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How I Scaled Service PODCAST

Episode 2: Accessible, High-Quality Education in Software Engineering
Featuring Sylvain Kalache, Co-Founder of Holberton School


"Even if you failed, you didn't fail... you learned" -Sylvain

In this episode, your host, Genesis Amaris Kemp speaks with Holberton’s Sylvain Kalache about software engineering, making education in the software engineering space more accessible, accessible and high-quality education, and more. Check out Holberton at

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ABOUT Sylvain Kalache

Sylvain is an Entrepreneur and a Software Engineer who has worked in the Tech industry for more than a decade. He is the Co-Founder of Holberton, an education company providing tools, curricula, and teaching methodology to train the next generation of digital talent at scale. Holberton educates thousands of students in 9 countries, hired by the best tech companies like Google, Rappi, Tesla, Apple, and NASA.

Prior to Holberton School, he joined SlideShare in 2011 as a DevOps Engineer to support the infrastructure that served 3 billion slides every month. The company was acquired by LinkedIn in 2012 where he worked for 3 years as a senior software engineer. He co-founded while42, a non-profit organization which became the largest community of french software engineers, located in 40 cities with 3,000 members.

He has a Master in Computer Science from SUPINFO, studied in France, China (Hebei University of Technology), and the US (Dominican University).

Show notes + LINKs

Our interview was so enlighting and valuable as we discussed things like:

  • How Sylvain pivoted from software engineer to entrepreneur

  • Why you need to have passion for the business you want start

  • The importance of representing all types of people in your business

  • Creating a high quality brand that's accessible to all & then making that brand known

  • How to build a business off of feedback

...and so much more!


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