In today’s episode of the Learn to Code With Me podcast, I talk with Katy Lynch, the CMO and co-founder of Codeverse – the company behind KidScript and the world's first technology-enabled classroom for kids aged six to twelve.
Katy’s journey into the tech world started at review and advice site Where I’ve Been. She then set up her own company called SocialKaty, which was acquired a few years later. Katy became the CEO of Techweek, the nation's largest tech festival, before creating Codeverse.
In this episode, Katy tells us about her mission to teach one billion kids to code. She shares her advice on starting your own business and reminds us how important it is to get involved in your community.
- Kids can start learning to code as soon as they can read and write, so get them involved at an early age.
- Young girls can lose interest in science, tech, and math at such a young age. It’s important to make sure there’s a platform for kids to follow their interest in these areas.
- Before starting your business, find out if there’s a demand for your idea and research both your competitors and your target audience.
- Networking is a huge part of your role as a new business owner; get involved in your community and work with causes you’re passionate about.
- It’s important to be great at selling. Selling your vision, your mission, and your values to everyone you meet will help you get your business off the ground.
Links and mentions from the episode:
- SocialKaty (now part of Manifest Digital)
- Where I’ve Been (now part of TripAdvisor)
- Craig Ulliott
- Documentary: CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
- David Arel
- Women Tech Founders
- Katy on Twitter @thekatylynch and @codeverse
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