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… Continue reading Sapphire Ventures’ Quiet Approach Speaks Volumes with HBS Alums
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.… Continue reading #OverheardOnWestrek – Tactical tips on how to break into start-ups, big tech and VC
The Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers. Biggie and Tupac. Harvard and Stanford. East Coast/West Coast rivalries are far from a new occurrence. The latest hot incarnation of the ongoing battle: startup scenes. Sorry Chicago, but realistically, the centers are Silicon Valley on the West Coast and Boston and New York on the East. When… Continue reading Venture Capitalist and HBS EiR David Hornik Votes West Coast for Startups
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… Continue reading Venture Capital Goes xPerimental: Is the dot-com bubble repeating itself, or are we finally on the plateau of productivity?
Entrepreneurs-in-residence (EiRs) are quite possibly the best resource HBS has to offer the budding entrepreneur. With the patience of a FIN1 professor, the determination of an EC trying to get into Professor Malhotra’s Negotiation class, and knowledge equal to that of Dean Nitin Nohria himself, the EiRs come to HBS with one purpose: to help… Continue reading Open for Business
Harvard offers a vast array of information resources online, on the Web and in print. However, sometimes it’s not clear how to find the information you need. These interactive sessions will head you in the right direction. Questions about these presentations? Please email email@example.com. Bloomberg – Getting Started (Representative from Bloomberg presenting)Wed. 9/10 3pm and… Continue reading Upcoming Baker Library Services Research Information Sessions
The TechMedia club hosted the second Venture Capital Coffee Series, which was warmly received by the HBS student community. Held in Aldrich soon after Hell Week, initial fears of a low turnout were overturned when 65 RCs and ECs turned up for the event. The speaker of the evening was Chip Hazard. Chip is a… Continue reading The State of Venture Capital
Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D. of Clarus Ventures addressed a group of fifty MBA students on the topic of major changes in the pharmaceutical and bio-technology industries, bringing a broad range of perspectives to his presentation as a clinician, researcher, academic, serial entrepreneur, Fortune 100 COO, and venture capitalist. As a result of the changing… Continue reading Transformational Disruption in the Pharmaceutical Industry
The 14th Annual Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference held at Harvard Business School on Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 HBS students had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the great names in venture capital and private equity on Saturday, February 2nd at the 14th Annual VC&PE Conference. More than 400 students walked the… Continue reading VC&PE Conference Brings Industry Leaders to HBS
Forest, who just finished his Ph.D at MIT grad-school, and Moeller, a student at Harvard Business School – college friends turned business partners – are bringing a solution to cyclists everywhere with The Claw, a replacement for a ceiling hook from which to hang a bicycle. The Claw automatically grabs hold of a bicycle hoisted… Continue reading The Claw brings EC Student to ABC's American Inventor Final
The HBS Venture Capital/Private Equity Club (VCPE) successfully held its 13th annual VCPE conference last Saturday, February 3, 2007. The conference was well attended with a record 750+ attendees who came to listen to over 20 panels and two keynote speakers. Over 200 industry professionals attended the conference and the events were covered by Henny… Continue reading All Stars: 13th VC-PE Conference
Are nano-enabled polymer photovoltaic materials the answer to the impending energy crisis? What is Web 2.0 and how will it revolutionize the way business is conducted? What hot new technologies are on the venture capital horizon? BOSTON – With a focus on the future, Cyberposium 12 took center stage on Saturday, November 11, drawing a… Continue reading Cyberposium 12: Need Directions, Mapping Future Technologies
In a presentation hosted by the Social Enterprise Club, Catherine Rohr, founder and executive director of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), and Chris Quadri, PEP grant writer and former program participant, shared how PEP is changing the lives of inmates. One hundred thousand dollars in sales per week, 90% net margin, 90% repeat business. As… Continue reading POCD-Prisoners, Opportunity, Context, Deal
On a rainy Saturday in early April, an enthusiastic, if sleepy, group of HBS students gathered at 8:30am for a series of sold-out workshops on political leadership. The day-long program was sponsored, organized and run by the HBS Democrats, but was open to all students. The event included presentations on fundraising, running for office, and… Continue reading Wealthy, Capitalist, and Progressive
Welcome back to The Question. Not much has changed, except for my worm deck to skydeck relocation within Aldrich 10. Quick! Pop quiz!The approximate temperature in the Aldrich 10 skydeck is:a) Jamaica hotb) Africa hotc) The same temperature as Hell Yes, it’s warm, but I still love our old room. So let’s move on to… Continue reading THE BURNING QUESTION
An innovative format helped make the 2005 HBS Atlanta Trek a great success. The trek focused on connecting small groups of students with a broad variety of the most interesting Atlanta based companies led by HBS alumni. Instead of shuttling a large group of students around to PowerPoint presentations, the Atlanta Trek set up informal… Continue reading Atlanta Trek Provides Meaningful Connections
In a rush to create a business plan and talk to venture capitalists, entrepreneurs often overlook the legal aspects of starting and growing a business. On November 8th, Professor Constance Bagley shared with a packed room of students the Top 10 Legal Pitfalls of Entrepreneurs. Bagley, who teaches an EC course on the Legal Aspects… Continue reading Top 10 Legal Pitfalls of Entrepreneurs
On Saturday, February 7th, the Venture Capital & Private Equity Club held its 10th Annual Conference. The day was a huge success, thanks to the 50+ organizers, panelists, keynote speakers and sponsors. Prior to his keynote, The Harbus was lucky enough to get some words of wisdom from Michael Moritz, a partner at the California-based… Continue reading Interview with Michael Moritz
Well, I’ve polled all of my second year friends (OK, both of them) and gotten the scoop on what courses to take in the EC term. In addition to the standard must-take courses, they identified a few new courses HBS is offering this year that might be of interest to the class of 2004. Here… Continue reading EC Course Recommendations for the Class of 2004
On the weekend of January 31st, African-American Student Union (AASU) brought together top black business leaders of today and tomorrow at the 31st Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference held on campus and at the Marriott Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. The theme of the conference “Redefining Wealth: Claim it, Grow it, Sustain it” focused to introduce… Continue reading 31st Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference Brings in Record Numbers
The 2003 Annual Venture Capital and Private Equity conference held on February 1st, 2003 was a big success. The conference featured about 100 thought leaders from the venture capital and private equity industry, distinguished practitioners, and faculty from Harvard Business School and MIT. Nearly 400 students and outside registrants were in attendance. The conference featured… Continue reading 2003 VCPE Conference
It wasn’t the most conventional interview, but I knew it wouldn’t be when his assistant told me I could “ride with him to the airport”. I was meeting Dan Katzir, Managing Director of The Broad Foundation, an entrepreneurial, grant-making organization that funds innovative efforts to dramatically improve governance, management, and labor relations in the nation’s… Continue reading A Summer with The Broad Foundation
The gathering of hundreds of foreign dignitaries, business luminaries and members of the press at January’s World Economic Forum in New York City, included one of HBS’s current students. An independent WEF review committee selected Amish Mehta (OH) as one of 69 “2002 Technology Pioneers” for his work as CEO of CommercialWare, a software company… Continue reading HBS EC Student Named Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum
As part of the team responsible for marketing the annual Venture Capital & Principal Investment Conference, I grew worried about the conference’s attendance just seven days prior to the event. Registrations were down more than 50% compared to last year, it begged the questions: Is anyone really interested in private equity anymore? Is venture capital… Continue reading Is Private Equity Dead? Well At Least 600 HBSers Think Not.
Three practitioners presented their perspectives on the venture capital and private equity industry in Asia on the Asia Business Conference panel “Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship.” Andy Goldfarb, Senior Managing Director at JAFCO and HBS alumnus, started by providing a overall perspective on doing business in Asia. JAFCO, a leading Japanese private equity firm, has $750… Continue reading Asian Venture Capital and Private Equity
With well-known alumni such as John Doerr and Jeff Walker, Harvard Business School has long been thought of as the breeding ground for future venture capital and LBO stars. In a recent study of prominent Venture Capitalists (VC’s) with MBA’s, 36% earned their MBA from HBS while Stanford came in a distant second with 20%,… Continue reading Getting From HBS into Venture Capital
So what exactly is venture capital and private equity? Venture capital and private equity are, in the most general terms, organizations that take in money from investors (pension funds, governments, insurance companies, wealthy individuals) and use that money to buy equity stakes in privately held companies. Venture capitalists typically invest in companies early in their… Continue reading Overview of Venture Capital and Private Equity
Healthcare in the United States is a trillion-dollar business. Its vast complexity and breadth of scope has fascinated many business leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors. Over 15% of students at HBS have some type of work experience in healthcare, including biotechnology, health services, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Another significant number of students has had exposure to… Continue reading Healthcare Opportunities at HBS
For those of us who have only worked “in the bubble” the current situation seems bleak. As I trekked across the bridge this morning in to the howling wind the situation seemed even bleaker. I found myself envying the person who had sold me my daily dose of watery Boston coffee; they were employed. I… Continue reading Thin Pickings in the Job Bank Got You Down?
Obfuscate-verb; To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand; To render indistinct or dim (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd Edition) So there I was, trying to calculate the adjusted capital cash flow using the venture capital method for some case, when I realized that I… Continue reading Governing by Obfuscation?