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Conversations between Harvard Business School students and folks who have been on audacious journeys building meaningful ventures. A podcast by the HBS Entrepreneurship Club.

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March 30, 2020 00:32:55
Jason Calacanis - Legendary Angel Investor

Jason Calacanis - Legendary Angel Investor

Jad Esber (MBA 2020) and Bryce DeFigueiredo (MBA 2021) talk to Jason Calacanis. Jason is an entrepreneur and legendary angel investor. In the dot-com era, he started a company called Weblogs, Inc., which he sold to AOL. Later, he got into angel investing and invested at the earliest stages in companies such as Uber, Thumbtack, and Calm.   Topics on this episode include: - How Jason learned where power resides and how wealth is created - His philosophy on capitalism and building companies - His advice to MBA founders - Why we all need to learn to take more risks ...

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February 15, 2020 00:50:46
Eric Paley - Founder Collective

Eric Paley - Founder Collective

Jad Esber (MBA 2020) speaks with Eric Paley (MBA 2003) about his career as a startup founder and venture capitalist. Eric is a managing partner at Founder Collective, an early stage venture fund in Boston. In this episode, Eric tells stories from his days as a founder and gives advice on working with co-founders and VCs. ...

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October 28, 2019 00:31:40
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Joel Peterson - JetBlue, Peterson Partners

In today’s episode, we speak with Joel Peterson, current chairman of JetBlue and Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Joel’s career got a big boost from being the CEO and CFO of the world’s largest real estate development company, after which he left to start a private equity firm. Tune in to hear us discuss Joel’s experiences working as the chairman of JetBlue and how his career path has been quite serendipitous. Topics:  A moment in his career where forgiveness played a large part Early on, Joel thought you could use “spin” to get out of anything Why keeping someone on when they’re not working out can be detrimental How he became the CFO of a private equity firm The terrible end to his tenure at the private equity firm Why Joel thinks he is offered leadership positions The importance of building trust in business Which world leader is Joel’s role model Quotes: “Early on in my career... I learned that you can’t talk your way out of problems you behaved your way into.” “This was a $750 Million decision for a little start-up airline, so we knew we had to get this terminal right.” “It would be hard to run a business without people trusting you.”  Resources: JetBlue   ...

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September 30, 2019 00:26:03
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Matt Oppenheimer - Remitly

Alex Spencer (MBA 2021) and Bryce DeFigueiredo (MBA 2021) talk to Matt Oppenheimer (MBA 2009), co-founder and CEO of Remitly. Remitly is the largest digital remittances company in the world. They transform the lives of immigrants and their families by providing financial services for folks looking to send money back to their home countries. We discuss talk about Matt’s background and what led him to entrepreneurship and fintech, his experience at HBS, and his path to starting Remitly. Special thanks to Joseph Lee (MBA 2021), our executive producer. ...

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September 22, 2019 00:41:50
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Warren Hogarth - Sequoia Capital And Empower

Bryce DeFigueiredo (MBA 2021) and Alex Spencer (MBA 2021) talk to Warren Hogarth (MBA 2008), former partner at Sequoia Capital and current co-founder and CEO of Empower. Empower is a fintech startup whose mission is to empower consumers to retake control of their financial lives. We discuss Warren's background in engineering and at Sequoia, the mission of his current startup Empower, and how he's managed to build such an impressive company with a lean team. ...

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September 07, 2019 00:57:24
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Navid Nathoo - The Knowledge Society

Alex Spencer (MBA 2021) and Rahim Noormohamed (MBA 2021) talk to Navid Nathoo, co-founder of The Knowledge Society. The Knowledge Society is a human accelerator designed for students age 13-17. Their mission is to build the next generation of global leaders who have a strong sense of purpose, tenacity, resourcefulness, leadership, and vision. We cover human potential, Navid's philosophy on education, and how we can develop leaders who will tackle the world's toughest problems. ...

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