April 22, 2016
The New York-based startup Codecademy was launched in 2012 by Ryan Bubinski and Zach Sims, both former Columbia University students. Codeacademy provides online education for basic computer programming. In many ways, the company is revolutionizing the path to learning how to code and getting a job, which all can be done through additional programming bootcamps or coursework via a website.
Codeacademy is also a one-stop-shop for online continuing and professional education for programmers and developers. The startup is trying to persuade employers that completing one of its programs is a meaningful qualification for a job, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science is not necessary.
The company, which has 8 employees, has raised $12.5 million dollars in investment funding from 14 investors including seed accelerator Y Combinator, Crunch Fund, and Bowery Capital. Sims is also a venture partner at Bowery Capital.
In June 2014, the programming education startup teamed up with Google and DonorsChoose to boost girls’ interests in computer science. Google has invested $1 million to fund the effort, with the money going towards classroom rewards from DonorsChoose.org. Each girl who completes a special Codecademy course, which was specifically created for the partnership, earns $125 in DonorsChoose rewards. When four students working with a single teacher complete the course, the value jumps to an additional $500 for the teacher.
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