Ruben Harris is the CEO of Career Karma, an app that helps job training programs find qualified applicants, he is also a co-host of Breaking Into Startups Podcast.
Vaibhav Sahgal is the Head of Growth at Reddit, Inc. which has 500 million unique users around the world. Prior to this, he worked at Zynga for 8 years as a product manager. He led teams building games like Words with Friends, Cityville, and Mafia Wars. Vaibhav immigrated from India to the U.S. to get a degree in Computer Science at Purdue University. Today, he talks about his journey into tech, the qualities of effective engineers, and how to build and grow products to millions of users.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kesha Lake is a member of the Career Karma community from Atlanta. She joined Career Karma in the beginning of 2019. Less than a year later, she got a job as a remote software engineer at Stitch Fix. Today, she talks about her life as a mother, her transition from nursing to tech, her bootcamp journey, and her job search experience.
Jerrick Warren has an inspiring story of breaking into the Blockchain Tech Startup Gemini coming from a background in medicine. He went from joining the Career Karma community, to getting accepted into Lambda School to getting a Software Engineering job in a year! Today, he shares with us the many struggles he had to overcome and how Career Karma helped him pave his way to success. Career Karma is a community that helps you figure out a road map that is customized to you, your preferences, and your needs. Lambda School is a coding bootcamp that offers a unique pay structure to its students. Find out more about them.
Ruben Harris (@rubenharris), founder of Career Karma, and David Phillips (@davj), founder of Hackbright Academy and BloomJoy, join Erik on this episode.They discuss:- The history and evolution of bootcamps, including how and where they got their start.- Why Ruben thinks that in the long term the cost of education goes to zero.- Whether bootcamps for non-technical skills can become as big as those for technical skills.- Why there haven’t been bigger exits in the space.- Their requests for startups.- Why big companies like Microsoft or Google haven’t yet created their own bootcamps.- Their predictions for how the landscape will have changed in the next ten years.Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
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Episode Count
127
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
4 days, 20 hours