This week’s Driven & Co. podcast features Sylvain Kalache, an entrepreneur and software engineer who has worked in the tech industry for more than a decade. Sylvain’s most recent endeavor is co-founding Holberton School, a two-year programming school in San Francisco training highly skilled full stack software engineers.
In this episode, host Justin Gray and Sylvain discuss different types of learning methods from around the world, the lack of project-based education in the United States and the importance of learning by doing.
“If you teach skills to someone, you get them a job,” Sylvain said. “If you teach them how to learn, you give them a career.”
Other podcast highlights include:
- What inspired Sylvain to quit his job and start the Holberton School
- The benefits of peer-based and project-based learning
- Providing a different path for learners who don’t want to go through traditional channels
- The importance for entrepreneurs to have a trusted co-founder when tackling a huge problems
- The exciting next chapter for Sylvain and the Hoberton School
Plus, tune into other episodes to learn about the zigs and zags entrepreneurs take to succeed.
Meet Justin Gray
Justin is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of LeadMD, the world’s largest revenue operations agency having implemented over half of the Marketo user base. Justin has made a career of launching successful companies and scaling them, with successful exits of over 200MM+ in the last decade. Justin’s latest endeavor launched in 2016 when he co-founded Six Bricks an online learning startup designed to combat employee and customer churn through experience-based education. Over the past 10 years, Justin has emerged as a strong voice for entrepreneurship, marketing and culture. As a recognized speaker, Justin has been published over 350 times in industry publications and holds his own column, Tribal Knowledge in Inc., while writing for Entrepreneur, Tech Crunch and others. Justin and his wife Jennifer met over marketing and three years later welcomed their son, Grayson, into the world in April of 2017.