Flatiron School

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Flatiron School
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Available inEnglish
Founded2012; 7 years ago (2012)
Headquarters,
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerWeWork
Founder(s)Adam Enbar, Avi Flombaum
IndustryInternet
Employees151-200
Websitewww.flatironschool.com
Current statusActive

Flatiron School is an educational organization founded in 2012 by Adam Enbar and Avi Flombaum. The organization is based in New York City and teaches software engineering, computer programming, data science, and UX/UI design. In 2017, the company was sued for making false statements about the earning potential of its graduates. It was acquired by WeWork in 2017 and subsequently opened campuses in other cities in the USA.

History[edit]

Flatiron School was founded in 2012 by Adam Enbar and Avi Flombaum. It received two rounds of funding in 2014 and 2015.[1]

In 2017, the New York State Attorney General sued Flatiron School for operating without a license and making false statements about the earning potential of its graduates. The two parties reached a $375,000 settlement. Flatiron School claimed a 98.5% employment rate but this included apprentices and freelance workers, while the claimed average salary of $74,447 only included graduates in full-time employment.[2]

The organization has made efforts to promote parity in tech, working with other companies to sponsor course scholarships for women[3][4], LGBTQ+[5], and members of underserved communities.[6]

Takeovers and acquisitions[edit]

Flatiron School was acquired by WeWork, a collaborative workspace company, in October 2017.[7] Following the acquisition, they launched Access Labs, a joint effort to make tech education accessible to low-income earners in New York.[8] In August 2018, Flatiron School acquired Designation, a Chicago-based UX/UI design school[9], and expanded design courses elsewhere in December 2018.[10]

Since being acquired by WeWork,[7] the company has expanded, opening campuses in Atlanta[11], Austin[12], Chicago[13], Dallas[14], Denver[15], Houston[16], London[17], San Francisco[18], Seattle[19], and Washington, D.C.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flatiron School | Crunchbase". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. ^ Chapman, Ben. "Flatiron coding school to pay $375G for operating without a license, making false claims about its graduates". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  3. ^ reporter, Michelai Graham / (2019-03-12). "Flatiron School and SeatGeek are partnering to offer women in tech $200K in scholarships funds". Technical.ly DC. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  4. ^ "The Citi Blog - Citi Collaborates with Flatiron School to Connect Women with up to $1 Million in Total Scholarships". Citi Blog. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  5. ^ "Coding Scholarship". Out in Tech. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  6. ^ "New Tech Initiative Is Giving $1 Million In Funding Towards Disadvantaged Engineering Students". Black Enterprise. 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  7. ^ a b "WeWork acquires Flatiron School". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  8. ^ contributor, Tyler Woods / (2018-02-22). "WeWork to launch Access Labs, a Flatiron School for low-income New Yorkers". Technical.ly Brooklyn. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  9. ^ "WeWork's Flatiron School Acquires Designation". Cheddar. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  10. ^ School, Charles Poladian, Flatiron. "Announcing Flatiron School's UX/UI Design Immersive for NYC". Switch. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  11. ^ "New coding boot camp in Atlanta is committed to diversifying tech". WXIA. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  12. ^ "Want to get in on Austin's booming tech scene? Here's how". CultureMap Austin. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  13. ^ "WeWork's Flatiron School Is Opening Its 1st Coding Bootcamp in Chicago".
  14. ^ "WeWork's coding college Flatiron School headed to Dallas' Victory Park". Dallas News. 2019-01-29. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  15. ^ "WeWork-backed bootcamp coding school opening in Denver". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  16. ^ "NY coding school kicks off Houston expansion as Facebook aims to train 1M workers". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  17. ^ "WeWork expands its Flatiron School education business to London with £1M in scholarships". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  18. ^ "10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (June 7, 2019)". National Real Estate Investor. 2019-06-07. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  19. ^ "WeWork-owned coding bootcamp Flatiron School expands to west coast with new Seattle location". GeekWire. 2018-09-17. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  20. ^ reporter, Stephen Babcock / (2018-01-12). "The Flatiron School's DC location will be at WeWork White House". Technical.ly DC. Retrieved 2019-03-21.