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CodeBoxx Technology is transforming the tech talent landscape through its CodeBoxx Developer Boot Camps and CodeBoxx Solutions Group, a consulting division that hires and deploys its graduates on real-world business technology solutions.

The company’s mission for its schools has always been to develop talent, sourced from the widest possible range of human experience, into software development.  They do this because they recognize that “Smart is Everywhere” and the pool from which tech talent has been typically sourced is drying up.  This imbalance creates a non-sustainable environment characterized by suboptimal talent demanding increasing salaries.

CodeBoxx's first few immersive, business-centric CodeBoxx school cohorts generated strong new-hire candidates.  To put its innovative process to the test, the company created CodeBoxx Solutions to immediately join senior developers with recent CodeBoxx School graduates to work shoulder-to-shoulder on real world assignments.

Today, CodeBoxx is growing  strategic relationships with large enterprise partners, providing them with innovative solutions to rapidly increase their technology production capacity through expanding lines of business that today include:

  • On-demand, variable outsourced North American based technology talent
  • New-hire recruiting directly from  CodeBoxx Schools and from CodeBoxx Solutions
  • Custom Academies - Tailor-made versions of CodeBoxx's core immersive educational offering designed to meet specific strategic imperatives of their partner companies. This is CodeBoxx's fastest-growing new product.

The success of this experiment led to CodeBoxx's first round of explosive growth. Today, the company continues to innovate and evolve to meet the needs of both employers and the human beings that trust CodeBoxx with helping them transform their lives through a career in technology.

CodeBoxx also looks for aptitude, where others often overlook because they understand that they can help achieve economic equity and reverse generational poverty in a very brief time span.  They are committed to developing potential, not privilege because it is a smart, business imperative and a socially responsible thing to do.

Because CodeBoxx takes a transformational rather than a transactional approach to this problem, they listen carefully and engage with both people yearning to live the life they imagine and enterprise stakeholders struggling to meet technology production needs in the context of a tech talent shortage.  The investment CodeBoxx makes to get closer to those they serve helps them better understand what is required to meet tech talent development needs that are aligned with strategic business imperatives, as well the personal goals of their learners. This is the genesis of CodeBoxx's double bottom line.

Irv Cohen
CEO & Chairman of the Board

Irv Cohen spent the majority of his career on Wall Street, building businesses for global financial organizations. Holding numerous senior management positions, including President of JP Morgan Treasury Technologies Corporation, Irv propelled the firm’s payments business to achieve numerous world-class rankings related to Treasury services and short-term liquidity products and Innovations.

Under his stewardship, JP Morgan Treasury Services moved from New York to Tampa. He attracted some of the brightest financial, technical, and business talent in the industry and created 2,500 new jobs in the Tampa Bay region. Prior to his tenure with JP Morgan, Irv held various senior positions including CFO, COO and BCS at Lehman Brothers and Barclay’s Bank.

Irv is founding partner of Seedfunders, which provides funding and mentoring for pre-revenue technology concepts, and Florida Funders, a hybrid venture capital fund and an angel investor network.  Irv has drawn on his vast experience to become an active investor in multiple early-stage companies. He has a special interest in mentoring entrepreneurs, offering leadership and guidance to the startup community, and private equity groups and other sources of capital to the funding table. In 2020, Seedfunders announced the launch of the Seedfunders Opportunity Fund, a committed capital fund that makes pre-seed stage investments in Black-owned startups throughout the state. Irv leads the management board for the fund.

As an investor, Irv looks for innovation by keeping his finger on the pulse of the community and seeking effective, passionate entrepreneurs who share his enthusiasm for business growth. As a philanthropist, he maintains these principles through holding positions on the executive committees of all nonprofits he engages and supports social entrepreneurs and enterprises that advance the public good.

Irv is a partner and co-founder of the St. Petersburg Group, an influential consulting and media business that includes in its holdings The Catalyst, a rapidly growing civic engagement, news and social media platform. He is a board member of its nonprofit philanthropic arm, the St. Petersburg Foundation, which builds capacity in the nonprofit sector and community via consulting services and the fostering of public, private and philanthropic partnerships.

Irv is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay, a global network of engaged philanthropists leveraging time, expertise, and resources for sustainable solutions to social problems. His many areas of civic engagement include board membership at the Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

Most recently Irv became CEO and Chairman of the Board for CodeBoxx, a St. Pete-based technology school dedicated to empowering the community through software development. CodeBoxx focuses on providing access to career paths based on potential rather than privilege, and is intentional about diversity and inclusivity.

Irv has served as Entrepreneur in Residence at The University of Tampa and a member of the dean of business school’s advisory council at University of South Florida.

Irv received his post-graduate degree in finance from New York University and his MBA from Pace University. He is a Charted Global Management Accountant, a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants and the Association for Financial Professionals.

Irv has resided in the Tampa Bay area for more than 15 years. He, his wife, and two grown daughters with their families all call St. Petersburg home.