IIP 005 : From Zero To Over $6M In Less Than 3 Years – Story of Udemy + CRAZY Giveaway

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$771 Giveaway + How Would You Like To Earn An Extra $10,000 This Year?

In this episode of The Inspiring Innovation Podcast, I am very honored to share the success story of Udemy as told by my guest, Dinesh Thiru — the Marketing VP of Udemy.

Oh, where also giving away $771 worth of gifts today, so Read on!

Udemy’s story began years ago in a one room schoolhouse in a small village in Turkey,  and continues today as a multimillion dollar education marketplace that gives the equal opportunity for everyone to teach and learn online.

In 2012 it became an amazing sensation when the top 10 instructors on Udemy have earned together over 1.6 million dollars. Late in 2012 they announced that 1 of every 4 lecturers on the platform earns over $10,000 annually — from a course that takes 40-50 hours on average to develop.

In this episode you will learn:

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Dinesh Thiru, VP Marketing at Udemy
  • How do you build such a successful teaching platform in a world that sometimes seem to have given up on education?
  • How did Udemy go so fast from zero users to hundreds of thousands?
  • How did they get the biggest names to join them?
  • How did they go from zero income to multi million dollars stream?
  • And the most important question – how can Udemy help you?
  • How Udemy established social proof using just one success story.
  • How can you benefit from Udemy, both as a producer and as a consumer
  • How to create a successful course on Udemy that will make you over $10,000 this year.

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The Giveaway

To show you how much I believe in Udemy’s power, I’ve selected 4 courses that really helped me become a more successful entrepreneur, and I asked the teachers to donate some spots on their classes to the amazing listeners of the podcast. So here are the courses that you can win a spot in for free in todays giveaway:

  • The Art of Less Doing - Make Everything in Life EasierAri Meisel, tutor of ‘The Art of Less Doing – Make Everything in Life Easier’ has donated 3 places for our listeners, valued at: $147. This course has completely changed the way I manage my time and saves me hours over hours every single day. Say goodbye to the to-do list, say goodbye to trying to remember everything and learn about outsourcing and using an external brain to manage your tasks, free your time and energy, and bring happiness to your entrepreneurial life!
  • Entrepreneur success seriesRalph Quintero, tutor of ‘Entrepreneur Success Series’ has donated 5 places for our listeners, valued at: $95. In this ongoing series, you will hear from amazing entrepreneurs like Mike Michalowicz, Ali Brown, Grant Cardone, Pat Flynn, Ed Dale, Linda Hollander and many, many more. This course consists of a series of interviews & lectures with top entrepreneurs from around the world who share their stories about how they did it and works for them. Each interview and lecture is jam-packed with advice, tips, motivation and ideas that you can put to work for you and your business right away. Think of this course as a “virtual” mentorship program.
  • The 10 Minute Daily InvigoratorFarnoosh Brock, tutor of ‘The 10 Minute Daily Invigorator’ has donated 5 places for our listeners, valued at: $135! This course is your quick routine to a high-energy day. The number one benefit of this course is a boost in your natural productivity on emotional, physical, mental and creative levels and you can get to this benefit in only 10 minutes a day! This course shows you how to switch off your fatigue and change mid-day slumps with invigoration to productive afternoons. You learn to do all of this with natural and efficient techniques. Just imagine, what would it feel like to have more energy through the day? How would it feel NOT to have to fight that annoying fatigue when you have so much to do?
  • Develop iPhone and iPad apps with no programming experienceBenny Hsu, tutor of ‘Develop iPhone and iPad apps with no programming experience’ has donated 2 places for our listeners, valued at: $394 . Benny is the creator of Apple’s app of the week Photo365, that generated over $80,000. Benny developed the app with absolutely no knowledge in programming. To this day, Benny can’t write a single line of code to save his life. In this course he will show you exactly how you can take your idea, validate and test it, find a programmer and mange him to make your app idea a reality, and a huge success — without ever spending time on figuring out how to code it! 

How To Participate In The Giveaway?

Dead easy! All you have to do is comment on this page, saying what course interests you. You are only allowed to mention a single course per comment, but you ARE allowed to comment 4 times if you are interested in all 4 courses.

If you are ready to become a better entrepreneur and get free access to these amazing courses, leave a comment now and tell me which course you want to take. The winners will be announced on episode #7 – two weeks from now. May the odds ever be in your favor!

P.S. Make sure you enter your correct email address so I can contact you if you win!

How Is The Giveaway Going To Work?

In two weeks, I will make a list of all the people who chosen each course, and will pick at complete randomness the winners for each  course. As simple as it gets 🙂

$135 Gift To Every Listener – Everybody’s a WINNER!

That’s right. Udemy have been very generous with us, and allowed me to give each and every one of our listeners and readers a 50% discount on 3 of my favorite Udemy courses:

The discount is only valid till the end of this month, so hurry up! & Thank you, Udemy! You rock!

Sharing the love – gratitude for reviews!

My deepest appreciation to all of you (comment or email me if you want to be removed from the list):

  • Ms. Sea Rose
  • Mr. Jobs It
  • Steve Pyoung
  • Jeff Mendelson
  • Vroom1279

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41 thoughts on “IIP 005 : From Zero To Over $6M In Less Than 3 Years – Story of Udemy + CRAZY Giveaway”

  1. Hi Meron. Excellent podcast. I would love to participate in Ralph Quintero’s “‘Entrepreneur Success Series”. Your podcasts rock! Thanks for all your energy and great information. Cheers ~J

    1. Hey Jeff, thank you so much! 🙂 You’re great and I’m honored that you’re listening. Wise course choice 😉

  2. You are presenting some truly inspiring material, thank you! I would very much like to take the course on the art of less doing, for sure. Thank you!

    1. Hi Leah, thanks for the kind words and for visiting! Good choice, Ari’s course is like no other time management technique I’ve seen. Literally changed the way I work.

  3. I would love to join this course: ‘Develop iPhone and iPad apps with no programming experience’

    1. Hey Glory, welcome and good luck! Do you have an idea and can’t wait to make it happen?? 🙂

  4. I adore Farnoosh and her work is highly inspirational, as is yours Meron. I want that ten-minute invigoration course to boost my productivity NOW! thank you. Gabi

  5. I am ready to take my blog to the next step. I would love to know how to get my blog site into an app without needing to know any programming. i am a recovering technophobe and this would be nice, if it’s easy to follow again.

  6. I believe we become that which we surround ourselves with. The more successful entrepreneurs I surround myself with, the more successful entrepreneurs I have as role models, the more likely I am to emulate those characters that brought them success and will bring me closer to the goals I want. Thank you for the Success Series. Gabi

  7. I often feel overwhelmed by all there is to do, and have trouble focusing on the tasks that will bring me the greatest benefit. I believe the art of doing less will help me focus on doing that which will bring me the greatest bang for my buck, time wise. Thank you Meron. I’m already inspired by what you are bringing here. Thank you, Gabi

  8. Hi Meron!

    Awesome podcast! I’d LOVE to take the “Develop iPhone and iPad apps with no programming experience” course.

    1. Hey David. Thanks so much! It’s great to see you here! 🙂 Good luck with the giveaway.. Do you have an app idea in mind? Just curious.

  9. Hello Meron! The Udemy site has a lot of great courses. The “Develop iPhone and iPad apps with no programming experience”, in particular, would be my choice. Thanks!

    1. Hey Laura, thanks so much for joining the giveaway. Good luck! 🙂 Any app idea already? Just curious!

      Hope your weekend was good. Was too warm around here!

  10. I started my first company when I was 22. 6 years later, I felt the need to study more and wanted to do my masters in entrepreneurship. After weighing in the pro’s and con’s of putting my business on hold and investing my savings in school I decided to drop the idea of school and continue with business in the real world.

    That certainly did not come without the cons. I wanted to learn from experienced entrepreneurs in the industry. Welcome Udemy!

    Some of the courses that I have done over the past few months have enriched my knowledge which I was so after in the first place.. Learning from experts at a fraction of what I was going to pay. Allowing me to grow my business while I studied exactly the courses that I wanted to take. In my world thats a win-win.

    The book the four hour work week inspired me to build my own outsourcing system. Given a choice, I would love to study “The Art of Less Doing – Make Everything in Life Easier”

    1. Hi Gaurav, thanks for your comment!

      I hear you on the entire studies vs. business dilema — having dropped out of college on my last semester, and I never looked back 🙂 What Udemy courses do you recommend entrepreneurs to take? What are your top 5?

      By the way, I think you’ll LOVE the next episode, were Stacey Ferreira from MySocialCloud (the 18 y/o that Richard Branson & J. Murdock invested $1M in) joins the show and talks about everything – from her amazing story, to mistakes made and lessons learned, why she dropped out of college and her thoughts on the subject in general. It sounds like it’s right up your alley? 🙂

      Good luck in the giveaway, and thanks so much for joining the conversation!

      P.S. is the business that you mentioned SocialMediaCompany? I’ll check it out!

      1. Thanks Meron..

        Im going to check MySocialCloud.com sounds interesting..

        The 3 courses that I really picked up some golden nuggets from were:

        1.Growth Hacking: Lean Marketing for Startups – Mattan Griffel
        2. Build. Measure. Learn. Lean Startup SXSW 2012 -Eric Ries (Just love his stuff)
        3. 21 Critical Lessons for Entrepreneurs

        Yup our company is http://www.socialmediacompany.com 🙂 getting ready for hopefully a grand launch in the coming weeks!

  11. I’m really interested in the course “Develop iphone and iPad apps with no programming experience”. Consider this my contest entry!

      1. No ideas yet, just seems like it’ll come in handy 🙂 I’m inspired by the ideas over at thefoundation.io

            1. Actually – I already interviewed him! It’ll be published in June. Although half of it was really Dane interviewing me… You see, I asked too many questions about idea extraction — so he decided to demonstrate it live 🙂 I hope you’ll like it Trevor!

  12. Meron Bareket is the man. innovative, creative, and inventive. i know him from close and i am happy to also have a friend like him. the truth is out, cause the truth is in. bless

  13. Hey Meron, excellent podcast — my new companion at the gym and while out walking the dog! Nice job scoring some big name guests right out of the gate, very cool.

    I would love to take part in Ari’s Art of Less Doing course. I’m a fan of his blog and think it would be awesome to take a deeper dive and learn even more from him.


    1. Hey Nick! It’s great seeing you here! 🙂
      I’m very honored to be in your earbuds. Thanks again!
      I’m happy you joined the giveaway – and I can personally testify that Ari’s course completely changed the way I manage my online business. Something to look forward to 🙂
      Let me know if anything needs to be improved, any criticism is welcomed!


  14. I was so inspired after listing to your podcast. Thank you so much.
    I am heavy into development and mobile development is the main aim for my next start up, so I would love to have access to “Benny Hsu, tutor of ‘Develop iPhone and iPad apps with no programming experience”
    Thank you for excellent podcast.

    Gideon Naude

    1. Hey Gideon! Thanks for chiming in, I’m so happy you enjoyed it 🙂 what development do you currently do?

      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂


  15. and off course Ari Meisel, tutor of ‘The Art of Less Doing – Make Everything in Life Easier’


  16. Meron,
    Thanks for creating the podcast. I’ve learned from each episode.

    Also, thank you for the Udemy offer. I would love to be considered for the Art of Doing Less.

    You Rock!

    1. Chris, thanks for stopping by, man! Thanks for joining the giveaway, fingers crossed for you my friend! How are things?
      Be awesome! 🙂

  17. Meron,

    I would like to take advantage of your offer of requesting more than one course.

    I would be great to also be in the running for Farnoosh’s ‘The 10 Minute Daily Invigorator’.

    Thanks so much.

  18. Mr. Quintero’s ‘Entrepreneur Success Series’ sounds awesome! I’d love to participate in that Udemy course as well.

    Meron, you are the man!!!

  19. Hi Meron,
    I found your podcast this past week and was instantly inspired by it. I listened to all 7 episodes in a week, and feel now is the time to take action on all the ideas I’ve had, and taken note of. I’m a designer by trade and have the UX and UI of apps roughed out, but it’s the coding aspect that’s been my barrier to entry into the app world so far.

    I’d love to take part in Benny Hsu ‘Develop iPhone and iPad apps with no programming experience’ course at udemy. I’ve got multiple ideas which I truly believe are the beginning of my entrepreneurship and would love to document this process as I go, and show others how it’s possible to take a passion and make a business out of it.

    Thanks, and keep up the great work!

    1. Will, that’s terrific! I can’t wait to follow your process. Thank you so much for your comment, too. I appreciate it. Benny’s course should be the perfect match for you indeed.

      Here’s to your success! Hope I can have you on the show soon as the inspiring story for others to follow! 🙂

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