Our Beginnings

During the financial crisis of 2008, Larry Apke lost his job through no fault of his own and then his house.  In 2016, Larry began giving back by teaching free Agile and Scrum classes to mostly unemployed people of all ages which resulted in about 40% of participants gaining hi-tech jobs.  One year later Larry moved to the Bay Area with his family and in 2018 The Job Hackers received formal nonprofit status. We teach our participants valuable knowledge about software development to prepare them for real-world jobs and further work with them and employers to ensure the proper placement of all participants.   Our ultimate goal is to pay participants to attend our class and encourage workforce re-entry with paid internships.

Our Mission

It is the mission of The Job Hackers to provide individuals with the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the complex world of knowledge work. We do this by not only giving our participants valuable knowledge about software development to prepare them for real-world jobs, but working with them and employers to ensure the proper placement of the participants. We believe in the power of proper education to imbue its participants with skills the market is happy to pay for. It is because of this the education given to people in transition is without cost. The Job Hackers model is to not receive compensation for their valuable training until our participants are placed in a job matching their training.

Meet the Team

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Larry Apke

President/CEO

Larry has been working in software development for over 20 years with the last 10+ years involved with Agile software development. His consulting experience includes time with Oracle, Apple, American Express, USAA and many other organizations.
His past includes stints as a Director of Software Development, licensed nursing home administrator, entrepreneur and high school teacher to name just a few. He received his BA from Kenyon College.

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Dave Rawlings

Co-founder / CFO / COO

Before co-founding TheJobHackers as CFO and COO, Dave served in a variety of leadership and sales positions at Pareteum, Nexmo, Talk Free, Sygate, Healthline, Blue Titan, Mindfabric, and PeerLogic.
Dave began his career at Barclays Investment Bank in NYC covering tech and telecom.  Dave has a BA in Business Administration from Miami University and an MBA from Tulane University.