Faculty & Leadership Blog / Tag: Entrepreneurs

Shannon Sweeny

Professor Bailey Brings Operations for Entrepreneurs Course Online to BabsonX

Nine times out of ten, entrepreneurs neglect to consider the role of Operations Management, which is a critical component for the successful launch and growth of every startup.  This is the problem that Professor Jennifer Bailey is trying to prevent. Bailey is bringing a 4 week, online version of her popular operations class to BabsonX.…

Michael Chmura

USASBE Hosts First Ever “Local” At UNC Chapel Hill

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship is working with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to offer a free event for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship professors, USASBE Local. The event will be held on November 2 at the Kenan-Flagler Business School in the Entrepreneurship Center. Heidi Neck, President of USASBE and the…

Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching

The Marvels of 3D Printing – Makerbot Case Study

The Marvels of 3D Printing – MakerBot Case Study Ruth Gilleran, Lecturer of Information Technology Erik Noyes, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship MakerBot is an industry leader in the production of affordable 3D printers.  3D printing is an emerging technology that promises to disrupt manufacturing as we know it. The MakerBot story explores the intersection of…

Michael Chmura

Building Entrepreneurial Cultures

What do the  Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators Summit,  Zappos, and Babson College have in common:  A shared  mission of building entrepreneurial cultures. I was honored and excited to again attend the annual Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators Summit, this time held at Dove Mountain in Tuscon.  For this event GS gathers up 100 entrepreneurs (both…

Michael Chmura

The World May Have Changed This Morning

Hours ago, on one of the largest e-commerce sites in the world, Chinese entrepreneurs began selling, for hard cash, places in the queue for the iPhone 5 to be delivered in mainland China from sources unnamed. Apple has not even announced a release date yet. This is not a minor detail in the flood of…

Michael Chmura

It’s Not Just Full Time Jobs That Matter

The recent reports about jobs raises a question about how entrepreneurial businesses actually grow.  Traditionally, policy-makers, academic researchers, entrepreneurs and governments measure the number of full time jobs created as the single most important mark of economic growth.  Clearly when companies increase the number of full time employees, this translates into an impact on many…

Michael Chmura

Women’s Entrepreneurship From A Global Perspective

I spent one of my evenings in Riyadh this week at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). I spent the evening with Seema Khan, SAGIA’s Chief Strategy Officer, and a group of about 20 women entrepreneurs to discuss their companies and the challenges of starting and growing an entrepreneurial business in the Kingdom.  The…

Michael Chmura

Entrepreneur Empowers Low-Income Youth

I had the pleasure of re-connecting with Veronica Chapman last week- one of our Babson MBA graduates.  Veronica has founded a new non-profit, Boxxout Enterprises http://www.boxxout.org/. Boxxout partners with youth service organizations in low income communities to  provide youth  with innovative and engaging educational programs and events that teach 21st Century skills.  They have an exciting…

Michael Chmura

Founder’s Dilemma: Leadership, Ethics And Entrepreneurs

Caroline Hotchkiss, professor of law, discusses “Founder’s Dilemma: Leadership, Ethics & Entrepreneurs” at Olin College February 25th as part of the Leadership and Ethics public lecture series. Category: Education Tags: business ethics leadership entrepreneurship

Michael Chmura

Is An Entrepreneur A Risk Taker, Predator Or Iron Chef?

In a piece in The New Yorker titled “The Sure Thing:  How Entrepreneurs Really Succeed,” Malcolm Gladwell lists a series of clever deals that allowed entrepreneurs such as Ted Turner to get into profitable ventures without having to make substantial investments of their own money.  Writing in an engaging and provocative way leads Gladwell into…