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.
Business in the front…
A very common (and worthwhile!) question that we get often from our potential students is regarding the technology tracks and which one they should take and consider.
There is no cure-all answer as each technology flavor has a variety of attractions that might make sense for X Student and wrong for Y Student and yet perfect for Z Student. The short answer is that we simply do not know until we counsel and coach our potential candidates through our interview process.
Just a click away…
Did you know that you can chat with some of our team live if you’d like? You just need to head over to one of our Public Rooms and start up a conversation about our courses!
We’ll do our very best to answer quickly and at the very least drop some contact info so we can ping you later! I love technology, don’t you?
We’re passionate about job creation and the potential for small, creative, and innovative companies and individuals to do amazing things (in very short time-spans as well!).
That’s why we love to get involved at not just the local and geographic regions in which we are located but also find a seat at the table in the larger contexts that we are a part of. We do this strategically and wisely as we know time is limited and incredibly scarce, as all of us know quite intimately.
But recently our CEO took a leadership position with an organization that is doing great things and we couldn’t be more proud and humbled to provide our insight, experience, and culture to the already-talented cast.
This interview was originally posted on the Course Report blog.
Andy Flack is a classic zero-to-sixty student…with a twist. When Andy started at Iron Yard in 2013, he was a retired coffee mule (you read that correctly) with absolutely no technical experience.
Within two months of graduation, he had a full-time job as a Front-End Developer at ChartSpan, and he’s not looking back. We talk with Andy about how Iron Yard helped him succeed and his transformation into a rockstar developer.
The dust has not even begun to settle on the incredible news of Facebook’s most recent acquisition of WhatsApp, a mobile messaging service that has made it’s two co-founders billionaires many times over. Trying to even comprehend a $19 billion dollar acquisition for that type of mobile software is, quite simply, mind-boggling.
Jan Koum and Brian Acton held about 45% and 20% each of the company which amounts to approximately $6.8 billion and $3 billion in cash, stock, and other incentives. That’s not bad for Brian, who only a 4 years ago had approached Facebook for and was rejected.
I’m really crushing on Chris Dixon right now and the above talk that he did at a recent event where he shared some thoughts on how great VC investments typically engage with ideas that seem stupid rather than the good ideas that are, well, obviously ”good ideas.”
The premise is quite simple: Big companies, academics, and the like are already working hard on those so-called good ideas. Opportunity lies in the ideas that are less obvious or less naturally intuitive.
Hey! I’m Aubrey (@AubreyDuggar) and I am so excited about continuing a career as Operations Manager @ The Iron Yard.
The following summer, I came back to The Iron Yard in a different role. As the company is expanding, the need for structure and support administratively was definite. That’s why I’m here!
This week, early applications for The Iron Yard’s Digital Health Accelerator opened up. The early window, which ensures companies will get ample consideration and an interview, ends March 16th. If you’re very early stage, have a less experienced founder team, or are interested in working closely with one of our partners (Mayo Clinic, QS1, Spartanburg Regional Hospital etc) we strongly encourage you to apply in the early window.
Go straight to the application.
This will be The Iron Yard’s fourth cohort. The Iron Yard has been running open tech accelerators since 2012 and launched the first Digital Health class in the summer of 2013. It was, by far, the most successful class we’ve had and we’re looking forward to continuing successful growth in 2014. To read a wrap up about last year’s class, check out this post).
Good people do good things. – Robert Pearce
The last several years have been a non-stop run filled with fantastic experiences, frequent turns and most of all an unending road to new perspectives. 2012 was my best year personally, 2013 was the best yet professionally. This has set the table for an even better 2014. Right as 2013 was coming to a close another amazing opportunity came up. Continue reading