Talent Crunch

Codecademy Needs More Coders to Build Tools to Teach People Coding

Codecademy founders Mr. Sims and Mr. 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. Read More

Acquisitions

Sorry, But the Lesson of Instagram Is Not: Teach Yourself to Code and You, Too, Can Get $400 M.

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The impulse to draw inspiration and meaning from a face-melting deal like Facebook’s $1 billion bid for Instagram is only human. Otherwise, you’re out at sea, drowning in headlines about how a 28-year-old made $400 million yesterday, a two-year-old photo app is worth more than The New York Times, and how investors doubled their money overnight.

Everything you know about the creation of wealth torn asunder–all thanks to a service you helped promote. The impulsive backlash was enough to compel Courtney Boyd Meyers to remind everyone that for-profit companies are not your friends.

Thus, it comes as little surprise that the stickiest story about Instagram this morning, judging by our Twitter feed, is a post on The Next Web about how CEO Kevin Systrom was once a lowly marketer who taught himself to code at night. Read More

New Education for the New Economy

Mayor Bloomberg Joins The Learn To Code Crowd with Codecademy

Oh ho, Mr. I was into startups before the PC was invented

People have already been writing about the massive number of sign ups for Codecademy’s new product, a New Year’s resolution themed product that promises to teach users how to code with one year’s worth of interactive emails. It’s got more than 170,000 so far and show no signs of slowing down.

A particularly famous New Yorker—soon to have some free time on his hands—signed up today: Read More

Program or be Programmed

More than 14,011* People Resolved to Learn Code This Year with Codecademy

The fun thing about writing this headline is that more than 100 people are currently signing up to learn to code this year with Codecademy’s new email program. So expect that number to grow rapidly. It’s at 14,011 right now, we’ll let you know where its at when we end this post.

Codecademy is a service that hopes to teach users to program over the web. They graduated from Y Combinator and raised $2.5 million from an impressive group of investors.

Today they introduced a new feature pegged to New Years. It’s called Code Year, and it’s a year long cycle of lessons that arrive in a weekly email. Read More

New Education for the New Economy

Codecademy Launches Labs To Help Students Explore Their New Skills

Codecademy broke onto the scene with some impressive growth and a $2.5 million round of funding from an all star cast that included Union Square Ventures and SV Angel. Now they are rolling out their first big product, Codecademy Labs, which lets users program in Ruby, Python and Javascript without having to download a desktop based editor, better known as an integrated development environment (IDE), which can require a whole lesson in itself.

The new product is based on work done by Codecademy’s first new hire, Amjad Masad, a Jordanian who’s open source work was already powering a big part of Codecademy. The aim is to get people writing and sharing programs without the hurdles of downloading software and learning to work in an IDE. Read More

Teach Me How to Startup

Fred Wilson Tells Would-Be Entrepreneurs to Skip School and Learn to Code

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Masters students from Zicklin School of Business could be forgiven for mistaking Fred Wilson for Peter Thiel recently.

After all, Mr. Wilson’s advice had shades of an argument we’re more used to hearing from Peter “The Real Bubble Is in Education” Thiel.

At the B-school, which is part of Baruch, as a senior college at CUNY, Mr. Wilson told students that if they wanted to be entrepreneurs, they didn’t need a formal education to be successful. Considering the students were attending a rather laughably-named class on “E-Business,” we can see where Mr. Wilson was coming from. Read More