The Silicon Review
Software has become a foundational fabric of our modern lifestyles, and over the years, coding and programming have become more pervasive. Mostly, for this reason, people are learning to code or at least have a basic understanding of it. Coding and coding literacy are one of the essential skills needed for current and future generations to learn. The ongoing worldwide COVID-19 crisis puts unpredictable paths in front of many and the changes in behavior shows a technological future more than ever. We are surrounded by technology, and our contemporary world is mainly dependent on the software that powers it all. We also saw lately that we are also very much reliant on the internet and the modern workforce needs to be technology-enabled for efficient communications, maximized quality and optimal productivity. Coding will soon be essential to make a living in this modern world.
CodeBoxx Technology is, first and foremost a unique coding boot camp that offers to anyone who wants it, a shot at a career in technology. CodeBoxx reshapes human labor one individual at a time, guarantees them a job in tech through its placement services powered by an elite circle of partners. But CodeBoxx also hires some of its graduates in the Digital Workshop and showcases the quality of its coders by designing and developing amazing digital products and solutions.
Founded in the year 2018, CodeBoxx is a company based in Sausalito, California.
Nicolas Genest is the CEO, and Co-Founder of CodeBoxx. He spoke about the company in an exclusive interview with The Silicon review. Below is an excerpt.
Q. What makes your teaching methods and curriculum most innovative?
There are several key elements of our curriculum that makes it unique and innovative. The first one is probably the most important: the program itself! 100% proprietary, it has been built over thousands of hours of work by our current CEO, Nicolas Genest, and it contains the essence of over 15 years of experience building and leading successful technology teams. It’s the unique view of a CTO who officiated in France, the United States and Canada. It includes a very immersive business simulation through a fictional company that provides requirements to meet and problems to solve every week for participants. This Case Study approach combines technical skills with soft skills to simulate in-enterprise productivity. We provide award-winning senior mentoring and a clear definition of success to allow people with life experience to produce great results and value even if they do not have engineering backgrounds or significant college degrees. The Soft Skills and the culture we expose our participants to turned out to be what’s highly appreciated by the market.
Q. How do you track the progress of your candidates?
We developed a portal at CodeBoxx to manage and assist the journey of our participants from registration to graduation and all the way to placement and career management. Everything happens through that platform, and we capture a variety of metrics to feed a power ranking that is updated weekly to track the progress of our participants. Our program is designed to evaluate both the soft and the hard skills of the participant, and we add together three different scores to make up their total score. We track culture fit, soft skills, and of course, the technical and functional quality of participant’s deliverables over time. Every week, our coaches fill out scorecards and provide targeted feedback to a small subset of participants that have been matched to them based on personality. For the technical skills, we use a very explicit and binary correction grid. It is a very objective process as the requirements document given to every participant is precise and detailed, and we use these exact requirements to distribute the points every week. Such consistency allows us to monitor and compare the performance of all of our cohorts through time.
Q. A company to be one the most ‘innovative,’ features employees who must think like innovators, collaborators need to feel they have a decent outlet for sharing their observations and ideas, is this true with your company?
Empowerment is key to the success of every single collaborator at CodeBoxx. We insist early on what matters and how our strategy serves our mission (The Why). Once we clearly show the goals to be reached and set the right priorities, we leave individuals and teams with a lot of freedom on the way these goals can be achieved (The How). Freedom in the tool they will use and how they report on progress, among other things. Complete delegation makes accountability very clear, and trust amplifies the experience that employees gain throughout their accomplishments. New graduates quickly develop their entrepreneurial spirit at CodeBoxx because the challenges they are facing forces them to come up with the most pragmatic and innovative solutions.
Q. “Earning trust and respect of consumers all around the world is through consistent focus on delivering high quality in all of our actions,” how do you interpret this statement?
Within all branches of our practice, whether it is on our campuses, online, in the Digital Workshop, or working with our elite circle of partners, we are obsessed with quality. We want our graduates to come out of the boot camp with the most enriching experience possible and the most complete and up-to-date toolbox the market can hope for. We also want each individual to get a job in technology at graduation to be making a difference within their team the very first day they start with hard and soft skills that will benefit the enterprise’s products and culture. Finally, we believe that digital products should be purposeful, simple to use, and should be delivering the best experiences leveraging the now very mature foundations of the Web and the democratized standards of the cloud.
Jedi behind the success of CodeBoxx
Nicolas Genest is currently the CEO and Founder of CodeBoxx Technology. He launched CodeBoxx in May 2018. Nicolas has been part of many highly successful executive teams both as Chief Executive Officer and as Chief Technology Officer. As CTO of Modcloth, he orchestrated the rebirth of the brand alongside Matt Kaness and a renewed executive team in 2016. The replatformed retailer was then acquired by Jet.com/Walmart. Prior to that, as CTO of The RealReal in San Francisco from 2013 to 2016, he took full ownership of their entire technology platform and digital products and re-ignited growth by transitioning them out of an outsourced technology model. As CTO of the European leader vente-privee.com in Paris, the highly profitable pioneer of Flash Sales grew revenue from 170M to 1.2B Euros from 2007 to 2012 under his tenure. He went on to launch their joint venture with American Express in New York in 2011 with CEO Mike Steib. Previously, Nicolas was at Microsoft as a Business Intelligence and Platform Engineer, where he worked on their Database and .Net products. He also served at Pfizer, leading a team of developers of critical web-based applications.