Talent Crunch

Codecademy Needs More Coders to Build Tools to Teach People Coding

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zach sims and ryan bubinski Codecademy Needs More Coders to Build Tools to Teach People Coding

Codecademy founders Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski. (www.successstories.co.in/)

Codecademy, the New York-headquartered startup that builds simple online lessons for aspiring programmers, reportedly hit a million users back in January (including Mayor Mike Bloomberg). Although we’re skeptical about the retention rate, there is no denying that teaching yourself how to code is zeitgeisting. So it’s no surprise to hear that Codecademy, founded by two fresh-faced 21- and 22-year-old wunderkinds, is hiring.

The former Y Combinator startup recently raised $2.5 million from Union Square Ventures, SV Angel, Yuri Milner and others, and its hiring engineers and designers to “teach the world to code.” It’s up to nine employees and has set up shop at 670 Broadway in Greenwich Village.

On its site, Codecademy only lists positions for a senior developer and a product designer. But it’s hiring for more positions. “We’re looking for senior dev(s) and product designer(s) but we love smart people that know how to code/design so we’re happy to talk others as well,” Mr. Sims wrote in an email.

“We’re working on a lot of cool problems – compiling platform technologies to javascript, building highly scalable and secure virtual environments, applying our unique data set to personalize education, and more,” the company posted on Y Combinator’s Hacker News forum. “We also place a high priority on design at Codecademy and we’re hunting for both senior and junior designers,” the post notes.

Codecademy did not immediately respond to a request for more information, such as whether Mayor Bloomberg will use his newfound skills to recode the city’s million-page website. UPDATE, 4/14: Mr. Sims got back to us with a few more details and we’ve updated the post.

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