I wanted to share my story of the last one and a half year here. I’ll try to keep it as short as I can.
One and a half year ago when I would read a piece of code (in any language) it was alien to me. Last Friday, the startup that I build from scratch myself finished at #1 in Product Hunt.
I started programming roughly 1 and a half years ago. I was finishing my Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Science with a major in Business & Management, had fallen in love with entrepreneurship, and wanted to be able to put my ideas into testable concepts. I had, what I thought, were so many fantastic ideas but I could not get them further than a concept without having to pay somebody to build a website for me. I wanted to be able to it myself.
When on holiday with my then-girlfriend in Spain, the same holiday where I learned PHP/SQL, I started working on this new idea called Courseroot. It would be a platform that aggregates all online courses on the web and put them in a single place so that visitors could dynamically filter through them based on the characteristics like level of difficulty, certificate quality, price, hours of content, and more. I myself had always been an avid online learner, and I wanted to make something I would use myself. After 6 months of hard work, while finishing my Master at the University of Tilburg, I launched Courseroot on Product Hunt last Friday, and it went straight to the top. Even better, tons of people reached out to me, letting me know that they were excited about the platform and sharing words of encouragement. The company is in its early stages at the moment and has a long way to go, but its a great step in the right direction.
Codecademy played an incredible part in this. I never thought I would learn how to program. And here I am, actually considering myself a technical founder. The way Codecademy takes you through the languages, gradually advancing the content, and bit by bit teaching you the core syntax, is incredible. This, combined with the amazing people from live chat support, has made learning how to program much easier than I could have ever imagined.
If you want to check out Courseroot, you can do so here: https://courseroot.com/
p.s. In the upcoming months I will start integrating Codecademy, along with a few other field-specific platforms, into Courseroot, and, hopefully, this way I can complete the circle and bring new, eager students to Codecademy that will go on to build their own projects.