Gagan Biyani

Gagan Biyani

Fremont, California, United States
Member since September 11, 2009
Changing the way you learn at Quote_down
  • About
2008 University of California, Berkeley , BA , Economics

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Companies I've founded or co-founded:
If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

Micromobs, Quora, Airbnb, Hipmunk

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Frustrating: Realizing you can't do everything.
Rewarding: Accomplishing something nobody thought possible.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Timing is everything. The best entrepreneurs have mastered the art of timing; they don't force things when the market isn't ready and are guns-a-blazin' when the market is. Most entrepreneurs have great ideas, but few of them get the timing right.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. Get out of your own way.
2. Opportunity is everywhere.
3. Nothing is impossible.

Full bio

Gagan Biyani is co-Founder and President of Udemy, a website that enables anyone to create an online course and teach over the internet. Gagan has been in charge of business development, marketing, PR and investor relations since Udemy's inception. He has helped Udemy get covered in Fast Company Magazine, TechCrunch,,, GigaOm, ReadWriteWeb, TheNextWeb, Mashable, and more. He also raised Udemy's angel capital from Keith Rabois (YouTube, Yelp), Naval Ravikant (Twitter, AngelList), Dave McClure (500 Startups, Mint), etc.

Prior to Udemy, Gagan graduated in 3 years with a degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. In his free time, he screams at his TV rooting on his two favorite football teams, the San Francisco 49ers and the California Golden Bears.