Nashville’s The Skillery was born in junior-high math
When the Warby Parker Class Trip pulled into Nashville this month, they quickly connected with the town’s tight-knit creative community. But Nashville’s not just home to the Grand Ole Opry and Miley Cyrus – the Tennessee capital is also backdrop to a full-fledged startup scene.
“The city has a good history of artistic and musical creativity, but the entrepreneurial component is really starting to boom,” Matt Dudley, founder of Nashville’s The Skillery told us.
The Skillery was founded over a year ago, offering the people of Nashville classes in everything from whiskey tastings to resume writing. Starting it wasn’t much of a stretch for Dudley – he taught in public schools for over a decade.
“One of the things I taught was eighth-grade algebra,” Dudley said. “And I would often get subjected to ‘Why do I have to learn this?’… [The Skillery] comes from this idea of choosing what we want to learn.”
Now go forth (and ask why).
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