Teaching The World To Code

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Clapton is god

If you’ve been following the progress of Natalie Bailey and I on Codecademy you’ll see that she is steaming ahead with the course that I just can’t seem to get the hang of. I’m becoming resigned to the fact that I wasn’t born to code…

That hasn’t stopped 5 million people using the website that teaches computer programming. The free site takes users through different tasks, awarding them badges for correct lines of code.

Yesterday it was revealed that $10 million had been raised in a funding and the New York based start-up is now considering building a career-matching service. People are already putting Codecademy on their CVs so this could be the next logical step. Founder Zach Sims envisages the site as a place for employers to come see what progress job applicants have made and hire those who have the right skills. Matching employers with potential employees on Codecademy would be automated, based on the requirements of the job and the programming courses that users have completed.

For now, the investment is going on more hires and internationalisation with versions of the site coming in five of the most common languages: Spanish, Russian, Japanese, German and Chinese.

The website doesn’t currently create any revenue but it’s not hard to see where it can with the employment service just one option. Offering premium classes and certification via testing are other avenues Codecademy could go down.

Developers are needed more and more at the moment and Codecademy is taking strides to make the whole world even more technical so I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of them just yet. Who knows, maybe I’ll get there in the end!