Philip Levinson

Sapphire Ventures’ Quiet Approach Speaks Volumes with HBS Alums
Alumni, Entrepreneurship, HomePost, Industry Insights, Print Edition, Venture Capital

Sapphire Ventures’ Quiet Approach Speaks Volumes with HBS Alums

Ask any current HBS student with a background or interest in venture capital this simple question: “What is the best-performing venture capital fund in the world?” Likely answers include Sequoia, Accel, NEA, Greylock or Andreessen Horowitz – each a smart pick. Yet, a quick look at CB Insights’ list of the top VC funds with…

Uber’s Keys to Success: Harvard Experts Share Their Views on the $50B Company and Its Market
Current Events, HomePost, News, Outside the Bubble, Print Edition

Uber’s Keys to Success: Harvard Experts Share Their Views on the $50B Company and Its Market

By Philip Levinson, Harvard Kennedy School Alum & Learn Capital Venture Advisor We have a Love-Hate relationship with Uber. Love them? The headline of a recent Fast Company cover story on the company: “Admit It. You Love Uber.” Hate them? A recent Brookings Institute column is entitled “Is Uber a threat to democracy?” Another article features…

With $8.2 million in Funding, Zumper’s HBS Founder Focuses on Double-Sided Success
Culture, Entrepreneurship, HomePost, Industry Insights, Print Edition

With $8.2 million in Funding, Zumper’s HBS Founder Focuses on Double-Sided Success

With FIELD 3 teams working furiously on their startups, HKS alum and Learn Capital Venture Advisor, Philip Levinson, brings you the story of HBS-founded Zumper, who turned $18k in HBS grants into a serious startup backed by a number of Silicon Valley’s top VCs. Anthemos Georgiades (MBA 2012) finished his first year at HBS in 2011, he reached a…

ThredUp’s HBS Founders Master the Art of the Pivot
Entrepreneurship

ThredUp’s HBS Founders Master the Art of the Pivot

All Silicon Valley entrepreneurs know about The Pivot, the shift a start-up makes when it changes course with its business. Few recent HBS entrepreneurs have pivoted better or more boldly than James Reinhart and Chris Homer (both MBA, 2009) with their venture-backed company ThredUp, the leading online children’s clothing exchange. Reinhart, who also received his…

HBS-founded CloudFlare is Sky High
Entrepreneurship

HBS-founded CloudFlare is Sky High

We know Google traces its roots to Stanford, Dropbox to MIT, and Facebook to Kirkland House, but what recent high-tech company will HBS be bragging about years from now. The answer could be CloudFlare, founded by HBS MBA ‘09 grads and Section D classmates Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn. What exactly is this behind-the-scenes, 20-person…

Eric Ries and The Lean Startup
Entrepreneurship

Eric Ries and The Lean Startup

  On Wednesday, September 21, Eric Ries, an HBS entrepreneur-in-residence and author of the just-released book THE LEAN STARTUP, spoke at HBS and told would-be entrepreneurs to think fast. The author of the popular Startup Lessons Learned blog and co-founder of IMVU preaches the benefits of speed. How important is moving quickly, according to Ries? …

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