Nanodegree Provider Udacity Emerges as a Unicorn

Udacity a platform which provides online open courses and nanodegree programmes, has raised $105 million in Series D round of funding led by German media group Bertelsmann along with Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective and Google Ventures joining as new investors.

Existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures and Drive Capital have also participated in the funding. As per the deal, Kay Krafft, CEO at Bertelsmann will join Udacity’s board.

Udacity is a for-profit educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky offering massive open online courses (MOOCs)

Udacity is a for-profit educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky offering massive open online courses (MOOCs); (image source)

The funding has pushed the valuation of this company to around $1 billion, thereby making it tech’s latest unicorn.

Founded in 2012, Udacity is the brainchild of Sebastian Thrun David Stavens and Michael Sokolsky. The company claims to have trained about 11,000 students from 168 countries last year. It has partnered with names like Facebook, Cisco and Google to provide individual educational courses. Reportedly, Udacity is growing at 30% month on month and is already profitable.

According to Thrun, the new funds shall be used towards expanding and localizing Udacity’s educations programs in international markets including China, and the Middle East. “There is so much demand internationally,” he said.

In September, Google announced IT degrees called Android Nanodegrees and scholarships in partnership with  Udacity and Tata Trusts. As part of the deal, Udacity planned to open new offices across India, expand its team and increase partnerships with Indian companies. So far, its seven nanondegrees for front-end Web developer, Android developer, data analyst, iOS developer, intro to programming, full stack developer and tech entrepreneur are free of cost, available across the globe and recognized by IT companies such as Google and Salesforce.

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  • PeterCaoPotato

    ___Would anybody or any organization listed in this article like to associate himself/herslef/itself with personnel associated with fascism crimes, the likes of Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun?

    I can reaffirm you ___German media group Bertelsmann, with Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective – a charitable organization run by Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs(who happens to be a member of Stanford Board of Trustees Chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning, while Stanford Board of Trustees chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning is leading a retaliatory fascism coup in Stanford University for sake of Sebastian Thrun) – and Google Ventures joining as new investors___ that such fascism crimes coming along with Gabriele Scheler / Sebastian Thrun / ZZZ/YYY/VVV and now even Angela Merkel would not be tolerated anywhere in human society, and that you have chosen unwisely in alliance with Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun’s side, and that you can play up Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun and retaliate on victims as much as you like at this moment, but your fame and credibility as moral majorities will be destructed, and when this decade long criminal case clarified eventually, you all will be despised as supporters to fascism crimes;

    If anyone disagree, especially those in my public challenge, please give us a candid answer right here on this board, which part in my statements is not base upon facts? Whats going on here?

    ___Equal opportunity and freedom of speech, please:)

    Isn’t it a basic instinct that embedded into the spirits of us all to spontaneously fight against such anti-humanity crimes?

  • PeterCaoPotato

    But, one thing this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler, her fascism collaberal Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun and cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV who’re miscarriage of justice dare not do is: Show me (as one of the primary victims to their fascism crimes) their recanted testimony and evidence that they used to disrupt our lives for over 10 years, and clarify the case with CONFRONTATION, as I challenged them all the time; And BY LAW, that’s what they have to do___for fairness and for justice;

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    At this stage, the most confusing part of this case is: __What are the real identities of judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, who must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, including everybody in Stanford University) handling Sebastian Thruns case and this criminal suspect Gabriele Schelers recanted testimony?

    The point is: How could this campus atrocity case remain unclarified at judicial authorities for over 10 years? How did ZZZ/YYY/VVV rule this criminal case behind the scene? What had they done behind the scene; Why are they hiding from a victim as I am during these many years, despite my challenges to clarify the case with CONFRONTATION, all the time?

    By the way, would anyone of the above people, e.g. Kay Krafft, chief executive of Bertelsmann Education Group, feel honored to be related to fascism cirmes via his/her support on Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun who is the center on fascism side in a war against fascism crimes?

    ………………… P.S. …………………

    — ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? etc.), but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can’t hide their real identities from us for ever;

  • PeterCaoPotato

    I wish this campus atrocity case ___[Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]___, which turned into a series of fascism crimes for over a decade long, could serve as an Educational Material to all Universities and Institutions World-Wide;

    ___Watch out! If any lady from Germany (e.g. Gabriele Scheler) works on your campus, she could behave extremely irrationally, such as molest your office properties, physically injure other scholars (e.g. in case of Gabriele Scheler, see photo evidence of her inhuman atrocity on my body as documented in http://alturlDOTcom/pa672 (replace DOT with . for the right web address)), and then recant her testimony and shamelessly falsely accuse victims with the collusive help from some cowardice and malicious hidden judicial officers (in this case, ZZZ/YYY/VVV, from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc. Who are they? Why are they hidding from public scrutiny?)___and that’s why Miscarriage of justice is going on;

    ___And also watch out! some Professor of German origin (e.g. Sebastian Thrun), the fascism powers behind whom could bring into our lives fascism crimes which could endanger human lives … and even though both this Germany lady and this professor of German origin (Gabriele Scheler and Sebastian Thrun) had committed crimes on your campus with clear evidence and serious police investigation, they could still pretend innocent by keeping silence (can they fool us like that for ever?), despite so much concrete evidence and undeniable facts of their involvment into fascism crimes which had produced endless tragedies into our lives, and they could even terrorize/extort authorities and retaliate on victims and set up coups in your University, with the political support from the most powerful figures from Germany (Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel; Merkel must have plotted to form an alliance of Axis in the U.S.___What?Who?You bet, easily … here are two live examples Stanford Board of Trustees and a PRETENTIOUS “Presidential Search Committee” Particularly Mr. Isaac Stein of Search Committee Chair, and Mr. Steven A. Denning, Chair of Stanford University Board of Trustees___to be honest, all of them are very PRETENTIOUS and very THUGGHISH, anybody disagree? please step forward and I’ll tell you how ……);___and that’s why fascism prevails;

  • PeterCaoPotato

    Dear Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel,

    ___Did you provide political support to the two German civilians Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler over their unruly fascism criminal behaviors in the United States, starting from a Stanford University Campus Atrocity Case [Stanford Police Case Number: IR#04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]?__case link: http://alturlDOTcom/pa672 (replace DOT with . for the right web address; attention to the 7 photo evidence);

    ___Did you besiege/terrorize/extort authorities and innocent companies and innocent universities of the United States, e.g. authorities of Google and Stanford University, and at the same time conspire to terrorize/retaliate on victims, in order to obstruct justice in the handling of this criminal case in the judicial system of the United States? That’s very much a ‘thuggish’ behavior, isn’t it? Did you play such a thuggish trick again these days, which led to oppression and fascism persecution of Stanford authorities and plotted to install coup in Stanford as what happened recently, and which would add another case of anti-humanity crime you fascists have committed against Stanford people___fascism prevails, again?

    ___Did you motivate tycoons from the world of education, academia, industry, business, foreign-affairs, politics and even from the inside of the judicial system, etc. to purposefully mess up this case in an effort to cover up Gabriele Scheler and Sebastian Thrun’s involvment into fascism crimes on land of America?___That’s a serious offending to the dignity and sovereignty of the people of the United States as well as to the whole world of humanity, isn’t it?

    By the way, how could you stir up waves in an American University as a Chancellor of an European country? Did you plot to form an alliance of Axis from the inland of the United States to rival U.S. Authorities and to act against humanity? ___(What?Who?You bet, easily… tell you what if asked …); Why are they gambling their fame working for you? Did you abduct their morality and credibility? ___What’s the deal behind the scene?

    Chancellor Merkel, what’s going on here?___Would you please give us a candid answer that can withstand public scrutiny? As you see, many top-notch Universities from around the world are watching you on this matter … nobody wants to be seen as coward or immoral___Why would you?

    Sincerely,

    Peter Cao
    caomingpeter126AT126DOTcom

  • PeterCaoPotato

    ___Sebastian Thrun had purposefully conspired me in collateral with this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler when I cautiously tried to approach him even though he clearly knew I was encouraged to contact him with valid reference from his bosses of Stanford Computer Science department; In March 2010, one day before I tried to file an important complaint at judicial authorities against an officer whos miscarriage of justice biased on Thrun, Thruns student Mr. David Stavens (also an Udacity cofounder) had gone to Stanford police and lied to police and falsely accused me in collateral with Thrun; ___So what kind of education had Mr. David Stavens received from Sebastian Thrun in Stanford Computer Science Department, other than computer science?

  • PeterCaoPotato

    In addition, here is a quote about the moral issue in Sebastian Thrun’s career, according to an insider’s revelation (not mine) that:

    ______________________

    Thrun is shamelessly taking credit for work done by others. In Germany, his native country, prof. Dickmanns already had fully autonomous, fast, self-driving cars (160km/h) in traffic in 1995, long before anybody else, and 10 years before Thruns team joined the fray by participating in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge for self-driving cars. And the DARPA objectives were not that hard to achieve, as quite a few teams were able to reach the goal. One of them was a financial services company that had never dabbled in robotics before. All of this is easy to verify. Or take the online courses of Udacity. In Germany, prof. Loviscach started online university lectures back in 2009, and got millions of clicks long before Thrun jumped on the train 3 years later. The award-winning prof. Vornberger published his popular videos already in 2002, even before the Khan Academy, currently the most visible mass education outfit. (Germany has a long tradition of distance teaching – Univ. Hagen with over 80,000 remote students has specialized on this for decades.) Even at Stanford, Thrun was not the first. His colleague prof. Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera, got hundreds of thousands of viewers for his youtube machine learning course, long before Thrun followed suit and put his own lecture online. Or take Google Glass. No wonder that prof. Babak Parviz, its creator, got miffed when Thrun started taking credit for that as well. More examples from Academia could be listed. If there is one recurring theme in Thruns carreer, its his (more or less subtle) attempts at festooning himself with achievements of others.
    ______________________

    Also, according to an article on ieee dot org “The Unknown Start-up That Built Googles First Self-Driving Car” Posted 19 Nov 2014 the real power behind google’s self-driving car project is a group of students from 510 System from Berkeley, but not the self-claimed ‘godfather of self-driving car’, Mr. Sebastian Thrun;
    ______________________

    ___Would such a personnel really be up to the moral standard as a role model in the world of education, science and technology or innovation?

  • PeterCaoPotato

    For years, I’ve witnessed fascism supporters jump out from every corner of the world, so here jump out another set, led by German media group Bertelsmann, with Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective – a charitable organization run by Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs(who happens to be a member of Stanford Board of Trustees Chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning, while Stanford Board of Trustees chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning is leading a retaliatory fascism coup in Stanford University for sake of Sebastian Thrun) – and Google Ventures joining as new investors.

    So fascsim crimes coming along with Sebastian Thrun are now relevant to each one of the above people, and all of the above now have the responsibility to fight against such anti-humanity crimes and help us find out who ZZZ/YYY/VVV are; I have serious questions to ask them;

    By the way, would anyone of the above people, e.g. Kay Krafft, chief executive of Bertelsmann Education Group, feel honored to be related to fascism cirmes via his/her support on Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun who is the center on fascism side in a war against fascism crimes?

    ………………… P.S. …………………

    — ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? etc.), but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can’t hide their real identities from us for ever;

  • PeterCaoPotato

    ___Some Message Directly to Sebastian Thrun___

    Sebastian Thrun,

    Do I have to remind you that you are the center on the fascism side in this war of anti-fascism v.s. fascism in a series of retaliatory facism crimes against human society, starting from a Stanford Campus Atrocity case [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]? the dire consequences out of such fascism crimes coming along with you have been disrupting human society for 11 years and counting; no doubt, there exists a very powerful fascism circle behind you both inside and outside of Stanford University, who had committed fascism crimes for your sake, centered on you, with your collaboration, and you are one of them;

    For years, I’ve witnessed fascism supporters jump out from the world of academia, education, science and technology, foreign affairs, politics, and even from the inside of judicial system, etc., so here comes another set, led by German media group Bertelsmann, with Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective -a charitable organization run by Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs(who happens to be a member of Stanford Board of Trustees Chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning, while Stanford Board of Trustees chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning is leading a retaliatory fascism coup in Stanford University for sake of Sebastian Thrun) – and Google Ventures joining as new investors, Particularly, Mr. Kay Krafft, chief executive of Bertelsmann Education Group___They can add some weight on you, but I am sure that not one of them can say that you are innocent in those fascism crimes (what’s worse in this case is that we are all suffering from a corrupted judicial system, in addition to the fascism crimes coming along with you, Mr. Sebastian Thrun); such anti-humanity crimes coming along with you will not be tolerated anywhere in human society; when this decade long anti-humanity criminal case clarified, you will have to face moral and lawful consequences, accordingly; nobody can substitute you in this regard;

    I had told you this back in 2007, and I can tell you again today, Mr. Sebastian Thrun, that “Don’t try to act as innocent”;

    Sincerely,

    Peter Cao

  • PeterCaoPotato

    Here is the summary of the situation, no time to translate into English now, later …

    文中提到的 Udacity 其创始人 Sebastian Thrun 卷入了一系列危及人生命的法西斯犯罪案件,始于一个校园暴力案【斯坦福警察档案号: IR 04-111-0335;受害人: Peter Cao; 犯罪嫌疑人: Gabriele Scheler】Sebastian Thrun 一方 Fascism 在美国司法系统中极具势力,使得这个本来是非分明,证据明确,并经警察严肃调查过的校园暴力案 后来在美国司法系统中颠倒黑白,制造冤案以掩盖 Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 一方所犯法西斯罪行;而至今那些后来制造冤案的司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV)对受害人隐匿他们真实身份黑心办案,并对当事人掩盖案件材料,侵犯隐私,威胁恐吓,阴谋陷害,以阻止澄清案情,从而达到袒护 Sebastian Thrun 与 Gabriele Scheler一方法西斯犯罪的目的;

    Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 和他们背后的 法西斯 份子行为有违人文主义基本准则 (against the basic principles of humanity), 他们应当受到法律制裁;

    ___有人能让大家知道那些后来处理本案司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? … ) 的真实身份么?我有严肃的问题要问他们;

  • PeterCaoPotato

    Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun had involved into a decade long criminal case which is fascism by nature and which had endangered human lives, starting from a simple campus atrocity case with clear evidence and serious police investigation __[Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]

    But how could such a simple campus atrocity case turn into a series of fascism crimes for over a decade long which got more and more innocent people involved?___That’s because miscarriage of justice (by cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc.) is going on; fascism prevails; Justice has not been done;

    ___Such fascism crimes have to be disciplined by laws and such fascists like Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun/ZZZ/YYY/VVV and the likes have to be brought to justice; they can’t escape from it;

  • PeterCaoPotato

    For years, I’ve witnessed fascism supporters jump out from every corner of the world, so here jump out another set, led by German media group Bertelsmann, with Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective – a charitable organization run by Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs(who happens to be a member of Stanford Board of Trustees Chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning, while Stanford Board of Trustees chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning is leading a retaliatory fascism coup in Stanford University for sake of Sebastian Thrun) – and Google Ventures joining as new investors.

    So fascsim crimes coming along with Sebastian Thrun are now relevant to each one of the above people, and all of the above now have the responsibility to fight against such anti-humanity crimes and help us find out who ZZZ/YYY/VVV are; I have serious questions to ask them;

    By the way, would anyone of the above people, e.g. Kay Krafft, chief executive of Bertelsmann Education Group, feel honored to be related to fascism cirmes via his/her support on Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun who is the center on fascism side in a war against fascism crimes?

    ………………… P.S. …………………

    — ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? etc.), but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can’t hide their real identities from us for ever;

  • PeterCaoPotato

    Here is the summary of the situation, no time to translate into English now, later …

    文中提到的 Udacity 其创始人 Sebastian Thrun 卷入了一系列危及人生命的法西斯犯罪案件,始于一个校园暴力案【斯坦福警察档案号: IR 04-111-0335;受害人: Peter Cao; 犯罪嫌疑人: Gabriele Scheler】Sebastian Thrun 一方 Fascism 在美国司法系统中极具势力,使得这个本来是非分明,证据明确,并经警察严肃调查过的校园暴力案 后来在美国司法系统中颠倒黑白,制造冤案以掩盖 Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 一方所犯法西斯罪行;而至今那些后来制造冤案的司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV)对受害人隐匿他们真实身份黑心办案,并对当事人掩盖案件材料,侵犯隐私,威胁恐吓,阴谋陷害,以阻止澄清案情,从而达到袒护 Sebastian Thrun 与 Gabriele Scheler一方法西斯犯罪的目的;

    Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 和他们背后的 法西斯 份子行为有违人文主义基本准则 (against the basic principles of humanity), 他们应当受到法律制裁;

    ___有人能让大家知道那些后来处理本案司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? … ) 的真实身份么?我有严肃的问题要问他们;

  • PeterCaoOnion

    Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun had involved into a decade long criminal case which is fascism by nature and which had endangered human lives, starting from a simple campus atrocity case with clear evidence and serious police investigation __[Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]

    But how could such a simple campus atrocity case turn into a series of fascism crimes for over a decade long which got more and more innocent people involved?___That’s because miscarriage of justice (by cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc.) is going on; fascism prevails; Justice has not been done;

    ______________________

    ___Such fascism crimes have to be disciplined by laws and such fascists like Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun/ZZZ/YYY/VVV and the likes have to be brought to justice; they can’t escape from it;