Tag: career

Honest Stories from Women Leaders

Women of the WIN Lab

A spreadsheet malfunction that prompted a moment of clarity. An entrepreneur’s brush with anthropology. The challenges of being women in male-dominated industries. These are just some of the many moments, observations and reflections shared by top female executives during “Honest Stories from Women Leaders,” a conversation at Babson College’s Boston Campus sponsored by the Women…

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Students Backing Students: The Rise of the Dorm Room Venture Capitalist

Like many of today’s most successful companies—Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and WordPress, to name a few—Rough Draft Ventures (RDV) was founded at a college. But, for Rough Draft, college is more than just the place where the idea was born; campuses are where the idea thrives. RDV is a team of students backing fellow students at…

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Care.com’s Sheila Lirio Marcelo’s Advice for Entrepreneurial Women

In the early 2000s, the Yellow Pages just weren’t cutting it. At least not for Sheila Lirio Marcelo. Having recently given birth to her second child, she enlisted her parents to help with babysitting. But, those plans swiftly changed after her father suffered from a heart attack. Rather than being set, she was scrambling to…

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TripAdvisor’s Stephen Kaufer on Shifting from Founder to CEO

It all began with a trip to Mexico. Like many travelers in 1999, Stephen Kaufer’s vacation began with a travel agent. Seeking recommendations on where to stay in Mexico, he left the agent’s office with three beautiful brochures for three gorgeous resorts at three distinct price points. At the mercy of marketing materials that all painted…

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Making the Most of a Startup Accelerator

Accelerators: they’re everywhere. In the greater Boston area alone, there are more than 50 accelerators, incubators, and support programs that offer startups co-working space, education, capital, mentorship, networking, and other support. Generally, these accelerators are structured the same: a cohort of startups participate for a set period of time and cap off the experience with…

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Exploring the Psychological Side of Repeat Entrepreneurship

Addicted to Entrepreneurship

Is entrepreneurship addictive? Our research, recently published in the Journal of Business Venturing, suggests that entrepreneurial behavior allows individuals to realize a sense of control in their lives, increase autonomy, and feel distinct, all ultimately leading to high levels of psychological well-being. For some people, starting and running one venture is enough. For others, new…

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How to Become an Objective Entrepreneur

People underestimate the power of their minds. Elizabeth Thornton, a Babson College professor, entrepreneur, and author of The Objective Leader, is a firm believer that perception is reality. “Your world exists in your mind,” she says, “which is amazing because that gives you the power to change your mind, change your business, and change your…

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Changing the Status Quo in Venture Capital

Venture Capital Gender Cap

Imagine you’re one of the founding executives at a promising new software company. You’ve already built and sold two other companies, gaining valuable experience and skills. Together with your co-founders, you’ve steered this company to early success—it’s enjoying sustained growth, robust sales, and a strong valuation in the marketplace. Your office space is in a…

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One on One with Innovation Leaders

Innovation Interviews

Innovation is a mandate for companies. A recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed a 64% increase in how often the I-word cropped up in annual and quarterly reports since 2006. With so many organizations thinking about and fueling their business innovation engines, we went straight to the source for perspective from five Boston innovators about…

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Outgrowing the Startup

Outgrowing the Startup

Middle age often means sensible decision making, assuming responsibility for others, and a (mostly) wise perspective. Several decades of life experiences have taught lessons about perseverance and helped define priorities. As true as this is for people, it also is true for businesses. For startups with staying power, growing the business is often a primary…

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