of financing, and raised $1 million in venture funding by August.
In October 2011, the company raised an additional $3 million in Series A funding led by Groupon investors Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, as well as 500 Global (previously 500 Startups) and MHS Capital.
In December 2012, the company raised $12 million in Series B funding led by Insight Venture Partners, as well as Lightbank Capital, MHS Capital and Learn Capital, bringing Udemy's total funding to $16 million. [Caglar] On April 22, 2014, the Wall Street Journal's digital edition reported that [], Chief Operating Officer of Udemy was named CEO, replacing Eren Bali.
In June 2015, Udemy raised a $65 million Series D financing round, led by Stripes. Now Udemy joined another online learning house Skillsdox Inc of Canada to open up School of Skills in India.
On February 5, 2019, Udemy announced that the board of the company appointed Gregg Coccari as its new chief executive officer.
In February 2020, Udemy raised $50 million from long-time partner in Japan, Benesse Holdings, Inc. and announced $2 billion valuation.
On October 29, 2021, Udemy held their IPO in the US and is listed under the symbol UDMY.
Udemy has not yet generated a profit as is common among high-growth startups who invest heavily in their own growth. Udemy reported net losses of $69.7 million for 2019 and $77.6 million in net losses for 2020. By June 30, 2021, Udemy had an accumulated deficit of $407.9 million. In 2020, Udemy spent $192.6 million on marketing and advertising.
In 2021, Udemy changed its branding to the current look with an inverted purple chevron above the company's trademarked name in bolded lowercase letters and black coloration.
Previously it had been, over time, styled in a number of different ways including a similar logo in bright green (as seen here) without any letter accents. One example of very early logo design used larger text and capitalized the U in 'Udemy' in addition to a large, stylized red U to the left side.
Udemy is a platform that allows instructors to build online courses on their preferred topics. Using Udemy's course development tools, instructors can upload videos, source code for developers, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, audio, ZIP files and any other content that learners might find helpful. Instructors can also engage and interact with users via online discussion boards.
Courses are offered across a wide breadth of categories, including business and entrepreneurship, academics, the arts, health and fitness, language, music, and technology. Most classes are in practical subjects such as AWS and Azure training, Excel software or using an iPhone camera. Udemy also offers Udemy Business (formerly Udemy for Business), enabling businesses access to a targeted suite of over 7,000 training courses on topics from digital marketing tactics to office productivity, design, management, programming, and more. With Udemy Business, organizations can also create custom learning portals for corporate training. For smaller companies, Udemy offers a Udemy Team Plan that is a limited seat license but identical content to that of Udemy Business.
In April 2013, Udemy offered an app for Apple iOS, allowing students to take classes directly from iPhones; The Android version was launched in January 2014. As of January 2014, the iOS app had been downloaded over 1 million times, and 20 percent of Udemy users access their courses via mobile. In July 2016, Udemy expanded their iOS platform to include Apple TV. On January 11, 2020, the Udemy mobile app became the #1 top grossing Android app in India.
Massive open online course (MOOC)
Udemy is part of the MOOC movement available outside the traditional university system, and has been noted for the variety of courses offered. Udemy as well as others in the MOOC offers a fantastic option for students who want to delve into complicated university level courses while studying on their own time. It often provides the same skills but at a fraction of the cost.
Udemy has been mentioned in The New York Times, The China Post, Fast Company, the BBC, YPN[clarification needed] and TechCrunch, with Mashable noting "Udemy offers an experience that rivals the real classroom, and should prove to be a useful utility for teachers and students of all subject matters."
In 2020, Udemy Ranked on the Annual 'Change the World' List by Fortune Magazine.
Udemy has been recognized in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 as Bay Area Best Place to Work.
In November 2015, Udemy was accused of publishing and profiting from pirated courses. The CEO at the time, Dennis Yang, responded to the accusations in a blog post and stated that Udemy did not profit from that instance of piracy.
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