What is Code.org?
Code.org. Our mission is to ensure that all students in the US have the opportunity to learn computer science.
What’s your traction been like thus far?
Unbelievable. This week we are running our “hour of code” campaign. Our stretch goal was to get 10M students to do the Hour of Code this week, and already after 3.5 days we have more than 12M students — and it’s continuing to accelerate! Look at this graph of adoption:
(Students per hour on tutorials)
What do you know now that you wish you would have known when you started Code.org?
We failed a lot of different ways at recruiting celebrities to participate in our video. Wish we’d known upfront that asking for a 1hour video shoot is WAY harder than asking for a 5 minute selfie video.
What are you hiring for right now?
Yes, we are looking to hire engineers to expand our tutorial platform for use by students in schools, and to build out our crowd-sourced tools for advocacy.
What’s your favorite startup in Seattle? (Besides your own!)
Right now, Zulily. Their growth has been amazing, and Darrell Cavens is an amazing entrepreneur.
What’s your favorite thing about being a startup in Seattle?
Great quality of life, great talent pool, easier to retain talent than in the valley.
What’s your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?
That you can come up with an amazing, unachievable dream goal, and then see it come true. No other job offers that.
What does the success look like for Code.org?
Every K-12 school in the US teaches computer science.
What does the future hold for Code.org?
Our next step is to switch from promoting CS to students to getting CS directly into schools. Next year our big focus is getting CS into schools, with a pilot of offering computer science instruction in 100 schools next fall.
If your company were an animal, what would it be and why?
Some sort of rat terrier, like a super energetic Jack Russell.
If you were to take Code.org on a date, where would it want to go?
Chipotle. At least, that’s where we pretty much go to lunch every day.