A Letter from Udemy Co-Founder, Eren Bali

Oktay and I first started Udemy 4 years ago with a radical idea – to build a marketplace for individuals to share skills and knowledge. Since then, our little idea has grown into a thriving company of tens of thousands of courses and millions of students. I am very proud of where the company is today and the team we have built. As we continue to grow, I am excited to announce a new Udemy chapter with Dennis Yang as our CEO.

Dennis joined Udemy as President and COO in 2012 and has since directed business-related activities, scaling Udemy’s operations domestically and globally. He has helped drive the strategy that propelled us to 300 percent revenue and user growth over the last year. Dennis has the experience to lead us through our next chapter.

Dennis has worked in leadership roles at technology companies since 1999. Prior to joining Udemy, Dennis was the senior vice president of operations at 4INFO, a leading mobile advertising technology company. He completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University and received his MBA from Stanford University.

I will remain an integral part of Udemy. I will be doing more of the fun stuff like guiding product direction and strategy as we work to fulfill our mission of enabling anyone, anywhere to learn anything online. I want to thank to everyone who believed in us enough to join us on this journey and help make Udemy a reality.

Never stop learning,
Eren Bali

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