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Tag Archive: Harvard Business School
The beauty e-commerce site and subscription service is now valued at $485 million.
Birchbox looks to expand their lucrative “try it before you buy it” business model to a physical location that is likely to open in May.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to conflict between founders and engineering leaders. Here’s how to head off tension before it develops.
While the entrepreneurs I meet are vibrant, open-minded and diverse, it often feels like a 1969 office scene when you visit a venture capitalist in their native environment.
For a thorough list of technical women founding companies (CTOs, CEOs, VPs of engineering and more), check out this list.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Of the five finalists for Entrepreneur Magazine’s ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR award, there is a female founder – Limor Fried.
The MIT-educated electrical engineer (pictured) started electronics hobbyist company Adafruit Industries to distribute DIY electronics toys like littleBits and Arduino items. Vote for her for “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the eponymous magazine – go on, go do it!
Founder Friday Madrid will be co-hosted by investor Paloma Cabello on June 1 – FREE RSVP here.
By Paloma Cabello (Co-Founder & Trustee, MIT Enterprise Forum Spain)
“Entrepreneurship is to manage starting from an opportunity,” said Howard H. Stevenson, Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School.
I listened to the first sentence some years ago. It was a simple idea. I remember thinking that those who heard it would gain a great understanding of entrepreneurship as to navigate under uncertainty. Being an entrepreneur myself, I kept it as a matter of pure necessity. The phrase left me in love with the simple ideas – and I have been a collector of those ever since.
Have a vision and put the right resources together and operationalize something!
By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20)
One thing I love about this time of year is the commencement speeches…always full of 40:20 Vision and I’m a sucker for them!
Mark Zuckerberg, age 28 : Sheryl Sandberg, age 42 – some great 40:20 / 20:40 Vision!
“I was sitting where you are today and Mark Zuckerberg was 11 years old.” – Sandberg speech at HBS, May 23
By Arum Kang (Co-Founder & CEO, Coffee Meets Bagel)
Last August, as a freshly minted MBA from Harvard Business School, I decided to strike on my own. I’ve always dreamt of building my own company, but it wasn’t anything more than an idea. Even though I have never worked for a startup or knew many people in the startup world, I decided to take the plunge.
Thankfully I had my sister Soo, a talented designer, as a co-founder to bounce off product ideas for our future company. The only missing minor detail was that we didn’t have anyone to actually build the product. Sleepless nights
By Jess Bloomgarden (Founder & CEO, AfterSteps)
Gilt Group. BirchBox. LearnVest. Rent the Runway. Care.com. Angie’s List. Fashionstake. Baublebar.
These are just a few of the high-profile, high-growth startups that have been started by Harvard Business School women.
Despite the widespread belief in today’s tech monoculture that MBAs do not make good entrepreneurs, I’ve heard several investors say “I wouldn’t bet against any HBS women founders,” based on the success of those listed above.