Meanwhile, nearly 3,000 miles west, an innovator named Gordon Zhu was developing a great solution to Ty’s issue. A Business and Economics graduate of the prestigious Wharton School, Gordon didn’t embark on the coding realm until after he started working at Google as a marketing professional.
To explain his move from marketing to software coding, we have to dive into a brief personal history. Back in college as an economics student, Gordon became concerned with income inequality and began researching different ways to combat the problem. One of the only real solutions he witnessed was quality education. This realization lead Gordon into tutoring others, and eventually into volunteer teaching at local high schools. Teaching seems second-nature to him, so it’s perfectly fitting that Gordon went on to launch a venture centered around teaching and tutoring others.
Once he started working for Google, coding became an obvious skillset to gain. There was just one problem — Gordon found coding difficult, and felt that the available resources at the time were not practical. His personal experience learning to code was not pleasant, but the difficulties lead him to challenge himself by teaching others to code. Gordon also recognized that the numerous coding boot camps around the globe are so freaking expensive! People either already have the money or are going into crazy debt to pay for the training, which then leads back to the economic issue of poverty. So, as a natural teacher and tutor, with an understanding of how in-demand coding skills are from his time working at Google, and with a passion to help people avoid and escape poverty, Gordon launched Watch and Code.
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