This is how Geeklama.com
, our programming school for schoolchildren, appeared. We worked hard, prepared everything: programmes, teachers, found the first students and some room for studying. The launch was scheduled for 7 March, 2020. And what do you think happened? The Covid-19 quarantine began :) We thought for a week and launched everything online. And then we thought a little more: everything we have is in English... And we decided to launch the school in the USA!
We already didn't have enough time, so we were joined by Max Glagolev, Aizhan Ibraimova, Dinara Ermakova and Nastya Chumik (they all are from Skoltech). It was difficult, but everything went pretty well. Our retention rate (the percentage of returns, meaning the students who decided to continue studying with us and buy another course) is more than 90%, and in the first month of work in the United States, we already made our way to becoming Facebook's perks and benefits partner — it's a list of partner companies that Facebook recommends to its employees.
Now we are expanding even more. Recently we translated the program into Russian and launched it in Russia, and a week ago we entered Qatar's market. Saudi Arabia is also among our short-term plans. We have fine teachers from the world's leading IT companies and universities. It sounds like it's out of this world and so it is! But in fact, this is a lot of work.