We are one big family united by one big dream
Village 88's vision is to incubate and launch businesses that bring positive impact to the world. Since 2011, Village 88 has incubated Coding Dojo, Data Compass, Focus Tracker, and helped start numerous start-ups including Alumnify, SpotTrender, MatrixDS, and others.
Coding Dojo was founded in 2012. Its first campus opened in Mountain View, CA, U.S.A. Then later campuses were opened in Bellevue Washington, Burbank California, Oakland California, Chicago Illinois, Washington DC, Tulsa Arizona, Dallas Texas, Boise Idaho, and Orange County California. Coding Dojo offers various coding curriculum to help people learn how to code in a fully immersive setting. Coding Dojo's learn platform, CRM, its website, and various tools were all built by the Village 88 team.
Data Compass is an assessment platform where hiring managers can know the Programming IQ of their developer candidates. Data Compass outperforms the market by achieving concurrent criterion validation for its Programming IQ assessment. In psychometrics, concurrent criterion validation refers to a comparison between the measure in question and an outcome assessed at the same time. Data Compass completed its concurrent criterion validation study in March 2019.
Focus Tracker is one of the pride of Village88. It's an effective tool to better track employee's worktime, velocity, and productivity. It can track clockin, clockout, time of break, and late hours, as well as which employees are going extra miles. Focus Tracker also allows employers to see all emplyees data according to date: last week data, or last month, and even last year . It's an effective tool for time and productivity tracking.
Get to know the villagers who complete our awesome family
My life mission is to help people. I believe I can do this and contribute to the world by hacking education and leading the thoughts around 'lean education.' What excites me about Village88 is how we can continue creating products to help people.
Village-88 has become my second family, and I consider the people I work with here as my siblings and best friends. As one of the Villagers, I am very grateful for all the memories and experiences I've earned throughout the years. Waking up each day to work with A-Players to build great products that change the world for the better is one of the best things about Village 88.
We may not be the right people, YET, but being part of the Village is a journey. We are part of it every day; we are a part of this family. We will someday find ourselves filling in the right roles at the right time. Let us have fun becoming so.
Being in the village taught me the importance of people, culture, time, respect, and hard work. The first one being the most important, because, without people, there's no such thing as a company or at least in our own language "village."
Village88 never lets you cease learning but teaches you new stuff that makes you grow day by day. For the past years, we have experienced ups and downs, but we strived and kept moving forward. In Village88, you are not just an employee but a family. We are one.
Village88 gave me opportunities to work on different projects. Throughout those years, I struggled a lot, I had many sleepless nights, and I felt like giving up. But it really helped me a lot to gain more experience and improve my programming skills.
I'm so blessed to be a part of the Village88 family for more than 7 years now. I'm grateful for the support of everyone from teammates to the management. Village88 allowed me to fulfill not only my dream career-wise but also my mission in this world.
I don't have just one child; I now have so many children that call me "Mommy O." It sounds funny, but for me, it's sweet of them to treat me like their mother, too. And as a mother, I'm always happy every time they accomplish their tasks.
Village88 is not just an ordinary team, but we are family. If there is one thing that I want to tell anyone who would read this is, "Do not stop dreaming. Life is hard, and there are times that you want to quit, but believe me, there is a reward for everything if you work hard."
The working environment was nice, fun, and, at the same time, encouraging. We realized that there are a lot of things in the IT field that we didn't know yet. Luckily, we are in a place where we can learn and improve our careers and at the same time, be financially stable.
I had previous jobs before Village88, but then I felt like I wasn't learning anything from it anymore. That's why I took a change and trained in Village88. It's been five years since then and I'm truly blessed and glad that I have become a part of this wonderful family.
Village88 changed my life and helped me become who I am now. I am very thankful that I'm a part of Village88's success. I have been part of the village for almost five years now, and I'm proud to say that I'm making an impact on the team.
I have been working with Village88 for four years and six months. I trained again because I had terrible records due to my work hours. But instead of being frustrated, I took it as a challenge.
It is hard to be a software engineer, but with the right environment, right people, to be specific, the Village88 family, around me, I am able to enjoy it and be positive for everything because this company gives me the feeling of having a second family.
My experience in this company these past four years was unforgettable and priceless. They help me grow professionally by honing my skills. Second, they treat me like a family. They respect my ideas and opinions. Lastly, the company helped me become a better person.
Working in Village88 is such a blessing to me. There is fun and sometimes hardship, but I really enjoy working here as days passing by. I am thankful that the V88 family helped me grow to be a good developer and a better individual.
I am beyond blessed to be a part of this small world full of big minds and hearts, skilled, future leaders, life-changers and world shakers people. Whenever I feel demotivated or is having some hard times, I look back on the memories I made with them.
In the four years that I've been with VIllage88, I've learned how to deal with different kinds of problems and personalities. Working here has taught me how to use my basic knowledge in coding and made me grow as a developer.
Every day that I stayed in the office, I always learned something new. I met new friends, they treated me nicely, and they were warm. Village88 is my second family. I'm happy to be part of the village. I will treasure all the experiences and memories here in the village.
I'm thankful to be part of Village88. Thank you for the hard work, and let's continue to make things possible. Without village88, I will not achieve all of this. I salute Michael and John Supsupin for leading us, you guys rock.
It's an honor and privilege to be a part of this team. I enjoy working with every single villager whose goal is always to transform the lives of their family and to make a positive impact on the community where they belong.
I have been in the village for nearly three years, and I have learned a lot about programming, database design, teamwork, and communication with the team. I gained a lot of self-confidence in every success that I made, but I know that I still need to improve.
It's good to think that this family has been a part of my life already. I consider everyone as my family, and I cannot be more thankful for the decision I made to at least try working in this institution. Cheers for more years in the village!
Joining Village88 was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. It was hard at the beginning because I haven't had much experience in web design. But luckily, the villagers, especially John and Jhaver helped me improve my design skills and grow as a professional designer.
I started with close to not knowing anything more than "oh, a website. Okay, bye" to "Hi, team, this is the design." "How's the clickable prototype?" "I'm testing the staging." Comparing my life today from my life before, a used to be a seed is now a fruit-bearing tree.
Indeed, Jaybee and I have plenty of debt of gratitude for Village88. We got married because of Village88. We got jobs because of Village88. We learned different skills and experienced new things because of Village88. It's true that as Village88 grows, the villagers also grow.
My experience in the Village taught me that it's not about where you are or what you're doing but who you're with that makes the journey worthwhile. Because of that, one of my goals in life is also to be a blessing to people who will touch my life.
I am a year old in the village. I am fond of how every villager treats each other with respect, the culture we have in the village, and how hard everyone works in each task assigned to them. I'm thankful for my trainers, they've been great examples to me. I'm grateful to every villager.
The way to Village88 was not easy. Every task during my training was always under time pressure. I also struggled to learn new technology during those times. Finally, in September 2018, I became a regular employee of Village88. At Village88, I have not only found friends but also a family.
I have been working in Village88 for a year now, and I must say this job has given me good opportunities, and as days go by, it also helps me improve my skills and broadens my horizon not just as an employee but also as an individual.
My Experience in Village88 they taught me how to design a web UI/UX in 3 months. In my training journey for designing they also taught me how to code. I'm very thankful to village that I've learned a lot and Improved my designing and programming skills.
During pandemic, the door is closing for my ambition to be a trainer. But when I discovered Village88, they equipped me with both the right technical and soft skills so that I can be effective trainer. I'm blessed to be in my ideal company. Thank you Village88!
Last year, I was happily engaged in my own entrepreneurial journey when I revisited my ultimate must haves for a company to join at. I listed these 1. Visionary leadership that pursues vision aggressively 2. A learning organization not afraid to commit mistakes and take risks to get to the next big thing. 3. A brand that values its people above all else. I found all these in Village 88, and each day I feel more and more that I am right where I should be.
I've been in the village for more than a year now. During this time, I saw how wonderful this family is and how amazing it is to work here with dependable colleagues. And for this short period, I can't believe how much I've grown personally and professionally.
I've been working with Village88 for a year now, and the Village88 family never stopped helping me grow as a developer. Working here is a blessing not only to my career but also to me as a person.
Village88 gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Their training program helped me improve my skills, and it improves more as I work with some of the best devs in the industry. I am blessed that they genuinely care about their employees and help them reach their potential. Thank you, Village88!
The Village88 training program has the finest curriculum that strengthens your coding skills and teaches you the best practices. Besides technical skills, the key lesson that Village88 taught me is that it takes a deep commitment to change and even deeper to grow. I am forever grateful to Village88.
My experience in Village88 is by far undeniably the greatest. The fairness and closeness at work made me much more productive as I am now than I have ever been before. I get the chance to collaborate with incredible and experienced colleagues who never fail to share their expertise for the betterment of one and all.
I was fortunate to find Village88 after graduating from college. Village88 is a company that believes in its people. The work is challenging and rewarding at the same time when you finish your tasks and learn from your own mistakes. Village88 provides a great working environment, and my co-villagers are always willing to assist me in getting things done. I appreciate the great teamwork, fun activities, and most of all, respect for each other.
Working with the Village88 team is truly a blessing to me. I became a software engineer because of their guidance. They taught me the right skills to become a sufficient software engineer, from teaching you hard skills such as programming and database management to soft skills such as communication.
I was skeptical about being a developer at first since I didn't have the degree. Yet, Village88 made everything possible. I'm always excited to learn something new every day, and I'm not afraid to commit mistakes as these are all part of the journey. With this kind of mindset coupled with the right people, I knew Village88 was the one for me.
Working with the Village88 team, even in just a short amount of time, really is a blessing for me. From an aspiring developer, I became an actual developer. Village88 paved the way for me, and I became self-sufficient enough in months. There may be struggles, but I know I can make it because I'm working with the right people.
My ultimate goal in life is to be the best version of myself. Since I joined Village88, that goal became more realistic day after day. I also learned from the village that being the best version of myself is not enough. Helping others intentionally to be the best version of themselves should also be my main goal. Happy camper.
Village88 gives me a lot of learning experience in my developer journey; they give us resources on what is best to know, good to know, and what is not. They also introduce the best practices used in real-world projects. I feel blessed that I have great mentors that treat us as a family and give us a chance to learn more and grow as better developers.
I'm grateful and blessed that Village88 gave me an opportunity to be part of the team. The company didn't focus on what I was lacking but on my potential. They provided all the training materials, and they have amazing mentors. Village88 didn't just give me a job but also a life-changing career.
When the pandemic started, finding a job was really hard, especially when I didn't have any work experience related to the IT Industry. I'm thankful Village88 appeared in my life and gave us this opportunity to be part of this family.
Village88 is a company that gives me a number of opportunities to showcase my talent and help me develop new skills that work in providing mutual benefit to the company and my interest. It was such an incredible experience working with this organization. Words will not be sufficient, and I am warm-heartedly thankful and appreciative for the continuous persistent effort of this company.
Village88 gave me an opportunity to start a new career as a Software Engineer. I am very grateful to this company for providing us with the knowledge and training to improve our programming and communication skills. I am so blessed to utilize these learnings for the company's success.
I'm so blessed to be a part of the Village88 family for more than a decade now. I am proud to be working with young, talented, and good-hearted individuals who always put the team’s interests on top of theirs. We are not just employees, we are family! I'm grateful for the support of everyone -- from teammates to the management. Village88 allowed me to fulfill not only my dream career-wise but also my mission in this world.
Miriam Rivera is co-founder and managing director of Ulu Ventures, an early seed stage venture fund in Silicon Valley focused on IT startups.
Clint Korver is co-founder and managing director of Ulu Ventures, a seed stage venture firm investing in enterprise IT, FinTech, and startups by diverse founders.