About Us

Our Beginnings

The Job Hackers was founded in October 2017 and obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in February 2018. Our grassroots organization provides free training to increase diversity and inclusion at technology companies. To date, the nonprofit has trained over 3000 unemployed people in Agile, Scrum and modern behavioral theories. As a result, over 41% of participants gain employment mostly as Project Managers, Scrum Masters and Product Owners within 90 days of taking the class.

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. This is delivered by not only giving our participants valuable knowledge about software development to prepare them for real-world jobs, but by working with them and employers to ensure the proper placement of participants. Monthly Meet-ups are organized bringing past and present students together to hear updates and trends from keynote market leaders. All classes and Meet-ups are held remotely by Zoom or in donated space.

Our Founders

Larry Apke

Chief Agile Officer

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.

Dave Rawlings

Chief of Operations

Before co-founding The Job Hackers, 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.

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