Friday class: Gagan Biyani, Udemy

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Elaine

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Apr 25, 2012, 12:15:06 AM4/25/12
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"The Future of the University"
Major changes are happening at the collegiate level. In the physical
world, colleges are in disarray - tuition is skyrocketing, budgets are
being slashed and graduates are not appreciating the financial gain
that college once promised. In the virtual world, online education has
become sexy again - education tech companies are raising $25M solely
based on an idea, online universities are growing to $1B in less than
5 years and hundreds of entrepreneurs are thinking of how to reinvent
college. Where is this all going and how do you make sense of it?

Speaker bio:
Gagan Biyani is Co-Founder of Udemy, a website that enables anyone to
teach and learn online. He leads Udemy's operations, investor
relations, press relations, finance, instructor acquisition and
business development. In its first year, Gagan led Udemy as its
instructors sold over $1 million in sales and created over 10,000
courses. He has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post,
FastCompany, CNBC.com, Forbes.com and more. Gagan also raised $4
million in funding from investors such as Lightbank (co-founders of
Groupon), Keith Rabois (investor in YouTube, LinkedIn), and Jeremy
Stoppelman (CEO of Yelp).
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