The Rock Center for Entrepreneurship oversees an Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR) program in which accomplished entrepreneurs and VCs visit campus monthly. During this time, they are available to students to offer counsel on their career or business planning issues. These meetings are a unique opportunity for students to connect one-on-one with entrepreneurs for meaningful conversations on a wide range of topics from new ventures and ideas to entrepreneurial career advice. This year, we have 14 EiR’s representing industries such as: mobile, online media, consumer products, e-commerce, life sciences, and venture design. We invite you to visit the Rock Center website to learn more about the EiR program and schedule an appointment: //www.hbs.edu/entrepreneurship/resources/eir-scheduling.html
Ajay Agarwal: Ajay (HBS-95) a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures in Palo Alto, is focused on early-stage software, mobile, and internet investing. Seven years at Trilogy Software, as head of sales and marketing, gives him strong grounding in customer focused operations. His passion is working with early-stage founders on team-building, culture, iteration of product market fit, and building the early go-to-market operations. His primary investment themes include e-commerce enablement, mobile/location based services, the revolution of the marketing function, and the use of big-data to transform business applications.
•Skills & Expertise: Founder development; business plan evaluations; hi-tech ventures; e-commerce; big-data; SaaS; mobile/location based services.
Gordon Bloom: Gordon (Stanford GSB-87) is founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) at Stanford, Harvard and Princeton. He teaches the design, development and leadership of innovative social ventures in global health, development, education and the environment. Gordon is an author of Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change (Oxford U. Press 2008).
• Skills & Expertise: Design & development of social ventures; Social Entrepreneurship & Global Innovation; Teaching; Learning Labs & Incubators; Art & Design; Clean Tech; raising capital/fund raising; start-up business plan development & evaluation; strategy & vision for social ventures; elevator pitches; international strategy consulting; medical technology
Chuck Davis: Chuck (HBS-86) is a digital leader, board director, advisor, and investor having served many successful small and large company stints. Chuck currently is a Venture Partner with Technology Crossover Ventures and serves as Executive Chairman for The Teaching Company which produces The Great Courses video lectures. Chuck also serves as Chairman of Swagbucks, a company by Prodege LLC.
•Skills & Expertise: Business evaluation; acquisitions; mergers and divestitures; public offerings; late and middle stage investments; venture capital; transition from large firms to high tech ventures; funding and growing internet platforms; digital & print media; interactive cable/TV; operations; general management, coaching, mentoring
David Hornik: David (HLS-92) a Managing Director at August Capital in Menlo Park, CA, investing broadly in information technology companies. He focuses on enterprise application and infrastructure software, as well as consumer facing software and services.
• Skills & Expertise: Founder development; business plan evaluations; hi-tech ventures, raising capital; seed and early round funding sources; e-commerce; mobile; manufacturing; operations; general management; e-commerce; mobile payment systems; business services; digital media
Eric Paley: Eric (HBS-03) a co-founder and Managing Partner at Founder Collective in Cambridge, which is an early stage fund started by a team of entrepreneurs. His primary interests include consumer and b2b startups, seed venture capital, and entrepreneurship.
•Skills & Expertise: Founder development; business plan evaluations; hi-tech ventures; evaluating business models and concepts; raising capital; seed and early round funding sources; operations; general management; product management.
Jules Pieri: Jules (HBS 86) the Co-founder and CEO at The Grommet in Somerville, her third startup. GigaOm recently described the company as “Kickstarter meets QVC The company blends media, retail and community to launch new innovative consumer products. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies, and was subsequently a senior executive for large brands such as Keds, Stride Rite and Playskool.
•Prior Experience: President and COO of Ziggs, Inc.; President of Lexington Education Foundation; Vice President of Strategic Planning at Stride Rite/Keds.
•Skills & Expertise: adapting to new industries/markets; brand management; product marketing and strategy; e-commerce; design; consumer products; social media; product launch and discovery; social networking
Ruben Pinchanski: Ruben (HBS-93) is a hands-on eCommerce builder who works closely with CEOs and leaders of retail companies, VCs, and startups to help “land the airplane”. His experience expands close to two decades, (since 1995) and has been instrumental in the building, optimization, and execution of solutions for startups and several of the nations top retailers and direct marketing organizations. Ruben serves as an Entrepreneur Fellow at General Catalyst Partners Venture Capital, continues his passion building eCommerce businesses, and advises startups
•Skills & Expertise: Development of eCommerce ventures; creative/user experience and technical execution; logistics and fulfillment solutions; customer care/service; CRM; digital marketing. Industries: consumer, retail, luxury, fashion
Diego Rodriguez: Diego (HBS 01) a Partner at IDEO in Palo Alto, California and a founding professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. At IDEO, he helps clients bring big innovations to market across the areas of software and product development, venture design and marketing. At the Stanford d.school, Deigo created a new paradigm for active learning with his class ‘Infectious Action in which business, engineer and social science students use design thinking to prototype viral offerings and services.
•Prior Experience: Partner at IDEO, R&D at Hewlett-Packard and a marketer Intuit; Visiting Scientist at MIT Media Lab; Board Member at Boulder Digital Works.
•Skills & Expertise: Hi-tech ventures; adapting to new industries/markets; software and product development; venture design; marketing; product development; organizational processes, and marketing
Ray Rothrock: Ray (HBS ‘88) a Partner at Venrock in the in Palo Alto, specializes in early stage capital focusing on energy, security, and infrastructure investments. As a venture capitalist for more than two decades, Ray has assisted entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams and produced outstanding financial returns for his limited partners. He has personally discovered and guided more than 50 companies in the Venrock portfolio through their early stages of formulation and growth.
•Skills & Expertise: Founder development; business plan evaluations; hi-tech ventures, raising capital; seed and early round funding sources; energy; information technology infrastructure and cyber security
•Prior Experience: Partner at Venrock, former Director of CAD/CAM Marketing at Sun Microsystems. Boards of Check Point Software Technologies, Appthority, CTERA Networks, CloudFlare, GenBand, CoreTrace, Red Seal Systems, Aria Systems, Transonic Combustion, and Tri Alpha Energy. Past investments include Imperva, Spyg
Rudina Seseri: Rudina (HBS-05), a partner in Cambridge, Massachusetts based, Fairhaven Capital has experience in investing in start-ups, working with founders and executive teams, developing strategies for growing businesses. Her previous role at Microsoft gave her the insight on the acquisition side of ventures from a large company perspective. She has been a judge on a variety of business plan competitions and a mentor for TechStars. She has written a column at Inc.com – focused on e-commerce and social marketing and regularly appears on Entrepreneurs Grill with Scott Kirsner.
•Skills & Expertise: Evaluating business models and concepts; B2C and B2B4C products and services; raising capital; seed and early round funding sources; digital media; social marketing; SaaS and consumer internet.
Jim Sharpe: Jim (HBS-76) has experience in running small and medium enterprises (SME), turnarounds, angel investing, entrepreneurship through acquisition and entrepreneurship in large organizations. He has a deep understanding of the career choices around working for a large firm first and then moving into an entrepreneurial business a decade into his a career. 21 years later, after selling his business, he joined the HBS faculty to teach The Entrepreneurial Manager, Turnarounds and Running Medium and Small Enterprises courses. . Working with his wife (HBS-81) gave him an appreciation of the challenges facing a dual career couple and how to make the compromises associated with the work/life balance issues.
•Skills & Expertise: Acquiring a business; search; B2B sales; ISO and lean processes; working with your spouse; materials; machinery; computer services; nurse care
Steve Sydness: Steve (HBS-81) is the former CEO of Endurance International Group located in Burlington, Massachusetts. Endurance is the largest provider of online solutions to small and medium businesses. While Steve was CEO, the company grew from 5 employees to more than 1000 and from zero to over $250 million in revenue.
•Skills & Expertise: General management; operations; strategy; raising capital; acquiring businesses.
•Prior Experience: Executive Vice President at Great Plains Software, Kissinger Associates, and McKinsey & Company. Board member: Data Intensity and Swiftpage.
Tony Tjan: Tony (HBS 98) is Managing Partner at Cue Ball, located in Boston. Cue Ball realizes human potential through early growth equity on recurring revenue platforms in information services, digital media and specialty consumer opportunities. Tony leads the firms overall direction and is involved across deal development activities, including on-going guidance and mentorship to the leadership of Cue Balls portfolio companies.
•Prior Experience: Tony’s most recent position was as Senior Partner at the Parthenon Group, senior advisor to Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters), founder of an Internet services firm, ZEFER and co-founder of Miniluxe. Tony started his career with McKinsey & Company where he focused on consumer and media clients.
•Expertise: Founder development; business plan evaluations; hi-tech ventures; raising capital; seed and
Russ Wilcox: Russ (HBS 95) a Co-founder and CEO at Transatomic Power which focuses on developing a nuclear reactor that works safely, cleans up waste, and pays off quickly. He is driven by his personal motto: “you live to your fullest potential when you pursue a challenging dream that builds lasting value for others.”
•Skills & Expertise: Hi-tech ventures, B2B sales; raising capital; nuclear reactors; manufacturing
•Prior Experience: Co-founder and CEO of E Ink Corporation. Board member of Harvest Automation.