Udacity, the global pioneer in lifelong learning, drove continued growth in 2018. The online learning company achieved 25% year-over-year overall revenue growth, highlighted by 100% enterprise revenue growth, with total revenues expanding to approximately $90 million.
The company now has 10 million registered students across all of its programs, up from eight million at the end of 2017. Last year, the company invested in enterprise offerings, accelerated content creation initiatives, expanded career services, exceeded 200 industry partners globally and added 20 new enterprise clients to a list of over 50 worldwide.
In 2018, we saw tremendous demand from Fortune 500 companies who are working with us to re-skill and level-up their existing workforces. Udacity has the learning programs in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science to transform workforces at scale, said Sebastian Thrun, co-founder, president and executive chairman at Udacity.
In February 2019, Lalit Singh joined the company as Interim COO reporting to executive chairman Thrun. Singh comes to Udacity with over a decade of operational experience including senior operational roles at Hewlett-Packard and GE. Singh has extensive experience running and scaling complex operations and driving growth initiatives in consumer and enterprise businesses.
Udacity connects learning to jobs through online, project-based education developed with and for industry. In late 2014, Udacity launched its Nanodegree programs, starting with mobile and web development curriculum in collaboration with AT&T and Google. Four years later, Udacity had 33 Nanodegree programs and an alumni network of more than 65,000 Nanodegree program graduates as of December 31, 2018.
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In 2018, the company:
- Brought in new enterprise client wins including some of the worlds leading oil and gas, aerospace, professional services, and telecommunications companies.
- Launched ten new Nanodegree programs: AI Programming With Python, Artificial Intelligence for Trading, Blockchain Developer, Computer Vision, Data Scientist, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Flying Car, Google Analytics, Natural Language Processing, and Programming for Data Science.
- Expanded career services and launched 12 free career courses, built in collaboration with Google, with nearly 100,000 enrollments.
- Added more than 50 new partnerships, including IBM, Facebook, Unity and Infosys for a total of more than 200 industry partners.
- Funded over 1.1 million new partial and full scholarships to its programs for students across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Throughout 2019 Udacity plans to dramatically increase its launches of new Nanodegree programs and skills-centric learning content with five launches planned in Q1 of 2019 alone.
Additional 2018 milestones included:
- Named to Inc.5000 fastest-growing private companies in America.
- Rose to #8 on the 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 list, up from #10 in 2017.
- Launched Self-Driving Hiring Challenge to qualify graduates for interviews at one of Silicon Valleys leading mobility start-ups.
- Partnered with Bertelsmann to fund 15,000 Data Science Scholarships around the world.
- Introduced the PyTorch Scholarship Challenge to offer 10,000 participants the opportunity to acquire skills in deep learning using PyTorch, and earn a full scholarship to Udacitys Deep Learning Nanodegree program.
Udacity executives will be presenting at the following upcoming events:
- Economic Times Global Business Summit, Feb 22, Taj Palace, New Delhi, India
- Wall Street Journal CIO Network, February 25, Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, Calif.
- KeyBanc Emerging Technology Summit, February 26, San Francisco, Calif.
- New York Times New Work Summit, February 26, Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Udacity is a global, online, lifelong learning platform connecting education to jobs and providing students with skills to advance careers. Udacity Nanodegree programs provide credentials earned through a series of online courses and projects in an array of subjects from self-driving cars and AI to data science and digital marketing. Udacity collaborates with more than 200 global industry partners, including AT&T, Google, Facebook, Lyft, and IBM, to close talent gaps. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., the privately-funded company has operations in China, Egypt, Germany, India and the United Arab Emirates. Its investors include Bertelsmann, Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures and Drive Capital. For more information, please visit www.udacity.com.