Codecademy teaches people how to code. Starting with the assumption that you know absolutely nothing at all about coding. It eases you in by asking you to type in your name.
And, suddenly, you’re coding.
I also like that Codecademy is asking users to create new lessons. They have a tool for creating it and released it to 50 people. Ten high quality lessons came out of it and Codecademy will be releasing them soon.
There’s a great reason for investing. The service came out of nowhere in the summer Y Combinator class and launched in August.
That’s two months since launch. 750,000 people have used it. It’s growing like crazy every day.
There are hugely obvious business models down the road. Particularly talent spotting and steering those people into the right jobs.
Codecademy says that their goal is to become the way that anyone can learn complex coding concepts, even people who’ve never coded before.
Future of Learning?
What really excites me about Codecademy is that you can learn almost anything this way. The service comes from CEO Zach Sims wanting to learn how to code. Cofounder Ryan Bubinski had been teaching people to code for years as a side job in college, and he found that this approach – short explanation, then go do it, then talk again, with everything in small constantly reinforced increments, really worked.
All I can think of is how if this was around when I was in college I may have actually learned calculus this way. I got a B in that class but I can clearly remember at the time being completely lost, and anything I did learn is now permanently wiped from my brain.
I’d still have gone to college because college was four years of concentrated fun. But who learns anything in college? Not me. I needed something like Codecademy.
I’m very excited to see how this turns out. Meanwhile, I’ve earned two badges on Codecademy – “first lesson” and “ten exercises completed.” I’ve never been so proud of a virtual badge on my screen.