Like a local grocery or neighborhood barber, here at Intelligent.ly we’ve begun to recognize our “regulars”. We’re thrilled to see that the sense of community we’re striving to promote is forming, and also growing. This ain’t no ordinary classroom–your instructors are your peers and you certainly won’t be sent to the principal for talking in class! We respect our students and value their ambitions, hoping to give you the extra knowledge and insight you need to excel in your field.
As new classes unfold, our student body is expanding, with new faces in every class. But one face remains a constant–Stuart Angus. You better believe Stu caught our attention when he signed up for almost every single class during our first month in action. He’s a man with a plan and a commitment to learning the skills he needs to win. Meet Stuart Angus of ideaphi.com!
What’s your story and how were you introduced to our program?
SA: I think I found out about the Intelligent.ly classes through BostInno or Greenhorn Connect. I’ve been wanting to launch a tech startup, ideaphi, for the past 6 months. It’s my first time trying to do this, and I lack a lot of the knowledge of how to do it, so the Intelligent.ly classes touched on startup education that was very relevant to starting my business.
Tell us a little bit about the new startup you’re working on. What problem are you hoping to solve?
SA: ideaphi.com is the new startup i’m working on, and it replaces the dreaded chain-email! Nobody likes getting CC’ed on a long chain of emails; ideaphi provides a way to easily structure online discussions to minimize this. Although the functionality is still being developed, it will allow an easy way to create a summary message containing the important decisions made from an email discussion thread. I think this sort of tool can be very helpful for managers.
Where did you find the inspiration for the business?
SA: ideaphi was created to solve one of my own pain points. I found that collaborating via email was inefficient, especially when I was working with a few people, trying to reach a collective decision. Email just isn’t a good tool for back-and-forth discussions around issues. I wanted to build something better suited for that.
You notoriously signed up for almost every class we offered during our first month–what’s the deal?! What was your motivation?
SA: I remember really liking the looks of the first couple of classes, and then I think I got trigger-happy with ordering more classes. I got in the mindset of, “This is great!” and before I knew it, I had signed up for every class. I don’t regret it though!
What are some of the key takeaways you’ve learned during the classes you’ve attended?
SA: There’s been a lot of information, but I’ll try to give a few general takeaways here. I found that the speakers were all excellent. I don’t know what criteria the Intelligent.ly team is using to select speakers for the classes, but it’s working! All the speakers gave me the impression that teamwork is what actually makes great businesses, not ideas or individuals. They also showed me that there are many ways to get a message across to an audience.
Any final thoughts you’d like to leave us with?
SA: The Intelligent.ly classes are some of the best I’ve ever taken. I would highly recommend everyone signs up for classes now–before people start to realize the classes are worth a heck of a lot more than $30/class!
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