In 2015, I was living in New York City running a nonprofit tech startup. We were growing our tech team, offering a competitive salary plus the huge benefit of working for a startup with an amazing social mission (helping teens in crisis).
Yet, it was ridiculously hard to recruit developers.
The tech sector is one of the fastest-growing fields, and there aren’t nearly enough people with these skills. (Not to mention of those who do have the skills, the pool has a huge diversity problem).
It was also around that time that I became a mom. I had worked in education previously, and it’s always been a passion of mine, but as a mom, the need to update our education system came into an even sharper, personal focus. I wanted my kids, and all kids, to grow up with the ability to shape the technology-driven world that they’re growing up in; to be creators and leaders and not passive consumers.
The first day we started, I saw magic. It was so obvious how engaged the students were, and I knew immediately we were onto something. Programming sets up kids for top careers, but more importantly, it gives them a magical power, and I decided to start CodeSpeak Labs to bring that magic to as many kids as possible.