StudyMode Named One of Los Angeles’ Best Places to Work

Landed #7 in the Best Small Business Category

LOS ANGELES, August 28, 2014– StudyMode, an ed-tech company dedicated to helping students succeed in school, has been named one of 2014’s Best Places to Work in Los Angeles. The program, created by the Los Angeles Business Journal and Best Companies Group, is in its eighth year. StudyMode has been placed number seven out of a list of 21 in the Best Small Business category.

“At StudyMode, the people are the most important asset we have,” said Blaine Vess, Co-founder and CEO of StudyMode. “We’re continually focused on investing in training and development to the benefit of our employees and our company.”

StudyMode, founded in 1999, is headquartered in West Hollywood. Vess and his team have created a collaborative work environment that encourages self-direction and personal responsibility. StudyMode employees enjoy perks including regular catered lunches, massage chairs, flexible hours, fully paid health coverage for employees and their dependents, and a casual dress code.

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Survey Says: The vast majority of students have not had the opportunity to learn to code.

Six in 10 Students Think Coding Will Be a  Competitive Advantage to Job Hunters; Only 23 Percent Know How to Code

Study shows 59 percent of students who don’t code would like to learn but haven’t had the opportunity

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19, 2014 – StudyMode, an ed-tech company dedicated to helping students succeed in school, today announced the results of its “Student Psyche Report” on students and coding, which asked approximately 1,000 student members about their experience with computer programming. The study found that while 61 percent of students believe coding will be a competitive advantage when they are ready to find a job, less than one-quarter (23 percent) currently know at least one programming language, with the number dropping to one-fifth (20 percent) among high school students.

Students do not know how to code (Infographic)

Among students who don’t know how to code, 59 percent said they’d like to learn how, but haven’t had the opportunity, and 30 percent said they’re just not interested in learning. Only 8 percent said they’d tried and found it too hard. Of those who do code, more than half (54 percent) learned in school, and three in 10 (30 percent) are self-taught.

Most students believe the jobs of the future will involve coding. Two-thirds (67 percent) think that some or almost all jobs will require coding by the time they’ve finished their education. When it comes to their own personal futures, however, students are less certain. Thirty-seven percent say it’s somewhat or very likely that their future careers will require coding, while 32 percent think it’s somewhat or very unlikely, and another 30 percent aren’t sure either way.

“I know from personal experience how important coding skills are in today’s world,” said StudyMode co-founder and CEO Blaine Vess. “I taught myself to code in college and today and its sister sites help more than 90 million students each month. I’m glad to see that so many students today recognize its importance, and hope that number will grow in the future.”

Other StudyMode findings include:

Coding Skills between Males and Females (Infographic)

  • Across all educational levels, men are more likely than women to be coders—31 percent of male students said they know how to program, compared to just 18 percent of female students
  • While 59 percent of student coders know how to develop for at least one mobile platform, only one quarter (25 percent) know how to develop for iOS—while 33 percent know how to develop for Android and 32 percent for Windows
  • Nearly six in 10 (59 percent) learned to code between the ages of 11 and 18, with another 30 percent learning at age 19 or older. Five percent started early, at age 7 or younger.
  • More than half of students who code (51 percent) say they learned because they enjoy it. A pragmatic 43 percent learned because they think it will be useful to their career.



In July 2014, StudyMode surveyed approximately 1,000 student members. The sample set represents males and females ranging from high school through college. Approximately 40 percent of respondents indicated they were in college; 34 percent indicated high school; 20 percent indicated graduate school and 6 percent indicated 8th grade or below. Respondents were predominantly female (57 percent).


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