With user numbers rising during Covid-19 and a recent windfall of funding, the online learning company Udemy has revealed expansion plans in Dublin. According to The Irish Times, the company plans to create 100 new jobs at its Irish office.
This number will be in addition to the 100 new roles it announced as recently as March. Last week (18 November), the company secured $50m in new Series F funding, meaning it is now valued at around $3.25bn, up from $716m four years ago.
Bill O’Shea, Udemy’s EMEA managing director, said the plan is to “significantly increase” the company’s footprint in Dublin.
“We announced plans to take on more people this year, and we are probably a little bit ahead of that in terms of hiring,” he said. “Our expectation is that we will probably take on a similar number of people next year, if not more.”
Udemy saw a significant jump in users following Covid-19 as many wanted to learn a new skill either as a result of spending more time at home or wanting to find a new career. The company’s figures showed that enrolments across its course marketplace platform increased more than 425pc and also saw a 55pc increase in course creation by instructors.
‘This year upended everything’
To date, the company has seen over 400m course enrolments globally. Udemy first set up a presence in Ireland in 2014, and earlier this year moved into its new 2,000 sq metres EMEA headquarters.
The company is headquartered in San Francisco and has additional offices in Denver, Brazil, India and Turkey, and offers online courses to students in more than 190 countries. It was set up in 2010 and currently caters to millions of students through 57,000 instructors, teaching more than 150,000 online courses in many topics, from programming to leadership.
Notable customers include Disney, Apple, PayPal, Samsung and Accenture.
Speaking after the latest Series F funding round, Udemy CEO Gregg Coccari said: “This year upended everything about how we live and work, and people everywhere turned to online learning to help them meet new challenges.
“We’re perfectly positioned to meet these demands and help drive success for individuals, businesses, and governments.”
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