Tigran Soyan Co-founder/CEO
Aram Shatakhtsyan Co-founder/CTO
Felix Desroches Co-founder/CPO
CodeFights is a web based platform created to allow developers to improve their coding skills through a game. The user can play either against a timer or challenge other players to a one on one battle. The startup has currently raised 2.5 million dollars from a variety of investors and looks to improve on the existing site as well as increase the types of challenges and coding languages available. During the beta stage of the website CodeFights was visited by 70 000 unique users playing to complete 1500 different coding challenges. Currently CodeFights reports having a community of 300 000 developers. On top of its educational benefits CodeFights has started to be used as a recruiting tool for software firms looking to hire developers for their own companies. The companies set up challenges, and then players complete the tasks and have the option of submitting their results to the prospective employer.
Codefights was co-founded by three people each with a background in coding. Tigran Soyan, the CEO proposed the initial idea for CodeFights for his masters thesis at MIT, however he stopped his masters to begin work at companies like Oracle, and Google. Aram Shataskhtsyan, the CTO drew inspiration for CodeFights from his time participating in mathematics and coding competitions. The third co-founder Felix Desroches, the CPO spent time working for Google and its subsidiaries. When reading the separate biographies of the founders it is clear that all three members have a strong connection to the world of coding and development. The impetus to create a venture of this nature seems to comes from them seeing a portion of the development community that could be improved. If there is one thing to be critical of with this team it would be the fact that none of the three founding members have ever started a company before. This does not preclude them from being quite successful merely that it will be interesting to see how their roles progress as the company grows. It should be stated that they have surrounded themselves with advisors who have a wealth of business experience within their field.
This analysis led me to realize the importance of one’s own passion and experience as they relate to your venture ideas. CodeFights began when three people realized that within their community there was a way to improve how learning was occurring. Drawing from their own passions they came up with an idea and worked to make it a reality. Rather than looking everywhere for the next great idea, a great idea could possibly be right in front of us.