With a will to learn anyone can become a great programmer or designer. But education today still remains too expensive, exclusive, and ineffective. That’s why we’re building an online school that combines the effectiveness of face-to-face learning with the accessibility of online education.
We're training the next generation of experts by creating a community of engineers and designers who can learn from and inspire one another. Today, Thinkful is a community of 300 programmers, designers and data scientists around the world with an average of ten years of experience. We’ve taught over 7,000 students, and we’re managed by a team of 25 in New York City.
Relationships drive learning. Mentors provide the experience, guidance, and accountability to foster confidence and success.
Engineers are paid to solve problems, not write code. We teach people to solve real problems through hands-on projects.
Truly effective learning should be accessible and affordable. The Thinkful community welcomes everyone.
We value intellectual honesty and work ethic over years of experience. Every student, mentor, and employee deserves the time and attention needed to grow.
Darrell Silver and Dan Friedman founded Thinkful in October, 2013 as a place to bring mentorship to online education.
Ann Miura-Ko joined Dan and Darrell on Thinkful's board in 2014. She led, on behalf of Floodgate, our second round of funding.
Thinkful is backed by investors who understand our mission and potential. In addition to several angel investors, our investors are:
Join the HQ team
We don't hire for domain expertise. Rather, like our students, Thinkful team members must have the curiosity, enthusiasm and grit to learn quickly on the job.
Thinkful may not be your last job, but we want to make it the one you're most proud of. We hope you'll join us.
Join the mentor team
Have what it takes to work with our awesome students? Thinkful mentors love to share their passion for technology with motivated learners and refine their own expertise along the way.
Apply now to join the mentor team and learn more about our approach to online learning
Brian joined as a product manager working on the technology powering our education, and is now the CEO of YC-backed Hickory, an online employee training company.
Nora started in sales and was instrumental in hiring key teammembers. She grew to become the Head of Business Development and is now at Harvard Business School.
Robert was an intern while studying at Parsons our first summer, building our first (real) website, countless apps and many guides. He's now on the digital design team at The New York Times.
As an early employee, Carl joined to run paid acquisition, grew his skills as an engineer, then built our outbound marketing before leaving to focus on building his own company, MailCharts.
Daria worked with us as an engineering intern while doing her undergrad at Columbia. She's now an engineering intern at Google, working on the core AngularJS team.
Bracha joined Thinkful in Student Support and then became an Education Advisor. She ended up taking our Web Development Bootcamp and landed a job as an engineer at a Y-Combinator backed startup.
Zac joined and later led the Mentor team at Thinkful. He now lives in Zhejiang, China building an education company with his wife Grace.
Justin worked on UX and content strategy at Thinkful. He is now a internationally recognized house and techno DJ and producer.