Backed By $3.25 Million From NEA, 500 Startups, Felicis & Others, Tynker Launches Its Visual “Learn To Code” Platform For Children

Learning how to code is like learning a new foreign language.


Mountain View-based startup Tynker is launching a new platform aimed at helping kids of all ages learn to program. Unlike traditional development environments, this introductory step into the world of programming is more about teaching kids how to think like a programmer, than it is about writing out long lines of code  The company has been piloting its curriculum in around 40+ elementary and middle schools in the San Francisco Bay area, and is now becoming publicly available to any school, with plans to support direct sign-up from parents themselves in the near future.

Tynker co-founder and CEO Krishna Vedati, a parent himself, says he was inspired to start the company after being disappointed with the “learn to code” options out there for children today. “My 9-year old son went to a programming camp at Stanford. It cost $1,100,” he tells us. “They make them build a game for two…

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Based in Sonoma Valley, California, GenZplay was founded in August 2011 by Steve Calhoun to make video games a physically active part of his son’s outdoor life. The company is focused on integrating gaming mechanics with everyday activities, especially those that need a mixture of fun and adventure to motivate and inspire. Follow GenZPlay at or Twitter @genzplay.

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