Teaching Ventures Catch the Programming Wave

With computer programmers in demand, new start-ups that aim to train people in coding skills are also becoming hot properties.

Ventures that teach computer programming, design and other once-nerdy skills to the masses are surfacing nationwide and drawing interest from Bay Area investors. Many of the investors want to cash in on a technology-driven sea change in learning that will allow consumers to cultivate a broad array of skills online and help ease Silicon Valley’s talent crunch.

Treehouse Island Inc. launched last month with $600,000 from West Coast investors including Greylock Partners and Social+Capital Partnership.

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