The fact is, anybody can learn how to write computer code. It isn’t like basketball or football. where you either have the talent or don’t—learning to write code is something that can, and SHOULD, be taught to everyone in school. The problem is, not all students have access to computers and the training materials or teachers necessary to actually learn how to do it. That’s why I’m getting behind code.org, an organization dedicated to getting programming curriculum and technology into every single classroom.
I’ve sat down and met with the co-founder Hadi Partovi, who is an entrepreneur and angel investor. Hadi was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike, and was an investor or early advisor to numerous startups including Facebook, Dropbox, and airbnb. I was totally impressed with Hadi’s incredible passion and knowledge about this area and the fact that he put his own money in and pushed others to join and push this initiative for kids.
I’m being joined by a huge number of thought leaders, from Bill Clinton to Bill Gates, and from Snoop Lion to will.i.am. Together, we’re hoping to change hearts and minds and make sure that every student will have the opportunity to be a founder of the next Facebook, Twitter, or Dropbox.