Sheryl Sandberg is often quoted as have said this in relationship to exciting opportunities and great companies:
If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.
Contextually the comment was made via a conversation that she had with Eric Schmidt who had just become the CEO of Google and who told her that despite the fact that the job he was offering her did not fit “nicely” in to her spreadsheet of needs, wants, and criteria that it was going to be a ride that she didn’t want to miss out on.
I think of this often when it comes to the opportunities that was have created for both our staff and our students.
And we’re partnering with the premier web and mobile development companies in the Southeast, SmashingBoxes, to make it all happen! You see, it just made too much sense for us to join with a local establishment that’s already knocking it out of the park and providing our extraordinary program as a complement to what’s already going on!
Naturally, we’ve figured out a killer place to land: American Underground (yeah, it keeps getting better and better!), a unique campus-like experience for our new students. If you’ve ever toured there at all then you know it’ll provide that Iron Yard-touch that you’ve come to expect from us via our other campus experiences.
Although we may all laugh at the above Dilbert cartoon but many of us know this to be true: Great engineering is nothing without great leadership (regardless of engineering methodology).
In fact, great engineering cannot happen without a leader’s guidance, support, and advocacy. And we know that we all have brilliant engineers but are we willing to admit that perhaps, maybe just maybe, we’re actually holding them back because we’re not leading them well?
This video is a bit old but it’s a video we haven’t published explicitly yet. I suppose the point of sharing something like this at this point in time is to take a moment and review how far we’ve come since this video was shot.
We now have 3 accelerator programs up and running and 3 established Code Schools with more on the way (booting up this year!). It’s hard to know how quickly you’re running when you’re right in the middle of it but if you can take a moment for a literal breather and appreciate the distance that you’ve covered then you can celebrate.
“You don’t learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing.” - Richard Branson
Progress at The Iron Yard continues to grow faster than an Elon Musk Hyperloop!
Going into our third year of accelerators and having recently opened applications for our fourth cohort in our successful Digital Health Accelerator, below is a quick update of how things have gone thus far – and what our plan looks like for continuing to make The Iron Yard a leader for startups who are the right fit for an accelerator.
Kate McCarthy, in short, is leaving The Iron Yard family and starting up her first venture as CEO and Founder of ItsYourVet. We wish her the very best! Here are some of her final thoughts here on the TIY Blog:
I joined The Iron Yard when it was a single accelerator, in a single building, in a single city. I lead the first expansion out of Greenville, and in the 15 months since I became employee #3 at The Iron Yard, we’ve grown to seven cities across the South.
As you can imagine, it’s been quite a year. From (literally) building out our space in Spartanburg, to launching our first and totally kickass Digital Health Accelerator, to Demo Day at Health 2.0 in Silicon Valley, to Startup Weekend we hosted just weeks ago, it’s been a phenomenal ride.