Codecademy raises $$$ to expand overseas

Codecademy, the site that promises to teach anyone how to code, is raising money to expand across the globe. On Tuesday, the company announced $10 million in funding from big-name investors including Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Union Square Ventures, Richard Branson and Yuri Milner.

The New York based company threw out some additional stats: 50 million course exercises have been completed, with 50% of users from the U.S., 10% from the U.K., and the rest coming from “virtually every other country around the world.” 

Codecademy (not Code Academy — yes, we’ve made the mistake too) was founded in August 2011 by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski. It quickly became one of New York’s most buzzed-about startups. The tech industry is booming and technology is becoming ubiquitous. Even if you’re not techie, it can’t hurt to learn a couple lines of code.  Codecademy’s founders are hoping to help people gain skills that will give them a leg up when it comes to the job search. 

Codecademy plans to use its new funding to translate the site into different languages and boost its international presence.  As Sims puts it, the crew is looking “to be the go-to for anyone to get a job in programming. Not just in the U.S., but abroad.”

So are people on the service actually learning how to code and getting jobs out of it? I’ll admit, I signed up and never made it through. #journoforlife. -Laurie