Twitter Acquires Marakana, Launches “Twitter University”

Posted Aug 13, 2013

Twitter announced today that they have acquired Marakana, according to Mashable.  Marakana is a service that educates people and organizations in open source technologies like Android, HTML5, Python, Hadoop, Java, and Ruby.

“We began teaching classes at Twitter several months ago and have been continually impressed by the engineering leadership, the company’s commitment to learning, and the cultural fit between our two companies,” stated Marakana on their homepage when the acquisition was announced.  “Our passion has always been to help people get better at what they do by taking a holistic approach to learning. Over the past decade at Marakana, we’ve developed courses on Android, Java, HTML5, Scala, Python, Hadoop, jQuery and others, often being the first to provide training on these cutting edge technologies.”

Twitter delivered classes to over 100,000 professional software engineers and over 5 million people have learned from their free online videos, totaling over 350,000 hours.

Markana started in 2001 and the company has between 11 and 50 employees.

Twitter U. is an expansion of their technical trainings.  Details about Twitter U. will be updated on the @TwU Twitter account.