January 31, 2013
Bootcamps.in is pretty straightforward: it’s comparison site for hacker schools and programming bootcamps. You get all the information you need to make a decision: languages taught, class size, price, and even job placement services. Anyone can leave comments or reviews on their experiences.
But the story behind Bootcamps.in isn’t so straightforward. When quality engineer Dmitri Ivanov was rejected at App Academy, he poured himself into research about other programming schools. That research led to a rather disappointing conclusion: he couldn’t afford any of them. (App Academy, in contrast, has no fee but takes a percentage of your salary if you get a job afterward.)
So he did the next best thing: he decided to build a website with all that research. After recruiting a friend to help, they decided to work on two versions of the site and have their friends judge a winner after one week. Bootcamps.in and its sister, Bootcamper.io, were born. But Bootcamper.io was born two weeks late and, having spent so much time and effort in labor, Ivanov’s friend didn’t want to give her up. So the two sites remain.
Where does Ivanov stand now? Bootcamps.in has seen over 1,000 users in the first three weeks, with daily submissions of new bootcamps. So he might try to make money through referral fees for sending candidates to hacker schools.
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