Bitcubs uses a play-based approach to teach computer science to kids that include music, movement, storytelling, and animation.
Hello! I’m Amber Cajulis Manry, and I’m the Founder and CEO of Bitcubs.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Each day starts off at 6 a.m. with breakfast before my kids go to school. When I’m not teaching kids or refining the curricula, I’m either working on my cartoon idea or working on one the many aspects of the business including website maintenance, recruiting and training talent, marketing, and business development. At the end of the day, I always come home to my family, cook dinner, and read bedtime stories.
What inspired you to start your company?
I’ve known that I wanted to be an entrepreneur since my aunt taught me how to read the stock market at 8 years old. After reading an article in the paper, I told her she should invest in cell phones! For 20 years, I worked as a software developer as an IT consultant. Every year, I would come up with several new business ideas, but none of them ever stuck.
Then one day in 2013, I was asked to participate in my eldest daughter’s preschool for Career Day. Looking for ways to teach in a way they would understand, I invented a simple game I called the Bunny Hop. One child would pretend to be a bunny. The rest of the children would give the bunny directions on how to get to a carrot that was on the ground. I spent the next several years trying out different ways to teach code. In the summer of 2017, seeing a lack of coding classes in public schools, I launched Bitcubs and finally found my calling.
What’s your favorite thing about Virginia?
Virginia is my home. I was born in Portsmouth Naval Hospital and raised in Va. Beach. I went to college at UVA and lived in the Northern Virginia area for almost 17 years. I spent a brief period of my life pursuing acting out in Hollywood, but I returned home when my father became ill. I’m glad to be back in the Old Dominion, surrounded by family and friends and back to my roots.