Union Square Ventures is excited to make an investment in Codecademy as part of the company's Series A financing and support Zach and Ryan's vision of creating a platform where learning how to code is simple and can be shared.
Over the past few years, we've watched the Internet become a richer platform to learn and collaborate in new and different ways from new and different sources. Free and inexpensive content increases the variety of sources from which people can learn online. At the same time, as technology becomes the driving force in our economy, the ability to program and understand programming is becoming more important. Codecademy is at the heart of a new and emerging programming information "stack," which includes networks such as Stack Overflow (part of the Stack Exchange network) - "Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers" - and Github - a platform for the collaborative development of software.
It's no surprise then that writer Douglas Rushkoff's latest book is titled Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. In it he writes:
When human beings acquired language, we learned not just how to listen but how to speak. When we gained literacy, we learned not just how to read but how to write. And as we move into an increasingly digital reality, we must learn not just how to use programs but how to make them. In the emerging, highly programmed landscape ahead, you will either create the software or you will be the software. It's really that simple: Program, or be programmed.
We are thrilled to support Zach and Ryan's goal of "teaching the world to code."