Entrepreneurship

Thriving in a Covid-19 World
Entrepreneurship

Thriving in a Covid-19 World

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Dan Katz (MBA ’22), a member of Thrive Global’s founding team, about mental resilience, why New Year’s resolutions fail, and the art of prioritization. When the 2016 Chicago Cubs won the World Series after a 107-year drought, millions of long-suffering fans flocked to the streets to join the victory…

Startup Corner: Lending a Virtual Hand to Homeowners Who Need a Fix
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Lending a Virtual Hand to Homeowners Who Need a Fix

A technology-enabled service platform, Dwelling, is delivering free remote maintenance guidance for homeowners stuck at home during the current crisis. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  Nick Ornitz (MBA ’21): For me, my first stint of “entrepreneurship” involved selling homemade bracelets in elementary school and later selling…

Naya Studio: Stop Consuming, Start Creating
Entrepreneurship

Naya Studio: Stop Consuming, Start Creating

A digital platform enables anyone, anywhere to turn their idea into a unique and meaningful furniture through connection, collaboration, and creativity. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  We have always had ideas for products (such as clothing, furniture, houses and lighting) that we wanted to make but…

All about Taking It in Your Stride
Entrepreneurship

All about Taking It in Your Stride

Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) talks to Tess Michaels (MBA ’20) about her start-up journey. In today’s volatile markets, many businesses and individuals are experiencing a cash flow problem. For a business owner, it can be difficult to accurately forecast demand and revenue and hence whether or not the business would be able to meet its…

Legacy That Is Truly Yours
Entrepreneurship

Legacy That Is Truly Yours

Umang Sota (MBA ’21) talks with Khaled Kteily (HKS MPP ’16) about his male fertility start-up Legacy. There are few things in life that are more precious than having a family and having children. Of course, having children is important for the continuation of the human race. But on a personal level, for people who…

Startup Corner: Creating A Better Alternative to Student Loans
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Creating A Better Alternative to Student Loans

This month, Tess Michaels (MBA ’20) introduces us to Stride Funding, a mission-oriented business that offers income-share agreement as a more flexible, affordable option to private student loans. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I’ve always thrived at learning by doing. I pursued my first venture during…

Startup Corner: Empowering Refugees with Personalized Healthcare
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Empowering Refugees with Personalized Healthcare

This month, Jordan Lebovic (MD/MBA ’20) introduces us to Hikma Health, a nonprofit organization that is creating customized data systems for refugee populations. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to work on entrepreneurial endeavors improving healthcare access. While in college at Columbia, I organized global health missions. On a mission to…

Fashion Forward
Entrepreneurship

Fashion Forward

Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) explores the concept of sustainability in fashion. It is a fact widely acknowledged that certain characteristics of the fast fashion industry, in its current form, are harming our planet. But few people know that fashion-related waste is the second-largest polluter in the world, after the oil industry. One person who is…

The Idea that Started It All
Entrepreneurship, Featured, Features

The Idea that Started It All

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph about his new book and the venture that most thought would never work. How often have you tried to explain a direct-to-consumer subscription model created by HBS alumni, and decided you were better off just calling it “the Netflix of … something?” Rent the Runway—“the…

The Warmth of Ramen
Entrepreneurship, Reviews

The Warmth of Ramen

Bringing people and cultures together with Yasu & Masa’s ramen: Tannya Cai (MBA ’21) reports. It was a cold, rainy day. On October 27, in 90 minutes, over 50 bowls of ramen were served by Yasu & Masa’s, a new startup founded by Yasu Sasago (MBA ’20) and Masato Nakamura (MBA ’20). A company focused…

Stepping into the Fast-Paced World of High-Frequency Trading
Entrepreneurship

Stepping into the Fast-Paced World of High-Frequency Trading

Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) talks to Ronan Ryan, President of the start-up exchange, The Investors Exchange (IEX), about creating a fairer stock market, starring in Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys, and why he does not recommend starting a business straight after school. I am delighted when Ronan Ryan confirms that he has managed to fit…

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 ‘18) are…

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…

Media Entrepreneurship In A Time Of Polarization
Blogs, Current Events, Entrepreneurship, HomePost, Opinion, Print Edition

Media Entrepreneurship In A Time Of Polarization

People at HBS have always tended to be politically and socially active. Many students speak about a desire to work in the public sector after a successful business career. Others hope to promote change from a position of corporate influence. However, during the 2016 election cycle, the social and political problems in our country began…

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…

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