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There are many ways to measure success. At Udacity, we prioritize our students above all else—when our students succeed, we succeed.

That said, there are other measurements that can be very meaningful. When an extraordinary organization such as Google, Amazon, IBM, or NVIDIA chooses to collaborate with us, we consider this a powerful and positive referendum on our efforts. When a publication such as the MIT Technology Review determines that we are one of the 50 “Smartest Companies” in the world, we are excited that our work is capturing minds and imaginations.

Ultimately though, even these examples come back to our students. And that’s as it should be.

Today, we received recognition of a somewhat different kind, and for a moment, we are able to stop, reflect, and feel a bit of pride that our company has emerged as a wonderful place to work, as well as learn.

LinkedIn has today named us to their 2017  LinkedIn Top Companies | Startups list! As their announcement describes it:

“We wanted to see which startups were winning the talent game. Who are the 50 most in-demand upstarts in the U.S. today?”

We are very happy to find ourselves among the Top 20 companies selected, and above all else, we are excited not so much for what this recognizes, but for what it helps to continue making possible—bringing the greatest, most inspired and inspiring talent to Udacity, so that we can continue working to provide the best learning experience on the planet.

So ultimately, it all comes back to our students after all. Which is exactly as it should be!

Thank you to the team at LinkedIn for affording us this recognition, thank you to all our wonderful employees for choosing to apply their talents here at Udacity, and thank you to our students for entrusting us with their learning.

Christopher Watkins
Christopher Watkins
Christopher Watkins is Senior Writer and Chief Words Officer at Udacity. He types on a MacBook or iPad by day, and either an Underwood, Remington, or Royal by night. He carries a Moleskine everywhere.