Gyld was founded because we believe that the great professional networking platform is yet to be built. Professional networks vary a lot in type. The First Round Review describes them as four nested circles:
Your unfamiliar network is made up of people you don’t yet know; your familiar network includes acquaintances; your intimate network includes people you know really well; and your meaningful network includes deep relationships and friendships. All network types are important, but it’s your meaningful network that pulls you into that perfect job, helps you build your professional identity, helps you master your field, and gives you a support structure to withstand the inevitable twists and turns in your career.
There many professional networking services out there – from social media platforms, to conference planners, to associations, to group organization platforms. We believe that most are designed primarily to facilitate the interactions of “familiar” networks. We aspire to build a platform that fosters “meaningful” professional networks – and, in doing so, change the way people experience their jobs, change how people learn, and change how hiring works.
Gyld is a Boston-based start-up founded by Bill Triant, a former teacher who is active in the edtech industry and education politics.