Mentorship Program Vision

Leadership and autonomy are two of the most important qualities a programmer must have to excel at his or her job and be truly successful in the industry.

What if I offered you a program where you were responsible not only for your success but had the privilege of mentoring and pulling up others. Building not only knowledge but confidence, teamwork and leadership skills! And on top of that, learning to do so in a distributed environment, which is the future as we all can see.

This program is aimed at highly-driven individuals that are interested in setting goals and following them through. I am looking for students that see beyond a fat paycheck, but care about creating great things and supporting others.

There are two routes:

  1. THE BUILDER - The career route - get into the industry as a developer, already having the backbone to become a leader. You will build a portfolio of apps that will impress most potential employers.
  2. THE CREATOR - The entrepreneur route - plan and build your dream project in a fertile environment, experience managing a project and a team, and having me as a business and development partner.

In a sharp contrast to the “bootcamp” approach, the main goal is not to spend as much hours possible in front of a keyboard. After a certain point this does more harm than good and actually prevents the mind from retaining new knowledge.

The focus is on developing your thinking, learning and problem-solving skills. After each period of technical learning, there will be many tasks involving thinking and planning. For example:

  • Making a diagram of the logic of your app, without actual code, and finding flaws and inefficiencies in it. For your and for other people’s.
  • Teaching others new concepts you have learned. From short written summaries to frontal lectures in front of multiple students.
  • Daily progress reports.
  • Group projects: planning, managing and executing. Rotating roles on different projects (front-end, back-end, product owner etc.)

Lastly, the biggest challenge to your thinking skills is actually not technical but personal and emotional. The education system most of us went through may provide certain results, but the damage it does to our learning abilities and self-image as students, is tremendous.

I will be helping you to unfuck years of false beliefs about your skills and abilities. Using the approach that coding is NOT a talent but a skill that anyone can learn and master with the right amount of effort.

The core of the program is 1-on-1 mentorship with me, that will unblock any issues you might have—technical, mental, or emotional. I will make sure you are moving forward and focusing your energy on the right things, getting results.

In order to achieve those ambitious goals, the program is extremely focused. Even though it is entirely online, daily check ins and engagement are a must in order to stay in it. You will need at least 12 weekly hours to participate. There are no refunds in any case.

My goal is to help you become a better version of yourself so you can go and improve the lives of others around you, code is just your tool.


  • Successfully complete the CodeIntense program.
  • High motivation to achieve career/business goals.
  • The ability to work independently from home.
  • At least 12 weekly hours available (20 is optimal).
  • Some coding background. Could be another language or experience with tutorials. You should have a sense of what you are getting into.

Client Reviews

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“I have been very fortunate to have been able to be mentored by Ilya. Working with him has been instrumental in my growth as a developer. He will challenge you to understand core concepts and expand problem solving and logical thinking skills as well as the importance of writing clean code. I would consider working with Ilya an invaluable experience.” — Greg Hawthorne

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“Ilya is a great teacher and mentor. I tried lots of different ways to learn React but it didn’t really click until I started working with him. Ilya also helped me to understand basic principles and approaches that can be applied to any programming language. He get’s straight to the point and always finds ways to guide me and challenge me so I can find solutions to problems by myself. Our journey together has taken me from playing around with and idea to having a working prototype with multiple complex components interconnected and potentially release it as an application soon. Ilya’s ability to keep the momentum going has been the key factor to make this happen.” — Juan Mediavilla

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“I would definitely recommend Ilya to anyone who has experience in coding but wants to get hands-on quickly to a project and complete it, from start to finish, with zero bullshit in between” — Omer Ben Shushan

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“Ilya was leading a successful web academy course in Trax. The course covered front end topics from the ground up and managed to attract veteran programmers as well as newbies. It was enlightening to see how Ilya simplifies complex concepts in HTML and CSS by using examples and group games.” — Nir Hemed, Trax Retail VP R&D

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“I recommend Ilya Dorman for a code mentor for your software company. Ilya helped solve some difficult javascript issues with our native app charts. His skills and knowledge were unparalleled. Along with that, however, he brought an energy and dependability that made him instrumental to the success of our project demands.” — Kimberly Freesland

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“Ilya is very knowledgeable, patient, and willing to help you understand the problem and the solutions. He is a very clear communicator and perfectly suited to mentor anyone that needs help. Please give him a chance to help you with your project, you will be glad you reached out to him.” — Luis Berrios

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“Excellent! Very knowledgeable, polite and efficient. Got many of my problems solved quickly!” — Lise W. Noble

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“Ilya did a great job reviewing my React / Redux app. He is super efficient and communicative. Would recommend 100%” — Julian Peterson

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“For some time now I was trying to find a high quality source to learn development. I have taken a number of courses, recorded and frontal. The course with Ilya is one of the best. He adapts the learning program to the student, and has a unique method that requires the learner to activate the mind and understand the processes he is doing. Ilya is a patient teacher, with extensive knowledge in the field, and gives a lot of support. Highly recommend to anyone who is serious and wants to understand the material thoroughly and to achieve great hands-on results.” — Faris Mulla

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“Ilya has mentored me in Javascript and React. He is very knowledgeable and very detailed at explaining things. He worked closely with me to ensure I understood the fundamentals, by allowing me to think solutions through and apply concepts that I have learned. He is also very pleasant and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Ilya and will work with him again.” — Andrea Headley, Business Systems Analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co

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“Ilya helped me unwrangle some core concepts of backend vs frontend. Thanks!” — Moritz Laube