Leading education platform Interview Kickstart, used by engineers to level up and secure careers in the fastest-growing technology companies, announces it has raised a $10 million funding round from Blume Ventures, their largest opening investment to date.

As businesses integrate Artificial Intelligence technology with increased velocities, working professionals striving for a career in big tech face an uphill battle landing the most sought-after jobs. Interview Kickstart has helped over 20,000 tech workers ‘uplevel’ through programs spanning a variety of tech skills including AI, receiving job offers over $250,000, with the highest compensation being $1.2m.

Through its unparalleled training programs spanning AI, Machine Learning, Data Science, Engineering, and Product Management, Interview Kickstart has solidified its position as the go-to platform for global tech workers to level up for a career in big tech and AI companies, with their graduates landing top jobs at companies like Google, Meta, Amazon, Netflix, AirBnB, Uber, Apple, Lyft and LinkedIn.

With the recent $10 million funding round from Blume Ventures, Interview Kickstart will establish itself as the largest player in the US market, propagating the expansion of its platform globally.

Commenting about the funding round, Karthik Reddy, Managing Partner at Blume Ventures said:

"Interview Kickstart presented a unique opportunity. The company has been bootstrapped and profitable for several years and the founders have built an incredible proposition and community. The investment is a testament to our belief in Interview Kickstart's mission and track record of delivering career-shifting impact to professionals. They’ve had a huge impact on professionals arming themselves with new skills and opportunities to thrive in the fiercely competitive tech industry. Soham and Ryan are well placed to scale this to become one the greatest scale stories of the decade."

Interview Kickstart: Facilitating AI learning and employment opportunities for engineers

Interview Kickstart has seen its customers get job offers over $250,000, with the highest compensation received being over $1.2 million. In several instances, these working professionals have seen their compensation double after leveling up through Kickstart’s courses designed and taught by a pool of 500+ instructors from FAANG companies (Facebook/Meta, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google and other top tier tech companies). Additionally, courses are offered in new disciplines such as Gen AI, serving to future-proof their careers.

Interview Kickstart was founded by Soham Mehta (formerly with Box, eBay and Microsoft) and Ryan Valles (formerly with Accel Partners and CEO of dealsandyou.com). Their mission was to build a platform allowing software engineers to keep pace with the industry and reach the highest bar in their careers, securing jobs at tech companies with 2% - 5% application acceptance rates.

According to Soham Mehta, Co-founder at Interview Kickstart:

In a world where Big Tech is the force behind the rapid pace of tech innovation, including the significant platform shift that Generative AI brings about, there has never been a more substantial need for the 22 million software engineers worldwide to focus on building the essential skills that are emerging out of top tech companies to stay relevant and Level Up. Interview Kickstart is uniquely poised to dominate that enormous opportunity.”

Today, Interview Kickstart is the only education platform that enables working professionals to learn the scaled thinking and advanced technical and problem-solving skills required to achieve careers at these companies – delivered by those who have already achieved them.

There is a Power Law at play for jobs. Top tech companies pay 2-3 times as much as others and offer massive wealth-creating opportunities via stock option plans. Interview Kickstart, with our instructors and partners, aims to help working tech professionals prepare for these compelling opportunities. For instance, a working professional, Christian, recently got an offer of $380k at a FAANG company, which was more than double what he earned before going through Interview Kickstart. Our constant focus on profitability and strong unit economics, along with this growth investment from Blume, will help us amplify and expand this mission”, says Ryan Valles, Co-founder at Interview Kickstart.

About Blume Ventures

Blume Ventures is an early-stage venture fund that backs startups with both funding as well as active mentoring. Blume typically invests in Seed and pre-Series A rounds in tech-led startups led by founders obsessed with solving hard problems.

Blume presently invests out of Fund IV, a $300M vehicle supported by leading institutional LPs and family offices. With the close of Fund IV, Blume now has an AUM (Assets Under Management) of over $600m, managed by an investment team based across Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, and San Francisco. Some of the leading startups we have backed included Purplle, Unacademy, Spinny, slice, Carbon Clean, and GreyOrange.