Larsen: Empowering Managers with Smart Insights to Develop and Improve Their Teams

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Alex Benoit (MBA ’22) about Larsen, his startup, and how it is helping managers build better teams. Tell us more about your startup, Larsen. Larsen is a platform that empowers managers with the data and tailored actions to effectively develop and improve their team. The combination of employee surveys… Continue reading Larsen: Empowering Managers with Smart Insights to Develop and Improve Their Teams

Bridging Technology and Beauty with Hue

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with the Hue team about their personalized recommendation engine for beauty. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you all to become entrepreneurs.  Shah: When I was five years old, my dad quit his job and started his own company, a circuit board manufacturing business, which now has… Continue reading Bridging Technology and Beauty with Hue

Alumni Startup Corner: Investors’ Favorite HBS Companies

  HBS alumni venture capital investors share their favorite startups founded by fellow HBS graduates. Keith Bender (MBA ’20) reports.    HBS alumni startup founders have created $364B in market value since 2010. Accordingly, graduates in the venture capital industry closely follow the companies our fellow alumni are building. This month, I asked a panel… Continue reading Alumni Startup Corner: Investors’ Favorite HBS Companies

The Great Latin American Venture Opportunity

VC funding for LatAm startups grows 185% YoY with two months left in 2021. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  My passion for entrepreneurship was born when I started investing in startups as an angel investor in March 2020. In addition to investing capital, I often joined… Continue reading The Great Latin American Venture Opportunity

Building a Clean Skincare Brand

Part of a series of articles on female founders, Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) asks Elizabeth Arenz (MBA ’22) about her skincare startup, Belle House. Elizabeth Arenz (HBS ’22) worked in Investment Banking and Private Equity before attending HBS. She is passionate about beauty, skincare and sustainability. Italy is her favourite country in the world.  Tell… Continue reading Building a Clean Skincare Brand

Physicians Off the Beaten Path

With their podcast, Alexey Youssef and Shad Faraz (MBAs ’22) bust the myth that physicians cannot venture outside the traditional career path.  In my first year of university, one of my professors hosted a special session on “how to talk like doctors.” I was studying biomedical engineering and was required to spend equal amounts of… Continue reading Physicians Off the Beaten Path

Helping Women in Mexico to Live Fulfilled and Healthy Lives

Co-Founders, Lorena Ostos & Giovanna Abramo

First in a series of articles on female founders, Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) asks Giovanna Abramo (MBA ’22) about her startup, Plenna, which focuses on female healthcare. Tell us more about your start-up, Plenna? Plena in Spanish is female for “fulfilled.” Our vision is for women to live healthy and fulfilled lives, and our goal… Continue reading Helping Women in Mexico to Live Fulfilled and Healthy Lives

HBS Alumni Startup Corner: Summer Funding Update

Alumni founders raised $3.3B in venture capital this summer; startups founded since 2010 topped $350B in market cap. Keith Bender (MBA ’20) reports.   Startups led by HBS alumni received more than $3.2B in venture capital funding from the beginning of June through press time for this issue (August 21, 2021). Here, I review the fifty… Continue reading HBS Alumni Startup Corner: Summer Funding Update

Too Good To Go

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Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) shares the story of a Food Waste warrior Too Good To Go is a start-up fighting food waste by connecting customers looking to buy discounted food to restaurants and grocery stores discarding food. Businesses discarding excess food (usually in a “surprise” bag) provide up to 70% discount on the usual retail… Continue reading Too Good To Go

HBS LATAM Startup Triumphs in the Fundraising Arena

Andrés Ossa (MBA ’21)

Felipe Cerón (MBA ’22) interviews Andrés Ossa (MBA ’21) on his journey to raising $1.4M in order to revolutionize logistics Moving sucks. I would wager good money that most people hate it (if you do not agree please let me know because I have many fun jobs for you). It takes time, it is stressful,… Continue reading HBS LATAM Startup Triumphs in the Fundraising Arena

Measuring What Matters—ESG Transparency for Private Markets

Megan Murday (MBA ’21) shares how her startup, Metric, improves ESG measurement and management for private market investors Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  As my sectionmates have heard over and over again, I am from the Midwest and passionate about economic revitalization between the coasts. My… Continue reading Measuring What Matters—ESG Transparency for Private Markets

HBS Black New Venture Competition

Ansah Kobina wins HBS Competition

Ibe Imo shares the stories of Khalid David and Kobina Ansah at the HBS Black New Venture Competition For Khalid David, Venture Creation and Funding is Activism and Black Empowerment.  “At Harvard Business School’s Black New Venture Competition, I felt welcomed into a larger family of Black business leaders,” David said. NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.… Continue reading HBS Black New Venture Competition

HBS Pilots First Impact Investing Fund

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A team of EC students and faculty are executing the first investment from a new fund focused on BIPOC-owned and led small businesses in Massachusetts This year, HBS piloted its first student-run Impact Investing Fund, focused on investing in BIPOC-led and owned small businesses in the Massachusetts area. Since launching, the fund has raised $200k,… Continue reading HBS Pilots First Impact Investing Fund

Start-up Corner: Helping Startup Founders Create Their Own Brand, No Designer Required

David Klein and Alex Ray (MBAs ’20) share how their startup, Parade, combines machine learning and design theory to help founders launch a professional brand online in minutes. What is the problem that you are trying to solve? Startups spend $3,000 to $20,000 to develop a brand identity. It is so important to have an… Continue reading Start-up Corner: Helping Startup Founders Create Their Own Brand, No Designer Required

Pear VC Launching Community for Alumni Startup Founders

Keith Bender (MBA ’20) and Raunak Kasera (MBA ’23) report on HBStartups, the community for early-stage startup founders among the ranks of HBS alumni which goes live this month. At Pear VC, we recognize that entrepreneurship is perhaps the most popular way that HBS graduates meet their alma mater’s calling to be “leaders who make… Continue reading Pear VC Launching Community for Alumni Startup Founders

HBS Black New Venture Competition

Ibe Imo shares the stories of Crystal Evuleocha and Pierre Laguerre at the HBS Black New Venture Competition.  Through the Black New Venture Competition, A Black Woman Founder Gained National Exposure LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Crystal Evuleocha is the CEO and co-founder of Kiira Health. Kiira Health is a virtual clinic connecting women to health experts. Candice… Continue reading HBS Black New Venture Competition

How to Fail Well and the Similarities Between Business and Dating (I/II)

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Felipe Cerón (MBA ’22) interviews HBS professors about their failures and what they learned from them. How do we fail well? How do we learn from it? How do we get comfortable and move on fast? Should we share our failures? If you are anything like me (and I would place a bet most HBS… Continue reading How to Fail Well and the Similarities Between Business and Dating (I/II)

Start-up Corner: Building Schools for 264 Million Children

Marcel Ohngemach (MBA ’22) shares how 264.education provides access to education in developing countries and how the HBS community can contribute. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I grew up in Southern Germany close to Stuttgart, the Motor City, which is home to Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Out… Continue reading Start-up Corner: Building Schools for 264 Million Children

Halo: AngelList for the HBS Community

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Jamal Cherry (MBA ’21) and Mikal Lewis (MBA ’20), co-founders of Halo, about democratizing investing and entrepreneurship. Learn more about Halo at investwithhalo.com. Jamal Cherry and Mikal Lewis had never met before arriving at HBS, but they had followed a strikingly similar path. Both grew up in the South, both… Continue reading Halo: AngelList for the HBS Community

HBS Startup Bootcamp

Each year, over a hundred HBS MBA students participate in an immersion program to build on their skills to become an early-stage entrepreneur by starting a venture. Yvonne Ferrier (MBA ’22) talked with five founders-to-be about their venture ideas and aspirations.   2020 was a year described as a pause, standstill or hibernation time, but, in… Continue reading HBS Startup Bootcamp

Reimagining India’s Food Supply Chain

Sanjay Dasari (MBA ’22) shares his experience starting WayCool Foods, one of India’s largest and fastest-growing agri-tech social enterprises, reducing food wastage and supporting Indian farmers. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I was born in Ohio, USA, but I grew up primarily in India, traveling back… Continue reading Reimagining India’s Food Supply Chain

Empowering Black Students to Launch Their Careers

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Brian Hollins, founder of The Takeoff Institute, about his efforts to equip Black undergraduate students with the mentorship, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in the professional world. Racial disparities in education and employment have always existed in the United States. In the mid-late 1960s–the height of the civil… Continue reading Empowering Black Students to Launch Their Careers

Start-up Corner: Solving the Challenge of Funding Growth of the SaaS Economy

Miguel Fernandez and Przemek Gotfryd (MBAs ’21) share how their startup, Capchase, helps SaaS companies avoid painful dilution and extend their runway. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  Miguel Fernandez (MBA ’21): I am originally from Madrid, Spain. Even though I have an engineering background (industrial and… Continue reading Start-up Corner: Solving the Challenge of Funding Growth of the SaaS Economy