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Udacity is a leading online learning platform that specializes in tech education, particularly in fields like artificial intelligence, data science, programming, and cloud computing. The platform is renowned for its Nanodegree programs, which are built in collaboration with industry leaders to ensure relevancy and high-quality content. Udacity's offerings are designed to be hands-on and project-based, preparing students for real-world tech careers through practical experience and expert mentorship.

Founded: 2011

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Udacity Company Overview

Founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stevens, and Mike Sokolsky, Udacity originated from an educational experiment offering free computer science classes. It has since evolved into a pivotal educational platform focused on vocational courses for tech professionals. Udacity's unique selling point is its Nanodegree programs—short, targeted training courses co-developed with giants like Google and Microsoft, aimed at upskilling individuals in high-demand areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and mobile development. Udacity emphasizes real-world applicability by requiring students to complete projects that simulate job-related tasks, thereby fostering practical skills that are directly transferable to the workplace. Each project is supported by feedback from industry experts, which is integral to the learning process. Additionally, the platform provides access to a global network of over 700 mentors who offer guidance and support. The business model of Udacity caters not only to individual learners but also to enterprises seeking to upscale their workforce and governmental bodies looking to improve employment prospects in the digital economy. With its strong focus on quality and career relevance, Udacity has become a key player in professional and continuing education, particularly in the tech industry, positioning itself as an effective bridge between traditional education and evolving industry requirements.

Management Team

Gabe Dalporto CEO
Sebastian Thrun Founder, President, Executive Chairman
Seamus Hennessy CFO
Alper Tekin Chief Product Officer
James Richards CTO
Caroline Finch VP, Consumer Growth
Alex Varel VP, Global Enterprise
Hisham Elaraby Global Head, Udacity for Government
Grace Rhee VP, People
James Lee VP, Operations

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Udacity Announces 'All Access' for Professionals in Search of Continuous, On-Demand Learning

Udacity announced All Access, a subscription-based experience that offers unlimited access to Udacity's entire catalog of best-in-class content so professionals can advance their skills on an ongoing basis.

Upgrad in Talks to Acquire Udacity in a Potential Equity Swap

Indian edtech firm Upgrad is currently engaged in discussions to acquire US-based company Udacity, which has been seeking a buyer for several months.

Exclusive: Upgrad in talks to buy majority stake in US edtech firm Udacity

The American edtech has been in talks with multiple suitors. If this deal goes through, it would be at a significant discount to its peak valuation of $1 billion.

Udacity Launches RPA Developer Nanodegree Program in Conjunction with UiPath

Udacity, a global, online learning platform powering digital transformation and accelerated time-to-market initiatives for Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises, today launched its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Developer Nanodegree program in conjunction with UiPath, the leading enterprise robotic process automation software company.

Airbus talent reaches new heights with Udacity partnership

Global aerospace pioneer Airbus has created a world-class Digital Academy to empower its employees with data-driven skills, as part of its mission to invest in its people and nurture internal talent amid the industry's skills shortage. The Digital Academy, created in partnership with digital talent transformation platform, Udacity, has generated a 237% return on investment through productivity gains and cost avoidance so far.

Udacity Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Udacity, the global, online, lifelong-learning platform for career development, announces the appointment of Seamus Hennessy as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Udacity’s Enterprise Business More than Doubles Billings in 2019

Udacity Inc., the global leader in technology education, announced today that its enterprise business more than doubled in 2019, continuing its track record of triple-digit year-over-year growth.

Udacity plans to double headcount in India

Silicon Valley-based learning platform Udacity on Monday said it plans to double the headcount at its New Delhi office to support its growing student and enterprise client base in India.

Udacity will offer 100,000 free programming classes as part of the ‘Pledge to America’s Workers’

Udacity, the online education company founded by Sebastian Thrun, is launching a new scholarship initiative as part of the Pledge to America’s Workers job training initiative undertaken by the administration of President Donald Trump. 

Udacity names former LendingTree executive to CEO post

Online education startup Udacity has hired former LendingTree executive Gabriel Dalporto as its new CEO, an appointment that follows months of layoffs and a restructuring directed by the company’s co-founder and executive chairman Sebastian Thrun.