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The world's largest destination for on-demand, online courses from real-world experts: Udemy

thesiliconreview-kevin-h-johnson-ceo-udemy-2017Growing up in a small Turkish village with a one-room schoolhouse, Eren Bali had limited educational opportunities, until his family got a computer. Fueled by his dreams to compete internationally in chess and mathematics, Eren used the internet to access learning resources and connect with people all over the world. With the help of these communities, he earned a silver medal in the International Math Olympiad.

After online learning changed his life, Eren partnered with Oktay Caglar and Gagan Biyani toward a common goal: to make quality education more accessible and improve lives through learning.

In 2010, to bring Eren’s dream of setting up an E-learning platform to reality, the trio, Eren, Oktay, and Gagan started Udemy.

Today, Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where more than 18 million students learn from an extensive library of 55,000 courses taught by expert instructors in over 80 different languages. Whether learning for professional development or personal enrichment, students can master new skills through self-paced, on-demand courses, while instructors have a way to share their knowledge with the world.

Udemy is privately owned and headquartered in San Francisco and has its offices in Ireland and Turkey.

The destination for workplace learning: Udemy for Business

In addition to being the world’s largest online learning marketplace, Udemy is the learning solution that organizations choose for employee up-skilling and development. The E-learning helps people at companies like Lyft, PayPal, Century21, MetLife, and Volkswagen do whatever comes next through a curated collection of top-rated business and technical courses. 

Udemy for Business offers subscription access to a collection of business-relevant courses as well as a simple platform to host and distribute their own content in one central place.

“It's tremendous. When people find things they're interested in, they'll spend 300 minutes on that topic inside the Udemy for Business platform. Udemy for Business has created the opportunity for us to learn way more about what our employees want. It's been staggering the amount of traffic we've gotten from dedicated Udemy learners.”

-Derek Hann, Chief Learning Officer, Paypal

Share your knowledge. Become an Udemy Instructor

Udemy not only provides a platform for people seeking knowledge but also provides a platform for people who want to share their knowledge.

Udemy’s become and instructor platform is becoming one of the best places to share knowledge and earn. Once a course is live on Udemy’s marketplace, students discover that course and purchase it. And every time a course is getting purchased, the instructor earns a handsome amount of money.

Choose your topic

Udemy let the instructors teach what they know, or teach what they love. One can create a course on almost anything. Millions of students are waiting, eager to learn and by becoming an Udemy instructor one can help make it happen.

Udemy has multiple formats that the instructor can use to create its course. The formats let the instructor create its course in any style that makes sense for the topic and personality.

Create a course

Udemy courses are packed with insights, examples, and opportunities for students to learn by doing and achieve their goals.

The instructor will get 24/7 Udemy support along the way. The E-learning company provides the instructor with a bundle of resources to create engaging courses. With Teach Hub, the best-in-class resource center for instructors, the instructor can create the course with an ease. Udemy’s Studio U is another peer to peer community of instructors, who are also creating their own courses. The new instructor will be able to see its own team members answering questions and providing insight.

Connect with students

Once the course is ready to go live on Udemy marketplace, the instructor can start sharing it with friends, family, and followers. By using Udemy’s marketing guides, one can make the course a success.

Students can also find the course through Udemy’s organic search and the marketing efforts. Udemy never leaves any stone unturned to promote a course across the globe.

Words from the Instructors

 “Launching my first course on Udemy allowed me to quit my full-time job and start my own company. I went from working 60+ hour weeks to set my own hours and schedule.”

-Colt Steele, Developer, and Bootcamp Instructor

120,045 students, 197 countries

“There's no greater success on the Udemy marketplace than hearing that you've helped a student achieve their goals. Teaching on Udemy has brought me new relationships from wonderful and insatiably curious students.”

-Stephen Grider, Engineering Architect

84,088 students, 187 countries

Turn your commute into learning time: Udemy App

Udemy has built a mobile app from the ground up to make the learning experience as simple and intuitive as possible. With the Udemy app, anyone can now watch videos, access course documents, and even purchase Udemy courses directly from their iPhone, iPad or Android device.

With the Udemy app, one can squeeze in a few lectures on the commute, or before bed, or during lunch, or just whenever the time permits. Whether it’s a video lecture, audio lecture, presentation, article, or anything else inside the course, one can save courses for offline viewing and watch them while traveling on a plane or subway.

Udemy is changing the entire phiz of learning making it more easy and fun. With Udemy, develop a growth mindset and embrace lifelong learning.

Knowing the CEO

Kevin H. Johnson is the CEO of Udemy. Kevin is an e-commerce veteran with a passion for digital marketing and education. Before joining Udemy, Kevin served as CEO of Ebates Inc., a leading e-commerce marketplace ranked as a top-15 U.S. e-commerce brand by eMarketer. Prior to that Kevin held leadership roles at Acxiom Digital, Netcentives, and the Boston Consulting Group. Kevin also co-founded and served as CEO of, an e-commerce business providing hard-to-find local specialties. He received an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.

“Whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, further a passion, or just accelerate your life, Udemy has a course to help you get there and get there faster.”