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BuildAFlock Launches at HBS to Help Students Spread Their Wings

We’ve all heard of tweeting, but it’s time for HBS students to start flocking. BuildAFlock, a real-world social networking start-up co-founded by Cy Khormaee (OI), Deborah Hsieh (OI), and Shlomi Dinoor (UMass MBA), officially launched on November 29 as a private beta for the HBS community. BuildAFlock is an online platform that takes the administrative…

Entrepreneurship, Features

Launching and Scaling a Successful Social Venture: Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO, Year Up (MBA ’92)

“The untold story of how to create, launch and scale a social venture”- this is how Professor Allen Grossman framed the November discussion with Gerald Chertavian, MBA class of 1992 and Founder of award-winning nonprofit Year Up. Chertavian, who’s organization seeks to close the opportunity divide by equipping urban youth with skills, experience and empowering…

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So What’s the Deal with Spotify, Anyway?

Chris Sumner (NA) reflects on the rapid rise of Spotify and the winners and losers in the face of this ‘freemium’ innovation. Spotify first appeared in the United States twelve months ago. A small Swedish import with a ‘freemium’ music streaming model and an interesting group of backers (including ex-Napsterer Sean Parker), Spotify was a highly…

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From FIELD 3 Concept to Kickstarter Campaign

Most of us have iPads, but most of us don’t  have kids. That’s what I shared with Phyl Georgiou, the co-founder of Tiggly, who explained why I, and any adult that knows a toddler, could find Tiggly’s iPad toddler-toy useful. We all know a two-year old, right? In my case, I know plenty, so I…

Club Corner, Entrepreneurship

TechMedia Club to Host 8th Annual Cyberposium

The TechMedia Club will host its eighteenth annual Cyberposium on Sunday, November 4th.  The club’s flagship event, entirely student organized, is the largest MBA technology conference in the world and is one of the most attended conferences on Harvard Business School’s campus every year. This year, conference co-chairs Vinay Kashyup, Jason Sorger and Pallavi Kansal…

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My Start-Up Summer

Pupillary distance, eye exam room dimensions, street-level city permitting regulations & fees, and legal contracts — this is only a small sampling of the many new topics I learned about this summer during my internship at Warby Parker. For quick context, I spent my 12 weeks at Warby focusing on two big marketing initiatives. The…

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LookMazing: A Start-Up Featuring You

HBS has contributed immensely to the burgeoning fashion start-up scene. But the vast majority of fashion start-ups are focused on innovative new selling strategies (Gilt famously built its business model around flash sales). In contrast, LookMazing focuses on the curation and expression of personal fashion styles, and enables fashion discovery through social networking. I sat…

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An Inside Look at Trunk Club

Last summer, I had the opportunity to intern with Trunk Club, a men’s clothing service that makes it easy to find great clothes without any shopping. It was my first experience working at a start-up; when I joined, the company had just hit their first full year of sales, and was growing quickly. What makes…

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Venture Corner: CIMLS.com Discovers How to Open the Floodgates and Harness Data to Power Its Business

As a refresher, what was your business and your progress at the time of the last Harbus interview? CIMLS.com (The Commercial Investment Multiple Listing Service) is a commercial real estate research service.  We collect and provide access to a huge database of information ranging from property listings to local market demographics www.replicabestsale.co.uk.  At the time…

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

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Venture Corner: supperclub

What is your business? Supperclub is a group dating service that matches single graduate students and alumni on fun, casual group dinners designed to spark connections.  In a world where many students and young professionals are frustrated with current dating opportunities, supperclub provides an opportunity to meet new like-minded people outside of one’s usual social…

Entrepreneurship

Venture Capital Goes xPerimental: Is the dot-com bubble repeating itself, or are we finally on the plateau of productivity?

Speak with any member of the staff of HBS’s Entrepreneurial Management Department, and he or she will describe a time when venture capitalists were like barbarians at the HBS gates www.replicabestsale.co.uk.  They would snatch HBS and Harvard students from campus either through funding Harvard startups at huge valuations, or by incenting students to work at…

HBS-founded CloudFlare is Sky High
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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…

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is Overrated

I mean, we really, deeply, unabashedly, lust after entrepreneurship. It’s the dream job. Do whatever you want! No rules! Your own office, your own schedule, everything exactly the way you like it. There’s all kinds of statistics pointing to our collective interest in the profession (though, rather than having me actually research and cite any,…

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Can’t Afford the Big Game? ScoreBig was Made for You

In a world with too many fees and not enough trust, ScoreBig offers a welcomed reprieve.  The website allows the casual fan to pay deep discount prices for sporting or event tickets, but also alleviates the concerns of unfairness to season ticket holders or other individuals who paid face value for similar tickets. Adam Kanner…

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Listen, Learn, Communicate, and Change: How My Employees and I Transformed Union Corrugating Company

In 1992, just after graduating from HBS, I became President of Union Corrugating Company, my family’s metal roofing manufacturing business.  The $9mm revenue company was in a severe state of decline replica breitling, facing operational red ink, the loss of a customer accounting for 25% of sales, outdated equipment, demoralized employees, and poor customer relationships,…

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(Business) Design: Fad or Fact?

Currently a Professor at Case Western University’s Weatherhead School of Management, Richard Buchanan is one of the world’s leading design theorists replica watches. Former head of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design, Buchanan joined Weatherhead’s faculty in 2008. He is also co-editor of Design Issues, a premier design journal published by MIT Press. Buchanan defines…

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Disrupting Innovation: Going Beyond the Buzz-Word of the Day

Why does design theory matter, what we can learn from it, and how we can practice it? I had the opportunity to speak to Tom Hulme (HBS ‘07), Design Director at IDEO London, on the topic of design and its integration with business //www.replicaforbest.co.uk/replica-breitling-watches-sale-for-uk.html, which enabled me to conclude that the concept of innovation is…

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