Babson Entrepreneur Experience Lab

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Voice of the Entrepreneur

Over 400 video, audio and narrative stories from new venture entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs inside. Use the controls in the right sidebar to sort by entrepreneur type or entrepreneur experience element; or, add demographic filters to refine your results.

Jeff

Jeff compares getting work done, versus getting many perspectives to get the best work done.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff compares getting work done, versus getting many perspectives to get the best work done.

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Pete

Pete talks about people reaching a point in their career where they want more control and autonomy, and how family business can be restrictive of that.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

Pete talks about people reaching a point in their career where they want more control and autonomy, and how family business can be restrictive of that.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about being open to collaboration and different perspectives.

Jessica

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

Jessica talks about being open to collaboration and different perspectives.

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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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Chris

Chris talks about working alone is like "being on an island."

Chris

Co-founder, Super Web-O-Matic

Chris talks about working alone is like "being on an island."

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Christine

Christine's take on involving others.

I bet a lot of us are the kind of people who just dig in, and if no one gets our idea, we'll do it ourselves. But ultimately, doing it ourselves only gives us the first proof point. To succeed long-term in a bigger company, the idea/product/solution needs to have the support of multiple people and we can't take it for granted that people will support us just on the merits of our innovation.

Christine

VP, Global Council Mgr., Corporation

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Jeff

Jeff talks about bringing out the "work at the center."

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about bringing out the "work at the center."

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Joe

Joe says that people unlike you in the organization are essential.

The folks who have less intrapreneurial capacity are essential, in part because the cooperatives their full time jobs are at are some of the businesses that can best offer templates for start-ups and prove the concept of the successful, large, worker cooperative. Having those folks as network members means having access to advice and advising from sources that we'd be negligent to do without. Their membership also increases our legitimacy. Some great complementary teamwork in providing technical assistance has come from having a network member with lots of intrapreneurial energy work with one whose capacity more tied up in their home cooperative.

Joe

Co-op organizer/Tech. assistant, Worker Co-op network

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Jessica

Jessica describes her CEO being a major supporter of her role within the organization.

Jessica

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

Jessica describes her CEO being a major supporter of her role within the organization.

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Matt

Matt made a strategic choice to partner with many different companies.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt made a strategic choice to partner with many different companies.

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Startup Chicks

Extending the notion of teams beyond immediate co-founders and employees.

Startup Chicks

Extending the notion of teams beyond immediate co-founders and employees.

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Jessica

Jess talks about pitching a 6-month working sabbatical to her boss.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about pitching a 6-month working sabbatical to her boss, and stepping into a new role.

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Rajiv

Rajiv discusses how difficult it is to hire.

Rajiv

Managing Partner, Shape Up the Nation

Rajiv discusses how difficult it is to hire and how you can become jaded after a few bad hires.

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Jessica

Jess talks about a positive environment to ask questions and propose new ideas.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about a positive environment to ask questions and propose new ideas.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about being part of team.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about being part of team.

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Katie

Katie talks about the benefit of having many perspectives expanding on an idea.

Katie

Project Manager, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Katie talks about the benefit of having many perspectives expanding on an idea.

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Danielle

Danielle describes how she helps others see their capacity.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle describes how she helps others see their capacity.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about the barriers that come from working outside your official role.

At the end of the day, companies are looking to maximize their employees impact on the business. It's natural to run into some barriers at the beginning when trying to start becoming entrepreneurial within a company, because naturally a company feels that the role you were "hired" to do is the job which maximizes your impact, The "trick" is showing them they're wrong (at least somewhat).

Jeff

Social Media Project Mgr., Corporation

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Pete

Pete had a working style that clashed with the culture of his family business.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

Pete had a working style that clashed with the culture of his family business.

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Meg

Meg talks about bootstrapping early on, and the network she utilized at that time. hug virtual network of people working with her.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg talks about bootstrapping early on, and hugging the virtual network of people working with her.

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Brian

Brian and his business partner make a good team because they always communicate and always have a similar thought process.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

Brian and his business partner make a good team because they always communicate and always have a similar thought process.

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Rob

Rob talks about building capacity in the employees you have access to.

Working “only with the best” sounds great, but that’s likely to be a very small team. In many companies the “best” employees, to which you have access, will be a very short list. If you put off being intrapreneurial because you’re surrounded by average employees doing a decent job, then you’re not likely to be intrapreneurial. I certainly wouldn’t let a deficit of bests prevent me from being intrapreneurial. If you can’t find the best, that’s okay; work with the tools you have available.

Rob

Founder/CEO, Bike manufacturing co.

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Mark

In his role as an investor, Mark places his bets on people, more than an idea.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

In his role as an investor, Mark places his bets on people, more than an idea.

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Brian

Brian talks about different types of investors.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

Brian talks about different types of investors.

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Sabrina

Sabrina has a husband that is a major support.

Sabrina

Grant Writer, 1221 Grant Services

Sabrina has a husband that is a major support.

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Danielle

Danielle discusses the importance of building a team.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle discusses the importance of building a team.

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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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Jacob and Susan

Jacob and Susan loaned each other money as a way to fund the venture and build trust.

Jacob and Susan

Founders, Office Nomads

Jacob and Susan loaned each other money as a way to fund the venture and build trust.

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RISE Week Expo, Austin

You need people who know what they're doing.

RISE Week Expo, Austin

You need people who know what they're doing.

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Lara

Lara says that she could not have gotten where she is without the help of her network.

Lara

Co-Founder and CEO, Biznik

Lara says that she could not have gotten where she is without the help of her network.

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Matt

Matt talks about the time when his business partner left to focus on another venture.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt talks about the time when his business partner left to focus on another venture.

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Chris

Chris talks about the incubation model his business is part of.

Chris

Co-Founder, Super Web-O-Matic

Chris talks about the incubation model his business is part of.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about knowing one's role in the bigger picture.

Jessica

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

Jessica talks about knowing one's role in the bigger picture.

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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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Jessica

Jessica talks about needing the expertise of others within an organization.

Jessica

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

Jessica talks about needing the expertise of others within an organization.

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Kamal

Building and retaining a solid team is one of the toughest parts of running a small business.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Building and retaining a solid team is one of the toughest parts of running a small business.

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Jessica

Jess describes having many people around to "help drive the car" of the organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes having many people around to "help drive the car" of the organization.

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Jessica

Jessica describes mapping and building teams.

Jessica

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

Jessica describes mapping and building teams.

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Nathaniel

Nathaniel describes his method for building his team.

By focusing on the positive aspects of their performance, I helped them challenge some major assumptions that have been holding them back from achieving high level goals. I see this as a cultural intervention strategy, which is a major tool in the intrapreneur's kit.

Nathaniel

Ind. Consultant/Strategist, Self-organizing

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Jimmy

Jimmy found it was too hard to run his companies on his own.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Jimmy found it was too hard to run his companies on his own.

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Mary

Mary discusses getting support from senior leadership.

Mary

Senior Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Mary discusses getting support from senior leadership.

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Kevin

It took Kevin a while to learn that he didn't have to be an expert in everything.

Kevin

President & CEO, Johnson Media

It took Kevin a while to learn that he didn't have to be an expert in everything.

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Sabrina

Sabrina talks about a business partner she did not get along with.

Sabrina

Grant Writer, 1221 Grant Services

Sabrina talks about a business partner she did not get along with.

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Jamien

Jamien believes that having many perspectives will help her company growth.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien believes that having many perspectives will help her company growth.

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Jonah

Jonah talks about having support in co-ops.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah talks about having support in co-ops.

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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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