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From the Udemy About Page:
Udemy helps students make moves. Whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, further a passion, or just accelerate your life, Udemy helps you learn from the amazing instructors in the world, so that you can get there and get there faster.
Our team recruits the world’s top experts, including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, celebrities, and Ivy League professors. These expert instructors have taught over 1.5 million students on Udemy, helping them learn everything from programming to photography to design to yoga and more. Founded in 2010, Udemy is funded by Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, 500 Startups and other investors who previously foresaw the internet giants YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Groupon and Yelp. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Overview of the Udemy Platform
Type of Platform: Marketplace
Revenue Share: Varies (97% to 5% paid to instructor depending on the traffic source and whether discounting and affiliate sales are allowed)
Other Fees: None
Affiliate Program: 50% commission – controlled by Udemy
Discounting Options: Instructor created coupons or opt-in Udemy discount/ad programs
Assessment Options: Basic Quizzes
Student Communication: Forum, Q&A, and announcement features
Student List Accessibility: Udemy owns student mailing list
Reviews: Star ratings with commentary
Certificates: Generic certificates of completion issued by Udemy
Mobile Optimized: Mobile app version
HD Video: Yes
Drives a lot of traffic through marketing efforts
Practices a deep discount sales model
Integrates with social media and analytics tools
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Author: Deltina Hay
DeltinaU founder, Deltina Hay, is the author of The Bootstrapper’s Guide to the Mobile Web and The Social Media Survival Guide. Deltina developed the graduate, Social Media Certificate program for Drury University, and serves as the board chair of the Independent Book Publishers Association.