Tag: Entrepreneur

Babson San Francisco

Week 7: SF Summer Venture Program

All 11 teams at Babson San Francisco are building momentum and preparing for the August 4th Venture Showcase! This week, we had two *Hot Seats* and speakers Brad Kondracki and Mike Pestana from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (WSGR) and CiCi MacDonald from Chew on this Storytelling. We also had special guest Will Lamb, Dean of Babson’s…

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Emily Denoble

Building a Board

Professor Les Charm joined the Summer Venture Program’s for a Lunch and Learn to discuss building an advisory board: How to manage expectations, find members, and run meetings. He dispelled some misconceptions that our entrepreneurs held about the purpose of board members, saying that “the role of the board is to help you solve the…

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Emily Denoble

Summer Venture Program Improv!

Larry Coen, an instructor at Babson’s Sorenson Center for the Arts, conducted an interactive workshop  to teach the Summer Venture Program cohort how to apply improvisational techniques to their professional development. Improvisation (or “improv”) is the art of saying yes. That’s the rule. This rule contrasts many real-life situations in which we deflate interactions by…

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Emily Denoble

Crowdfunding 101

Thinking about launching a crowdfunding campaign? Professor Erik Noyes hosted a “Crowdfuding 101” session for the Butler Venture Accelerator to explain the basics of this fundraising strategy. While there are four types of crowdfunding (rewards, donations, equity, and lending), this discussion was focused on rewards-based crowdfunding, in which backers receive a “gift” depending on the…

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Babson San Francisco

Week 6: SF Summer Venture Program

This week, we had several special guests @ Babson San Francisco including: Debi Kleiman, Executive Director of the Blank Center, Kathleen Utecht, Babson alum and managing partner @ Core Innovation Capital, and Stuart Goldstein, Babson alum and managing partner of Samuel Goldstein and Co (Certified Public Accountants).  Debi moderated a fireside chat with Kathleen, a VC who…

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Emily Denoble

A Journalist’s Tips for Entrepreneurs

The Summer Venture Program hosted New York Times reporter Glenn Rifkin for a Lunch and Learn session a few weeks ago. Rifkin has been a columnist at the Times for over 20 years and publishes articles ranging from obituaries (his exclusive Marvin Minsky obituary trended worldwide on Twitter), to detailing exciting new businesses. Companies featured…

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Babson San Francisco

Week 5: SF Summer Venture Program

We’re halfway into Summer Venture Program and our teams are collaborating and reaching milestones! In terms of programming, we had a talk from two Babson alums, Ben Narasin, partner @ Canvas Ventures and Ian Thiel, Head of Product @ Optimizely, we had another *Hot Seat,* and we volunteered with NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). We were also fortunate to…

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Emily Denoble

Entrepreneurship Faculty Profile: Phil Kim

To anyone who has met Professor Phil Kim, it would not come as a surprise that he recently received tenure at Babson. He is a kind, intellectual man, passionate about creating positive change in the world. I recently sat down with Professor Kim to learn more about his interests and what entrepreneurship means to him.…

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Emily Denoble

Marsh Carter & Anne Steer Visit

Marsh Carter, former Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, and Anne Steer, Head of Distribution at Congress Asset Management, spent time at the Summer Venture Program a couple weeks ago. This was Carter’s seventh year with the Program, and Steer’s second. Both are experienced business leaders, providing unique perspectives and invaluable advice for the…

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