JSF60: Interview with The Skillery's Matt Dudley Matt Dudley, Owner and Founder of The Skillery. Matt is a 2012 graduate of Jumpstart Foundry. The Skillery started two years ago in Nashville as a means for people to find and teach classes. They are opening a physical co-working space in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville in early 2014. Matt was pushed in the direction by Jumpstart Foundry. During JSF, Matt spent the bulk of his time trying to figure out how to scale The Skillery. He decided to try to deepen the roots instead by asking what locals needed most. Co-working takes many forms, like CoLab and ESPACES. The Skillery will not have closed offices, it will be very open to encourage collaboration. They have also partnered with a local coffee shop to provide excellent coffee. "I learned a ton going through JSF. Sort of like what I imagine business school would be, if you compressed business school into 14 weeks.""It helped me ground my business and gain a better understanding of it." When Matt was very young he hung posters around his neighborhood advertising his services as a Ghostbuster. High school, college, and grad school squashed his entrepreneurial path. He had a teaching career for nearly a decade, but he had not listened to his entrepreneurial voice in a long time. "Open your ears and listen to yourself." Matt is inspired by his brother, who has always listened to his entrepreneurial voice. Stop reading all of the tech blogs out there. There is a lot of snake oil. Pick and choose the valuable information. It's very easy to get swept up with the amount of buzz about the startup community. Instead focus on what you are working on and how to create real value, and forget about what everyone else is talking about. Matt recommends the book, For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families(AFF) by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg. How to balance entrepreneurship and family. Contact Matt at TheSkillery.com or email him Matt AT theskillery DOT com. This wraps up our latest season of Jumpstart Radio for Entrepreneurs. We hope you have enjoyed the show. Please subscribe to our new podcast feed in iTunes and leave a review for the show. You can also subscribe using Stitcher. Jumpstart theme song “DLDN Instrumental (ft. Onlymeith, Mellotroniac)” by: St. Paul from ccMixter.