Headquarter: San Francisco, USA
Vertical: Professional development, Lifelong learning
Tech: Web App
Introduce your startup and give a short description of what you are doing.
Livecoding.tv is an educational, interactive social coding platform where you can watch professionals code in real time like a TV. It is a place to watch and learn from engineers building games, mobile apps and websites. Instead of reading books or polished recorded videos you can watch the whole process of a project development step by step in a production environment. Our users are professional engineers, computer science students and hobby coders. We help people take their skill to the next level.
How was the idea for your startup born?
The idea was inspired by founder Michael J. Garbade playing games on Twitch.tv and developing software in a Linux virtualbox environment. The aha moment came with the question “what if there was a livestreaming platform where software engineers could share code, exchange experiences, socialize and take their skill to the next level.
What is the main problem in education that you aim to solve.
Lack of an educational environment where people can learn faster and more efficient by watching professionals who have extensive experience and like sharing it.
Who are your competitors? What sets you apart from them?
We’ve no direct competitors but indirectly YouTube and Twitch are compared to Livecoding. We are solely focused on educational content where people watch to learn. Our users have a strong desire to improve their skills through peer-to-peer learning (personal development).
In which markets / regions are you active. What markets / regions are next.
US, China, Brazil and Russia among others
How many users / downloads do you have?
250,000 from 194 countries and over 21,000 projects
Who is your target audience.
Beginners, intermediates and experts
How do you engage with your target audience. How do you convert them into users of your product.
PR, social media and word-of-mouth recommendations
What is your business model. How much does your product / service cost.
We’re not fully monetizing yet, but in the future, user premium subscriptions, freelancing contracts, recruiter accounts, and job postings
If you raised funding, how much did you raise. Who are your investors. If not, are you planning to raise funding.
We are a Y-combinator S15 company. Livecoding.tv is funded by top-notch US and UK private angels, Y-combinator, and European Pioneers. We will be raising a new round soon.
Are there milestones you are especially proud of and would like to share.
Yes, we released a complete re-design of Livecoding recently and launched a mentorship program to pair mentees with mentors.
What are the next steps in growing your startup.
We plan to release our Asia-Pacific streaming cluster, Android and iOS mobile apps, project playlists, do live competitions and offer structured content. In the months to come, we will add more topics besides “coding”.
How can people get in touch with you.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for all partnership and investment-related inquiries.