Startups Need Conviction

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Eric Dodds is a first-year Program Manager at South Carolina’s finest accelerator, The Iron Yard. Back in January we talked Eric into sharing his experiences as he navigates his way through his first program (The Iron Yard’s second) and share the good, the bad, and the ugly about working at an accelerator. Take it away Eric…

The Startup Life™ is thickly shrouded with threats of difficulty. First you’re required to have an astoundingly novel idea that promises to capture a gigantic industry or market. (Or at least be able to convince people of those things.) Next, you need a killer team, preferably one with a brilliant engineer co-founder who’s willing to give up a six-figure income to work tirelessly on your product.

Program Management with a Side of Intensive Code Education

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Eric Dodds is a first year Program Manager at South Carolina’s finest accelerator, The Iron Yard. We’ve asked Eric to share his experience as he navigates his way through his first program (The Iron Yard’s second) and share the good, the bad, and the ugly about working at an accelerator. Eric took a step away from the format this month, but it’s so interesting we don’t mind one bit. Take it away Eric…

I’m taking a quick break from talking about program management at an accelerator to talk about another project we’ve been working on at The Iron Yard. Don’t worry though, A Day in the Life will be back soon, and I’ll talk about how to attract good teams to your program.

I can be thick-headed, but I’ve been around the block enough times to know that when two different smart people give you the same opinion on the same subject, it’s probably a good idea to listen. (My high school friends with regrettable band tattoos learned that lesson the hard way.)

A Day in the Life of a Program Manager: How We Get Things Done at The Iron Yard

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Eric Dodds is a first year Program Manager at South Carolina’s finest accelerator, The Iron Yard. We’ve asked Eric to share his experience as he navigates his way through his first program (The Iron Yard’s second) and share the good, the bad, and the ugly about working at an accelerator. Take it away Eric…

If there’s one thing the internet doesn’t need more of, it’s prescriptive self-help content. The only time I’ve ever completed the 5 steps to a better and more productive me, I didn’t like the person I met at the end. Which was me. Which was confusing.

Accelerator Adventures: Day in the Life of a Program Manager

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Meet Eric Dodds, first year Program Manager at South Carolina based accelerator The Iron Yard. As The Iron Yard gears up for their second program (Apply Here!), we thought it would be interesting to ask Eric to share the insiders perspective as he cuts his teeth. Good news for us, he agreed to tell all… and it turns out he’s pretty funny too. He’ll be updating us about once a month, so be sure to keep coming back to hear his new adventures. Take it away Eric…

If you had said the words ‘Seed Round’ to me two years ago, I would have assumed you worked in landscaping. But change can do a lot with two years, and as I write this I’m surrounded by entrepreneurs at an accelerator. And none of them work in landscaping. But I’m getting ahead of myself.