Claim to Fame: Dropped out after junior year to found Codecademy, a startup focused on teaching the world to learn to code. We count Mayor Bloomberg and The White House among our 1m+ users.
Where are you going? I’m already gone (but our offices are in SoHo so it’s not too far).
Three things you learned at Columbia:
“Back in my day…” President Obama coming to campus brought Columbia together instead of tearing it apart.
Justify your existence in 30 words or less: I dropped out of Columbia and I’m not serving fries at mcdonald’s. Better yet, I am working on teaching millions of people a skill that can get them jobs.
Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? Fortunately I spent most of my time off campus, but I have plenty of stories from freshman year…a few of them involve board games and Barnard dorms but we won’t go there.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? I only like American and mozzarella cheese and they’re not particularly staples of my diet so this one isn’t hard. Cheese.
Advice for the class of 2016: Do your best to find what you really care about early on. Meet lots of people, take classes you wouldn’t normally take, and work at jobs you don’t think you’ll like. It’s easier to change course in life when you’re in college and it’s the perfect time for experimentation. Take advantage of it.
Regrets? No regrets.