Exchange - New Program Aims to Develop the Next Wave of Boston Tech/Innovation Leadership

Wednesday Dec 18, 2013 by Dennis Keohane - Senior Writer, VentureFizz

For a few years now, has been the go-to education resource for the Boston startup/entrepreneurship community. In particular, has built programs for folks hoping to develop the skills and gain the knowledge to help them break into the innovation ecosystem in some capacity. 

With classes on personal branding and financing to startup to creating killer content and SEO strategies, (and Sarah Hodges and Dana Artz) has brought the type of knowledge critical to creating real disruption that cannot be found in any college or university course that I'm aware of.

Today, announced a new program that could be crucial for local companies to develop the quality management teams and the next wave of innovation leaders that will push Boston tech and innovation towards its seemingly bright future. Exchange is bringing together managers from some of Boston's fastest growing companies in order to help them develop the core management skills and inspirational leadership techniques they may be somewhat lacking.

As the release announcing the launch of Exchange states, "People learn from each other - we’ve seen this first-hand while hosting hundreds of classes for startup teams. As part of Exchange, exceptional individuals from diverse companies will share unique perspectives and common challenges -- learning through expert facilitation, peer collaboration, and practical application."

In addition to announcing the program, announced a new partnership with the City Performing Arts Center which will host Exchange at the Wang and Shubert Theaters.

Six companies are participating in the first session of the sold-out, six-month program, including Dyn, HubSpot, Brand Networks, TripAdvisor, The Grommet, and WordStream. is currently accepting companies into its second session, which begins in March 2014. 

As Dyn's Cory von Wallenstein said of the program, “I can't overstate the importance of helping the next generation of leaders at Dyn gain the experience, insights and peer relationships they'll need to succeed. Intelligently is the perfect program for our talent development as we scale from 250 Dyn team members to become the world leader in Internet infrastructure.”



Dennis Keohane is the Senior Writer for VentureFizz. You can follow Dennis on Twitter (@DBKeohane) by clicking here.

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