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Growth Story: Jake Stodgel of DigitalCrafts

Welcome to our Growth Story series, where you’ll meet startup team members—either natives, boomerangs or transplants—in Tampa-St. Petersburg who are building and scaling their ventures to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. We interviewed Jake Stodgel, Operations Manager of DigitalCrafts, a top-rated coding bootcamp, with campuses in Tampa, Atlanta and Houston, delivering training, up-skilling and job placement services.


Where are you from?

I'm originally from Pekin, Illinois


What were you doing previously and what inspired you to launch your DigitalCrafts location?

I was consulting for organizations focusing on organizational change methods, technology projects and policy writing before launching the DigitalCrafts location in Tampa.


What pain point is your company solving? 

DigitalCrafts is working on receiving a State of Florida continuing education certification which has been postponed due to COVID-19. Another issue was taking all of our programs from in-person to online and making sure everyone receives the same service they had when they were learning in-person.


What gets you excited to go to work every day?

What excites me about coming to work everyday is that we are always faced with new challenges and opportunities. We also have a bold mission of impacting the lives of 10,000 builders. This excites me that we get to help people re-skill and/or help individuals find a career that may better their lives.


Name the biggest challenge you faced in the process of launching the company. How did you overcome it?

One challenge and responsibility that we have is to help break the social barriers in the tech related field. We currently offer scholarships to all persons who identify as female and work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to and give full-ride scholarships to veterans looking to re-skill and find a new job.


Where do you see your company headed next?

We will continue to grow in building new campuses across the country. We would like to provide more services such as hiring out skilled developers to organizations needing short or long term assistance on projects.


Give us a tactical piece of advice that you’d share with another startup operator just starting out.

Everyone has a story worth listening to. Never miss out on an opportunity to find out someone’s story because one day, you might be a part of it.


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