Leading the Herd: 2013 at the Ranch
For Big Nerd Ranch, the last year was full of teaching, developing apps and learning from one another. We published books, added courses and—well, we’ll let the numbers speak for themselves.
At the Ranch
We’ve grown to 118 brilliant, kind and hardworking Nerds. In the fall, we announced a new structure for our team that allows us to solve more problems, explore new technologies, develop new courses and write more Big Nerd Ranch Guides.
It takes a lot to fuel our Nerdy endeavors: We ate 442 pounds of lunch meat in 2013, and drank 7,150 bottles of Arden’s Garden juices.
We’re also powered by caffeine. We love our coffee, and it shows: from pour-overs to lattes made with our full-size espresso machine, we have 10 ways to brew it.
But don’t worry; we found ways to work it all off. We ran a combined total of more than 1,000 miles on our Wednesday after-work runs, and sent teams of Nerds to events ranging from neighborhood 5ks to the Peachtree Road Race, Bay To Breakers, the Twin Cities Marathon and more.
We taught about 100 bootcamps at our Ranches, where students learned everything from Android to Ruby on Rails development.
We held 100 corporate training classes around the world. Our experts taught classes everywhere from South Korea to Sweden to Trinidad and Tobago—and more.
We helped Facebook go mobile by training more than 700 of their employees.
Our blog reached new heights with 150 posts that ran the gamut from nerdy tips and tricks to stories from our students and reports on what it’s like to work at Big Nerd Ranch.
In 2013, we developed 47 apps for our consulting clients and worked in 200 Github repositories.
We like code blocks and we cannot lie. Our first Nerdy music video, Cocoa Got Blocks, launched.
2013 was a great year for us, and we look forward to all that 2014 will bring!