“Mutsinzi recognizes the scale problem. So does Gerald Chertavian, the founder and chief executive of Year Up and a former Wall Street banker who built and sold an internet marketing company, Conduit Communications. Year Up says it has an annual operating budget of more than $170 million, and that figure doesn’t include the spending by the blue-chip companies that take its trainees.
‘Right now we’re growing linearly,’ Chertavian told me recently. ‘The question is, how do you take this from a linear growth model to an exponential growth model?’”