Gregg discusses 25 lessons he learned in business, from graduating college, having crappy jobs, and finally founding Envy Labs and Code School.
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.
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 ?
*capabilities of being a developer
Very helpful talk. Thanks for taking the time.
Awesome, loved it. Can't wait to see the second part.
Thank you for sharing your "founder" insight and the passion you bring....look forward to
the next talk, Regards.
Thank you folks for all the kind feedback, I really appreciate it.
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.
This man is a GEM! I really enjoy your talk and JQuery course.
Avishai from Israel.
I loved this! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this.
Thank you, Gregg. This is really inspiring.
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.
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.
Gregg, I find your talk honestly presented, interesting and really valuable. Thank you for producing this.
Thanks for the talk, will be waiting for part 2 :)
This was top shelf. So much hard-earned wisdom. A fantastic addition to the codeschool portfolio. Please be sure to make a part 2!
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
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.
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).
Thanks for sharing.
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. ;-)
Really great talk and even inspiring at times - thank you for sharing.
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
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. :-)
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.
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.
Truly inspiring, Greg. Looking forward to part2.
Nice talk Gregg. I am a subscriber since Nov 2011 and truly appreciate efforts of codeschool to produce excellent content on tough topics.
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
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.
Enjoyed the video...just started using CodeSchool and its awesome...you guys and Cocdecademy has been a big help for learning programming...Thanks and I am already looking forward to the second part :)
That was really cool and I enjoyed it. Thank you.
Gregg i laught so hard about your SQL story, everyone have a story like that. Thanks for sharing.
Wow such an inspiring talk, so many ideas now. Thanks for making this and would love to see the follow up talk.
Practical and to the point on each lesson. Look forward to the next one.
Nice talk! Thank you , Gregg!
Loved the video. Can't wait for the next one.
Great video. Bring on part 2!
Thanks for this amazing video. Can't wait for part 2!
Great talk, useful tips. Thanks.
Great Talk Gregg. Please bring part 2
Amazing! Make part 2. I am waiting for it.
Great talk! Thanks for the advice.
great Talk Greg.... you are brave enough to give such a wonderful insights to your journey. definitely you are not afraid of competition. :)
Looking forward to part2!
Would love to see a part 2! Great insight from experience, and unfortunately made a couple of the same mistakes myself already!
Thanks , amazing!
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
Gregg, you are a genuine & gifted presenter. Thank you for sharing your experiences with so many people; I look forward to part two.
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.
Awesome talk man! You're doing a great job
great!!!!, I would like show it to one of my friend who starting to move in your way....
I liked the video and would love to see the second part........ :)
Hey Gregg, amazing talk. Would really love to see part 2. Thanks a lot in advance..
Waiting for part 2 .. ;)
Wow! Great talk. Inspiring and well needed right now. Can't wait to find the second video.
Awesome talk! Learned a lot from your experiences. Looking forward to the second video.
That was great. I definitely learned way more than I expected and I'll be waiting for part 2.
Fantastic video with amazing relevant content. Keep creating your educational videos to e same degree of excellence you have been.
Thanks for Sharing Gregg, this is really good value for codeschool audience
This is awesome. Thank you Gregg! When is the second part coming?
It was very informative and motivational. I'm looking forward to the second half.
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!
Awesome. Would love to see part 2.
can you share those 25 lessons as a list.
I would really like to create action items out of them
Awesome talk, lots of practical advice
Can't wait for the next one! Thank you!
Please add subtitles to video.
Excellent talk. Gregg, thanks for sharing! Looking forward to part 2.
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!
I would like to thank you, Gregg, for the real life tips you gave me! I enjoyed this video and would be more than happy to see next part where if possible you address challenges you have to deal at codeschool, such as team a building, meeting deadlines for course reliases, production process e.t.c
This was a great video and I really enjoyed watching it. I haven't been in the Rails world long enough to know about the history between Gregg and Jason; I know of Jason from his work at 5by5 and I know of Gregg from the amazing content here at Code School. I think it's tragic and sad that the two of them had a falling out, but it's eye-opening to see the lessons it's taught Gregg, and I learned a lot from this video. Thanks for opening up and talking about it, and I hope you guys can make up someday (if you haven't already). I look forward to seeing part 2!
Gregg - this video is truly inspiring! Thank you for having the courage to show your vulnerability and to discuss your failures open and honestly. I do hope you will make a part 2.
This is really great tips. Thank you for putting this up, and I look forward to your second part.
All the best to your business venture also.
Amazing, thank you!
Incredible! Thank you for sharing!
Absolutely loved this talk! Gregg you're a really inspirational guy! Im from South Africa where our access to courses / training for new technologies is really limited so I am loving CodeSchool... Loving it so much my girlfriend is learning too!
What you guys are doing is really powerful!
Great talk Gregg! Thanks for sharing your experiences!
This was great!
This video is packed with fantastic, honest, and fresh tips.
I especially appreciate how straight forward you are about describing your marketing tactics not to fellow business owners, but to your customers themselves.
It's great to hear the story behind code school. This talk is amazing and gives you an interesting perspective on free content.
Really great story! Thank you very much for sharing it. And I personally very appreciate when you share your "fails", things which many people do not stage much. This and some other aspects makes this really exciting and engaging. I hope to see the second part of this video.
Thanks everyone. FYI, the second talk is up if you just click on the resources tab here.
Hello. It was really good. Thanks a lot.
By the way, when i'am try to get on the second video page - there is a very nice rocket and an 500 Error. Is it ok?
Is it just me or is the sound for the Ruby on Rails vs Java advert not working?
Thank you for a excellent talk.
It was very candid and I really appreciated the honesty of it.
You didn't sugar coat it at all and it's rare to hear successful people talk so candidly about their business and their mistakes.
Especially when talking to your audience about how you got them to pay.
Great video! I am going to re-watch this often. I'm not sure why the sound didn't work for all the Rails vs. * videos. Also, the link to part 2 gives a 404. Thanks for all you do! This is my first month as a code school subscriber, and I am really impressed.
Sorry, the Part 2 link actually gives a 500 error, not 404.
Thanks for the heads up guys, I fixed the link to part 2. Also let our video guy know about the bug with the Rails vs Java video audio.. sorry about that.
Glad you dig the video. I should be releasing part 3 in another month or so.
I cannot seem to play the video or download it. Viddler gives a "Missing or wrong arguments" error. I could look into it with DevTools, but realized you are all capable of doing that too.
The video never plays for me either and I get a "Missing or wrong arguments" error when I try to download.
Video not working for me either..
"Can't play video. Media source loading has failed."
This is really awesome thank you for saying this story it was great, made me laugh a couple of times!