Neal Sales-Griffin is CEO of CodeNow, a New York-based nonprofit that teaches coding to kids. He also teaches an entrepreneurship course as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University.
Before CodeNow, Sales-Griffin co-founded The Starter League, a coding and entrepreneurship school that was one of the first tenants in 1871. Since opening in 2011, the school has launched several companies, including one that raised nearly $1 million in venture capital.
He and co-founder Mike McGee, who also works at CodeNow, met while students at Northwestern University.
“The way we work well together is, we share the same belief,” Sales-Griffin told the Tribune. “That belief is that the world will be better if people can solve problems with code.”
In 2013, the school began offering intensive nine-month Starter School courses that focus on business-skills, plus start-to-finish product development and back-end functioning via Ruby on Rails.
Sales-Griffin and McGee sold the Starter League to the Fullstack Academy in March 2016 for an undisclosed sum. He still advises Fullstack but isn’t on its payroll.
Sales-Griffin previously worked as an analyst with Chicago venture firm and startup incubator Sandbox Industries. While a student at Northwestern, he researched video games, technology and for-profit education startups for OCA Ventures.
He lives in Chicago.