Joining the MOOC movement, Udemy a popular online learning platform and TechCrunch a leading media property have combined forces to form CrunchU. The site will offer 30 courses from thought leaders like Eric Ries, Dave McClure and Jack Welch. The courses, which vary from how to raise money for a startup to effective web design to sales and persuasion skills for startups, are available anytime and anywhere from the web, iPhone and iPad apps.

This partnership expands TechCrunch’s current business model to offer new option’s for its two million users.

“Learning never stops, especially in the highly competitive world of tech and startups,” notes Ned Desmond, COO at TechCrunch. “Whether for professional development or personal enrichment, CrunchU offers tech-driven learners around the world an exciting opportunity to learn from some of the greatest minds in today’s tech and startup world.”

Its free to sign up for CrunchU and course prices will vary from $19-99 creating affordable options for users. As we’ve noted before we are fans of lifelong learning relationships that MOOCs like CrunchU can help facilitate.

For more information see the press release below.


TechCrunch Unveils Online Learning Destination CrunchU in Partnership with Udemy

Powered by Udemy’s online learning platform, CrunchU offers students a specially curated set of world-class online courses from experts in programming, web design, and startups

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — May 8, 2013 —TechCrunch, the leading media property devoted to startups and tech, today expands into the online education space with the debut of CrunchU, developed in partnership with online learning marketplace Udemy.

Inspired by the rise of self-directed, lifelong learning, CrunchU aims to help TechCrunch readers power up their skill-sets via renowned instructors through 30 TechCrunch-curated courses, including offerings from Eric Ries, Dave McClure, Jack Welch, and others. Course topics range from “Creating Responsive Web Design” and “Sales and Persuasion Skills for Startups” to “Android Apps in 1 Hour: No Coding Required” and “Raising Money for Startups.”

“Learning never stops, especially in the highly competitive world of tech and startups,” notes Ned Desmond, COO at TechCrunch. “Whether for professional development or personal enrichment, CrunchU offers tech-driven learners around the world an exciting opportunity to learn from some of the greatest minds in today’s tech and startup world.”

“With CrunchU, TechCrunch is joining the movement to democratize education,” says Dinesh Thiru, vice president of marketing at Udemy. “CrunchU is powered by Udemy, meaning CrunchU students can learn at their own pace, accessing their courses anytime and anywhere via Udemy’s recently-launched iPhone and iPad apps, or from the web.”

Sign-up for CrunchU is free and most courses retail between $19 – $99. A full list of courses is available at www.crunchu.udemy.com, and users can enroll by visiting www.crunchu.udemy.com or www.techcrunch.com.

About TechCrunch

TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products and breaking tech news. The TechCrunch community includes more than two million friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and other social media. CrunchBase, TechCrunch’s open database about start-up companies, people and investors, has become the leading statistical resource for technology companies and transactions.

About Udemy

Udemy is the leading marketplace for online learning, democratizing education by making top-quality content from the world’s experts dramatically more affordable for anyone, anywhere. Udemy allows experts worldwide to easily create and deliver consumer-grade online learning experiences where students can learn on demand at their own pace. It also offers online corporate training via Udemy for Organizations, leveraging a pre-packaged library of 7,000 courses combined with the ability to create custom content – empowering companies of any size to easily create private online learning communities.

Founded in 2010, privately-owned Udemy is funded by Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, 500 Startups and other investors responsible for funding Internet giants like YouTube, LinkedIn, Zynga, Twitter and Yelp. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco. Web: www.udemy.com |Twitter: @udemy | Facebook: www.facebook.com/udemy.

 

Disclosure: Udemy is a Learn Capital portfolio company where Tom is partner.

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