Zach Sims and his classmate and friend Ryan Bubinski founded Codecademy with interactive online lessons to motivate the frustrated coders who desperately seek interactive learning resources to brush up their coding skills. They designed a crash course for beginners and novices and successfully got the attention of huge crowd of students. According to some reports there are over 1 million registered users visiting CodeCademy every month.
The idea of founding CodeCademy came up with their own disappoints and frustration, “I was watching videos and tutorials and reading books…But I found I learn best by building things and breaking things, not by just reading something. I wanted something interactive where I could learn in bite-sized pieces, and actually practice what I learned along the way.” Zach Sims was quoted saying. His own troubles made him realize the problems of beginners and motivated him to assist them by creating something interactive. In less than a year, the company has attracted many investors including O’Reilly Ventures, Union Square Ventures, SV Angel and Yuri Milner.
Info Source: Crunchbase, CodeCademy, and The New York Times