Formation

About

Funding: Seed - $5M
Investors:  Andreessen Horowitz
Location: San Francisco
New York
Seattle
Team Size: 15
Eng Size: 5
Tech Stack: React, Node

Mission

Formation is on a mission to build a more equitable tech industry by helping exceptional engineers land life-changing roles. Backed by A16Z and founded by ex-Facebook engineers, they are building a platform that combines adaptive learning technology with a mentorship network of industry experts to create personalized, online training programs for job seekers at scale. 

Product

Formation is a platform that combines adaptive learning technology with a mentorship network of industry experts to create personalized, online training programs for job seekers at scale. They use adaptive technologies to assess candidates on hundreds of skills, dynamically match them with mentors and peers, collect feedback from the mentorship session and provide them with a customizable learning roadmap.

Vision

As early engineers at Facebook and Nextdoor, the founding team collectively interviewed thousands of software engineering candidates and noticed the same skill gaps popping up over and over. They found that existing programs were not training engineers in real production environments and were skipping over important computer science fundamentals. As a result, graduates were often unprepared for the engineering job market.

In 2020, they founded Formation and launched their flagship Fellowship. In the Fellowship, the learner is at the center of their journey. Instead of a one-size-fits-all curriculum, the platform leverages adaptive learning technology to pinpoint personal areas of weakness. Fellows are mentored in the target areas and are reliably prepared to be competitive at a top-tier bar.