So You’re Thinking About Joining Udemy?

Awesome!

We’re growing extremely quickly, and we’re excited to speak with you. Before we connect, you might want to know a bit more about us, our mission, our culture, our philosophies, and our team.

So, without further ado…

OUR MISSION:

To help anyone learn anything.

We’re a long way from achieving this :-). That’s why we need your help! Today we have more than 6 million students in 190+ countries and 80+ languages learning everything from programming to design to photography to cake decorating and more.

That’s amazing, but we’re just getting started. We didn’t launch Udemy to help 6 million people. We launched Udemy to help hundreds of millions of people in all corners of the world.

OUR CULTURE:

We’re a small but growing team with hopes of building a truly great culture. We know we’re only at the beginning, but we try to live our values in the way we work and find people who share our ideals.

It all starts with the phrase –> LET’S GO!

Let’s go help 100 million people learn anything they can imagine. Let’s go get 100,000 instructors to share their knowledge with the world. Let’s go get 10,000 organizations to change the way their employees learn. Let’s go make it so that one day, anyone can truly learn anything.

Our values are:

Learn
Empathize
Take Ownership
nnovate
Show Passion

Get Stuff Done
Open Up

Here’s a little bit on each:

1) Learn

Maybe it’s cliché for a company in education to say this, but our team loves to learn. We read books, we follow blogs, we go to conferences, we swap ideas with peers over coffee… and, of course, we take online courses.

We are our own customers (lifelong learners!), and that makes our work a whole lot more meaningful.

We also try to live this spirit in the way we operate, so we do things like “weekly hashes,” where team members present deep dives into their work and what they’ve learned or “notes emails,” where we share summaries of conversations we’ve had with other startup folks, engineers, marketers, etc.

If you’re not learning, speak up because we’re doing something wrong.

2) Empathize

We work hard to see everything through the eyes of our customers. It’s not easy (and we’re far from perfect), but we try to bake this customer-centric view into the way we operate. For example, we obsessively read the discussions in the Udemy Studio, our community group for instructors, and our support team does “flash mobs” so the entire team can get to know the pains (and joys!) experienced by our students.

3) Take Ownership

We’re incredibly goal-oriented. We have top-line goals as a company, we have team goals for the month (or sprint, if you’re an engineer), and each individual team member has goals.

We want folks who are excited about owning those goals and being accountable to the team. It’s not easy when we’re growing as fast as we are (Revenues grew 200% from 2013 to 2014), but it’s challenging and it’s fun.

4) Innovate

We can’t achieve our highly aggressive growth goals if we don’t innovate. That’s not a nice-to-have, it’s an imperative and it’s why we’ve re-architected our entire technology platform from PHP to Python/Django.

Innovation is misunderstood though. It’s not all blue-sky ideas. It’s also smart, small, rigorous, measured improvements to your business. It comes from staying in close contact with your customers and not being afraid to adopt the best practices of the many wise companies that came before you.

5) Show Passion

Take a course. Create a course. Explore Udemy for Business. Give us product feedback. Write into support. Recruit an expert to teach on Udemy. Don’t just tell us about your passion – show it!

This is the value that glues us all together. Our team is deeply committed to our mission and to the success of the students and instructors on Udemy.

Yes, we want folks who are amazing marketers, designers, coders, and salespeople, but even more importantly, we look for people who want to change the way the world learns.

6) Get Stuff Done

We’ll keep this one simple.

We are not pie-in-the-sky strategy people. We like folks who know how to roll up their sleeves and make it happen. Over-thinking isn’t what took us to 6 million students; doing is what did :-)

7) Open Up

We speak our minds, and we’re very direct. We can’t be anything but ourselves. If you like to “allude” to things, this probably isn’t a good fit.

We are also very open communicators. We show it in ways big and small: the open floor plan of our office; the way people will take off their headphones and help if you have a question; the transparency around our company and team goals.

We like folks who get excited by that kind of openness.

8) (unofficial) Like to belt it out during karaoke :-).

OUR PHILOSOPHIES:

There are three philosophies that guide the choices we make and the marketplace we’re building.

1) Diversity is more important than consistency.

Every student is different, and every student learns differently. We could not possibly tell you the best way to teach every subject.

Even more importantly, we don’t believe there is a best way to teach each subject. Thus, instead of producing our own uniform set of courses, we are an open marketplace that empowers instructors to teach and teach differently.

2) Sustainable is more important than free.

You don’t help hundreds of millions of people overnight. You do it slowly, brick by brick, person by person.

We believe in a sustainable model that is built for the long term, one that aligns incentives and will one day help hundreds of thousands of experts teach hundreds of millions of students.

3) Opportunity is more important than a guaranteed outcome.

We believe that providing access and opportunity to many is far more impactful than providing guarantees to a few.

We want to empower the self-motivated. If you’re looking for a quick fix or a guarantee on a new job, we’re not the place for you. But if you’re willing to work hard and reach high, Udemy can help you learn almost anything you need to get there.

OUR TEAM:

We’re an incredibly diverse team of about 220 folks and growing all the time. Half of us were born outside of the US. Thirty-seven percent of us are female. We have varying degrees of experience (we like a mix!), and we represent a huge array of cultures and backgrounds. Most of us are based in San Francisco, but some of us are in Dublin, Ireland and Ankara,Turkey.

We don’t share this because we’re into the cosmetics. Rather, we believe our team should look like our community and the type of students and instructors we’re here to help. Head over to our about page, our LinkedIn profile, or our Glassdoor profile to say hi!

Announcing The Top 10 Earning Instructors on Udemy [Infographic]

On the heels of Teacher Appreciation Week (happy belated), we wanted to share some evidence of Udemy’s growth this past year – showing how online education is benefiting instructors and students alike.

Today we’re celebrating our top ten earning instructors on Udemy. Thanks to all of you for making Udemy such an amazing place to teach and learn!

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And if you’re interested in learning more about one of these amazing instructors, here they are again with a link to each of their top courses. Enjoy!

1. Infinite Skills instructors: $565,320 in total course sales (top course: “Microsoft Excel for Beginners”)

2. Bess Ho: $218,935 (top course: “Learn to Develop an iPhone or iPad App in 4 Weeks”)

3. Victor Bastos: $175,168 (top course: “Become a Web Developer from Scratch” – and that was in six months, so well done!)

4. Mark Lassoff: $162,051 (top course: “HTML and CSS for Beginners”)

5. Zed Shaw: $126,585 (top course: “Learn Python the Hard Way”)

6. Miguel Hernandez: $96,508 (top course: “How to Create an Awesome Demo Video for Your Business”)

7. Huw Collingbourne: $88,285 (top course: “Ruby Programming for Beginners”)

8. Robin Nixon: $86,797 (top course: “HTML5 Beginners Crash Course”)

9. Chris Converse: $81,258 (top course: “Creating Responsive Web Design”)

10. Eric Ries: $53,573 (top course: “The Lean Startup”)

Why Every Startup Marketer Needs to Learn SQL

About four weeks back, I learned SQL, and it’s been one of the greatest skills I could have ever acquired as a marketing / business guy at a startup. Since learning SQL, our marketing team has:

  • Determined the interests which are most highly correlated with our user base –> allowing us to create super high-value target groups for our Facebook ads.
  • Determined the courses which are most highly correlated with those target groups (so that we know which courses to advertise).
  • Compiled a set of rockstar vanity metrics that showcase the size and awesomeness of Udemy –> Did you know that students have enrolled in more than 143,907 courses on Udemy?
  • Determined the demographic differences between our Facebook & AdWords ad signups (to better explain why our Facebook ad signups have an LTV that’s 4-5x those of our Adwords signups).
  • Analyzed the future enrollment rates of our users based on which course they enrolled in first –> confirming our hypothesis that users who enrolled in a crappy first course were far less likely (about 70% less) to go on to enroll in another course on Udemy (ever!). This drove us to create much stronger quality controls on Udemy.
  • Determined the % of Udemy signups that enroll in a course on their 1st day (let’s look at a graph of this one since graphs are fun):
  • And a whole lot more really cool stuff.

*** Learn the basics with this FREE SQL tutorial for beginners on Udemy. ***

If you don’t know, SQL is a database language designed to enable you to query, manipulate, and communicate with your database. And if you’re like most internet startups out there, your databases are built in MySQL, an open source database used by almost every internet company (people using NoSQL… we’ll have to talk another time). Within your databases there are then a series of “tables” which store various parts of your data… some store user information, some store user behaviors or actions, some store your content, etc, etc. So now when our marketing team has a hypothesis or wants to look into something, we can query those tables and look into it ourselves. This has been huge for us and I’ve found that there are two massive benefits to having a marketing team that knows SQL.

#1 – Learning SQL has literally DOUBLED or TRIPLED the speed at which our marketing team can learn & execute. There’s no more waiting on a dev (who’s busy with far more important tasks of making our product awesome). If we want to run analysis, we just do it… as in right now, today. Speed is everything. Monstrous win.

#2 – We don’t just learn faster. We learn cooler, more interesting shit. This is a tough thing to fully understand if you’ve never had your hands on the data, but there’s a type of learning which you quite honestly just can’t get to unless you are really knee deep in the muck, iterating, and figuring things out. Our marketing team is now knee deep in the muck. Another huge win. This has been really big and I now feel so strongly about it that every single person that comes on to our marketing team in the future will learn SQL. Here’s how we did it.

How We Learned SQL:

Now before I get too far into this, I need to give some heavy credit to one of the ballers on our marketing team, Archie Abrams, for making this happen. Archie’s the type of guy who just learns. He doesn’t think twice about it. Need to get something done. Need to learn a new skill to do it. No worries. Learn the skill. Do it. This is basically his attitude – pretty straightforward.

So the other week when we decided we had a whole bunch of analysis we wanted to run on our users (and that it probably wasn’t going to get done any time soon b/c our devs were crazy busy), he decided to learn SQL and just do it himself.

He got with our CEO, Eren Bali (technical background) and scheduled a four-hour session on a Saturday to learn our tables and the basics of the syntax. He had written a few queries before, but nothing crazy.

Lucky for me, I happened to be in the office at the same time. I figured I’d just sit in on the meeting, maybe work on some other stuff and just soak it in, but within about 5 minutes that gameplan changed completely as I realized 1) this stuff was insanely powerful and 2) writing these queries was no walk in the park, so I’d better pay attention.

Four hours later, Eren had taught us our tables and the basics of the syntax and writing queries. His teaching style was classic startup… something like – “Let’s just start writing queries, I’ll explain stuff as we go, ask questions as you have them, and by the end hopefully you’ll have some clue as to how this works.”

He talked about 500 miles per hour for ~4 hours, but by the end of it, three things had been accomplished.

1) We had finished some cool analysis on the login rates of our users,

2) We had learned the basics of SQL, and

3) We had 4 or 5 sample queries to play around with over the next week

How SQL Works (business guys perspective):

Now devs can do all sorts of fancy stuff with SQL, namely building tables to house your data.

As a marketer / business person though, you don’t really need any of that. You just need read-only capabilities (ideally on a so called “slave server” so you’re not screwing with the live environment) so that you can query your data and run some cool analysis.

To do this you need to understand the basics of a SQL query… which (in my business-speak) is as follows:

select — output you want to see (needs to be from the tables you’re accessing)

from — tables you need to access to get the data

where — how you need to join or link those tables (so that you access the data in the right way… think multiplying two matrices, for those who took linear algebra) — what other conditions you want to have met

group by — think of this as combining your data based on a similar value… it’s like filtering in a pivot table

order by — arrange my data in this order

limit — only send me X rows of data

; — all sql queries end in a semi-colon

That’s it. Most queries usually end up being 5 – 20 lines. There’s other slightly fancier stuff that’s also good to know about (e.g., how to run queries that spit out html tables which you can copy/paste into excel or how to run nested queries), but even with just the basics you can run some very powerful analysis.

Also check out this blog post that lists useful SQL queries.

Just Go Do It:

So for any marketers / startup marketers / wanna be marketers out there… I highly highly recommend you learn SQL. Just grab a dev on your team and ask them to spend 3 or 4 hours on a Saturday teaching you the basics and writing queries.

May you learn cool shit,

dinesh (udemy marketing guy)

*** Learn the basics with this FREE SQL tutorial for beginners on Udemy. ***

PS – So day 1 after learning SQL, I’m super excited about my newfound skills and I go home all braggy to my fiance (also a marketer), who turns to me and is like “pshhh, whatever D, I learned that stuff 6 years ago at my first job when I had just graduated college” (reminder that your significant other is always one step ahead of you… never forget it).

About the Author: Dinesh is a social entrepreneur, marketer, karaoke lover, and east coast transplant living the good life in San Francisco. He runs the marketing team at Udemy and you can find him on Twitter and Udemy.

Cyber Monday Craze: Half Off our Best Paid Courses

Hey there Bargin Hunters!

Mondays suck. Except the ones with robotic superpowers, like today!

This Cyber Monday will be one to remember: the best deals on the web and the most people buying them, ever. But who says it’s all about consuming? Why can’t it also be about learning something new? What if by participating in deals, you made the world a smarter place?

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

I really hope so, because I’m thinking Udemy deals! We’re throwing a big party, and everyone invited gets to learn for half the price! Wanna join the celebrations? Follow these 3 simple steps to accept your invitation!

Step 1: Click Here to see the list of discounted courses.
Step 2: Click ‘Buy Now’ on your favourite course.

Step 3: To get 50% off, enter UdemyCyberMonday as your coupon code in ‘stage 1’ of the billing page.

We hope you find a nice bundle of awesomeness to share with your (cyber) brain on this (cyber) monday!

Happy hunting!

Pedro Sanchez de Lozada

Need to Find Angel Investors? Start With this A to Z List

We have created a list of the top Angel Investors, those investing mostly in technology startups. Browse the list then learn more about raising capital for startups.


1. Aaron Patzer – Angel/Individual
Francisco Aaron Patzer is an angel investor based out of Silicon Valley, California. Aaron Patzer has invested in BizeeBee, Topicmarks, Capire Micro Motors and HealthTap.


2. Adeo Ressi – TheFunded San Francisco
Adeo Ressi is the founder of VC-rating site TheFunded and the startup incubator theFunded Founder Institute.


3. Andrea Zurek – Vorza Ventures San Francisco
Andrea Zurek is a multi-faceted angel investor with over 16 years of experience in sales and sales management. She co-founded the XG Ventures with several of her peers from Google. Prior to XG ventures, Andrea founded Forza Ventures, LLC.


4. Andy Bechtolsheim Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Andy Bechtolsheim is an electrical engineer who co-founded Sun Microsystems and is one of the most successful angel investors. When he left Sun Microsystems, he later found Granite Systems. Andy Bechtolsheim is also known to be one of the first investor to fund Google, has also invested in Brightmail, Tapulous, Brocade, Tasmania Network Systems and Regroup.


5. Aydin Senkut – Felicis Ventures San Francisco
Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures. His current portfolio encompasses over 50 companies currently including Azumio, Baby.com.br, Clearslide, Dropcam, Chloe & Isabel, Imageshack, Inkling, Justin.tv, and others.


6. Babak Nivi –  Angel List San Francisco
Babak Nivi is a founder of Venture Hacks and is an advisor to various startups, including Songbird and Grockit.


7. Ben Ling – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Benjamin Ling is the Product Manager Director of Search Products for Google and is the Director of Partnerships and Platform at Youtube. He previously worked at Facebook where he oversaw product marketing, developer operations.


8. Bill Joy – KPCB  San Francisco
Bill is one of the co-founder of Sun Microsystems and is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.


9. Brett Bullington Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Brett Bullington is an angel investor and advisor at Outfit7 Ltd. He’s also a board member for Digg and Carolina for Kibera.


10. Brian Pokorny – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Brian Pokorny is the CEO of Dailybooth and was previously a general partner at SV Angel. He’s an angel investor in Twitter, OMGPOP, Square,Tweetdeck


11. Caterina Fake – Founder Collective  New York
Caterina is the co-founder of Flickr and Hunch and is the chariman of the board at Etsy. Her primary area of interest is social software.


12. Chris Dixon – Founder Collective New York
Chris Dixon is the co-founder of Founder Collective and is currently the CEO of Hunch. Chris’ investments includes Skype, TrialPay, DocVerse, Invite Media, Gerson Lehrman Group, ScanScout and a handful of other startups.


13. Chris Sacca – Lowercase Capital San Francisco
An accomplished venture investor, private equity principal, company advisor, and entrepreneur. He is one of the Silicon Valley’s original “super-angels,” investing early in such companies as Twitter, Bit.ly, Formspring and Instagram.


14. Dave Duffield – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Dave Duffield  is the co-founder and former chairman of PeopleSoft, the co-founder and co-CEO at Workday, Inc. Duffield has invested to startups with HR bent like HireRight and Guru.com


15. Dave McClure – 500 Startups San Francisco
Dave McClure is a 500 Startups founding partner and mentor. Dave has made over a dozen of startup investments including  Mint, SlideShare, Twilio, FeeFighters, SendGrid, Credit Karma, and Wildfire Interactive among many others.


16. Dave Morin – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Dave Morin is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Path. Dave was also the co-inventor of Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect.


17. David Lee – SV Angel San Francisco
David is a Venture Partner at SK Telecom Ventures and Co-founder of XG Ventures.  Some of his past and current investments include Tapulous, Posterous, Twitter, Facebook, Kabam, Greplin, and others.


18. Eric Shmidt – TomorrowVentures San Francisco
Eric Scmidt is current executive chairman of Google and has served as the CEO from 2001-2011. Some of Schmidt’s investments include Citizen Effect, CX, iShake, PublishOne, and Sendmail.


19. Esther Dyson – EDVenture New York
Esther Dyson is an active investor in a variety of start-ups, focusing on technology. Her include XCOR Aerospace, Space Adventures/Zero G, Icon Aircraft, Coastal Aviation Software and Airship Ventures.


20. Geoff Ralston – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Geoff is the CEO of Lala Media, Inc., an innovative cloud music start-up. Prior to Lala, Ralston worked as chief product officer at Yahoo. And in 2011, he co-founded Imagine K12, an education incubator.


21. Jason Calacanis – Open Angel Forum  Los Angeles
Jason Calacanis founded the Open Angel Forum and was the CEO and co-founder of Weblogs, Inc. As of 2008, Jason is now CEO and Founder of Mahalo, Inc., a user-powered search engine. He has invested in This Week In, ChallengePost, Gowalla, Belgrave Trust, and JIBE.


22. Jawed Karim – Youniversity Ventures San Francisco
Jawed Karim is a co-founder of the popular video sharing website YouTube. Prior to YouTube, Jawed was one of the first engineers at PayPal, now the world’s largest online payment service.


23. Jeff Bezos – Bezos Expeditions San Francisco
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is the founder, president, CEO and chairman of the board of Amazon.com. Apart form Amazon, he recently founded Blue Origin, a space-flight startup. Jeff Bezos personal venture capital investments is managed by Bezos Expeditions.


24. Jeff Clavier – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Jeff Clavier is the founder and managing partner of SoftTech VC. Jeff has invested in close to 100 consumer internet startups including Mint , Brightroll, Truveo, Userplane, Rapleaf, Ustream, Milo, Eventbrite, Tapulous, and Blekko among many others.


25. Jeff Stewart – Urgent Group New York
Jeff Stewart is a serial entrepreneur, inventor and investor specializing in technology-enabled growth businesses. He is the founder and chairman at Urgent Group & Mimeo.com. Jeff also founded Urgent Career & Urgent Ventures LLC.


26. Jeremy Stoppelman – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Jeremy is the co-founder and CEO of Yelp. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy was the VP of engineering at PayPal.


27. Joe Kraus – Google Ventures  San Francisco
Joe Kraus is a partner at Google Ventures, Google’s private market investment arm. Joe co-founded Excite.com and JotSpot. He has been an active angel investor in multiple companies, including LinkedIn, Aardvark, Kongregate, and OpenCand.


28. Josh Kopelman –First Round Ventures Philadelphia
Josh is currently Managing Director of First Round Capital, a seed stage technology venture fund. He’s also the director of the board at BankSimple, Monetate, Inc., and Swipely.


29. Keith Rabois – Youniversity Ventures San Francisco
Keith is the Chief Operating Officer at Square and a prominent angel investor. He currently serves on the board of directors of Yelp, Xoom, Vendio, Milo, and FanIQ. He was an early investor in YouTube and LinkedIn, and is a limited partner at Sequoia Capital.


30. Kevin Hartz – Youniversity Ventures San Francisco
Kevin Hartz is the co-founder of Eventbrite, a popular event registration service. Previously, he co-founded Xoom Corporation and ConnectGroup. He is also an investor and advisor to startups such as PayPal, Geni.com, Friendster, Flixster.com, and Trulia.


31. Kevin Rose – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Kevin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Milk, a mobile application development company. Previously, Kevin was the Founder of Digg, and co-founder of Revision3 and Pownce (now Six Apart). Kevin currently serves on the board of directors of the Tony Hawk Foundation and Digg.


32. Larry Braitman – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Lawrence Braitman is an online advertising veteran who co-founded Flycast Communications.  Larry was also a founding investor in Flixster.


33. Lauren Flanagan – Phenomenelle Angels Madison, WI
Lauren is a co-founder and Managing Director of the Phenomenelle Angels Fund I, LP. Lauren also serves as CEO of SCIO Corp and the Chairman of the Board at HarQen Inc; serves on the Boards of Directors of Springboard Enterprises and Michelle’s Miracle Inc.


34. Manu Kumar – K9 Ventures Palo Alto
Manu is the founder and Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures. He was the Founder, President and CEO of SneakerLabs, Inc. Manu also serves as an investor and/or advisor for several technology startups including Refocus Imaging, Dolores Labs(CrowdFlower), Twilio, DNAnexus, and others.


35. Marc Andreesen – Andreesen Horowitz Menlo Park
Marc Andreessen is a co-founder and general partner of the venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz. He is also co-founder and chairman of Ning and an investor in several startups including Digg, Plazes, and Twitter.


36. Marc Benioff – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Marc Benioff is the Chairman & CEO of salesforce.com, a cloud computing company. Prior to salesforce.com, Marc was the SVP at Oracle Corporation.


37. Mark Sugarman – MHS Capital San Francisco
Mark Sugarman is the managing partner at MHS Capital. He also serves as a board member at OPOWER and Fonality. Sugarman’s investements include Simply Measured, Udemy, iLikem, Venturebeat, and Pulpo Media among many others.


38. Martin Varsavsky – Angel/Inpidual
Martin Varsavsky is an Argentine/Spanish entrepreneur. Varsavsky’s current venture is called FON, a company dedicated to building the world’s largest global WiFi network. Prior to FON, he founded two telecommunications company; Viatel and Jazztel.


39. Max Levchin – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Max Levchin the founder and CEO of Slide, which creates and distributes popular web applications on Facebook. He is also the chairman of local review site Yelp. Prior to Slide, he was the co-founder and CTO of PayPal.


40. Michael Dearing – Harrison Metal  San Francisco
Michael Dearing is the founder of Harrison  Metal and consulting associate professor at Stanford University. Previously, served as SVP & General Merchandise Manager for eBay and held leadership positions at Brain & Company, Filene’s Basement, The Walt Disney Company, and Industrial Shoe Warehouse.


41. Mike Maples Jr. – Floodgate  San Francisco
Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of Floodgaet, and was recently named as one of “8 Rising VC Stars” by Fortune Magazine. Before founding Floodgate, he co-founded Motive, Inc., and was the product marketing director at Tivoli Systems. Some of his investments include PixelFish, Pipewise, ModCloth, and Socialware.


42. Mitch Kapor – Kapor Capital San Francisco
Mitch Kapor is widely known as the founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of the “killer application” Lotus 1-2-3. He’s currently an active startup investor with more than 50 investments including EtherPad, CubeTree, Dapper bit.ly, Get Satisfaction, and Twilio among many others.


43. Naval Ravikant – Angel List San Francisco
Naval is an entrepreneur and angel investor, founder of AngelList and co-founder of Venture Hacks. Previously, he was a co-founder at Genoa Corp, Epinions.com, and Vast.com. Naval invested in companies like Twitter, FourSquare, DocVerse, Mixer Labs, and Jambool among the others.


44. Paul Buchheit – Y Combinator and Angel/Inpidual, San Francisco
Paul Buchheit was the creator and lead developer of Gmail. Paul co-founded the startup FriendFeed which was later acquired by Facebook. At present, he is a venture partner at the venture capital firm Y Combinator and invested to companies such as Meraki, ScanScout, Xobini, Vidyard, and Comprehen Systems.


45. Paul Graham – Y Combinator San Francisco
Paul Graham is a partner at Y Combinator. He also started Viaweb, the first ASP with Robert Morris and is the author of On Lisp ANSI Common Lisp, and Hackers & Painters. Graham has invested in Infinity Box, WebMynd, and AppJet.


46. Paul Martino – Bullpen Capital San Francisco
Paul is the CEO and co-founder of Aggregate Knowledge. Paul was previously the CTO and founder of Tribe Network and has held senior business development positions at Intertrust and SkyPilot. He has been doing angel investing for almost a decade and personally invested in first rounds of Zynga, PayNearMe, and TubeMogul.


47. Peter Fenton – Benchmark Capital San Francisco
Peter is a venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley and is currently a general partner at Benchmark Capital. His current investments include Coremetrics, EngineYard, Hyperic, New Relic, SpringSource, Terracotta, Yelp, and DotCloud.


48. Peter Thiel – Clarium Capital San Francisco
Peter Thiel is the President of Clarium Capital and is a managing partner at The Founders Fund. Thiel has made early-stage investment in Facebook and numerous startups including Booktrack, Slide, LinkedIn, Friendster, Rapleaf, Geni.com, Yammer, and Yelp, Inc.


49. Ram Shriram – Shepalo Ventures San Francisco
Ram Shiram is the founder and managing director at Sherpalo Ventures. Ram is one of the founding board member of Google Inc.and 247customer.com. Ram also serves on the boards of Next Jump, Zazzle.com, and StumbleUpon.com.


50. Reid Hoffman – Greylock Partners  San Francisco
Reid Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn. He is an angel investor in numerous influential Internet companies, including Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, Ning, Six Apart and Zynga.


51. Rick Thompson – Angel/Inpidual San Francisco
Rick is the co-founder and chairman of Playdom and is the chairman of the board at Funzio. Prior to Playdom, he co-founded and served as CEO at Adify and FlyCast Communications. His current investments include Udemy, Trooval, SocialShield, ViKi, Iddiction, and Tykoon.


52. Rob Hayes – First Round Capital San Francisco
Rob is a managing partner at First Round Capital. He has led investments in companies such as  Mint.com, HomeRun, Uber, TaskRabbit, AppFog, Get Satisfaction, and DNAnexus.


53. Ron Conway – SV Angel San Francisco
Ron Conway was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds. Conway is one of the most successful “angel” investors in early-stage tech companies, including Google, PayPal, Digg, Datahug, Pinterest, and many others.


54. Russ Fradin – Dynamic Signal San Francisco
Russel Fradin is the CEO & co-founder at Dynamic Signal. He is also the chairman at SocialSheild. Previoulsy, he was the CEO & co-founder at Adify Corporation. Fradin has invested in Udemy, Humanoid, Colingo, Skygrid, Milo, and Playdom among many others.


55. Shervin Pishevar – Menlo Ventures  San Francisco
Shervin is a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, a venture capital fund. He is an active angel investor in such companies as  Aardvark , Gowalla , Milo.com, Klout, Votizen, Likealittle, Sprucemedia, Medialets, Kissmetrics and more.

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Open Courseware and Udemy

Hi guys,

I recently came across a very interesting infographic on Open Courseware.

It’s an interesting way to revolutionize education. You can see below for the infographic itself.

I must say that although OCW is a very interesting concept, I am concerned with its sustainability. It seems a little counter intuitive that our new online education system needs donations and a large endowment to maintain itself. That’s part of the problem of traditional education anyway!

That’s why here at Udemy we adopt some OCW methods, but ultimately allow professors the flexibility of charging for their courses or not. In the long run we believe that prices will drop and the best courses (as opposed to the ones created by instructors that are willing to work for free) are  the ones that become most popular.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Open Education
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Rethinking Education: An Interview with Professor Allan Collins

Today we have an interview with Allan Collins! He is the author of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology, a book about the future of the relationship between technology, schools, and students. Allan is also a Professor Emeritus of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. The book analyzes the way technology can shape education in the future; it has received rave reviews from academics from the University of Wisconsin, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. We are glad to talk to him and get his insights on the future of education.

1. What inspired you to write Rethinking Education?
Collins_techMy co-author Rich Halverson was a graduate student in Learning Sciences at Northwestern and I mentioned that I was planning to teach a course on the History of Education Reform. Since he had been a history teacher in a Chicago high school, he offered to co-teach the course with me. As we talked about the course and taught it, we decided to write a book describing how education is being transformed by the digital revolution. Our tentative title was The Second Educational Revolution and we wanted to describe how we were in the midst of a revolution like the one we went through from an apprenticeship-based education system to a schooling-based system starting in the 1830s. The first revolution took 100 years to develop the school system we know today and we think it will probably take 100 years for the current revolution to come to fruition. We are about 30 years into it, so we have a long way to go.

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