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Welcome to another episode of Category Visionaries — the show that explores GTM stories from tech’s most innovative B2B founders. In today’s episode, we’re speaking with Sophie Novati, CEO and Founder of Formation, a virtual fellowship program for software engineers that has raised $9 Million in funding.

Here are the most interesting points from our conversation:

  • Tech-Driven Education: Sophie emphasizes the importance of using engineering and product thinking to solve education problems at scale, leading to Formation’s adaptive learning platform.
  • Unconditional Support: Formation offers unlimited technical training until participants secure a signed offer letter, a unique value proposition in the training program space.
  • Dynamic Curriculum: Every lesson and assignment at Formation is dynamically computed based on individual performance, ensuring personalized and effective learning experiences.
  • Mentorship Model: Formation’s mentors, who are compensated but primarily driven by impact, provide just-in-time mentorship based on students’ real-time needs and challenges.
  • Navigating Market Changes: Sophie discusses how the current job market has become more competitive, necessitating longer job hunts and more rigorous preparation for software engineers.
  • Commitment to DEI: Formation partners with companies like Netflix to support diversity hiring initiatives, aiming to build a more inclusive and equitable workforce.

 

Actionable
Takeaways

Implement Adaptive Learning:

Use technology to create a dynamic curriculum that adapts to individual performance, ensuring personalized learning experiences and better outcomes.

Offer Unconditional Support:

Provide continuous, tailored support until participants achieve their goals, rather than setting a fixed timeframe for training programs.

Leverage Just-In-Time Mentorship:

Pair learners with mentors who can provide immediate, relevant guidance based on recent performance and challenges, enhancing the impact of mentorship.

Focus on High Leverage Actions:

Identify and target high leverage areas within your mission to maximize impact, such as removing barriers to education for underrepresented groups.

Adapt to Market Changes:

Stay observant and flexible, adjusting your strategies and support structures in response to evolving market conditions to better serve your audience.

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