Entrepreneurship

Innovation: Is It Only for Startups?
Entrepreneurship, Start Ups

Innovation: Is It Only for Startups?

Umang Sota (MBA ’21) examines entrepreneurial efforts at large companies. Almost ubiquitously, words like “Innovation” and “The Next Big Thing” are associated with startups. VC firms are competing every day to get a sliver of potentially the next Uber or the next Google. Up-and-coming talent and even the long-time industry veterans are happy to work…

Startup Corner: Bringing Ramen to Boston
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Bringing Ramen to Boston

Poorvi Vijay (MBA ’21) talks with Yasu Sasago (MBA ’20) about the startup that he and Masato Nakamura (MBA ’20) are developing. Tell us about your journey of how you thought about starting a business while studying at HBS. When I came to HBS, I knew that I wanted to try something entrepreneurial. But I…

LeverEdge-ing Our Collective Power
Entrepreneurship

LeverEdge-ing Our Collective Power

LeverEdge, the brainchild of two HBS students, is continuing to disrupt the world of student loans. Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) reports. With approximately $1.6 trillion in total debt outstanding and almost $9 billion of new student loans taken out in the last academic year in the United States, LeverEdge is uniquely positioned to capitalize on…

Startup Corner: Alpha Vantage
Entrepreneurship, Technology

Startup Corner: Alpha Vantage

What is the problem you’re trying to solve? Institutional-quality, real-time financial market data is not affordable or accessible to individual end users unless they (or the organization they are affiliated with) can afford to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for data charged by legacy providers . Olivier Porte and Steve Zheng (both MBA…

4 Steps to New Product Success: Tech Leaders Discuss Keys to Launching the Next iPhone, Tesla & AWS
Entrepreneurship, Industry Insights, Technology

4 Steps to New Product Success: Tech Leaders Discuss Keys to Launching the Next iPhone, Tesla & AWS

What are the greatest high-tech products and services ever launched? Apple’s iPhone? Tesla Model S? Amazon Web Services? Adobe Photoshop?  Windows XP? How about the groundbreaking Netscape Navigator? This past year, Silicon Valley technology product leaders launched a Product Leader Summit series hosted by Spero Ventures and sponsored by The Omidyar Network, Women in Product…

The MBA as a Finance Case
Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance

The MBA as a Finance Case

With Round 1 MBA admissions in the books and Round 2 underway, we are now seeing the mix of HBS campus visitors shift from Class of 2020 hopefuls toward Class of 2021 prospects. For many, the decision to apply entails weighing benefits of the MBA—facilitating personal and professional growth, gaining access to a strong brand…

Should You Be An Entrepreneur?
Campus News, Entrepreneurship

Should You Be An Entrepreneur?

“There is no failure,” said Professor Mark Roberge on our last day of Harvard Business School’s Startup Bootcamp. “There’s only learning.” We – the Startup Bootcampers, a group of 188 first-year HBS students eager to immerse ourselves in entrepreneurship – had been preparing for the week-long HBS Startup Bootcamp since last October. My team, comprised…

Overheard @ Startup Bootcamp
Campus News, Club Corner, Entrepreneurship, Technology

Overheard @ Startup Bootcamp

Over January 12-19, 188 first-year MBA candidates participated in the 2018 HBS Startup Bootcamp. Below, you can hear from 26 Bootcamp teams directly about their startup ideas, their greatest lessons learned over the course of the Bootcamp, and the startups that they have on their radars. AlphaInvest Digital platform providing retail investors with access to…

The Great Indian Start-Up Dream!
Campus News, Entrepreneurship, News, On Campus

The Great Indian Start-Up Dream!

What do you get when you have 500 million new internet users, a young and productive, burgeoning middle class and a workforce which defines global standards in technology? A vibrant and dynamic startup ecosystem i.e. India! Over the past 3 years, > $3 Billion was invested in startups in India. Leading venture investors like Sequoia,…

HBS Women Lead in Closing the Entrepreneurship Gender Gap
Entrepreneurship, On Campus, Women

HBS Women Lead in Closing the Entrepreneurship Gender Gap

Last year Rent the Runway partnered with UBS to launch Project Entrepreneur (PE), an initiative to provide women access to the tools, training and networks needed to build scalable, economically impactful companies. PE took shape as a multi-faceted national initiative that includes this robust digital hub, multi-city events, a venture competition, and a 5-week accelerator…

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…

Winning Sustainably: Harvard Students Make Top Ten Finalists in Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge
Campus News, Entrepreneurship, International, On Campus, Print Edition

Winning Sustainably: Harvard Students Make Top Ten Finalists in Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

Every year, Morgan Stanley runs the Sustainable Investing Challenge, which gives students a platform to create sustainable and profitable solutions to varying world problems. The organization’s study defines sustainable investing as “the practice of making investments in companies or investments which aim to achieve market-rate financial returns while pursuing positive social and/or environmental impact.” This…

Take it From the Guy who Created FOMO: One Job is not Enough
Alumni, Entrepreneurship, Outside the Bubble, Print Edition

Take it From the Guy who Created FOMO: One Job is not Enough

With graduation fast approaching, it’s natural to feel apprehensive about finding a job that will be both interesting and fulfilling. Even if you manage to find a position that meets your wildest expectations, how do you know that your initial excitement will last? According to Forbes Magazine, a recent survey by the Conference Board indicates…

#OverheardOnWestrek – Tactical tips on how to break into start-ups, big tech and VC
Club Corner, Current Events, Entrepreneurship, HomePost, Industry Insights, News, Opinion, Print Edition, Recruiting, Student Club

#OverheardOnWestrek – Tactical tips on how to break into start-ups, big tech and VC

By Jennifer Hurford, Harvard Business School Class of 2017 Secretly thankful you didn’t get any of those consulting/banking jobs you felt FOMOed into interviewing for? Here are some tips for getting a job in tech and VC brought to you straight from the mouths of HBS SF alums in big tech, start-ups, clean tech, and VC….

From Food Delivery to Shower Caps: Advice for FIELD 3 from an EC
Entrepreneurship, FIELD 3, HomePost, Industry Insights, Print Edition, Women

From Food Delivery to Shower Caps: Advice for FIELD 3 from an EC

By Tamara Zagorovskaya, HBS Class of 2016 This time last year, I joined a FIELD 3 team that was planning to disrupt the food delivery business. Coming from a finance background and never having caught the entrepreneurial bug, I was afraid of taking risks and dreading the forced “opportunity” to start a company at school….

International Surprises: The Best of Field 2 Travels
Culture, Entrepreneurship, FIELD 2, HomePost, International, Opinion, Print Edition, Travel

International Surprises: The Best of Field 2 Travels

By Annie Lindseth, HBS Class of 2017 What could possibly happen when you send 900 MBAs to 12 countries to interview locals and develop new products? It turns out that you can’t anticipate everything, even with a GEO team organizing minute details. And that’s a good thing. Unexpected experiences made Field 2 travel more fun…

Leveling the Playing Field: Lower the Cost of Pursuing an MBA
Admissions Advice, Alumni, Entrepreneurship, HomePost, Publishing Partner, Recruiting

Leveling the Playing Field: Lower the Cost of Pursuing an MBA

With acceptance rates at top MBA programs ranging from 7% to 20% and recent studies showing that over 50% of MBA applicants use an MBA consultant, the cost for competing begins early in the MBA pursuit process and has steepened dramatically. This advice comes at a steep price, though: the average hourly rate for admissions…

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