The Techies: Ryan Bubinski and Zach Sims, Codeacademy Co-founders
With publications rapidly moving online and a www.com for pretty much anything and everything you can think of, it's no surprise that a fun, easy, DIY approach to learning how to program would catch on and take off. And Ryan Bubinski and Zach Sims of Codeacademy, were the guys to do it. In just the first three days of its launch (just under a year ago), the site drew over 200,000 users who interacted with 2.1 million teach-you-how-to-code exercises. A techie application backed by an incredible idea (and tons of well-earned funding)? If we had to bet, we'd say that their goal of "teaching millions of people to code and how to find a job in the modern economy" in the next five years will be realized. Especially given the fact that they just signed up Mayor Bloomberg, who vowed to code this year. Oh, and closed a round of funding for $10 million. So yeah, we'd bet on their success…if we were the betting kind.
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