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 democratize education through the offering of world-class higher education opportunities that are accessible, flexible, and economical. Virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection and a commitment to self-empowerment through learning can come to Udacity, master a suite of job-ready skills, and pursue rewarding employment.

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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José

José

Android Developer Graduate
Now at
IDscan Biometrics Ltd

Android Developer

José

José

"Udacity has had an instrumental impact on my career. Without the Android Nanodegree credential, I would not have managed to get this far."

Daria

Daria

Data Analyst Graduate
Now at
GreenTomatoCars

Data Scientist

Daria

Daria

"I learned essential tools and obtained crucial experience through completing projects. This built my portfolio and helped me attract recruiters."

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.

Sebastian Thrun

Sebastian Thrun

Founder, President, Executive Chairman
Clarissa Shen

Clarissa Shen

Chief Operating Officer
Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Chief People Officer
Kathleen Mullaney

Kathleen Mullaney

VP, Careers
Markus Spiering

Markus Spiering

VP, Product & Student Experience
James Richards

James Richards

VP, Engineering
Stuart Frye

Stuart Frye

VP, Business Development
Kirsten Mellor

Kirsten Mellor

General Counsel
Nikhil Abraham

Nikhil Abraham

Chief Financial Officer
Caroline Finch

Caroline Finch

VP, Growth

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