Sqool is a SQL course for operators in tech.
Whether you’re a recent grad who wants to level up their skills or a product manager who wants to get results faster, we'll teach you all the SQL you actually need to do your job better. No fluff, just the 80/20 that’ll have you answering your own data questions ASAP.
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Learn with us by joining an upcoming cohort or buy the materials to go at your own pace.
How it works
The best way to learn SQL is to meet you where you are: facing a real question you care about, handling messy and complicated data, and not quite knowing how to put it all together. Typically, you might seek help from a SQL-savvy friend who can come over to your desk and teach you what you need to know. We can't come over to your desk, so we've designed this course to recreate that experience.
Our course is part-time for 6 weeks. Learn fully remote.
- Cohort-based learning. Tune into a live session once a week. Each week, you'll review lecture videos that cover new concepts. You'll then attend a live session where we'll focus on hands-on application as a group. Live sessions are recorded so you can go at your own pace.
- Real-world application. Work through real-world problems at tech companies, with datasets that you care about (e.g. e-commerce).
- Community. Lean into a community of peers via Slack, and get 1:1 support from our team.
- Unlimited access. Get lifelong access to class recordings, practice problems, and course data as long as you need.
Who we are
We're a team who were once in your shoes. We didn't know SQL and found ourselves as operators at an early-stage startup. Eager to make an impact, we stitched together dozens of resources to teach ourselves SQL. Eventually, we led the Data & Analytics team, managed a team of analysts, and helped scale a startup into a billion-dollar company. Along the way, we taught hundreds of people how to use SQL.
We've seen first-hand how SQL can dramatically change your career trajectory. Sqool is what we wish we had when we were starting out.
Co-Founder • HBS '23
I started my career as a Financial Analyst (and employee #12!) at Sonder and quickly became the right hand to our co-founders. During Series B, I realized I needed to up-level my data skills to help us raise a successful round. I spent weeknights teaching myself SQL and used it to build an analysis that was the highlight of our pitch. After seeing the impact I could have with SQL, I launched Data & Analytics, led fundraising prep that raised $560M+, and managed a team of analysts. I’m now getting my MBA at Harvard Business School, focusing on how to scale mission-driven companies.
Co-Founder • MIT '23
A few years ago, I had never used SQL, let alone worked with data. I joined Sonder and was instantly drawn to SQL as a way to make an impact. Since then, I helped launch and lead the Data & Analytics team, building reports and tools to drive key decisions. I was most recently a Product Manager at Sonder, leading our data strategy and roadmap for data products. I’m now in the Master in City Planning program at MIT, focusing on how to solve city problems with data.
In a previous life, I was a data-loving policy wonk trying to solve American education one spreadsheet at a time. If that sounds impossible, it's because it was. Spreadsheets simply couldn't keep up with the amount of data I had, the complexity of problems I was solving, or the urgency of stakeholders' requests. Frustrated, I began teaching myself SQL, Python, and other tools that empowered me to wrangle my data and get stakeholders the answers they needed. Since then, I've honed my data skills as a Senior Data Analyst at Sonder and now serve as Lead Analytics Engineer at Spin where I build and maintain data models using the modern data stack.
SQL + School = Sqool
SQL (or Structured Query Language) is a language that lets you interact with your database. Most tech companies (Google, Facebook, Instacart, etc.) store their data in SQL-based databases. Using SQL, you can work with your data to uncover new insights and drive business decisions.
After learning SQL, you'll be more self-sufficient with data to uncover insights, make data-driven decisions, and double your impact at work. Don't just take it from us. Check out this tweet from Fareed Mosavat, former Product leader at Slack and Instacart👇
There are no programming skills required to join— if you’ve never used SQL or only tweak queries, this course is still for you. This course will empower you with a working knowledge of SQL, from basic querying to using SQL to solve real-world problems. You’ll end this course confidently writing your own queries from scratch (e.g. joins, “with tables”, window functions).
We recommend this course if:
- You interact with data in your job and want to get more hands-on
- You want to double your impact and get promoted
- You rely on others for data and want to become more self-sufficient
- You want to be more data-driven to better understand your business
- You want to up-level your skills in an increasingly data-centered job market
This course is not recommended if you already have a working knowledge of SQL (e.g. are writing complex queries from scratch). If you’re not sure if the course is a good fit, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Some companies may reimburse employees for this course. Check with your manager or HR department on your company's education or professional development budgets.
We also have a pre-written email to help you pitch Sqool to your manager. Contact email@example.com if you're interested in getting a copy.
We offer 100% refunds until the course starts.
We’re here to answer any questions that you have! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.