Hansel Lynn is the Founder and CEO of The Coder School. Prior to founding Hansel has worked at various high tech companies ranging from Nuance Communications (the people behind Siri) and Accenture (the people behind 100 hour work weeks), and graduated from WashU in St. Louis with a Comp Sci degree. He’s fluent in Cantonese, can fake it with Mandarin, and is an avid endurance athlete, having finished ultra-running’s premier event, the Western States 100 miler, and a recent Ironman to boot. Hansel currently lives in Palo Alto with his uber-supportive wife Lisa and three awesome kids.
[0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Hansel Lynn, the Founder and CEO of The Coder School.
[2:14] Josh welcomes Hansel to Franchise Euphoria.
[2:47] Hansel shares how he and his business partner, Wayne, came up with the concept for The Coder School about five years ago.
[5:02] Prior to founding The Coder School, he worked previously as a School of Rock franchisee which was his first exposure in the franchising industry.
[6:03] Hansel walks through the process of the services offered at The Coder School and touches on how this has been modified due to COVID-19.
[8:55] In the beginning, Hansel and Wayne were doing a lot of the coaching for their classes, but they found that the key has been ensuring your staff has very disparate skills.
[11:49] Prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, Hansel’s philosophy had been structured around an in-person experience. However, after rolling out a virtual experience due to government shutdowns, he’s found it works better than expected and plans to use a hybrid approach going forward.
[15:57] When they first started franchising The Coder School, they took a very organic approach to spreading the word about the franchise and invested less than $1,000 in social marketing.
[18:25] The biggest quality The Coder School looks for in their franchisees is passion.
[21:22] The Coder School is currently developing some premade content to supplement their typical services.
[22:58] If you want to learn more about The Coder School, visit their website listed below.
[23:48] Thanks for listening, and please, reach out to Josh anytime through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you enjoyed this interview, please leave us a review on iTunes.
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