At Kodable, we believe that teachers are the gatekeepers of learning. So we've built our product from the ground up with teacher's needs in mind. From scripted lesson plans to automated assessment tools, everything we do is designed to help educators spend less time preparing, and more time teaching. Because that's where you make the most difference.
A self-taught programmer himself, Jon wrote his first line of code at 6 years old on a computer that didn’t even have a mouse. A member of the Forbes 30 under 30 as well an Unreasonable Fellow and Y Combinator/Imagine K12 alum, Jon is passionate about giving every child the opportunities he had as a child. He holds a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville, where he played football. Having hung up his cleats, he now enjoys snowboarding in Tahoe, playing basketball, and writing.
Grechen’s interest in design started with editing the CSS/HTML on her MySpace page in highschool. Grechen later taught herself design so that she could create the art and world within the Kodable game. A Westly Prize winner, member of the Forbes 30 under 30, and Business Insider’s Women to Watch under 30, Grechen is inspired to make Kodable a tool to enrich the lives of kids and adults. In her free time, Grechen can be found exploring in the redwoods, climbing mountains, and hanging out with Kodable’s Chief Morale Officer, her dog Mo.
Before joining Kodable, Brie taught elementary school for 5 years and has nearly a decade of experience working in education. As a Teach for America alumni (Bay Area, ’12), Brie believes all kids should have equal access to enriched learning experiences, including Computer Science education. With a passion for early childhood development, Brie’s goal is to build a CS mindset in kids early. A former University of Connecticut soccer star, Brie still enjoys a competitive game from time to time.
Greg brings the world of the fuzzFamily to life with beautiful graphics and illustrations. Greg earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in Illustration from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. A Sunnyvale native, Greg has been creating art and animation for kids learning games for over 20 years. Though his passion is in visual arts, Greg also loves making music, writing and spending time with his daughter Jade.
As a Senior Software Engineer at Kodable, Chris is the mastermind bringing the world of the fuzzFamily into reality. Chris studied Computer Science and Game Design at Cornell before joining Electronic Arts to work on classics like The Sims 3. Chris later joined Google to work on projects like Google Play Music before coming to Kodable, bringing his love of game design and computer science together. When he’s not programming fuzzes, Chris enjoys playing video games and traveling.
As the Instructional Coach at Kodable, Hannah supports teachers with ready-made tools to bring Computer Science to over 20 million students globally. Hannah recently graduated from Harvard University with a M.Ed in Technology, Innovation, and Education. Hannah got her start in education as a Computer Science teacher and developed the coding and robotics curriculum for K - 8 students at her former school. Her dream is to one day be on Survivor, but she’ll settle for being on The Amazing Race with her twin sister.
Mo is a dog. She does dog things. But more importantly she has been with Kodable since the very beginning, laying by Jon and Grechen's side long into the late nights when the first versions of Kodable were built in a living room. Surprisingly, she seems to be immune to the stresses of starting a startup. Top minds are currently studying her brain waves to understand how this is possible. Results so far have been inconclusive.
Pierre is also a dog. He also does dog things. However, unlike Mo, Pierre is constantly stressed about everything. This has prevented the advancement of his career as a Morale Officer at Kodable. Jon has suggested he find another calling.
Pierre hasn't listened.
We founded Kodable with a simple goal. We wanted to make it easier for people to teach their kids about computer science. In the years that followed, we've been overwhelmed with the response we've received from teachers, parents, and kids around the world. We never dreamed that something started at a kitchen table could be used by over 50% of elementary schools in the United States and over 200 countries around the world.
Jon started programming when he was 6, and knows firsthand the incredible effects it can have on people's lives. Nothing before in history has existed that can have such a transformational effect on a child's life - regardless of race, gender, or even economic background. Our mission today is simple - we want to bring that opportunity to every child in the world.
We're just getting started.
Grechen and Jon