Founder's Talk

  • GreggPollack


Ryan said

Couldn't stop watching! Thank you for sharing your story, Gregg - these are good things to hear, as someone beginning their career and hoping to start a successful business one day. My ventures so far have been good learning experiences (complete with my own partner story...), but have not yet been profitable. Looking forward to the next video!

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GaryPang said

Excellent talk. Gregg, thanks for sharing! Looking forward to part 2.

imtiazahmad007 said

Can't wait for the next one! Thank you!

thomaswalczak said

Awesome talk, lots of practical advice

rubysoft said

Hi, can you share those 25 lessons as a list. I would really like to create action items out of them Thanks

edalorzo said

This was a really good talk. I am looking forward to the second part. I found it really inspiring and was quite entertaining to know the origins of Gregg and Code School. And of course, the lessons were really valuable. I think I can apply a few of those in my personal and professional life. Awesome job, Gregg and guys. Keep it up!

Wassim Metallaoui said

It was very informative and motivational. I'm looking forward to the second half.

Joon said

This is awesome. Thank you Gregg! When is the second part coming?

Yudi Widjaja said

Thanks for Sharing Gregg, this is really good value for codeschool audience

Walliker said

Fantastic video with amazing relevant content. Keep creating your educational videos to e same degree of excellence you have been.

Ginevrania said

That was great. I definitely learned way more than I expected and I'll be waiting for part 2.

Bright Sol Tech said

Awesome talk! Learned a lot from your experiences. Looking forward to the second video.

Morgan Heimbeck said

Wow! Great talk. Inspiring and well needed right now. Can't wait to find the second video.

yechielweb said

Waiting for part 2 .. ;)

Caner said

Hey Gregg, amazing talk. Would really love to see part 2. Thanks a lot in advance..

kingjones32 said

I liked the video and would love to see the second part........ :)

Surendra said

great!!!!, I would like show it to one of my friend who starting to move in your way....

austinllach said

Awesome talk man! You're doing a great job

Alex said

That was an amazing talk, a serous insight into the creation of such a great service! Currently the courses at Code School are helping me through my dissertation, so I can not thank you enough for the resources! Keep up the amazing work.

oxeyeCD said

Gregg, you are a genuine & gifted presenter. Thank you for sharing your experiences with so many people; I look forward to part two.

shturm said

I'm happy to notice there are other people who face and deal with the same issues I do. I appreciate your work so much ! Keep doing this same awesome job

valencia said

Thanks , amazing!

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Abe Petrillo said

Would love to see a part 2! Great insight from experience, and unfortunately made a couple of the same mistakes myself already!

Vilsbol said

Looking forward to part2!

krisho007 said

great Talk Greg.... you are brave enough to give such a wonderful insights to your journey. definitely you are not afraid of competition. :)

kayris said

Great talk! Thanks for the advice.

cvgustavo said

Amazing! Make part 2. I am waiting for it.

Chris Carter said

Great Talk Gregg. Please bring part 2

dudasp said

Thanks for this amazing video. Can't wait for part 2!

Casey Jenks said

Great video. Bring on part 2!

Caíque Pereira said

Loved the video. Can't wait for the next one.

Hristo Ganev said

Nice talk! Thank you , Gregg!

Jimmy Billard said

Practical and to the point on each lesson. Look forward to the next one.

Dave Green said

Wow such an inspiring talk, so many ideas now. Thanks for making this and would love to see the follow up talk.

Arthur Barros said

Gregg i laught so hard about your SQL story, everyone have a story like that. Thanks for sharing.

Thanh Pham said

That was really cool and I enjoyed it. Thank you.

Robbie McClellan said

Enjoyed the video...just started using CodeSchool and its guys and Cocdecademy has been a big help for learning programming...Thanks and I am already looking forward to the second part :)

Alper Kucukural said

I found the content of your talk very useful. I have been working in bioinformatics field over 10 years. I am trying to create educational content for our user in the "Medical School". Our audience is non-bioinformaticians they are experimental biologists, chemists, biochemists etc. so, they don't know coding. They don't have any background on mathematics, computer science or statistics but they want to analyze their own data. We just prepared a workshop for six weeks about RNA-Seq data analysis with basic linux, awk, R and some tools that they can use to analyze their own data. We got enormous registration numbers that we had to split the groups. Let me know, if you have any idea to work with research institutes to put more content specific to these fields. Especially for beginners. I would also suggest a couple of more tutorials like 1. basic linux/unix 2. Awk/Grep/sed 3. vi 4. Quickstart to Amazon cloud computing (They might be your sponsor too) 5. more R classes 6. LaTex etc. Thanks for the tips you provide.

RAVI said

Nice talk Gregg. I am a subscriber since Nov 2011 and truly appreciate efforts of codeschool to produce excellent content on tough topics.

erkarl said

Truly inspiring, Greg. Looking forward to part2.

Ryan Robinson said

Wonderful talk! I really enjoyed learning about your story. I found code school back in 2011 or 2012 (can't really remember now) and I tried "Try Ruby" for free. I was so blown away with the "code in your browser" capability that I became a huge fan. It wasn't until I got more involved with web development and trying to expand my knowledge base that I became a paying member, but delivering those free courses (with value I would have paid for) really pulled me in. You put out a great product Gregg, thank you; and thank you for sharing your story. It was a great way to spend an hour.

mrmikemon said

Really enjoyed the talk. Definitely worth a sequel. You've got the Disney formula - for every laugh a tear :] Great talk, good lessons and really entertaining. Look forward more.

Bogdan Agafonov said

Hey Gregg that was an amazing video, and now a i have a few questions for you:

1 How many times have you got your knees shacking through your way to build [your carreer, this awesome product, etc.], and how do you fight stress?

2 Have you ever thought of starting a course[s] on how to apply those skills you teach (i saw treehouse's on becoming a freelancer or starting a business and such), or self-organisation (time-management maybe), or your main accent is technical skills only?

3 Have you ever thought of creating a course for guys who finished few of your courses on how to combine all of these techniques to build a fully-engined site or you suppose people to find it out on their own? (i also watched udacity's web-developement and it was pretty useful cuz there i've found like theory basics on architecture, but the technology stack was python + google app engine)

The roots of 2 questions above is kinda my own personal problems, because it's hard to see the whole picture and grab all the things i know and put it in one place, and it is also hard to break bad habits and develop the good ones, especially not working as a webdev for a fulltime, maybe i'm too lazy and scared, you might settle me down a bit :-)

And of course thank you (and the whole team) for codeschool and a way you teach, i've left a treehouse after having 2 months for free here (newrelic promo action), and I found that codeschool is more like an older brother than a nunny in comparance to treehouse, their courses are much longer and for me personally too easy, i got tired watching their videos often (not me only, i guess), so please stay as you are now.

Ah, the last and stupidest question - how old are you?

P.S. Hello from cold Russia and sorry for misspells and errors if you see some, i've never learned English seriously and often thinking in patterns i hear/read, and also sorry for the length of the comment, I kinda got carried away a bit. :-)

Enok Madrid said

Hi Gregg, thank your for putting out the time to record this video talk. Man, it's very interesting to get to know the story that went behind the scenes during your journey to success. It really seems like a hard road to go through but it inspires me to know that things have worked out great for you in the long run. That gives me hope that I can be a success in my own path and that challenges may cross the way but they are there to help you grow wiser. Thank you for the tips.. Much success to your and your team. Cheers!! ~Enok

Jim Brown said

Really great talk and even inspiring at times - thank you for sharing.


Gregg Pollack said

Thanks for the great feedback, I'll definitely have to start working on the next part. Also ISTOSELIDAS, I'd love to do more videos with Jason, but I don't think he wants to do any with me. Feel free to reach out to him though and give him encouragement. ;-)

diagor said

Thanks for sharing.

istoselidas said

Gregg thank you for your story, you were one of my first teachers through your videos and you have helped me to understand Rails back then (about 4 years ago). I wish you the best. I hope I'll see you again with Jason and do some new versions of rails vs xxx (you have to do one vs node.js for sure! :P).

Jorge del Río said

Amazing and very interesting!!! A really valuable vision that could be used for almost any kind of business!! Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

Dmitriy said

Very useful video, thank you for doing that. Now you have envy labs and consulting work, and your own project - codeschool. It would be interesting to learn difference between this two from founder perspective - client acquisition, team member selection, contracting vs payroll, etc

Thank you!

chrissamiullah88 said

This was top shelf. So much hard-earned wisdom. A fantastic addition to the codeschool portfolio. Please be sure to make a part 2!

Patrick Nouvion said

Thanks for the talk, will be waiting for part 2 :)

Student #372069 said

Gregg, I find your talk honestly presented, interesting and really valuable. Thank you for producing this.

Chemist said

Thanks a lot, this was great video! I learned a lot, especially about marketing and not just for web development but for my other ventures as well. Thanks! I'm looking forward to part 2.

Jason Deppen said

When I saw this was an hour, I almost didn't watch it. That would have been a huge mistake. This is one of the best videos I've watched in a while.

I have a real estate company and I'm the sole developer, marketer, therapist, manager, etc so I know what you mean about wearing many hats; it can sure be overwhelming. Jack of all trades is definitely a struggle. You've given me a few things to consider.

Thanks, Gregg. I'm looking forward to part 2.

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pomerantsev said

Thank you, Gregg. This is really inspiring.

piercewayne said

I loved this! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this.

CodeFight said

This man is a GEM! I really enjoy your talk and JQuery course. Avishai from Israel.

Aaron Gray said

Gregg, that was so enjoyable and appropriate for me. Your wisdom is valuable, and your story is encouraging. Thank you for being so vulnerable to share about your past failures and successes. I've had some failures in the past, and its easy for me to look at guys like you who are successful now, and to not realize how many ventures, failures, experiments, and incremental improvements it took to get to where you are. Your story is truly an inspiration to me to keep taking risks, to not be afraid after you've failed in the past, and to have the courage to move on and not get complacent when things are safe but they suck the life out of you. Thank you for all that you've done for the Rails community as well.


Gregg Pollack said

Thank you folks for all the kind feedback, I really appreciate it.

pearl7 said

Thank you for sharing your "founder" insight and the passion you bring....look forward to the next talk, Regards.

Giampaolo Falqui said

Awesome, loved it. Can't wait to see the second part.

mmelegy said

Very helpful talk. Thanks for taking the time.

Kevin Lozandier said

Really thankful of your 25 tips, Gregg. For part 2, can you tell us more about your journey creating the culture you're proud of having at Envy labs and more stories about assembling the awesome team that now works at Envy Labs?

How was your journey to get mentors (if you had any) to help you refine your develop capabilities and being a better leader ?

nnennajohn said

Amazing talk. Very inspiring. I am gearing up to set up something like codeschool but for a different audience and sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the prep I need to do. Perhaps I am overthinking it. Either way, thanks again for all the tips. I wish you more success.