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Lynda – MOOC Platform in Disguise?

As a keen follower of all things edtech you will likely have noticed that MOOC platforms like Udacity and now Coursera are moving away from classic higher education subjects and increasingly into tech skills. Startups like Udemy served that vertical early on. If you think about it, it is somewhat a self-fulfilling prophecy that a Silicon Valley startup is serving the ecosystem it exists in.

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FUNDED: Udacity raises $105 million Series D

Former MOOC turned tech education platform Udacity raised a $105 million Series D, valuing the company at $1 billion. German media, services and education company Bertelsmann increased its stake significantly, making it one of the largest shareholders in Udacity.

Udacity partners with tech firms like Google, Facebook and Amazon to develop so called Nanodegrees that train employees specific tech skills needed for different jobs in the technology sector.

In September Bertelsmann combined its education activities into a separate business unit, Bertelsmann Education Group. Earlier this month Bertelsmann invested $230 million in HotChalk.

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EDBRIEF: Udacity launches in India

Udacity officially launched in India, partnering with Google and Tata Trusts. According to the company, India is the second biggest market for its career focused online courses and so called Nanodegrees.

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EDBRIEF: Udacity partners with Accredible to track Nanodegrees

Accredible, an edtech startup that tracks learning behaviour and performance, announced a partnership with Udacity to power its new professional profiles and nanodegrees.

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Sebastian Thrun raises $35 million Series C for Udacity’s nanodegrees

Former MOOC platform Udacity raised a $35 million Series C to double down on its new path of creating the nanodegree and aiming to address the skills gap ranging from computer science to finance.

The round was led by Drive Capital, with participation from Bertelsmann, Recruit Holdings and Valor Capital. Existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and Charles River Ventures also participated in the new funding round.

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