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Employer Partner Spotlight:

Employer Partner Spotlight:

See how a Charlotte-based e-commerce company found the right engineer with Kenzie was founded in the fall 0f 2014. Six years later, it’s a thriving e-commerce and business analytics software company helping brands optimize product strategy, cultivate loyal customer followings, and increase their revenue. offers an analytics and reporting platform to e-commerce marketers representing impressive brands like Boll & Branch and Tenzo Tea. 

As the business grew, Founder and President Carmen Vadini wanted to find fresh ways to acquire new engineering talent. So, signed up to be a Kenzie Academy Employer Partner

kenzie academy testimonialAs an Employer Partner, gains exclusive early access to Kenzie’s Software Engineering and UX Design graduates. Carmen shared his thoughts on the program, hiring Kenzie grad Alexander Zimdahl, and what he looks for in a job candidate. 

The professional world is moving towards a more empathetic workplace culture and’s hiring practices are evidence of that. Carmen, like many tech companies, finds the character of a new hire just as important as their technical expertise. He’s looking for someone who will fit with the company culture. 

“We want good people,” Carmen said. “At the core, it’s all about this: do we have good people who believe in the vision of the product and company? The ‘in it to win it’ mentality is important to us.” 

Skills and traits Carmen prizes in an engineer include ambition, perseverance, and curiosity. But ultimately, it’s Alexander’s character that put him at the top of the candidate list. 

“Alex is dedicated, works hard, and, at the foundation, is a great guy to work with,” Carmen said. “One of the things that draws me to Kenzie is the curiosity factor. We really value that.”

The staff at was especially impressed with Alexander’s skills and efforts within just days of starting at the company.

“He just stepped up,” Carmen said. “I mean, he really stepped up into a role and paved his own way.”

In addition to searching for kind and caring individuals, Carmen says they’re looking for one other core quality. The team really values a desire for deeper and continued learning. 

“Technology is always changing,” Carmen said. “We’re constantly changing as companies try to figure out what e-commerce merchants are wanting and needing. And if you’re not willing to be curious and adapt, then it’s really easy to get burnout.”

Looking ahead, it’s clear that tech companies across the world will benefit from non-traditionally educated professionals. We’ll likely see more companies like partner with schools like Kenzie to source hardworking junior talent. 

Interested in becoming a Kenzie Employer Partner so you can gain access to a diverse pipeline of tech talent? Visit our Employer Partner page to find out how you can hire a Kenzie graduate. 

Ready to jumpstart your career as a UX Designer or Coder? Learn more about our Software Engineering and UX Design programs, or check out our free beginner’s coding program Kenzie Free.

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at

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    January 25, 2021
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