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
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 ...
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. ...