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Boston Startup School: The Art Of Learning While Doing

I attended and talked at a Q&A coffee session Tuesday morning at the Boston Startup School, a program founded by TechStars Boston and designed to educate entrepreneurs on the skills they need to make an impact in a startup.

The whole time I was there, I felt incredibly excited to be able to speak with a group that was invested in the sort of energy and innovation that Dyn itself is so dedicated to promoting and maintaining. Everyone in attendance was so curious and invigorating that it was impossible to not be as lively as them or as excited for what their futures hold.

Some highlights and talking points:

  • Boston Startup SchoolDyn was started in a dorm room. In college (or right after), risks are low that it’s a great time to dive in and follow your passions.
  • Dyn was a startup twice: once when it actually started and incorporated in 2001 and then again in 2008 when we expanded our leadership team, evolved our brand, built an enterprise product and blew up.
  • My internship at startup WhippleHill turned into a seven-year ride where I learned the ins and outs of sales and marketing. I moved to California for the company and always say that move/risk helped me advance my career by 5-10 years. I built a sales machine out west.
  • Dyn CEO Jeremy Hitchcock recruited me back from California and gave me an opportunity of a lifetime: to run sales & marketing for Dyn.
  • Honesty, passion & persistence are the three main attributes I look for in a successful business person.
  • Fit & hustle always reign supreme in landing a job at a startup.
  • The importance of evolving job responsibilities over time can’t be stated enough. Early in startups, you need to be diverse. As you grow, it turns to a strength-based focus.

What does Dyn get out of our involvement in Boston Startup School?

  • Recruiting: We’re always hiring and looking to bring talent in software development, web operations, sales, marketing, finance, admin and more. The Boston Startup School has selected these people for their drive, aptitude and vision in these areas and has given us various ways to engage them around our brand and what we stand for. It’s a great program to look for extremely hirable talent.
  • Spreading the love of all things Dyn: People learn through stories. We are passionate about evangelizing ours and creating advocates, friends and customers.
  • We’re obsessed with putting Manchester and New Hampshire on the map:We’re all lucky to work in such a vital and thriving ecosystem that has so much to offer. As a result, we’re constantly searching for ways to support the ecosystem and bring on bright, talented and hungry people in to the city and our culture.Manchester is the perfect place for startups and growing companies and consequently is one of the best places to begin working on the sorts of projects and businesses that the Startup School encourages. Need proof? Try How to Build a Startup Ecosystem in a Small City.

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Kyle York
Whois: Kyle York

Kyle York is GM & VP, Business & Product Strategy, and has been a long-time executive, having joined in 2008. Over the years, he has held go-to-market leadership roles in worldwide sales, marketing, and services. In his current role, Kyle focuses on overall corporate strategy, including: positioning and evangelism, new market entry, strategic alliances and partnerships, M&A, and business development. Outside of Oracle Dyn, Kyle is an angel investor, entrepreneur, and advisor in several startups.