I recently attended an event in Boston where I was fortunate enough to meet the co-founders of CoachUp, Jordan Fliegel and Arian Radmand. CoachUp is an online marketplace that connects athletes with private coaches. Their site launched this past summer and has been building a lot of positive buzz, particularly in the Boston tech scene.
I first read about CoachUp when the Fall 2012 Boston TechStars class was announced and I immediately thought it was a great idea. At the time I was still determined to stay in NYC, so I didn’t reach out to them about an internship or job, which in hindsight was a mistake. Once I decided that I was willing to move anywhere for a right opportunity, you would think that CoachUp would’ve been one of the first companies I reached out to. Unfortunately not, as I had completely forgotten about them…oops! In the future when I’m on the job hunt, I’m going to keep an excel doc with a list of all the companies I’d be interested in working for.
Thankfully— luck, chance, fate or whatever you want to call it was on my side, as Jordan, the CEO, happened to be on the panel for an event I attended a couple weeks ago. He was a last minute substitution so I didn’t even realize he was speaking until I got there. After the panel ended, I approached him about the possibility of doing some indentured servitude, err I mean the working as an unpaid intern for CoachUp. After following up with him and exchanging emails to learn more about what the internship would entail, we set a time later in the week for me to come by their offices, meet the rest of the team and discuss further. Everything went great, and I started an internship the following week and have been on my grind ever since!
I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity for a few of reasons. First, and most importantly, I am a huge believer in the power a great coach can have on a young athlete, not just on the field but off the field too. As someone who has played sports their entire life, I’ve experienced this power first hand and working for a company that I have a personal connection to is incredibly important to me. Secondly, I really like the idea and think it’s a really large opportunity with the potential to be huge. And last, but certainly not least, I’m pumped to be joining CoachUp while they’re currently going through TechStars. The chance to experience firsthand what the program is like is an amazing opportunity and something very few people will ever get to do.
My blogging will likely be sporadic over the next couple months, as I want to be focusing all of my energy on getting the most out of this opportunity. I’m going to work my ass off and hopefully prove that I can be a valuable asset to the team in a full time capacity. Wish me luck!