💻 At 13, the speaker emailed manufacturers to build a waterproof iPod case, learning quickly and building something successful despite being young and inexperienced on the internet.
At the age of 13, the speaker emailed different iPod case manufacturers to build a waterproof case for his iPod, which he successfully received after six months of communication.
Being young and inexperienced didn't matter on the internet, as it allowed the speaker to learn quickly and build something successful.
Started learning about the internet by picking up a book on PHP and MYSQL for Dummies, but despite reading a bunch of For Dummies books, it never really clicked and never built anything with the knowledge.
Founders pivot from job recruitment website to programming job platform after receiving valuable advice from Y Combinator.
They started building a job recruitment website called "Come Recruit Us" in 2011, which allowed students to log in with their Facebook account and state where they wanted to work.
The founders received feedback that their idea was not good, but they applied to Y Combinator and received valuable advice to simplify their pitch, leading to an invitation to interview.
They realized their initial idea was a bad one and decided to focus on helping programmers find jobs instead, spending the next 48 hours building a platform for programming challenges and job searches.
The speaker and their team had a rough start when they locked themselves out of their Air B and B before their Y Combinator interview, but despite initial doubts from the partners, they were accepted into the program and received their first check.
Codecademy founders overcame obstacles to create a programming teaching platform that quickly gained popularity and proved that millions of people want to learn programming.
The speaker and his partner struggled with coming up with good ideas, but through frustration and determination, they learned programming skills and decided to teach others the important skill of programming.
Despite being told that there was no market for a programming teaching platform, the founders of Codecademy were passionate about their idea and worked tirelessly to build the first version, which they eventually presented to investors and Y Combinator.
Don't be too embarrassed when launching for the first time, and building for yourself makes it much easier.
Codecademy was launched with the aim of making programming easy for people with no prior knowledge, and it quickly gained popularity with over 1000 people using the site on the first day.
Codecademy went from being the least popular company in Y Combinator to the fastest growing one by teaching people to program and proving that millions of people want to learn programming.
Keep going and never quit, even when faced with obstacles and criticism, and be passionate about what you're working on when building a startup like Codecademy.
Starting a company is like being a cockroach, you have to keep going and not quit, even when faced with obstacles and criticism, and it's easier when you care about what you're doing.
Codecademy was built to address the massive problem of unemployment among US college graduates and the shortage of programming jobs, with over 24 million people having used it to date.
People with no prior programming experience can learn to code on Codecademy and build successful companies, and everyone should take advantage of the internet and tools available to optimize their learning.
Startups are a roller coaster, but never give up and be passionate about what you're working on.