Farewell Email from the CPO at Coursera
After four years at Coursera, I’ve made the difficult decision to leave the company to pursue a role as a partner at Venrock where I will focus on early stage investing. I’m incredibly excited about this next phase of my career, but also sad to leave all of you. It has been a privilege to work with each of you the past four years.
I joined Coursera in November 2013 as employee number 50. We were in our old building off El Camino near Passage to India. We had two disconnected hallway style floors with couches, squishables and people everywhere. On my first day, Andrew and Daphne forgot to secure a desk for me, which is fitting because I still don’t have a desk :)
Product: We moved from Spark to Phoenix, from sessions to on-demand to frequently re-running auto-cohorts (we need branding help!). This move has allowed us to scale up the courses on our platform from a few hundred to over 2,300! We’ve redesigned the course experience with GLE to help learners progress through the material. We’ve rolled out personalized learning paths and subscriptions, which have improved not only revenue, but also the learning experience itself. There is not a part of Coursera that hasn’t been redesigned completely, from the learning experience to the authoring tools. And we’ve built out the degree platform, enterprise platform and web enabled sales (Roshan, when are you shaving your head?).