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Where top VCs are investing in edtech

Where top VCs are investing in edtech Education is a $4 trillion market globally in urgent need of overall — so where within education are top venture capitalists optimistic about startups building large businesses by providing new solutions? According to EdSurge, $1.45 billion of venture capital (a mere 1.1% of the $130 […]

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Udacity names former LendingTree executive to CEO post

Udacity names former LendingTree executive to CEO post Online education startup Udacity has hired former LendingTree executive Gabriel Dalporto as its new CEO, an appointment that follows months of layoffs and a restructuring directed by the company’s co-founder and executive chairman Sebastian Thrun. Dalporto comes to Udacity after seven years at LendingTree, […]

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Online learning startup Skill-Lync promises India’s mechanical engineers a job, or their money back

Online learning startup Skill-Lync promises India’s mechanical engineers a job, or their money back You might hear stories that TechCrunch favors venture-backed companies, or will only write about startups that have raised from certain VCs. Well, I can tell you that is totally untrue. In fact, it couldn’t be further from the […]

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Sebastian Thrun initiates aggressive plan to transform Udacity

Sebastian Thrun initiates aggressive plan to transform Udacity “I’m a fighter. I believe in our people, I believe in our mission, and I believe that it should exist and must exist.” Sebastian Thrun is talking animatedly about Udacity, the $1 billion online education startup that he co-founded nearly eight years ago. His tone […]

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Edtech unicorn Udacity lays off 125 people in global strategy shift

Edtech unicorn Udacity lays off 125 people in global strategy shift Learning platform Udacity is to axe a big chunk of its workforce — which looks to be between a fifth and a quarter — as part of a global reorganization effort, according to VentureBeat. It reports the company is cutting 125 staff from […]

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Vishal Makhijani steps down as chief executive of Udacity

Vishal Makhijani steps down as chief executive of Udacity Vishal Makhijani, the long time chief executive of online education company Udacity, is stepping down as its chief executive officer, TechCrunch has learned. Makhijani first joined the company in 2013 as chief operating officer under Sebastian Thrun, the company’s founder and chief executive […]

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Udacity tackles cybersecurity with its latest nanodegree

Udacity tackles cybersecurity with its latest nanodegree Responding to the talent shortage and increasing demand facing the cybersecurity industry, Udacity said that it is now developing a new nanodegree focused on security. Launched at the security industry’s RSA Conference, details about the new program (including potential partners) are still sketchy (there’s little available on […]

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Equity podcast: Coinbase buys a startup, Discord’s a unicorn and Netflix soars

Equity podcast: Coinbase buys a startup, Discord’s a unicorn and Netflix soars Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week TechCrunch’s Katie Roof and Crunchbase News’s Alex Wilhelm sat down with Science Inc’s Michael Jones to dig through the latest in the […]

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Udacity opens applications for its Flying Car Nanodegree program

Udacity opens applications for its Flying Car Nanodegree program  If you want to learn how to build flying cars, then your options in terms of getting an education are kind of limited. Enter Udacity, the online education platform founded by Google self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun. It’s now accepting applications for its […]

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Online learning startup Coursera raises $64M at an $800M valuation

Online learning startup Coursera raises M at an 0M valuation  As the cost of in-class education continue to rise, and the cost for computing continues to fall, we’re seeing a flourishing of startups that target the market for online learning. As one mark of the trend, one of the leaders in this […]

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