Free CS Education with Job Guarantee - Austen Allred of Lambda School
This article is a summary of a YouTube video "A CS Education That's Free Until You Get a Job - Austen Allred of Lambda School" by Y Combinator
TLDR Lambda School offers a free, nine-month program that provides high-quality vocational education and soft skills training to help individuals make money and overcome impostor syndrome, while also expanding into new markets and experimenting with innovative approaches to online learning.
Lambda School CEO encourages people to overcome their fears and apply for their free education program, which offers mechanisms to help students overcome impostor syndrome and make education accessible to everyone.
Lambda School offers a nine-month program that provides students with a quarter-million dollar advantage over traditional university graduates by integrating soft skills training and helping them build a network.
Lambda School offers high-quality vocational education to help individuals make money, acknowledging the value of traditional liberal arts education, while raising venture capital to grow and capture a market.
Starting a company is about believing in your own value, and the key to making money is measuring and having leverage, which is often mispriced in terms of human capital.
Lambda is launching a nursing school to address labor shortages and inefficiencies in the market, while also using machine learning to predict student success.
Lambda School is experimenting with group housing and monthly meetups in major cities for students, while emphasizing the importance of intentional remote communication and effective online learning.
Online coding bootcamps are broken due to lack of commitment and filtering, traditional education needs to adapt to alternative methods that focus on helping students become autodidactic problem solvers, and Lambda School's approach to teaching programming is more effective than traditional computer science programs.
Remote work has advantages and trade-offs, but it is not yet built into enough companies to recommend it as a starting point for a career, and having an executive team in Silicon Valley is still important for high-growth companies, while quantifying product quality is difficult and often underestimated by analysts.