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Best In Beta: Privy

Which startup is going to be the next big thing? Investors, bloggers, job seekers, and inspiring entrepreneurs everywhere are dying to know. Hundreds of startups enter private beta each month, and that’s far too many for any one person to keep up with. Fret not! Each week, I share one of the hottest new startups in this column, Best In Beta. Let’s discover the next big thing together! 



Having spent years learning how to write on my own and then having had the good fortune to work one-on-one with an accomplished mentor, I can attest that there’s no better way to accelerate learning than to receive steady, direct feedback.




Entrepreneurs are as much artists as they are business people, so studio apprenticeship makes a great deal of sense. Founders hoping to learn as they go – and maybe quicken the pace – should be excited to hear about Privy, a platform that “will give you direct access to coaches that you want to become more like, exclusive content from those mentors to educate and challenge you, and a community of professionals that will empower you to get from here to where you want to be.”


The more affordable tools available to entrepreneurs wanting to learn the ropes, the better for everyone.


Not every founder is going to crack into an accelerator or incubator program. Though startup ecosystems are springing up across the country, not everyone is connected. As far as more traditional business education goes… brother, where to begin with the issues? Expense, inflexible coursework and scheduling…




Yes, there are many resources and learning aids available online, but most of these don’t include invaluable feedback from proven professionals. Online courses teach particular skills, but neglect an important truth – many entrepreneurs come up with a concept and figure the rest out as they go.


This is why Privy is so promising. The coaching centers around supporting YOUR IDEAS.


You get to work on improving you and your business immediately. Test your ideas out on a trusted mentor, receive direct feedback and personal consulting. Connect with a select community to discuss ideas and push each other.




Privy also equips entrepreneurs with exclusive content – webinars, lessons, blogs and discussions – to further enhance learning. Assuming that individuals pair with the right teacher, direct access to coaching calls, invitations to live events, consulting and more, allow eager students to mainline the knowledge and experience of their mentor.


Virtually every entrepreneur tells me that he is inspired by other entrepreneurs and wishes that he could pick so-and-so’s brain. Well, boys and girls, this may be your best bet yet.


Visit to find out more about gaining direct access to a coach and to receive notification of launch.


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Privy University | Ben Sutherland

Author : Keith Liles

Keith Liles is a freelance writer who loves travel, music, wine, hiking, poetry, and just about everything. He practices saying "yes" to life vigorously, rehearsing for the phone call when he's asked to tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Follow Keith on Twitter @KPLiles.

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