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Why Every Startup Employee Should Learn To Code

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Published on Aug 24, 2012

This video is my speaking submission for Eric Ries' Lean Startup Conference happening December 2012 in San Francisco http://www.leanstartupconf.com/

Links to resources and people mentioned
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Lean Startup Conference http://www.leanstartupconf.com/
SendGrid (where I work!) http://sendgrid.com
Sarah Mei http://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahmei
SF Developer Advocates Meetup http://meetup.com/DeveloperAdvocates/
Women Who Code Meetup http://meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-SF/
Ruby on Rails Outreach Workshop for Women by http://sfruby.info/

Speaking pitch
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Startups are experiencing success when they support the professional development of their employees. These days when you're trying to keep a company small yet effective, it's more important than ever to hire the right people. Often times they are the ones with multiple skill sets and experience that can be adapted for the position.

Benefits of your employees learning to code include:
- Improved communication between departments
- Ability to spot design, usability and programming issues earlier
- Larger number of contributions for product bug fixes and feature requests
- Increased coverage during vacation, sick time and work travel
- Higher competency and confidence throughout the organization
- Potential to adopt tools like Pivotal Tracker throughout the entire company

There are many ways for employees to start learning to code. There are books, websites, online learning tools, live instruction via webinars or on-site and local events held through user groups, meetups and workshops where people come to master CSS & HTML, Javascript & jQuery, Ruby on Rails, Python, Objective-C for iOS apps, Java for Android apps and more.

Understanding your learning style is an important part of selecting the right learning path. Check out the VARK (Visual, Auditory, Reading, Kinesthetic) Quiz to find yours http://www.vark-learn.com/english/pag...

Codecademy (codecademy.com) has reported that non-technical people are also completing their programing courses. One example is a librarian learning HTML and CSS to better communicate with the web development staff. Cross functional employees are more valuable in startups than ever before - especially if one of their skill sets is coding!

Find out how you can encourage and support life long learning within your startup if my talk is selected for the Lean Startup Conference this December!

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