Founded in 2012, Thinkful is designed to provide personalized online learning for people. It’s starting with a course on front-end web development but plans to expand to other areas of computer skills and software development. Education is a hot startup sector, with outfits such as Edmodo, Khan Academy, Udacity and others trying to come up with new educational models for the 21st century. Because Thinkful is all online it’s designed to fit into busy people’s schedules. (Most of its students are college graduates.) The service is used by people who want to switch to a new career or just want to add more skills in their current job, says Daniel Friedman, 21, cofounder of Thinkful, who was in the Thiel program in 2011. He cofounded the company with CEO Darrell Silver. Peter Thiel’s investment is his first investment in a startup from one of his 20 Under 20 fellows. That is Thiel’s program for young entrepreneurs who are interested in dispensing with college and working on a startup. . . ."
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