Flipkart and Udacity

We’ve been able to celebrate some pretty amazing news at Udacity in recent months. But nothing makes us happier than those stories that directly impact the careers and futures of our students. Which is why we’re especially excited about today’s announcement. Flipkart, India’s largest online marketplace, is partnering with Udacity to radically change the hiring process in the software industry.

Breaking away from convention, Flipkart is embracing an “interview-less hiring” approach, and hiring candidates based directly on their Nanodegree projects and Udacity profiles. No in-person interviews or group exercises. This approach enables Flipkart to hire talent swiftly, shorten the hiring process, and maintain a critical competitive edge in its hunt for talented professionals. And it allows our graduates to earn roles based directly on the skills and experience they accrue through their Nanodegree program studies.

Three Udacity students—all graduates of Udacity’s Android Developer Nanodegree program— have already started working at Flipkart, with the mobile development team. They are the first to join the Flipkart team, and both Flipkart and Udacity expect many more new hires to follow.

Commenting on this new partnership, Peeyush Ranjan, Chief Technology Officer, Flipkart, said, “The kind of disruptive work that we do at Flipkart demands a world-class talent pool and we are constantly on the look-out for experts who can solve the problems of Indian consumers. The conventional hiring process often comes down to the performance of the candidate on that specific day, which may not be a true reflection of their skills and temperament. This is where a partner like Udacity comes into the picture. The shortlisted profiles provided by them and the in-depth data we received were very helpful and allowed us to assess the candidate’s competencies in a much better way.”

Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun is equally enthusiastic: “Flipkart is one of the most innovative companies in the way they approach the market. Our goal is to have our Nanodegree graduates be in demand for the jobs of today like mobile, data analyst, web development and machine learning among others.  We are thrilled to work with Flipkart on this program and look forward to deepening our collaboration.”

Three factors are coming together to make this a really important alliance. To begin, India’s mobile economy is poised for incredible growth, with 50,000 to 70,000 developers currently, and an expected need of 20 million by the year 2020. Next is Flipkart’s significant presence in this dynamic space—over 60% market share, a registered customer base of over 50 million, and over 30 million products across 70+ categories. Finally, there is our innovative approach and deep commitment to cutting-edge skills mastery for our students. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful new partnership!