Harsha Murthy

"I didn't like the traditional education environment and wanted to try something different. My interests were already in computer science/programming so Starter School was a good fit."

  • What Problem He's Solving: Giving gyms a better tool for managing customers workouts.
  • Favorite place he's visited: Africa
  • Harsha in three words: Affable, inspiring, proud

Harsha made an app for personal trainers. See how he did it.

Why are you at Starter School?

I didn't like the traditional education environment and wanted to try something different. My interests were already in computer science/programming so Starter School was a good fit.

Is there one experience that stands out for you at Starter School?

I had already taken the 3-month Web Development program, but I knew on the first day that this was going to be an even more immersive program.

How do you explain Starter School to your friends, family, and/or significant others?

I just respond with "Big things, my friend, big things."

What are you building right now?

Unfortunately I'm contractually obligated to not talk about it. All I can say is it's going to disrupt its segment in a huge way.

What would you say to someone interested in joining Starter School?

There is nothing I can say that would adequately describe all the reasons to join Starter School, so the most powerful thing I can tell them is just do it and you'll have no regrets.

Who or what inspires you and why?

I really came to admire Walt Disney after I took a trip to Disney World where they have a museum that chronicles his entire life and all of his work. Although many people attribute the success of the Disney corporation to brilliant marketing and good business, I still think that Walt Disney's original vision and ability, to create characters and stories, that have become pillars in world culture is something truly amazing.

My second hero is Benjamin Franklin. Although Franklin has many achievements to his name, the reason I admire him most is probably his 13 virtues and his constant pursuit to make himself a better person. In Franklin's biography, he made many socially and morally questionable decisions in his life, but would constantly reflect upon and self assess his behavior, checking himself against his 13 virtues. By doing so, he was able to constantly move towards being a better person.

What's something you've done in your life that you're most proud of?

Dropping out of college and joining Starter School. I'll be even more proud when it pays 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 support@starterschool.com 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.