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About Us

Udacity is where lifelong learners come to learn the skills they need, to land the jobs they want, to build the lives they deserve.

Our Mission

Our mission is to train the world’s workforce in the careers of the future. We partner with leading technology companies to learn how technology is transforming industries, and teach the critical tech skills that companies are looking for in their workforce. With our powerful and flexible digital education platform, even the busiest learners can prepare themselves to take on the most in-demand tech roles.

Our Students

Udacity students are a community of global learners united in a shared goal of uplift and transformation. Our unique learning model enables an unprecedented degree of engagement with our students, and we are with them through every step of their learning journey—from the first moment a marketing team member might answer a question on Facebook, to the penultimate moment when a career team member receives word that a graduate has gotten a new job. Our mantra is Students First, and this is the light that guides us as we continue our mission to bring the highest quality learning possible, to as many students as we can possibly reach.

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Our Story

Udacity began as an experiment in online learning, when Stanford instructors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig elected to offer their "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" course online to anyone, for free. Over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled. The potential to educate at a global scale was awe-inspiring, and Udacity was founded to pursue a mission to democratize education. It would take several years of intensive iteration and experimentation to clarify our focus on career advancement through mastery of in-demand skills, but today, Udacity proudly offers aspiring learners across the globe the opportunity to participate in—and contribute to—some of the most exciting and innovative fields in the world.

Meet our leadership team

Our talented team of executives have come together with one goal: to help students, companies, and governments prepare for the next generation of technical jobs.

  • Gabe Dalporto

    Gabe Dalporto

    Chief Executive Officer
  • Sebastian Thrun

    Sebastian Thrun

    Founder and Executive Chairman
  • James Richards

    James Richards

    Chief Technology Officer
  • Dana Bennett

    Dana Bennett

    Chief People Officer
  • Jennifer Dearman

    Jennifer Dearman

    Chief Customer Officer
  • Hisham Elaraby

    Hisham Elaraby

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Samuel Schofield

    Samuel Schofield

    Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise Sales
  • Derrick Alesevich

    Derrick Alesevich

    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
  • Ayah Shashaa

    Ayah Shashaa

    Global Vice President, Societal Impact
  • Mahesh Jeswani

    Mahesh Jeswani

    Interim Chief Product Officer

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