Craig Bryant

Craig co-founded We Are Mammoth in Chicago and is the founder and product manager of Kin. After 14 years in the software world, he still wakes up each day feeling like the internet is something new. He enjoys the perpetual stream of technology, people, curiosity, and design.


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What are you most excited about teaching?

A great product is critical to a company's acclaim and financial success. But I believe the most important ingredient to long-term fulfillment for any company is building a great place to work at. I want to show every student at Starter School that behind every successful software business is a proactive workplace. Culture isn't some vapor that magically appears one day. It's always there, and there are proven methods for nurturing it and ensuring it creates a positive experience for the entire staff.

What expectations will you have of your students?

Building a company where people love to work requires discipline, modesty, and a willingness to adapt as a founder. I expect every student I work with to understand the value and craft in the lowliest of responsibilities. Successful founders can perform any job at their company because they've done them all.

What have you been working on lately?

Kin has been my pursuit since mid-2012. It's the simple stuff that employers do or don't do well that has the biggest impact on an employees experience at a company. Kin helps small companies do an excellent job onboarding new hires, organizing employee data and documents, and managing time off.



Tuition for Starter School is $12,000 per quarter, excluding housing, materials, and personal expenses. A refundable deposit of $3,000 will be required in order to confirm your acceptance. One week before the start of each quarter a payment of $12,000 must be made. For example, the Winter quarter begins on January 6, so a payment of $12,000 would be due no later than December 30.

Cost Breakdown
Fall quarter -$12,000
Winter quarter $12,000
Spring quarter $12,000
Total $24,000

Do you offer loans and scholarships?

Currenty we don't offer loans or financial aid. However, we are actively working with loan providers and the government to make Starter School more affordable. In the meantime, please reach out to us at so we can learn more about your situation.

How have other students financed their tuition?

Our students have creatively raised funds for Starter School in numberous ways. They've sourced online donations, secured company sponsorship, created friends and family loans, and even sold their cars. The students who have given up the most tend to get the most out of the program. They treat it like a serious, life-changing investment— which is exactly what it is.

A New Way to Pay For Starter School

We are excited to announce a partnership with Upstart, a platform that allows individuals to get financial investment to pursue their dream careers. This partnership allows current students and future Starter School students to raise funding for Starter School tuition.

Here are the requirements to qualify for Upstart:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident currently living in the US
  2. Be at least 18 years old;
  3. Have a valid e-mail account;
  4. Have a verifiable name, date of birth, and social security number
  5. Have graduated from a 4-year (bachelor's degree) accredited college in 1995 or later or be accepted by and soon to enroll in a 4-year accredited (bachelor's degree) college;
  6. Have an account at a U.S. financial institution with a routing transit number; and
  7. Meet our minimum credit requirements.