February 25, 2014 09:00 ET

Everyday Experts Embrace the Sharing Economy and Offer Their Skills to the World

Over 50 Ordinary People Earn $50,000 or More Teaching on Udemy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - February 25, 2014) - Udemy, the leading marketplace for sharing knowledge and building skills, today announced that more than 50 of its instructors have earned over $50,000. Udemy offers everyday experts everything they need to become successful online instructors and "micropreneurs" -- from course-creation tools to an audience of over two million students.

Forced to keep pace with changing technology and a global economy, individuals are electing to learn diverse skills directly from proven experts. On Udemy, students from all over the world learn from over 7,000 business professionals, teachers, authors, artists, publishers, and even retired people who love sharing their skills and knowledge.

Teaching online is the natural evolution of the sharing economy: from sharing what you own -- like your car or your house -- to sharing what you know. Experts on Udemy range from a Montana photojournalist teaching digital photography to a British communications consultant teaching copywriting. Even traditional publishers with extensive catalogues teach courses on Udemy.

"Our lives -- from our careers to our interests -- are changing too quickly to rely solely on traditional learning to help us master new skills," said Dennis Yang, president and COO of Udemy. "Udemy taps ordinary people to become instructors and share their knowledge directly with skill seekers. Our instructors are the next generation of micropreneurs, creating value for themselves and students by sharing knowledge that would otherwise be lost."

Jose Maria Gonzalez - Udemy instructor and cloud-computing expert

Jose Maria Gonzalez is a cloud-computing and virtualization specialist from Madrid, Spain. Since Jose launched his first course on Udemy in 2013, he has taught over 760 students, and earned close to $50,000. "I promised my wife that we would travel around Europe with the money I earned from my Udemy course," said Jose Maria.

Pablo Bernardo - Udemy student and backend PHP developer

Pablo Bernardo is a trained audio engineer from Mallorca, Spain who was forced to re-skill after the tragically downturned economy in Spain left him unemployed. "I knew I had 6 months to become a web developer so I studied like crazy for 12 hours a day, taking every Udemy course I could," says Pablo. Two weeks before his unemployment benefits ran out, Pablo was offered a job as a backend PHP developer.

About Udemy
Udemy is a marketplace for experts to share their skills, and people to gain the skills they need to succeed. Udemy brings together 2 million students and 7,000 experts from around the world with top-quality, affordable learning content. Udemy offers more than 13,000 courses, available online and through its native Android, iPad, and iPhone apps. Udemy for Organizations (UFO), a corporate online learning platform, provides training solutions to over 2,000 companies.

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