Codecademy Lands $2.5 M., Plans Headquarters In New York

Codecademy, which just launched this summer, is an addictive website that teaches users how to code for free. The startup announced today that it had raised $2.5 million from a slew of top notch investors including Union Square Ventures, SV Angel, CrunchFund, Yuri Milner, Founder Collective and O’Reilly Ventures. The company told the New York Times that it hopes to establish its headquarters here in New York.

The site was created by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, who met as classmates at Columbia University. Since being introduced this summer Codecademy has been used by more than half a million folks. As The Next Web put it, “business idea that matched programmers with jobs based on tests and basic programming challenges. Over the course of the program, the idea for Codecademy evolved. Why not teach people to code first and help them with the job prospects after?”

Right now the site uses basic game mechanics to keep users hooked and focuses mostly on teaching Javascript. But Mr. Sims’s told the Times, “We’re pushing out more Javascript courses and getting close to releasing more languages, like Ruby and Python. As soon as we have more content, this site becomes a very deep experience and way to make basic coding knowledge available to people for free.”

As TechCrunch points out, the site has a global userbase, with users in more than 200 countries, and is rumored to be growing very fast. It began with lessons created by the founders, but is expanding to user-generated lessons, like this class from Union Square’s Albert Wenger.