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Udacity appoints Paytm’s Ishan Gupta as MD of India ops

Paytm’s vice-president of business Ishan Gupta has been appointed the managing director of India operations for online education organization Udacity. According Gupta’s LinkedIn profile, he was appointed early this month. Prior to this, Gupta had founded EduKart which was acquired by Paytm in September 2016.

Gupta was made VP of business following the acquisition. At Paytm, Gupta was responsible for building a sustainable third party service providers’ eco-system aimed to support the 130,000+ listed merchants on the Paytm marketplace.  He also has worked with Paytm previously (among other companies) for 2 years before he co-founded EduKart with Mayank Gupta in 2011.

In November 2015, Udacity raised $105 million in Series D round of funding led by German media group Bertelsmann along with Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective and Google Ventures joining as new investors. Founded in 2012 by Sebastian ThrunDavid Stavens and Michael Sokolsky, Udacity provides specialised online courses in software and other vocations through its nanodegree programs.

Google’s nanodegrees: In September, Google announced IT degrees called Android Nanodegrees and scholarships in partnership with  Udacity and Tata Trusts. As part of the move, Udacity planned to open new offices across India, expand its team and increase partnerships with Indian companies. So far, its seven nanondegrees for front-end Web developer, Android developer, data analyst, iOS developer, intro to programming, full stack developer and tech entrepreneur were free of cost, available worldwide and accepted by IT companies such as Google and Salesforce.

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