Babson Entrepreneur Experience Lab

Elements of the Entrepreneur Experience

Stories

Voice of the Entrepreneur

Voice of the Entrepreneur

Through the stories of Entrepreneurs of All KindsTM—those individuals or groups who think and act entrepreneurially, who can transform opportunity into reality and create economic and social value for themselves and for others—we are evolving our understanding of the experiences of entrepreneurship in ways that will help us extend the practice to the many, not the few. Browse the featured set of stories below, or spend time with the complete collection of over 400 video, audio and narrative stories. Share their journey and be inspired.

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Michael

Michael talks about knowledge and experience being more important than capital.

Michael

Founder & CEO, Hoot.me LLC

Michael talks about knowledge and experience being more important than capital at his stage in venture creation.

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Steve

Steve talks about his initial reaction to the organization's idea contest.

Steve

Innovation Network Director, Corporation

Steve talks about his initial reaction to the organization's idea contest.

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Laura

Laura talks about her strategy of de-risking.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura talks about her strategy of de-risking.

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Jonah

Jonah talks about bring an idea forward.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah talks about bring an idea forward.

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Lara

Lara compares the startup vs. small business community.

Lara

Co-Founder and CEO, Biznik

Lara compares the startup vs. small business community.

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Laura

Laura explains the lack of resources and capital available to underrepresented groups in areas of low socioeconomic status.

Laura

Venture Executive, EDCO Ventures

Laura explains the lack of resources and capital available to underrepresented groups in areas of low socioeconomic status.

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Bill

Bill talks about entrepreneurship as a means for success.

Bill

Executive Director, Hope CDA

Bill talks about entrepreneurship as a means for success.

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Eileen

From the very beginning Eileen was a building a team – the so-called kitchen cabinet – and leveraging her social networks to develop the business model.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

From the very beginning Eileen was a building a team – the so-called kitchen cabinet – and leveraging her social networks to develop the business model.

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Bijoy

According to Bijoy, entrepreneurs create new business models; that is their role and ultimate goal.

Bijoy

Founder, Bootstrap Austin

According to Bijoy, entrepreneurs create new business models; that is their role and ultimate goal.

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Calvin

Calvin discusses how opposition comes when implementing an idea.

Calvin

Senior Program Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Calvin discusses how opposition comes when implementing an idea.

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Owen

Owen talks about the importance of physical proximity in an entrepreneurial environment.

Owen

Co-Founder, Betaspring

Owen talks about the importance of physical proximity in an entrepreneurial environment.

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Dave

Dave talks about his formal education, and the impact his work community had in his professional growth.

Dave

Founder and CEO, TeachStreet

Dave talks about his formal education, and the impact his work community had in terms of his professional growth.

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Danielle

Danielle discusses getting people to buy-in to her vision.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle discusses getting people to buy-in to her vision.

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Diane

Diane has a proven track record, so she feels even if she had a lousy idea, she could get investor support.

Diane

President & CEO, Communispace

Diane has a proven track record, so she feels even if she had a lousy idea, she could get investor support.

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Scott

Scott talks about risks of being in his position within an organization.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about risks of being in his position within an organization.

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Jessica

Jess describes the meeting when she pitched her new role within the organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes the meeting when she pitched her new role within the organization.

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Tina and Carla

Carla and Tina talk about some of the barriers women entrepreneurs face in starting a business.

Tina and Carla

Sharp Skirts Austin

Carla and Tina talk about some of the barriers women entrepreneurs face in starting a business.

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Kamal

For Kamal, not trying is worse than trying and failing.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

For Kamal, not trying is worse than trying and failing.

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Mike and Seth

Mike and Seth began by just hiring their friends.

Mike and Seth

CEO and CFO, CustomMade

Mike and Seth began by just hiring their friends but then faced the painful realization that they weren't the right fit and then had to subsequently fire them.

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Hall

Hall talks about drawing bigger circles around life sciences.

Hall

Founder, Austin Entrepreneur Network

Hall talks about drawing bigger circles around life sciences; state level rather than city level.

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Rachel

Rachel talks about seeking companies that have similar experiences.

Rachel

Co-founder, CoThrive

Rachel asks, "What company is out there now that was where I am and is now quadruple in sales. You're four steps ahead of me, how did you get there?"

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Katie

Katie speaks on utilizing people's different skills and interests.

Katie

Project Manager, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Katie speaks on utilizing people's different skills and interests.

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Pam

Pam talks about previous experiences being translated into useful learnings now.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about previous experiences being translated into useful learnings now.

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Rajiv

Rajiv talks about not having a real plan and letting the idea pull you along.

Rajiv

Rajiv talks about not having a real plan and letting the idea pull you along.

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Rich

Rich admits that he used to focus too much on ideas.

Rich

Co-Founder, BigStove

Rich admits that he used to focus too much on ideas, whereas now he focuses on the team and execution; go out there and do it.

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Hannah

Hannah finds her way of working similar to entrepreneurs, but within an existing framework.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah finds her way of working similar to entrepreneurs, but within an existing framework.

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Lance

Lance thinks many first-time entrepreneurs have a naive approach to funding, so he helps them create a story that will help them get the resources they need.

Lance

Startup Catalyst, Atlanta Tech Development Center (ATDC)

Lance thinks many first-time entrepreneurs have a naive approach to funding, so he helps them create a story that will help them get the resources they need.

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Mike

Mike uses his business as a way to incubate and develop their own new ideas.

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

Mike uses his business as a way to incubate and develop their own new ideas.

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Meg

Meg's venture doesn't fit neatly into a category.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg's venture doesn't fit neatly into a category.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about not being afraid to "ruffle some feathers."

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about not being afraid to "ruffle some feathers."

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Jacob and Susan

Jacob and Susan talk about gaps in their knowledge of running a business.

Jacob and Susan

Founders, Office Nomads

Jacob and Susan talk about gaps in their knowledge of running a business, and that seeking help through their community is more valuable than formal education.

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Matt

Matt decided to "flood" himself, and jump right into his venture.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt decided to "flood" himself, and jump right into his venture.

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Jamien

Jamien talks about communication skills she picked up while in a corporate environment.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien talks about communication skills she picked up while in a corporate environment.

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Jeff

Jeff describes the transition of mindset within the church, and how it has lead him to become more inclusive of new ideas.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff describes the transition of mindset within the church, and how it has lead him to become more inclusive of new ideas.

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