Ever wanted to dive into code without taking a full-time course or spending a substantial amount of money? Here’s your chance! RampUp is launching its first Chicago program on Thursday, March 27th after its success throughout Boston and NYC.
What is it?
RampUp is part-time community-driven learning experience that combines online resources, in-person meetings and teaching mentors (TMs) to help students build technical skills from the ground up. Students learn in cohorts, which are small groups that each have a designated TM for the entirety of the course. These cohorts allow every student to have 1-on-1 time while also collaborating with fellow students. Team-based projects will allow all students to build a professional portfolio of work.
RampUp has two tracks: Front-End Web Development and Back-End Web Development. Front-End covers and into to HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery. Back-End covers the fundamentals of web development through Python and Ruby. To learn more, check out: http://rampup.startupinstitute.com/curriculum/
Lately, I’ve found myself having a lot of conversations about what my time at Startup Institute was like.
Many of these conversations have been with prospective SI students, several have been with accepted students trying to prepare, and a few have been with friends, family, and new co-workers who have seen my time at SI successfully lead to a new career.
These conversations have forced me to really take stock of what I got out of my time at Startup Institute. I know it was time and money well spent, but it’s time I reflected on exactly why Startup Institute was so successful for me. I’ve come up with the following answer to “How did you end up at Startup Institute, and what was it like?”
After 8 years in the trading industry I was ready for a change. I enrolled in Startup Institute’s inaugural Chicago class with the goal of completely transitioning careers. In addition to the technical marketing skills and networking, the curriculum covered the ever so hard to define idea of startup culture.
Prior to SI I probably would have described startup culture with the same surface level view lots of people do - nerf guns, poker tables in conference rooms, and people on mini-scooters. Not terribly interested in these things, I did not expect to get a lot out of this portion of class, but was pleasantly surprised when Managing Director Jason Henrichs started ranting about how these things do not define culture.
I caught up with Jason recently to revisit his views on startup culture and discuss how we used a Killerspin Ping Pong Table to help support a collaborative culture within our SI class.
Hiring the right team members who can accelerate your company growth is imperative for all startups. From my work at the Kauffman Foundation I know all too well that failure rates in startups are still high. In a startup, every person hired is important, and a bad hire can be deadly. I also care about jobs and therefore building the capability for more people to secure a job is great for our economy.
That is why I have decided to work with Startup Institute to help them scale. Startup Institute wants to help the right people secure the right job with the right company. Universities don’t provide you either the skills, mindset or understanding of how to contribute to the growth of a nimble company ready to scale - where ever single person must bring their A game to succeed. If you have worked at a big company, Startup Institute is the opportunity to retool your IQ and EQ for working in a smaller company.
I am psyched about supporting Aaron and the team at Startup Institute. I will be talking to some of you about coming to your city soonJ
Until then, if someone you know has asked about joining a startup, you should encourage them to apply for one of Startup Institute’s spring classes.
Lesa Mitchell is the Founder of Network for Scale, a company that advises early stage companies in order to reduce the failure rate of firms and enable scale. Before starting her own venture, Lesa was the Vice President of Innovation & Networks for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. You can reach Lesa on twitter @lesamitchell.
This is the first installment of a two-part series about strategies for finding the right startup.
You have learned how to code, market, design, and create your elevator pitches – and now you’re looking for the perfect startup job. It can be hard especially when they are busy starting their business not advertising for employees.
How do you find them? They’re too busy running a business to list available jobs. Turns out, this is the same problem marketing people have when finding target audiences.
Instead of taking a “shotgun” approach do what professional marketers do: Research and find right target audience. I call it “reverse targeting” because this time, the person is targeting the company.