Danielle LaPorte is the bestselling author of The Fire Starter Sessions and was called "equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired" by Entrepreneur Magazine. She's an invited member of Oprah's Super Soul 100 and her website, DanielleLaPorte.com, with millions of visitors a day, was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes. Danielle recently published her first Udemy course based on her bestselling book: The Fire Starter Sessions.
Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity, and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon, he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. His daily podcast, Side Hustle School, is downloaded more than 2 million times a month. Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwide airline lounge.
Dan Pink is the New York Times bestselling author of Drive, To Sell is Human, and Free Agent Nation and his TED talk on the science of motivation is one of the most-watched of all time, with over 19M views. Dan was host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel. He also appears frequently on NPR’s Hidden Brain, the PBS NewsHour, and other TV and radio networks in the US and abroad. He has been a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired as well as a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, and Slate. He has been named one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world.
Kevin H. Johnson, CEO, Udemy
Kevin H. Johnson is an e-commerce veteran with a passion for digital marketing and education. Before joining Udemy, Kevin served as CEO of Ebates Inc., a leading e-commerce marketplace ranked as a top-fifteen U.S. e-commerce brand by eMarketer. Prior to that Kevin held leadership roles at Acxiom Digital, Netcentives, and the Boston Consulting Group. Kevin also co-founded and served as CEO of Passporta.com, an e-commerce business providing hard-to-find local specialties. He received an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Claire Hough, SVP, Product, Design, & Engineering, Udemy
Claire leads all of Udemy's Product Design & Engineering functions for the company's geographically distributed team. Prior to joining Udemy 4 years ago, she held senior executive positions at Citrus Lane, NexTag, Napster, and Netscape. Claire has spearheaded the delivery of innovative software platforms, infrastructure middleware, tools and applications, and has a proven track record of building and growing strong, global teams focused on innovation, quality, and customer care. Claire received her BS in industrial engineering and operations and her MS in operations research from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dinesh Thiru, SVP, Marketing, Udemy
Dinesh lead our Consumer and Corporate Marketing teams and was Udemy's very first business hire. He has helped grow the demand side of our marketplace from just a few students to more than 15 million today. Prior to Udemy, Dinesh was a founder of Viv, an eco-buying group for small businesses, and a consultant at American Express. Dinesh graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Darren Shimkus, VP and General Manager, Udemy for Business
Darren has nearly two decades of experience building and growing high-performing sales, marketing, and product management teams. Prior to Udemy, he served as a senior vice president of global sales and business development at Mophie, responsible for driving revenue across the Americas, EMEA, and Asia. Darren worked previously at Corporate Executive Board (CEB), serving in various product development, sales, and general management roles. He received his BA from William & Mary and his MBA from Stanford University.
Danielle is the Founder of Course Alchemy and creator of #CourseFromScratch—an online accelerator for thought leaders & influencers to create & launch their flagship online courses. Danielle was a Course Launch Specialist at Udemy from 2012-2015 where she helped influencers, including Guy Kawasaki, and newcomers, from photographers to jewelry makers, earn collectively millions of dollars by launching their courses. Danielle has 10 years of online and internet marketing experience and has worked with a range of clients, including a Fortune 10 company, GRAMMY nominated artist, leading VC firm, & the largest Black travel site. She studied Rhetoric at UC Berkeley and lives in Oakland, CA.
Joseph Phillips is the author of seven books on project management and he's taught technology and project management for organizations around the world. He has over 40,000 students in his Udemy courses. He's taught for Columbia College Chicago, Indiana University, Chase Bank, Berkeley Laboratories, and the Project Management Institute. He is also bald.
Alexa Fischer teaches people to speak with confidence and calm just about anywhere - at board meetings, on video, to an auditorium or even a cocktail party full of strangers. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, amazing non-profits and students from around the globe. Alexa's been featured as a guest on The Today Show, sharing her secrets to igniting your 1000 Watt Presence.
Mimi G is an award winning blogger and magazine editor. With over 12 million annual readers, she has built a brand focused on empowering others to create. Mimi was a featured speaker at the first Udemy LIVE, where she wowed her fellow instructors with her passion, acumen, and charisma. She returns this year by popular demand!
After crashing and burning on almost every app, Mark turned to teaching people how to code. Using his newfound love for teaching Mark has taught over 95,000 students how to code and is now working on his own learn to code startup, Devslopes. Mark has a wife, 5 kids, and loves loud music and things that go boom.
Gary Rosenzweig is an Internet entrepreneur, developer and writer. He is the producer and host of MacMost.com, a website and video podcast that helps people get the most from their Macs and Apple devices. He has been creating Internet content since 1995, including hundreds of mobile apps and web-based games. He is the author of more than 30 books on using Macs, the iPad, and game programming. Gary has degrees in computer science and journalism. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Max is a freelance web developer and professional online instructor. Starting developing in various languages at the age of 13, Max couldn’t stop diving deeper and deeper into development and finishing various projects. That has not always been his main job, though. Before switching to full time web development, he had a look into another industry: He studied Business Administration and worked in major consultancies as well as a bank before making his passion his main job. If not coding, Max enjoys sports, cooking, and meeting people.
Jose Marcial Portilla has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and years of experience as a professional instructor and trainer for Data Science and programming. He has publications and patents in various fields such as microfluidics, materials science, and data science technologies. Over the course of his career he has developed a skill set in analyzing data and he hopes to use his experience in teaching and data science to help other people learn the power of programming the ability to analyze data, as well as present the data in clear and beautiful visualizations. Currently he works as the Head of Data Science for Pierian Data Inc. and provides in-person data science and python training courses to a variety of companies all over the world, including top banks such as Credit Suisse.
Rob is a former school teacher, hailing from Cambridge, England. He has been a Udemy instructor since the summer of 2014. In his past three years, he has put those teaching skills to great use, creating some of the most highly-rated web and mobile development courses in the Udemy marketplace.
Terence is the Senior Director of International. Prior to joining Udemy, Terence held a variety of senior leadership positions at Uber and eBay. He has lived and worked in four countries and his experience spans the Internet, FMCG and Telecom industries. Terence holds a MBA from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from the University of British Columbia.
Romina Varriale is Udemy’s Director of Global Communications and her goal is to tell the Udemy’s story to the world. Romina has over a decade of experience building global communications campaigns. In the past, she has worked with a broad range of consumer and enterprise companies - from venture-funded start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including SanDisk and Verizon Wireless. She’s excited to help Udemy’s instructors learn how personal brand building can raise awareness about their courses.
Erin Adams is the Senior Manager of Content Strategy for Udemy for Business. Previously, she spent two years as an Account Manager at Udemy. She has worked in education technology for the past five years, focusing on digital content strategy and partnerships, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in Education and Theatre.
Stephanie is the Director of Customer Success at Udemy for Business (UFB). She and her team are responsible for driving customer engagement and ensuring customers get value from the UFB product. Stephanie has been leading Customer Success at tech startups in San Francisco for the past 5 years. She holds a B.A. in Communication and a B.A. in Global and International Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara.
Jan Belke is on the International Team and focuses on Udemy’s expansion into new markets. He joined Udemy over 3 years ago and launched and grew the German market before taking over new markets at the end of 2016. Jan is originally from Germany and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010. He is an enthusiastic traveler and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking or skiing.
Day managed the instructor community for the Brazilian market at Udemy. Day's background is in digital marketing and she comes from years of experience in the hospitality and show business industries. She grew up in Brazil and describes herself as an ever curious person, who can't pass a book without opening it.
As Udemy's French Market Manager, Olivier Sinson brings French-speaking instructors and courses to our marketplace and then ensures those courses reach our French-speaking students via effective demand channels. Olivier's background is in digital marketing, and before Udemy, he worked for LinkedIn and CNET in France. He now enjoys the Bay Area with his wife and two kids.
Gokce currently leads Udemy's Growth & Discovery Product Team and was one of Udemy's earliest growth marketers. Gokce has played critical roles on both the Growth Marketing and Product Teams over the past 5 years, helping to grow our student base from 150,000 to more than 15 million! Currently, she is focused on building products to help our students find the right course at the right time and then purchase that course with confidence.
Seijin is a Senior Manager of Consumer Marketing at Udemy, where he leads its marketing channels team to deliver awesome experiences to both students and instructors. As a Udemy instructor himself, he has shared his knowledge in marketing with 2,000+ students from 108 countries around the world. Born and raised in a rural town in South Korea, he believes education enables limitless opportunities worldwide, just like it did for him.
Kristin is a Senior Product Manager at Udemy. She is currently focused on improving the mobile app experience for students, but prior to May, she was devoted to helping instructors succeed through the web platform. Outside of the office, she is equal parts outdoor lover and homebody who enjoys hiking, traveling, wine, and reading.
Victoria works on the International Content Strategy and Merchandising team at Udemy. She spends her time digging into Udemy’s diverse catalog to better understand how courses become successful, as well as tracking internal and external demand, in order to guide course acquisition and promotion. In her 2+ years at Udemy, she has worked on English content strategy and business development. Before Udemy, she managed international programs at a nonprofit, and taught in Singapore.
Sonia works on the Course Development team at Udemy, where she helps instructors create high-quality courses. She specializes in professional, design, and certification-related topics. She also helps create educational resources and optimize new product features for instructors at-scale. Before Udemy, she worked in various public, independent, and international school settings, teaching students from ages 5 to 65.
Cynthia Medina leads Udemy’s Consumer Lifecycle and Integrated Marketing team at Udemy, which focuses on driving the strategy behind our marketing campaigns. Prior to joining Udemy, she worked at eBay in CRM Marketing and at a non-profit focused on international development.
Kiran Umapathy is the Creative Copywriter on the Udemy Brand Team, which helps bring the brand to life across the organization. Prior to Udemy, Kiran spent time at Airbnb, Blurb, Hipcamp, and Photojojo.
Allison Carlisle is a data engineer at Udemy. She has worked on projects ranging from video upload to keyword extraction and statistical analysis.
Udemy Product Managers
The Product Management team is responsible for planning, prioritizing, and productizing improvements to the Udemy platform. They work with the User Research and Analytics teams to identify the most pressing problems our students and instructors face, brainstorm innovative features to solve them, and partner with the Design and Engineering teams to bring these features to life. Three of our Product Managers -- Kristin Yamauchi, Ameya Kulkarni, and Adam Treister -- will speak on behalf of this powerhouse team.