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  • Making the case for a startup visa  Crunch Network

    Making the case for a startup visa 

    After failing to get their startup Udemy off the ground in their native Turkey, Eren Bali and Oktay Cağlar headed to the U.S. in 2009. Both knew that in the U.S., specifically Silicon Valley, they could gain the support and traction Udemy needed. Yet Udemy was not enough to get them into the country: The U.S. doesn’t have a visa specifically for entrepreneurs eager to launch businesses. Read More

  • Codecademy, the free online coding school, raises another $30M led by Naspers

    Codecademy, the free online coding school, raises another $30M led by Naspers

    Codecademy, an online coding school with 16 million registered users, has built out its footprint without charging its students a penny to use it. Now, as more questions arise about how and when the startup might start monetizing its services, it is announcing $30 million in new funding that could be an indication of what might come next. Naspers, the (for-profit) media giant based out of… Read More

  • Edtech startup Udemy raises $60 million from Naspers for international expansion

    Edtech startup Udemy raises $60 million from Naspers for international expansion

    The venture arm of Naspers Ltd. has invested $60 million in Udemy, an online marketplace for education. For the unfamiliar, Naspers is a Johannesburg-listed tech and media firm that operates robust online classifieds businesses in emerging markets, with a strong presence in India. Udemy CEO Dennis Yang said that after closing a $65 million Series D round of funding in the spring of 2015… Read More

  • Introducing Disrupt TV Live From Disrupt SF

    Introducing Disrupt TV Live From Disrupt SF

    We’re just a week away from TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015, and the TechCrunch video team has a packed schedule: broadcasting interviews, updates and all sorts of other great startup action live from the exhibit hall floor. Disrupt TV kicked off at Disrupt NY back in May, and we got such positive feedback we’re doing it again in San Francisco. Eh, we can sleep when we’re dead. Read More

  • Udemy Raises Another $65 Million To Help Anyone Learn Anything

    Udemy Raises Another $65 Million To Help Anyone Learn Anything

    Udemy, the online education marketplace that wants to help anyone learn anything, has pulled in $65 million in new venture funding. The Series D round was led by Stripes Group, the late-stage New York-based firm that counts marketplace giants GrubHub, Elance/Odesk and Blue Apron among its portfolio. Previous investors NVP and Insight Venture Partners joined in, and Stripes Group’s… Read More

  • Online Learning Marketplace Udemy Raises $32M To Scale Up Internationally

    Online Learning Marketplace Udemy Raises $32M To Scale Up Internationally

    Long time player in the online learning space, Udemy, which has built a skills-based marketplace where individual tutors can sell their skills and learners can get access to courses (both paid and free), has just closed a $32 million Series C funding round, led by Norwest Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Insight Venture Partners and MHS Capital. Read More

  • Crunch, Crunch, CrunchU: Course Registration Is Now Open

    Crunch, Crunch, CrunchU: Course Registration Is Now Open

    That crunching sound you hear is software eating the world, and TechCrunch is always looking for ways to pull a chair up to the feast. For example, we have CrunchBase for data and CrunchBoard for jobs, and once upon a time there was CrunchPad, too. Not everything works out, but today with high hopes we are launching CrunchU, which is a collection of 30 online courses Read More

  • With Over 6,000 Courses Now Live, Udemy Brings Its Learning Marketplace To iOS To Let You Study On The Go

    With Over 6,000 Courses Now Live, Udemy Brings Its Learning Marketplace To iOS To Let You Study On The Go

    Udemy launched in 2010 to help students of all ages continue their education through video-based, online courses — and in turn, give teachers (and experts) a way to make a buck by sharing their knowledge with the masses. Capitalizing on the growing interest and buzz around online learning and MOOC platforms pioneered by sites like Khan Academy, Udemy has been on a mission to create… Read More

  • Chamath Palihapitiya On Growth Hacking And How To Create A Sustainable User Acquisition Engine

    Chamath Palihapitiya On Growth Hacking And How To Create A Sustainable User Acquisition Engine

    Last fall, Udemy co-founder Gagan Biyani and Wildfire’s Erin Turner held the first Growth Hackers Conference, in which executives, entrepreneurs and investors from LinkedIn, Spark Capital, Bump, Airbnb and Dropbox gathered to growth hacking and what it means for early-stage startups. One of the keynote speakers was well known investor and entrepreneur, Chamath Palihapitiya, who, for… Read More

  • Online Learning Marketplace Udemy Lands $12M To Expand Its Course Catalog, Go Cross-Platform

    Online Learning Marketplace Udemy Lands $12M To Expand Its Course Catalog, Go Cross-Platform

    In 2010, Udemy set out to capitalize on the growing market for video-based online education by launching a learning platform that allows anyone to teach and participate in online video classes. Yet, as the space has gotten more crowded, the startup has focused on becoming not just another online course platform, but a learning marketplace where educators of all stripes can earn compensation… Read More

  • Udemy Rolls Out New Publishing Platform To Help Teachers Create Quality Online Courses

    Udemy Rolls Out New Publishing Platform To Help Teachers Create Quality Online Courses

    Online video education is a hot space right now, thanks to the likes of Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, StraighterLine, Lynda.com, CreativeLIVE (and many more), which are collectively on a mission to democratize education and bring affordable, online learning tools and courses to a global audience. While the rising tide of video-based learning has lifted all boats, it’s also led to… Read More

  • Gasp! Thanks To These Startups, Teachers Are Making Money On The Web

    Gasp! Thanks To These Startups, Teachers Are Making Money On The Web

    On the whole, teacher compensation in the U.S. is embarrassing. To pick on marketers, some might see the fact that the average marketing manager makes twice the average salary of just about every type of teacher as just a wee bit backwards. Luckily, there are a number of startups that are starting to change that, thanks to the Web and the growing popularity of open, online educational platforms. Read More

  • Technology Cannot Disrupt Education From The Top Down

    Technology Cannot Disrupt Education From The Top Down

    Computer technology has penetrated the classroom for thirty years with little impact. After hundreds of “disruptive” education startups, the best innovation in education is still the chalkboard. This isn’t the fault of the entrepreneurs, but the fault of an education system which resists innovation at every turn. Many K-12 education technology startups target teachers and… Read More

  • Crowdsourced Learning Platform Udemy Raises $3 Million From Lightbank And Others

    Crowdsourced Learning Platform Udemy Raises $3 Million From Lightbank And Others

    Groupon investors Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell have led a $3 million Series A vote in Udemy, an online platform that allows anyone to host and learn from online classes. 500 Startups and MHS Capital also participated in the round. Competing with Lynda.com, Udemy offers classes ranging from “Product Developement at Facebook” to “14-Day Total Yoga Body: Lose Weight, Detox… Read More

  • Udemy Scores $1M In Seed Funding, Aims To Democratize Online Learning

    Udemy, which aims to democratize learning on the Web by basically letting anyone teach and school themselves through online courses, has raised $1 million in seed funding from a host of top notch investors to ramp up hiring efforts. The Founder Institute-incubated startup received funding from an impressive list of angel investors such as Keith Rabois, Rick Thompson, Russ Fradin, Benjamin… Read More

  • Udemy Launches Virtual Learning Academy

    Online video education is a space that is growing rapidly, and even attracting the attention of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who thinks that web-based learning sites will revolutionize education. Today, Udemy is launching as a learning site that aims to democratize online education by enabling anyone to teach and learn online. Udemy, which was incubated at the Founder Institute, provides… Read More