Top Udemy Instructor Course Earnings

More than 12,000 everyday experts share their expertise on Udemy with more than 5 million students around the world. Today we’re excited to announce that the courses taught by our top 10 instructors have reached $17 million in earnings, demonstrating the growth of online education and the potential of our marketplace model.

Three of Udemy’s top instructor achievements include:

  • Rob Percival’s courses have reached nearly 120,000 students and exceeded $2.8 million in total earnings.
  • Victor Bastos has reached more than 52,000 Udemy students with his courses, which have earned nearly $900,000.
  • Alun Hill’s courses have been accessed by nearly 47,000 Udemy students and have earned about $650,000.

We’re excited to experience the Udemy marketplace continue to grow, and see both students seeking skills and also instructors with knowledge, benefit from the sharing of expertise.

For more on the news, read the full press release here.


Udemy Hosts Xcode Mobile Design Workshop

In celebration of the new Udemy course Xcode for Designers, instructor Chris Slowik led a live Xcode Mobile Design workshop at Udemy HQ last week. Organized with the help of Design&Startups, around 25 designers joined Chris as he discussed the fundamentals of creating a mobile design experience using Xcode by Apple.

Xcode, a toolset for designing and building iOS software, is an integral instrument for those looking to become an expert at designing engaging mobile apps. Chris walked attendees through the content explored in his course with Scott Hurff – the basics of Xcode 6 geared specifically for designers, and exactly what is needed to turn static designs into native, interactive apps. In addition to the workshop, guests also enjoyed refreshments, networking and a Q&A session.

Big thanks to all who attended! Stay tuned for more updates on future events.

Meet the Instructors:

Chris Slowik

I’ve been involved in the creation of mobile and web apps for years, initially with mainly UI design. It was a natural next step to combine that experience with an interest in animation and get involved in more advanced interaction design. I currently create interaction concepts for all the cool stuff we’re designing at Creativedash, working with some really neat startups. I’m always looking for new ways to prototype and export interactions.

Scott Hurff

I’m a product manager and lead designer at Tinder. Previously, I was the founding team and head of product for Tappy before it was acquired by Tinder. I teach designers new skills and write about how they work. And I semi-regularly publish product and user interface breakdowns on my blog.


Guy Kawasaki Launches Udemy Course on Entrepreneurship

Guy Kawasaki, renowned Silicon Valley evangelist, advisor and investor, takes his entrepreneurship expertise to Udemy and launches The Essential Guide to Entrepreneurship by Guy Kawasaki.

Guy has more than 30 years of real world experience and 12 published books on what it takes to create a successful business, starting with getting your idea off the ground. His wisdom comes to life in this course where he shares perspective into both the entrepreneur and the investor’s point of view on everything from building a business plan to pitching investors to marketing and evangelizing the brand. The course includes interactive exercises such as a live pitch and Guy’s candid feedback, as well as anecdotal advice from Guy’s experience working with both huge companies and small startups.

People have learned from Guy’s thought leadership and expertise for many years, and they’re now able to do so online and on their own time via his new Udemy course. Students will walk away with simple and actionable to-do’s on how to move forward with starting a successful business.

About Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, a graphics-design online service, and an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books.

An Evening of HR Innovation: Build the Leaders of Your Organization


The Udemy for Business team hosts quarterly HR Innovators events to connect HR leaders and professionals at the Bay Area’s best companies, and share best practices for building and maintaining happy teams. This week was the fourth event of the ongoing series, and the biggest event thus far.

More than 200 attendees joined us at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco for drinks and appetizers, networking, and an engaging panel discussion. Guests flew in from around the country to partake in the conversation centered around challenges and solutions for new manager training – a hot topic for high growth companies in today’s modern workplace. According to Bersin by Deloitte, equipping new managers with the essential management skills they need to succeed can help improve business results by more than 21 percent.

Our panelists were Anna Binder, VP, People at MuleSoft, Bob Lehto, Head of HR at DataSift, Carolyn Satenberg, Operations Manager at Mixpanel, Dacia Faison Roe, Design Manager, Learning Experiences at Pandora, and Matt Frassica, Senior Manager, People at PagerDuty. They examined pressing questions around millennials in the workplace, the shift from individual contributors to management, promoting from within versus hiring external managers, innovative approaches to building strong leaders, and more.

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Stay tuned for updates on the next HR Innovators event! In the meantime, feel free to reach out to to be included on our invite list for future events, or for general product inquiries.

About Udemy for Business

Udemy for Business is the leading online learning platform for high-growth companies. Through Udemy for Business, companies and teams of all sizes gain instant access to a targeted suite of over 1,000 of the highest-quality, cutting-edge training courses on topics from digital marketing tactics to office productivity, design, management, programming, and more. Udemy’s unique skills-focused courses empower companies and teams to solve the biggest challenge to competing and staying relevant: the growing employee skills gap. In addition to learning from leading experts, companies can easily create their own proprietary training courses within a custom-branded internal portal. With Udemy, global teams can instantly and securely connect – anytime and from any device – to upgrade their critical skills. Goldman Sachs, Optimizely, Lyft, Mixpanel, 1-800 Flowers, IBM, Datalogix, Pitney Bowes, Oracle, and Pepsi are just some of the innovative companies that rely on Udemy to get and stay competitive in today’s fast-moving, technology-driven market landscape.

Second Phase of Udemy International Pricing

On the heels of announcing our first phase of international pricing updating Udemy’s mobile apps, we’re excited to share that the second phase is here: the introduction of British Pound Sterling.

Now all students in the United Kingdom (as designated by IP address) will see Pounds Sterling as the default currency for Udemy courses on both their desktop and mobile apps. The course price is composed of the converted amount plus local tax. All instructors will also have the option of selecting the price of their course in Pound Sterling. All other students not in the UK will continue to see course prices in US dollars for now.

British Pound Sterling is the first international on-site currency of many to come. International pricing continues to be one of the most requested features on Udemy so we will continue to add new currencies over the next year as our global audience grows.

Be sure to check our Support page for more detailed information and the Teach Hub for Instructor updates on new currencies and revenue reports.

Udemy Mobile App Updates

Exciting news for all of our mobile users! We’ve had a couple great app releases this month. Here’s what’s new:

Udemy for iOS v2.6 is now live in the App Store! This release includes the following improvements:

  • Ability to register and log in using Google+
  • Internationalization:
    • Localized prices: course prices are now displayed in local currency in all countries supported by Apple’s iTunes Store
    • Translated for the following languages: German, Spanish, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish
  • Improved video playback performance
  • Security enhancements for your protection
  • We captured a bunch of bugs that have been bothering you (some of these bugs you captured for us, thanks!), took them to the wild and let them go so they won’t bother you again :)

And for all you Android users…Android 1.9. v. 28 is also available! Here are the highlights:

  • The newest version of the app adds support for international prices
  • Users are able to access a mobile friendly version of FAQs for on-the-go help
  • We also captured more of those pesky bugs and fixed them for good

Happy mobile learning!

Udemy Kicks Off Lunch Roulette

Udemy is quickly growing. Last year we tripled our employee count and as new folks continually join the team, we want to ensure everyone has ample opportunity to get to know each other well. Udemy has a Culture Club, which is a group of employee culture ambassadors who plan fun activities. They recently started a new tradition to allow employees to get some quality out-of-the-office time with their fellow Udemites. Enter Lunch Roulette.

Here’s how it works: once a month, we randomly assign team members to groups of around four people. One person is designated “The Foodie,” and is in charge of organizing the group and picking the venue to eat together. There’s only one rule: groups can’t just talk about work. They should use the meals to get to know each other on a more personal level.

Last Thursday was our very first outing. Employees ventured into the fresh San Francisco air to explore the awesome restaurants around SOMA…

FarmerBrown'sLittleSkilletAllie, Alex, Cara and Gokce enjoyed chicken and waffles at Farmer Brown’s Little Skillet.

SamovarBora, Chris and Sachi soaked up the sun on the roof of Samovar Tea Lounge.

OshaSoumya, Rachel, Amy, Nupoora and Adam went family style at Osha Thai.

Cansin, Ramya, David, Marcelo, Robbin, Sergey and Eliza played cards over grilled cheese sandos from The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen.

GarajeDan, Jen and Jonathan enjoyed tacos and zapatos from Garaje.

HRDMatthew and Burak made a new friend at HRD.


Upcoming Webinar: The Future of MOOCs

BookSmallWe’re bringing together experts from the recently published book, Massive Open Online Courses: The MOOC Revolution for a webinar on Tuesday, February 10 from 10 – 11 a.m.

The panel, moderated by Paul Kim, CTO & assistant dean of Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, will offer an open discussion on the sustainability of the MOOC movement, emerging trends in learning, the potential of MOOCs for development, and how companies are beginning to connect. Are MOOCs a flash in the pan or a form of learning here to stay?

Panelists include:

  • Amin Saberi, CEO & Co-founder, NovoEd
  • David Frye, Associate Director of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
  • Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal Knowledge Management, CIO, University of Edinburgh
  • Shannon Hughes, Senior Director of Marketing, Udemy
  • Victor Hu, Global Head of Education Technology & Services Investment Banking, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Make sure to register here. Look forward to having you join the discussion!

Udemy Serves at GLIDE

At Udemy, we regularly organize group volunteer outings. Last week, about 25 members of the team joined the wonderful GLIDE staff to serve lunch to more than 600 of San Francisco’s homeless and hungry.


The kitchen assembly line was buzzing and the teamwork was in full force as we added our dishes to the quickly moving trays. Shout out to the team table bussers and dishwashers for their great work in the dining room!

GLIDE’s observation that “those who serve and those who are being served are in fact serving each other” couldn’t ring more true.

We’re continuing to explore new opportunities for team volunteerism as a part of our efforts to have an impact both globally through our learning marketplace, and also in person in our local community.


Find out more information on the GLIDE organization and volunteer opportunities here.


Announcing Partnership with the Drucker Institute

Exciting news! We’ve partnered with the Drucker Institute, a social enterprise based at Claremont Graduate University, to deliver a series of management courses based on Peter Drucker’s timeless wisdom.

The courses are available on a wide variety of mobile and desktop devices, and ideal for management professionals seeking to improve their personal and organizational effectiveness at their own convenience.

The first Drucker Institute course, “Time Management: Know Thy Time,” teaches students the importance of keeping track of their time, how to identify the “four big time-wasters” and how to set priorities. Soon to be added are courses on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: How to Make Tomorrow” and “People Decisions: Managing Your Most Precious Assets.” Eventually other courses on Drucker’s concepts of Planned Abandonment, Management by Objectives and Control vs. Controls will be included in the offering.

Through this partnership, we are thrilled to continue to help adults around the world get the necessary skills to advance their careers, change jobs or pursue passions. To sign up for one of the Drucker Institute courses please visit their Udemy page. To learn more about the partnership please view the full news release.