TechStars only accepts 1.2% of applicants, but Godin isn’t your average teenager.
Last summer, Godin traveled to India because he wanted to produce a documentary. In the fall he won a hackathon.
This year, he taught himself to code in seven days. “I knew HTML and CSS, but I’d never written a dynamic website,” he says.
utilising friends who knew Ruby on Rails and a designer, Godin made a finished app by the end of his week-long winter break. “I learned the groundwork for how to build the next product, but I still am not the world’s greatest coder. Not even close.”
Godin took his functioning app and launched it at New York Tech Meetup. Then he cofounded a startup, Dispatch.
Now he’s splitting time between a Boston internship at ThoughtBot and preparing for TechStars Demo Day in NYC. He travels back and forth between the two cities, lives in Hastings, New York, and spends weekends working on Dispatch.
Godin started a DJ business when he was 14, but tech has always been his passion. “I’ve always been the nerdy kid who loves the Internet,” Godin tells us. “I’m the person who edits Wikipedia pages.” Earlier this year he found coworking space in New Work City and Loosecubes. “From there it was an easy jump into the New York startup scene. I met tons of people, and I never would have been able to teach myself to code without them,” he says.
Now that the motivated teen is in TechStars (which overlaps with the first month of high school), it seems like Godin could have a blossoming tech career. But Godin’s sights are still set on college.
Or, on going to college. He feels there’s no need to stay all four years.
“I think that applying to college and starting college is incredibly important,” Godin says. “I think that there are connections made in college, and that college provides a great launching pad. The courses in college, I don’t think, are incredibly valuable. Finishing college isn’t important, but starting is. I’m going to apply to college and see where it goes from there.”