Allan is responsible for helping run the Boston program as well as building company wide operations. He's built teams for EnerNOC and Belkin international. Most recently he was the Vice President of Business Development for MyEnergy, which was acquired by Nest Labs. In his spare time, he likes to make ice cream and bake bread for his wife Katie and his children, Lucy and Eli.
3 Questions with Allan Telio
What motivated you to join the Startup Institute team?
Do you like stories? Good. Let me tell you one. Once upon a time, I was helping run a company. I had been searching for a person to fill a very important customer facing role for over six months but couldn't find someone that had the right skill set, a deep understanding of my business as well as an understanding of what it meant to work at a startup. Startup Institute changed everything for me. I joined as a hiring partner, taught several sessions, met 60 amazing students and ultimately hired two people to join my company. Both of them blew past our expectations and made an immediate impact on our company.
What is one piece of advice you like to share with students?
Working at a start up isn't easy. It will probably be one of the hardest jobs you've ever had. At times, working for a start up is like a roller coaster ride at a traveling carnival. One moment you have reached the top of the hill. The next second you're rushing down the tracks, slip off the rails, and crash through the fried dough stand. You know, it's risky. That being said, you'll also learn more and be more challenged than possibly imaginable. If you like solving problems, thinking creatively, getting things done, and being part of a team that is building something big then start ups might be the perfect fit for you.
Where is the coolest place to go in your city?
I don't get to do this often but I love taking my family to Top of the Hub, at the top of the Prudential building. Is it a tourist trap? Probably, but it is also amazingly fun. It has the best view of the city. More importantly, you can order a dozen freshly baked cookies while you're there. Good view. Hot cookies. Come on, what else do you need? If you ask my daughter, you don't even really need the view...