Code.org, the non-profit created by entrepreneurs Ali and Hadi Partovi, has struck a nerve with its video about the importance of computer science education. The video, which was released earlier this week, has already been viewed more than five million times. (across various platforms).
Of course, it didn’t hurt that the video — directed by Lesley Chilcott, the producer of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth — features cameos by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates; Valve CEO Gabe Newell; basketball star Chris Bosh and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The Partovis also are taking their campaign to Reddit today, hosting a Q&A session beginning at 10:30 a.m.
“I’ve never pitched an idea that has been easier to sell,” Hadi Partovi told GeekWire earlier this week when asked about the power brokers he’s lined up behind Code.org.
Among the advisors to the non-profit are Marc Andreessen; Square CEO Jack Dorsey; Dropbox CEO Drew Houston; angel investor Ron Conway; Paypal co-founder Max Levchin and many others. In addition, more than 260,000 people have signed a petition on Code.org’s Web site calling for more computer science education.