Yerim Kim

Past Rocket Pitch Participants: Where Are They Now? (Series: Part III)

David Eddy M’85, founder of Legacy Software, Ltd., recently shared his experience in participating at Rocket Pitch with me. Legacy Software, Ltd. produces a built, working, battle-tested software product that helps to transfer the knowledge about Fortune 350 software portfolios to younger generation. Eddy participated in Rocket Pitch four times, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013. Among…

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Rachel Kim

Accelerator Adviser Profile Part II: Richard Mandel

We are featuring profiles of our Butler Venture Accelerator advisers. Check back for updates! Do you guys often see a man with a white beard holding a rose in a vase? Well, that’s Professor Richard Mandel. Professor Mandel was a mailman. He played three different instruments. He studied law. He was the Professor for Professor…

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Idea Generation and Innovation

What do you think of when someone says “innovation”? Many people think of product innovation, such as Apple, or process innovation, such as Dell. On October 15, the Butler Venture Accelerator held a lunch and learn session on idea generation and innovation. Innovation is not the same as idea generation, it is a much longer…

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Yerim Kim

Past Rocket Pitch Participants: Where Are They Now? (Series: Part II)

Andres Valencia M’15, a founder of GoBag, shared his experience in participating at Rocket Pitch. GoBag is a producer of flexible water bottle that can be folded. GoBag provides you a cool way to wear your water. Valencia participated in 2013 Summer Venture Program and 2013 Rocket Pitch. Valencia came up with this idea around…

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Rachel Kim

Accelerator Adviser Profile Part I: Andrew Corbett

We are featuring profiles of our Butler Venture Accelerator advisers. Check back for updates! Professor Andrew Corbett is all about cognitive aspect in business. His research is based on how people think and learn and how they find new opportunities based on their skills. He is currently a professor in the Entrepreneurship Division and faculty…

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Yerim Kim

Identifying Customer Needs and Prototyping

On October 6th, the Butler Venture Accelerator had a workshop on identifying customer needs and prototyping. This workshop aimed to help entrepreneurs to learn how to generate new business ideas based on customer needs. Participants created a simple prototype of a wallet. In the process, participants interviewed their “customer,” created a simple prototype and pitched…

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What To Do With a Really Big Idea

Entrepreneurs have ideas, sometimes lots of ideas. But how do you get from idea, to an actual business opportunity? Oftentimes many entrepreneurs think they have a great idea, create the product/service, but don’t think about the other dimensions of the business. On October 2, the Butler Venture Accelerator had a lunch and learn session on…

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Daniel Qualls

Sales for Startups or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Vaporware

First, the long title of this blog post (and GIF above) are taken from the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. This post has nothing to do with Stanley Kubrick or nuclear war, but I thought “stop worrying and love vaporware” was a perfect…

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What To Do While Exploring

It’s been a couple weeks since we notified our first batch of Accelerator participants about what stage they’ll start out in the Butler Venture Accelerator. Many, like you, may be exploring various ideas and not sure what to do next. Cindy Klein Marmer, advisor to the Explore stage of the Accelerator, hosted a “Welcome to…

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Rachel Kim

How to Enter Markets

On September 30, Megan Driscoll, president of PharmaLogics Recruiting came to speak to Babson students and the Butler Venture Accelerator. PharmaLogics Recruiting is located in Boston, MA. Their mission is to be the number one bio-pharmaceutical recruiting company in the world, by placing top talent at companies devoted to the development of medicine that improves…

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