Living Entrepreneurship Blog / Author: Jake Maude

Jake Maude

Founder Friday with Mike Sepso of Major League Gaming

Mike Sepso recently participated in the Blank Center’s Founder Friday, where he shared how he went from an undergrad at Babson in 1994 to starting Major League Gaming, which was sold to Activision Blizzard Inc for $46 million in 2016. The History Sepso was into broadband even before it was a big thing. At that…

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Babson Built Podcast

It is very difficult to visit Babson’s campus without meeting an entrepreneur. Most conversations with students and faculty alike are seasoned with tidbits about startups, and many would argue that entrepreneurship is the very lifeblood of the school. Every year, nearly 18% of MBA students go on to start their own business, the highest of…

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Ralph Wagner | Walnut Ventures

The Walnut Ventures meeting provides a relaxed, casual setting for angel investors from diverse backgrounds. The format was similar to other investor meetings I’d attended. There was is an introduction and the pitch itself, which was followed by a round of questions. After a company presents, the entrepreneurs are asked to leave the room and…

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Jeff Bussgang’s Entering Startupland

On February 15th, Babson hosted Jeff Bussgang, a venture capitalist at Flybridge Capital Partners, and the author of Mastering the VC Game. His latest book, Entering Startupland, draws from a breadth of experience in startups and venture capital. The book focuses on helping “joiners” figure out how to get into a startup, and setting their…

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The Butler Launch Pad: John Hallal on the “Launch and Grow” Stage

An adjunct professor at Babson College, John Hallal teaches Mergers & Acquisitions for Entrepreneurs. John also serves as an advisor in Babson’s Launch Pad Program, advising businesses at the “Launch and Grow” stage, coaching entrepreneurs on go-to-market strategies, operations, sales and fundraising. John currently works as Managing Director for Network Blue, is an attorney for…

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Marijuana and the Entrepreneur

The Blank Center’s Marijuana and the Entrepreneur was both an information session on an emerging industry and a Q&A with experts in the industry, rolled into one, and has likely sparked the imagination of numerous attendees. The panel was made up of Ben Ferri, founder of Kind & Co, Mark Slater, Chief Investment Officer at…

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Boston Harbor Angels

Boston Harbor Angels (BHA) is one of the most prominent angel investing groups in the US with numerous successful exits. BHA is a tight knit group of investors, who pride themselves on seeking out high quality, high impact companies in which to invest. On December 15th, Babson hosted the Boston Harbor Angels for their year-end…

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SVP Blog Series: DetraPel

DetraPel is an amazing product that you can be sprayed on anything to make it water repellent, like a pair of shoes or a sweater. The company is run by a team of four, and headed up by David Zamarin (interviewed here), a sophomore at Babson College. Recently, they are excited to have raised some funding, and are…

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Launchpad Venture Group

The Launchpad Venture Group is one of the largest and top three most active Angel groups in the country, in terms of deal volume and dollars invested. The group is capped at 150 investors, and has a long waitlist to get in. The group puts about $8 million to work per year, and currently has…

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SVP Blog Series: Lula Rides

Lula Rides is a car sharing platform, with a twist. Described by BostInno as “Airbnb for College Students’ Cars”, it has users taking trips on Babson’s Wellesley campus, as well as requests to join fifty additional college campuses. Founded by Babson student Michael Vega-Sanz (interviewed here) and his twin brother Matthew Vega-Sanz, the application just…