Below is our recent interview with Fahim ul Haq, CEO and co-founder of Educative:
Q: Could you give our readers a brief introduction to Educative?
A: Educative is platform for interactive software development courses. Our courses have interactive elements like code playgrounds, challenges, and quizzes baked in to keep learners engaged as they progress. The idea is that programmers learn a lot more effectively by actually practicing and working with code, as opposed to just watching videos or reading.
Q: What was the vision behind Educative?
A: We wanted to make picking up new skills in programming easier for more people. As developers at Microsoft and Facebook ourselves, we knew very well that constantly learning is an important part of the job. However, we were frustrated by how the available options just seemed to lag behind the actual needs of developers – the process of picking up skills was so tedious in so many ways. So we set out to make a better solution.
Q: How do software developers usually find out about your courses?
A: All the normal ways people find out about things, really. It’s a combination of just searching online, word of mouth, and paid ads. Sometimes we do interviews with tech news sites to help get the word out.
Q: You’ve recently managed to raise $2,3M could you tell us more about it?
A: We’d had pretty solid growth just bootstrapping for a little while, but as the product became successful it became clear that to scale it out further we’d need some outside investment. We were fortunate to be able to partner with Trilogy, who believed in our vision immediately. They’re pretty involved in the developer landscape here and understand the pain points and needs of developers quite well, which made for a pretty natural match.
Q: Where do you see Educative in 3 years?
A: As an international force on the developer training scene, used widely by customers, enterprises, and institutions to improve programming skills at all levels.