We’re growing extremely quickly and we’re excited to speak with you. Before we connect though, we thought you may want to know a bit more about us, our mission, our culture, our philosophies, and our team.
So without further ado…
To help anyone learn anything, online.
We’re a long way from achieving this :-). That’s why we need your help! Today we have more than 2 million students in 190+ countries learning everything from programming to design to photography to cake decorating and more.
That’s awesome, but we’re just getting started. We didn’t launch Udemy to help 2 million people. We launched it to help hundreds of millions of people in all corners of the world.
We’re a small team and we have hopes of building a truly great culture. We know we’re only at the beginning, but we try to live it in the way we work and find people who embody it.
It all starts with the phrase –> LET’S GO!
Let’s go help 100,000,000 people learn anything they can imagine. Lets 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, online.
The values are:
Get Stuff Done
Here’s a little bit on each:
Maybe it’s cliche for a company in education, but our team loves to learn. We read books, we follow blogs, we go to conferences, we get coffees and learn from peers… we take online courses.
We are our own customers (lifelong learners!) and that makes our work a whole lot easier.
We also try to live this spirit in the way we operate, so we do things like: “weekly hashes” where team members do deep dives into their work & what they’ve learned or “notes emails” where we share summaries of conversations we’ve had w/ other startup folks, engineers, marketers, etc.
If you’re not learning, then speak up because we’re doing something wrong.
This is one of those ones you’ve got to feel. It’s in the air.
It’s a sense of optimism & possibility… a sense that we can quite literally change the way the world learns. That excitement rings through in may ways… not least of which is the monstrous gong that sits in the middle of our office. We ring the gong whenever we have a big team win. It’s rung almost every day :-).
Our excitement fuels us. And it’s that same excitement, the idea that you can do anything, that we try to ignite in our customers.
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 (top line revenues grew 300% last year), but it’s challenging and it’s fun.
We can’t achieve our highly aggressive growth goals if we don’t innovate. It’s not a nice to have – it’s an imperative and it’s why we’re re-architecting this year and moving from PHP to Python/Django.
Innovation is misunderstood though. It’s not all blue sky ideas. It’s smart, small, rigorous, measured improvements on your business. It comes from talking to your customers relentlessly & 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 UFO. Give us product feedback. Write into support. Tell 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 & 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 get in the weeds and make it happen. Over thinking isn’t what took us to 2 million students.
Doing 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 & small. The open floor of our office. The fact that anyone will take off their headphones and help you if you have a question. The transparency around our company & team goals.
We like folks who get excited by that kind of openness.
8) (unofficial) Like to belt it out during Karaoke :-).
There are three philosophies which 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 & 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.
We’re an incredibly diverse team of almost 50 folks. Half of us were born outside of the US. Thirty percent of us are female. Seventy percent of us are male. We’re both experienced and inexperienced (we like a mix!) and we represent a huge array of cultures and backgrounds. Most of us are based in San Francisco, but a few of us are in Ankara, Istanbul, and Manila.
We don’t share this because we’re into the cosmetics. Rather we believe our team should match our community and the type of students and instructors we’re here to help. Head over to our about page or our LinkedIn profile to say hi!
And check out a day in our life…
So that’s Udemy!
We hope this was helpful in giving you a good feel for us, our mission, our culture, our philosophies, and our team.
We look forward to hearing from you!