When helicopter search-and-rescue specialist David Dobias decided to switch careers, he read up on entrepreneurship and found a mentor, then an internship at a venture capital firm. What happened next surprised him.


“I began rapidly learning subjects such as accounting and finance that I’d taken in college but had no interest in at the time, because they had no relevance,” he recalls. “In three months, I learned more of value by working alongside other inspired people, than I had in the previous decade in the school system. I went from business illiterate to leading the firm’s consulting arm.”


This ignited a passion to create that kind of learning environment for others. Looking to business incubators and leadership development programs for inspiration, he developed a concept for a self-organizing community of learners.

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