By Marcia Pledger, The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio – David Wintrich noticed the shortage of software developers when he was heading a team that built a $100 billion application for the U.S. Treasury called Pay.gov. And while at the top of his career, he quit to teach others.
It was an easier decision than he thought. The more he found himself in management meetings , the less time he spent working directly with people who developed a program with about a million lines of code – necessary to process payments for things such as national park fees and student loan payments.
He jumped at the chance to become the chief academic officer and co-founder of a fast-paced, boot camp-style program that coaches students to become software developers. Now he’s an entrepreneur of a startup.
“I was spending more time attending meetings and drawing pictures, but my passion was with mentoring and teaching developers to create things,” said Wintrich, 36. “At the same time, boot camps were springing up all over the country and we didn’t have one here.”