E111: Sylvain Kalache, Co-Founder of Holberton School – Interview

May 16, 2017


This interview is with Sylvain Kalache. Sylvain is a co-Founder of the Holberton School. They have quite an interesting business model. They have a two year program to train people to become software developers. And it’s free. Instead of tuition, the school takes a 17% cut of the first 3 years of salary. That sounds like a nice deal. Their acceptance rate is super low.

Listen to this podcast to learn more about the Holberton School and Sylvain’s vision for it.

Here are some other things we talked about:

-What was your favorite city to live in?
-What percentage of applicants do you accept?
-Where do your students find jobs? It’s impressive.
-How does it work? Number of months of classes, internship?
-Do you want to train people for other fields beyond software engineering?