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February 12, 2016: Friday news roundup

Happy Friday, everyone! And happy early Valentine’s Day, for those of you who celebrate. Monday is also Presidents’ Day here in the U.S. and a day off for Udemy, which could be considered a sweeter gift than any heart-shaped box of chocolate… Without further ado, let’s get to the news!

Udemy thinks it’s cracked the future of online education
Yes, we do! A reporter for TIME magazine took instructor Shani Raja’s Udemy course “Writing With Flair: How to Become an Exceptional Writer” and shared his experience. CEO Dennis Yang and superstar instructor Rob Percival were also interviewed for this fabulous article.

10 million students: Big day at Udemy, bigger days ahead!
Yep, we’re including a link to our own blog post in the roundup because this is news worth repeating: Udemy has passed the 10-million-student mark! We owe a huge thanks to our instructor community, without whose hard work and contributions we never would’ve gotten here, and also to our students around the world, who inspire us every day with their hunger to learn and achieve.

Work, sleep, family, fitness, or friends: Pick 3
Randi Zuckerberg (yes, she’s Mark’s sister) calls this the “entrepreneur’s dilemma.” This may be a bitter pill to swallow for aspiring startup founders who want to have it all, but it might also bring comfort to those who are struggling to juggle their competing responsibilities and fear they’re the only ones dropping a ball or two.

Study: Firms with more women in the C-suite are more profitable
This news should have companies scrambling to elevate more women into leadership roles, right? Maybe. Despite research like this, women are still heavily underrepresented in the C-suite and companies need to do more to “encourage female advancement throughout the corporate structure, not just to the corner office.” Perhaps, by framing this as a performance issue rather than a diversity issue, more organizations will make this a priority.

Female coders are rated more highly than men — except when people know they’re women
You read that right. Researchers looked at contributions to GitHub and “found open source code written by women is actually more often approved than code written by men” when their gender is hidden. When coders are identified as female, however, the acceptance rate drops about 16%. C’mon, folks, this is just self-defeating. Let’s support and encourage anyone with strong skills, regardless of who they are.

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