Tag: names and faces

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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Failure: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Yasu Yamakawa, Dr. Failure

We’ve all heard the stories—Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, Oprah was let go from her first television job, and Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school multiple times. These stories tell us that from great failure can come great success. But, can it work for the general public or is this just something that…

Posted in Preparing Entrepreneurial Leaders

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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Fighting Global Iron Deficiency, One Lucky Iron Fish at a Time

Lucky Iron Fish

Sets of three are lucky in Cambodia. When Dr. Gavin Armstrong incorporated his company Lucky Iron Fish on 12/12/12, he wasn’t thinking much about luck. Then, just 25 years old, he had been working in Cambodia where more than 50 percent of the population suffers from iron deficiency. “In Cambodia, there’s actually no word for…

Posted in Amplifying Social Innovation

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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Corporate Social Responsibility from the Bottom Up

Shainoor Khoja

How can companies empower citizens of the world’s war-torn economies? For Shainoor Khoja, the answer includes bringing those citizens into the organization’s business model. Believing a company is only as strong as the community it serves, Khoja has spent more than 10 years engaging with and investing in the development of “bottom of the pyramid”…

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Can the Collaborative Economy Fix Climate Change?

Peers Inc

In the not so distant past, people needing a car had just two options. They could either buy an entire car (a purchase that accounts for 17 percent of the typical American budget) or they could rent one in 24-hour bundles. Both cases were mismatched between the driver’s needs—for example commuting, or hauling a large…

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Helping Teen Mothers Step Out Of Poverty

Catalina Escobar

In the year 2000, Catalina Escobar had it all: a beautiful family, a promising career running her own international trading company, and a home in Cartagena, a gem of a city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. But 2000 was also the year Catalina’s life changed forever. While volunteering in a local neonatal clinic, a newborn died…

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