Sam Kroonenburg, Co-Founder & CEO
Nowadays, it seems like everything is in the cloud such as phone backups, family photos and — for more and more companies — their most valuable asset: data. Enterprise workloads continue to move to the cloud at an enormous pace, requiring a new set of IT skills to design, manage, and secure applications. However, it is one thing to use the cloud while it is another to understand it. Companies don’t always have experts at the cutting edge of AWS, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure to leverage those tools, and serverless architecture can be a bit nebulous for the uninitiated.
Founded in 2015, A Cloud Guru is teaching the world to cloud. A Cloud Guru was started by Sam Kroonenburg and former Microsoft lead engineer Ryan Kroonenburg (his brother) after Ryan struggled to find affordable, useful learning resources for cloud app development. He recorded A Cloud Guru’s first class in a makeshift studio from his London apartment over six weeks and submitted it to a popular training site, where it went on to attract over 8,000 paying customers.
A Cloud Guru offers certification courses covering a range of IT domains and cloud platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. Members obtain unlimited access to an up-to-date library of cloud education content for all skill levels including intro courses, deep dives, and weekly tech series for continuous learning. For instance, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certification is fast becoming the must-have certificates for any IT professional working with AWS. In this course, ACG starts with a broad overview of the AWS platform and then deep dives into the individual elements of the AWS platform by exploring Route53, EC2, S3, Cloud Front, Autoscaling, Load Balancing, RDS, RedShift, DynamoDB, EMR, VPC, etc.
Most lectures are five to twelve minutes long, with almost no lecture being over 20 minutes in length.
With the goal of better-educating engineers on cloud services, ACG’s self-styled social learning platform uniquely enables organizations to develop their existing employees’ cloud skills and provide ongoing training to ensure continued aptitude in cloud architecture. The firm has launched ACG for Business as well, a premium learning management and talent development service that counts Dow Jones, Capital One’s DevExchange, Expedia, Women Who Code, and Qualcomm among its clients. ACG’s Accelerator Program takes a sprint-based, metrics-driven approach to getting enterprise teams cloud-ready in a way that’s easy to implement and easy to scale. The Accelerator Program uses foundational, beginner cloud certifications to establish a common understanding of how the cloud works throughout the entire organization. By ensuring corporate teams are trained from a consistent knowledge base, its Accelerator Program establishes a common cloud language throughout the organization, creating a launching point for stronger collaboration, better team cohesion, and enhanced productivity. ACG has successfully helped Fortune 500 companies build strong cloud foundations and attract and retain cutting-edge talent using its Accelerator Program.
Recently ACG announced that it had raised $33 million in growth equity financing led by Summit Partners, with contributions from AirTree Ventures and Elephant. The fresh capital brings the startup’s total raised to roughly $40 million. “We are eager to continue building our engineering, content, and go-to-market teams to support our customers and we are now even better positioned to help more businesses and individuals learn to cloud,” says Sam Kroonenburg, CEO and co-founder of A Cloud Guru. ACG will accelerate hiring, expand its content library with specialized programs, and build features targeting enterprise customers.
ACG has already helped more than 850,000 users acquire the skills and certifications needed to pursue meaningful careers in the cloud. In addition to its Austin, Texas headquarters, A Cloud Guru has offices in Washington, D.C., Melbourne, and London. As cloud services become increasingly common across many different industries, A Cloud Guru continues to help both individuals and organizations quickly gain the skills they need to thrive in an ever-changing technical landscape.