When we were looking for the perfect education for our child, our first thought was, “We’ll take a $5,000 computer and we’ll educate her.”
That’s the gist of the TED Talk of Steve Huffman, founder of Reddit, the popular Reddit.com, and the creator of the Reddit.tv streaming service.
Huffman and his company have partnered with local schools, public libraries, and universities to help students learn to code and other computer skills, such as the fundamentals of web programming.
We asked Huffman how his company went from $1 billion to $1.3 billion in revenue in five years.
He shared a story about how he and his team made a small start-up out of the idea for a tech-based educational company that had nothing to do with Reddit.
Huffmen story was inspired by the work of David Brooks, who coined the phrase, “Start small and build a company,” as he launched his best-selling book, The Complacent Class.
He wrote: “My story is not typical of Silicon Valley or other tech hubs, where companies are so successful that they become a billion-dollar-plus business, and where the only thing they can do is create more products and services.”
He was speaking about how the only way to really understand what’s happening in the world is to look at the big picture.
And, he said, “I think the best way to see the world as it really is is through education.
Education is the only solution.”
So, Huffman went to the schools and he and the teachers who work with him, he had this idea of educating kids through coding.
They were very open about the fact that it was going to be a two-year commitment, and they were going to teach them how to do it themselves, in a way that’s free, which was a great way to get feedback from parents and other adults.
Huffmans goal was to get kids interested in learning through coding, and it worked.
“I would tell them, ‘We’ll have the hardware and software, we’ll have all the equipment, but we’re going to give you a whole lot of freedom, and that’s all you need to do is sit down and learn,'” Huffman said.
And so, they had a really great experience, because they had no idea that the Internet was going on.
They never really heard of Reddit.
Then we had the idea of bringing them in.
They came in and they had this great experience.
And they loved it, because it was the kind of experience that was going around that we wanted to do as a company.
It was the first time I had seen people doing anything on the Internet, and we just thought, “Wow, this is really cool.”
What they were really interested in was how to connect people with each other online.
The way that they wanted to start the business was by teaching people to code.
That’s what the company was all about.
What they wanted was to create an experience that’s like, “If you go to Reddit, you’re not going to see a bunch of other people, but you’re going through the same experience that you have every day.
You’re not watching the news and you’re interacting with other people online.
And you’re seeing this beautiful world and this amazing technology and you want to see it.
And if you want a great job, you want the best job.”
They were looking to have the same kind of content that’s on Reddit.
But what made the company different from other online learning sites was they were open.
They could offer their own content.
They had a real sense of community.
They knew exactly what they were doing.
They did everything in-house.
“The only way you’re gonna get to this point is if you’re open to doing it yourself,” Huffman told TechCrunch.
And that’s what we are, and what I think is going to happen in the future, because of the way that technology is changing.
You can teach kids how it’s done, but they’re not just going to look to Reddit.
They are open to seeing the content and they are willing to share their knowledge with people that are interested in it.
This is the first step that we’re taking to open up our education experience to a whole new generation.
We don’t just have this content, we have this opportunity to be in a whole other place, and in that new place, we’re building a whole ecosystem.
We have a lot of data.
We know a lot about how to make things better.
We can talk to the people who have a problem and we can solve it for them.
We want to help them solve it and build something that’s really good for them and their community.
It’s not like the way we used to do things.
I mean, it used to be, you go online and you see something, and you say,