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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How to Print Instagram Photos: Snap Happy!

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Spoken English Tutorial: How to Speak English Clearly

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Mind Mapping Examples for Teachers, Students and Professionals

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Mind maps are extremely useful in almost all walks of life. Teachers can use mind maps as a way to teach students a new concept. Students can create their own mind maps to help them prepare for exams. Presenters can use mind maps as a way of presenting their concepts. Managers can use mind maps as a way to brainstorm during meetings or as a way of keeping track of the progress in meetings. Project managers can use mind maps as a way to see the overall project details as well as being able to zero in on certain project aspects.

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Easy Languages To Learn: Choose Your Next Adventure!

Easy Languages To LearnWhen you are considering learning a second language, one of your initial questions might be, “Is it easy?”  The answer to that is simple: not really.  There are no “easy” languages, especially if you are learning a second language.  However, there are some that are easier than others.  In the end, however, it solely depends on the person, their learning style, and their commitment to learning how to speak in a new tongue.

Take me, for example: a native English speaker who grew up with a hearing Spanish spoken on one side of my family all the time.   Naturally, when high came around I decided on Spanish as a foreign language.  Why not?  It is one of the ten easiest languages to learn!  Plus, I hear it all the time!  Instead, Spanish for me turned out to be the “Mount Everest” of languages.  Sure, I got through it (although I never really started speaking full sentences until college), but it was not easy – not by a long shot.  On the other hand, there were plenty of people in my classes who excelled in Spanish, and this was their third language!  Again, it all depends.  Because the playing field is so varied, we are going to go over some of the easiest languages to learn and how you can go about learning them.  Start exercising your language tongue because you are going to need to use it!

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American English Pronunciation: Basic Vowel and Consonant Rules

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Forensic Photography: Real Life CSI

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Becoming a Paralegal: Pros and Cons

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The Positive Side of Becoming a Paralegal

Being a paralegal can be rewarding, and many in the field find that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. However, before deciding on a career in the field, one should be aware of both the advantages and disadvantages of the job.

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Forensic Investigator: Becoming a CSI

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Arabic Words: The Basics of the Arabic Language

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CSS3 Circles: How to Create Circles Using CSS3 Border Radius

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If you want to learn how to develop great looking websites using CSS3 and HTML5, then sign up for the HTML5 & CSS3 Site Design course today. This course is designed to teach you to build a website using HTML5 and CSS3. The course shows you how to set up a website from scratch and it includes various tips and tricks that will help you make your website more attractive and user friendly. It contains step-by-step lectures on how to format your pages and how to test your site before it goes live.

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