Codementor is a software support company offering one-to-one support and mentorship to students, business owners, and aspiring developers looking to learn how to code — or just to get a quick answer to your coding question.
The company has been in operation since 2014. They are based in San Francisco and Taiwan, and they employ mentors all over the globe.
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The company is funded by Techstars, 500 Startups and other investors, and is headed up by CEO Weiting Liu. They provide a marketplace for coding experts to mentor anyone looking to learn more about coding.
Their mentors cover more than 800 topics and offer training and mentorship to beginners and advanced coders. Their mentors are based all over the world and connect with customers via screen sharing, video and text chat.
Their services are aimed at anyone interested in learning to code. Where the service applies to business owners is in getting real-time virtual support to resolve annoying website problems. It might not make sense to hire an in-house developer or post a job to Upwork for a small bug fix, but it still is a pressing issue.
Codementor Intro Video
To connect with one of the mentors on the Codementor.io platform you need a PC or Mac. You can either make contact via on-screen chat, or if you have the ability to connect via video or audio call you can use these methods.
Codementor told me they typically respond to all requests within 10-30 minutes depending on the time of day and complexity of the request. Once one of their mentors has responded to your question you can open dialogue with them and discuss your requirements.
They’re not necessarily going to do the work for you — although I imagine the expert developers DO source some jobs from the platform — but more point you in the right direction on how you can solve the problem yourself. There are a number of times for this site where I could have used a service like this to fix one feature or make some small tweak to the design!
After a preview period you click “start paid session.” Your credit card will be billed at the end of the session. Using Zoom.us you can record your sessions to review again at a later date.
Plans and Pricing
Codementor provides an open marketplace for developers to set their own rates. Rates typically start at around $10-15 per 15 minutes and go up from there. Doesn’t that sound more affordable than $60 an hour?
There is a minimum charge for the first 15 minutes for each session, with the following time charged at the mentor’s rate per minute.
There is a money back guarantee in place. If you are not satisfied with your mentor within the first hour you can request a refund.
For example, when I looked under their mobile app development category, I found gigs ranging from $25 to $2000 and more:
Clarity.fm provides a similar one-on-one support marketplace allowing to you to connect with experts, but their focus isn’t as niche as Codementor.io.
For technical help like this, your options are pretty much to hire a developer on Upwork (or Fiverr for small jobs), or sign up for a recurring maintenance service like Zen WP.
Have you worked with a mentor on the Codementor platform? If so, please leave a review below to help others with their decision.