"New York is a network. Boston is a community."
Someone said this to me back in 2012, when Dave Balter and I launched Intelligent.ly, and I'll never forget it; this simple statement has shaped our vision ever since. A new wave of startups was emerging in Boston, and you could feel the energy everywhere. Bright-eyed first timers were dreaming up big ideas and rolling up their sleeves to bring them to life. Meanwhile, our community was rich with experienced entrepreneurs and startup pros who were eager to share their expertise.
And Intelligent.ly was born. As soon as we announced our then mission—to help startups learn, to win, from people who've done it before—we were flooded with outreach. People raised their hands to share time, expertise and support to help us take flight. Because Boston is a community.
During our first two years, we helped thousands of startup team members learn Marketing, Product Management, Business Development and more through our skill classes. We served hundreds of companies, and through these connections, we began to see a common theme.
Boston startups were too busy to invest in leadership development.
Rapidly scaling startups were promoting people into management roles without the basic skills they needed to succeed. Individual contributors were hungry for a sense of growth and mastery, but no one inside their companies had time for coaching. We saw a problem, and we had to solve it. And the new vision for Intelligent.ly came to life.
Now we're committed to developing Boston's next-generation of exceptional leaders.