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Coursera, Inc. operates an online educational content platform that connects learners, educators, organizations, and institutions. It offers online courses that include data science, business, computer science, information technology, health, social sciences, logic, project management, and digital marketing services; campus student plans; degree courses; and certification education. Coursera, Inc. was formerly known as Dkandu, Inc. and changed its name to Coursera, Inc. in April 2012. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.


Coursera was founded in 2012 by Stanford University computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. Ng and Koller started offering their Stanford courses online in fall 2011, and soon after left Stanford to launch Coursera. Princeton, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania were the first universities to offer content on the platform.In 2014 Coursera received both the Webby Winner (Websites and Mobile Sites

Education 2014) and the People's Voice Winner awards.


Coursera's revenues rose from $184 million in 2019 to $294 million in 2020. To date, Coursera has not made a profit. The company lost $66 million in 2020 as it ramped up marketing and advertising.For the first quarter of 2021, Coursera reported revenue of $88.4 million, up 64% from a year earlier, with a net loss of $18.7 million, or $13.4 million on a non-GAAP basis. Coursera said consumer revenue was $51.9 million, up 61%, while enterprise revenue was $24.5 million, up 63%, and degree programs had revenue of $12 million, up 81%.For the third quarter of 2021, Coursera reported revenue of $109.9 million, up 33% from $82.7 million a year ago. Gross profit was $67.7 million or 61.6% of revenue. Net loss was $ million or % of revenue.


The startup raised an initial $16 million funding round backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and New Enterprise Associates. In 2013, GSV led the Series B investment, which totaled $63 million. In 2015, NEA led the Series C round of venture funding, which totaled more than $60 million. In 2017, the company raised $64 million from its existing investors in a Series D round of funding. In 2019, the company raised $103 million in Series E round of funding from the SEEK Group, Future Fund and NEA. The company reached valuation of $1 billion+ in 2019. In July 2020, the company announced it had raised $130 million in Series F funding and updated its valuation to $2.5 billion.

Business model

In September 2013, it announced it had earned $1 million in revenue through the sale of verified certificates that authenticate successful course completion. Coursera first rolled out a series of fee-based course options, which included verified credentials for completion, in 2013. As of October 2015, the company had raised a total of $146.1 million in venture capital.In January 2016, Coursera rolled out fees to earn grades and assessments for "the vast majority of courses that are part of Specializations". The company offers Financial Aid to people who demonstrate a need.

In July 2016, the company launched an enterprise product called Coursera for Business. TechCrunch notes that the company "opened itself to additional revenues from the lucrative corporate e-learning market, which some reports suggest was worth $12 billion in the US alone". Coursera for Business customers include L’Oréal, Boston Consulting Group, and Axis Bank. In October 2016, Coursera launched a monthly subscription model for Specializations and a 1-week free trial. The company has said subscription costs will vary "depending on the topic area".In January 2017, the company launched Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits. Coursera has announced partnerships with the Institute for Veterans & Military Families in the United States and entities in Egypt, Mongolia, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Kazakhstan. In June 2017, Jeff Maggioncalda became the CEO of Coursera.In March 2018, Coursera launched six fully online degree courses, including the bachelor's and master's qualifications in various domains.In March 2021, Coursera filed for an IPO. The nine-year-old company brought in roughly $293 million in revenue for the fiscal year ended December 31 — a 59% growth rate from 2019, according to the filing. Net losses widened by roughly $20 million yearly, reaching $66.8 million in 2020. Coursera spent $107 million on marketing in 2020.

Mission: We envision a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life by accessing the world’s best learning experience. We empower our learners to advance their careers, further their studies, improve their communities, and change the world. We believe education can unlock your potential and help you become your best self.

Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford computer science professors with a vision to provide anyone, anywhere with access to the world s best education.

Key Team

Ms. Leah F. Belsky (Sr. VP & Chief Revenue Officer)

Dr. Daphne Koller Ph.D. (Co-Founder)

Ms. Anne Tuttle Cappel (Sr. VP, Gen. Counsel & Sec.)

Mr. Timothy C. Hannan (Chief Marketing Officer)

Mr. Shravan K. Goli (Sr. VP & COO)

Ms. Michele M. Meyers (VP of Accounting & Chief Accounting Officer)

Mr. Cam Carey (Head of Investor Relations)

Recognition and Awards
Coursera has been widely recognized for our commitment to education. We have been awarded numerous awards, such as Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Company in Education and TechCrunch’s Best Education Startup. Additionally, we have been featured in publications like Forbes, The Washington Post and more.

Leadership team

Dr. Andrew Y. Ng (Co-Founder & Chairman)

Mr. Jeffrey Nacey Maggioncalda (CEO, Pres & Director)

Mr. Kenneth R. Hahn (Sr. VP, CFO & Treasurer)

Products/ Services
E-Learning, EdTech, Education, Internet
Number of Employees
1,000 - 20,000
Mountain View, California, United States
Company Registration
SEC CIK number: 0001651562
100M - 500M
Traded as
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