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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…

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Four Ways To Ace Your Venture Capital Funding Pitch

Ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s a harsh but true reality, especially for entrepreneurs seeking venture funding. In a world with millions of ideas, many of which are the same, why should a venture capitalist fund yours? It’s one of the many questions founders must answer in order to successful pitch to VCs, who…

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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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Five Ways To Tell Stories That Stick

Five Ways to Tell Stories That Stick

Entrepreneurs are constantly pitching, sharing their vision and venture in order to secure funding, make a sale, meet a new contact, and build out their team. Business plans are boiled down to bullets, and financials become memorized statistics. Jon Feinman explains how InnerCity Weightlifting uses storytelling in grant writing Although these elements are vitally important…

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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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Swimming With The Sharks

Shark Tank

For an entrepreneur, what could be better than pitching your business to five well-connected, deep-pocketed investors? How about pitching to those investors on prime-time television for an audience of 8 million potential customers? The popular ABC reality show Shark Tank has introduced viewers to more than 450 businesses since its 2009 premiere. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE…

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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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Gail Simmons on Creating a Career

Gail Simmons

“What is food but a huge window into every culture in the world?” That is the kind of rhetorical question an anthropologist might ask, so it makes sense coming from Gail Simmons, who studied anthropology in college before embarking on a career that has taken her around the world, bite by bite. In some ways,…

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Athletes, Entrepreneurs, and the Competitive Drive

Athletes Entrepreneurs Competitive Drive

During the Sochi Olympics, more than 1,300 gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to athletes from around the world. Closer to home, runners layered in winter gear diligently grind out long runs and practice hills in anticipation of the Boston Marathon in April. And, in accelerator conference rooms and campus lecture halls, entrepreneurs polish…

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