Treehouse, an online technology school operating out of Portland Oregon, was founded by Ryan Carson in 2011. The online technology school offers courses to beginners and advanced students on coding, in order to help them learn web design and development, as well as mobile and game development.
The purpose of the online school is to helps adults go from ‘’zero to job ready’’ in designing and coding, in order to give them the tools they need to find meaningful employment in these fields (which many see as the jobs of the 21st century.)
The name Treehouse was used to help reflect ‘’the wonder of learning as a child.’’ The school offers videos, quizzes, and coding challenges. More than just helping students, the company also assists schools and businesses in learning these 21st century skills.
But more than just providing the necessary skills, Treehouse also strives to provide affordable education to people in order to acquire these skills, something which is one of their companies main priorities.
CEO and Founder
Ryan Carson graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University. Like many entrepreneurs, his idea started from humble beginnings: ‘’it started with me in a little desk in my hallway,’’ Carson remembers. The original idea wasn’t at first ‘’Treehouse’’ but a string of different smaller companies Nevertheless, as Carson writes, one of his main motivations was to ‘’create the future of education.’’ The ‘’future’’ of education, Carson believes, will consist of online learning (hence Treehouses offering of online videos as their primary teaching vehicle). He also believes that many of the jobs of the future will be in technology.
Treehouse was the culmination of years of work and ideas, all starting after finishing school with a degree in Computer Science.
The workplace culture of Treehouse and its team is one of its highlights. The workweek at the company lasts four days. While this can add some pressure to finish projects sooner, the added benefit, it is hoped, will prove fruitful. This was one of the ideas behind the Treehouse structure: how much more can companies give, if their employees are not exhausted, a question Carson first pondered after a hard workplace experience early in life.
In fact, Carlson operates out of Portland, Oregon, to avoid the 24/7 rush and hustle of the Silicon Valley atmosphere.