On 13 June, Zach Sims will participate in a fireside chat with Scholars on the future of higher education and non-linear careers. Zach is the cofounder and CEO of Codecademy, the leading online education company closing the skills gap by teaching programming. In the two years since its founding, Codecademy has reached millions of users in every country in the world and worked with organizations like The White House, Google, and more. Zach has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos and has appeared on The Colbert Report. He was named to Inc. Magazine and Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 lists, was selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, and was voted as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Codecademy's investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Index Ventures, Richard Branson, Yuri Milner, and more.
In this event, Zach will focus on the future of higher education and on non-linear careers, building on his experiences resulting from Codecademy's story. According to its website, Codecademy 'take[s] more cues from Facebook and Zynga in creating an engaging educational experience than... [they] do from the classroom.' Zach will share his higher education philosophy, with reference to the pressures most shaping how universities and colleges imagine themselves and evolve. Moreover, Zach will share his philosophy on careers and share his perspectives with Scholars set to embark on their own career journeys. Zach is well known for dropping out of his Political Science degree at Columbia University, prior to working with Drop.io, AOL Ventures, GroupMe and other ventures, before launching Codecademy.