For many entrepreneurs, launching a single successful startup would be enough. But for Jim McKelvey, his success involves a half dozen different startups, the best known of those being Square. But another one would be LaunchCode, a non-profit organization based in St. Louis that is building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. He is also the author of The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time, and he is with us now.
Girls Inc. offers programming to girls ages 6 to 18 in more than 1,500 sites throughout the United States and Canada. The organization focuses on what it calls “strong, smart, bold outcomes.” And to tell us some more about their work, along with some new research as to its effectiveness, it’s a pleasure to have with us, Dr. Stephanie Hull, the President and CEO of Girls Inc.
If I were to ask you what subject is being taught in schools today that wasn’t being taught when you were going to school, I would suspect that many of you might say: computer science, but in far, far too many cases, that answer would be incorrect because computer science is not being taught in many schools today. That makes little sense to most people, and absolutely no sense to my next guest. He is Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO of Code.org. Good evening, Hadi, and welcome to The Business of Giving.