- After interviewing over a dozen people, Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun hired former Zynga COO Vish Makhijani to lead the MOOC provider’s operations.
- Makhijani previously competed against several of the 51-person Udacity team’s Google alums when he led Yahoo search, and Thrun says he shares “an enthusiasm for data and product quality.”
- Udacity recently expanded beyond MOOCs, partnering with Georgia Tech to offer a master’s degree and creating sponsored training courses for AT&T and other companies.
From the article:
… For Makhijani, the motivation was clear. While his expertise from Zynga is in driving growth, “this company is more missionary than mercenary,” he said. …