Coding is not just for engineers and computer programmers: the speed of technology and its increasing ubiquity means that even in non-tech roles, workers need to have some degree to do their job in the future. Today a company called SoloLearn – which has created a popular mobile-first learning platform to meet demand, is now advertising more than 21 million users in over 25 curriculum classes such as Python, JavaScript, Java, C ++, HTML and SQL. 24 million in funding to expand its business.

Drive Capital led Sololarn’s previous $ 1.2 million Series A round in 2016 with the participation of past supporters. These include Sikh Capital and Process Ventures.

Notably, Drive Capital, outside of Columbus, Ohio, was co-founded by two Sequoia households, with a mission to focus on founders outside the “normal” hub. That’s exactly what they’ve done here: Sololnarn comes from Yerevan, Armenia, which has produced a lot of engineering talent, but interestingly not many startups. (PixArt, which is also really headquartered in San Francisco, may be the biggest name to come out of there.)

SoloLearn was founded and is currently headed by Yeva Hushyan, who tells me that the incentive for the company while working for the micro .ft in the country came out of a previous project, a startup accelerator.

One side effort was the coding bootcamp that would be entrepreneurial to help the upskill put together. The bootcamp eventually made its living, reaching out to the country’s tech companies, and especially the capital city, Houston to find interesting candidates for jobs, and soon after recruiting and training people in specific areas on behalf of the tech companies. Themselves. In the process, the accelerator began to create tools that could be used outside the classroom. Through it all, Hughes said she realized she just had a chance to focus on this herself. And thus Sololarn was born.

Now I know what you should think at the moment: there are already dozens, maybe hundreds, of the right c online coding courses and tools on the market? Why one more fund?

The key to what Sololarn does is that it has taken a realistic approach: people on mobile want a short blast, so coding education on that platform should follow from that. “Lessons” as they come in bite-size engagements, which can be passed in minutes if needed. Its target users, equally divided, are those who focus on learning deeply about coding, and non-technical people, who are trying to learn some specific skills for their jobs, and she said that both are structured. .

“Everyone was critical of the idea of ​​learning coding on a mobile screen, so we created a compiler a few years ago.” “But trust me, the younger generation prefers to code on mobile. It is as common as desktop. You will be surprised to find thousands of lines of code on the phone. “

The duolingo-like approach to the curriculum is followed by the fact that there are no formal formal “teachers” but if people need help they can turn to others in the Solol Arn community. Assistants are encouraged, Hushyn said, “because they learn and they get recognition from the community.”

“The best helpers are community influencers, experts who work with us for free and basically help everyone. They are our best and most influential members, ”he added.

The formula seems to have worked. Sololarn is adding 200,000 to 300,000 new users every month, 300% more active users than last year, he said. The 21 million people who are already using the platform necessarily gravitate to it by word of mouth. (Now it will definitely change that Sololar has created this big circle …)

The potential audience is a huge one. “Billions will need skills again in the next 10 years,” Hughes said, with the implication that Solilarn (and others like him) will play the role of skilling again. “We feel that the era of institutional education is over. No single organization, not even a consortium, can meet that demand. “

The company also sees a lot of traction for learning in platform-specific languages, such as C # and Swift for Apple Paul iOS, Kotlin for Android, and Go for Google Cloud Computing, both of which will continue to expand funding. Languages, corresponding education in even more specific job categories.

With Dulingo and other bite-sized content players, which are seeing great growth, there is a lot of potential in the academic field and especially with Sololarn.

Masha Khusid, partner at Drive Capital, said in a statement that Sololarn provides instruction to build a habit of size bites, a warm and supportive community and content created by a surprising user. “And with Sololar bringing the same proven approach to such a profound impact on the financial futures of millions, it’s especially exciting and rewarding that they’re going to be their Series B lead.”