Babson Entrepreneur Experience Lab

Elements of the Entrepreneur Experience

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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.

Danielle

Danielle talks about navigating criticism.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about navigating criticism.

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Michelle

Michelle had a realization that she didn't need to wait to start her business, and to jump into starting it.

Michelle

Founder, Fresh

Michelle had a realization that she didn't need to wait to start her business, and to jump into starting it.

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Scott

Scott notes how his creative work is often trumped by spending most of his days in meetings.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott notes how his creative work is often trumped by spending most of his days in meetings.

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Bennett

Bennett can't believe he took the gamble to become an entrepreneur.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett can't believe he took the gamble to become an entrepreneur.

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Kerry

Kerry started his business because he wanted to feel empowered to help people. At his other job, he had too little control.

Kerry

Franchise Owner, Punch Gym

Kerry started his business because he wanted to feel empowered to help people. At his other job, he had too little control.

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Jessica

Jess describes her title at her organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes her title at her organization.

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Pam

Pam discusses the ideal employee.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam discusses the ideal employee.

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Jonah

Jonah describes the many roles he plays within his ecosystem.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah describes the many roles he plays within his ecosystem.

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Calvin

Calvin describes their role within the organization.

Calvin

Senior Program Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Calvin describes their role within the organization.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about making members to become translators.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about making members to become translators, to keep church relevant in people's lives.

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Kevin

Kevin discusses the conflict of for and not-for-profit status.

Kevin

Co-founder, Global L.E.A.D.

Kevin discusses the conflict of for and not-for-profit status.

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Pam

Pam talks about being the "center of the wheel."

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about being the "center of the wheel."

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Bennett

Bennett thinks good business is finding solution to a problem, and that 80% of time spent thinking is of new opportunities.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett thinks good business is finding solution to a problem, and that 80% of time spent thinking is of new opportunities.

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Brian

While working for another company, Brian saw an opportunity for developing eye-tracking software.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

While working for another company, Brian saw an opportunity for developing eye-tracking software.

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Jonah

Jonah describes his title within his organization.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah describes his title within his organization.

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Katie

Katie talks about the difference between being an intrapreneur and just being an employee.

Katie

Project Manager, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Katie talks about the difference between being an intrapreneur and just being an employee.

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Lara

Lara describes her definition of entrepreneur.

Lara

Co-Founder and CEO, Biznik

Lara describes her definition of entrepreneur.

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Pam

Pam talks about the most efficient time of her day.

Pam

Pam talks about the most efficient time of her day.

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Scott

Scott can be being pulled in different directions in the organization because of his unique capabilities.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott can be being pulled in different directions in the organization because of his unique capabilities.

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Jessica

Jessica describes her role as a "change agent" and a "doer" in her organization.

Jessica

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

Jessica describes her role as a "change agent" and a "doer" in her organization.

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Pete

Pete started coaching nights and weekends, developed some skills and gained confidence to go out fully on his own.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

Pete started coaching nights and weekends, developed some skills and gained confidence to go out fully on his own.

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Doug

Doug feels he "crept" into entrepreneurship.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

Doug feels he "crept" into entrepreneurship.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about his title and making it become a "living example" within his organization.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about his title and making it become a "living example" within his organization.

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Jessica

Jess describes how people react to her role within the organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes how people react to her role within the organization.

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Rich

Unlike other entrepreneurs, Rich finds that he is risk-averse.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Unlike other entrepreneurs, Rich finds that he is risk-averse.

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Jonah

Jonah discusses the need to work in a place where he feels fulfilled.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah discusses the need to work in a place where he feels fulfilled.

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Diane

Diane believes entrepreneurship is the opportunity to build the company you want to work for.

Diane

President & CEO, Communispace

Diane believes entrepreneurship is the opportunity to build the company you want to work for.

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Pam

Pam talks about spending time outside of the office.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about spending time outside of the office.

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Kevin

Kevin stumbled into entrepreneurship after he had a great project.

Kevin

President & CEO, Johnson Media

Kevin stumbled into entrepreneurship after he had a great project.

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Brian

Brian's definition of being a founder is someone who can easily switch between many roles.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

Brian's definition of being a founder is someone who can easily switch between many roles.

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Rich

Rich had the idea for a while, but was pushed by other entrepreneurs to start his venture.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich had the idea for a while, but was pushed by other entrepreneurs to start his venture.

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Jessica

Jess talks about navigating the separation of work and life.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about navigating the separation of work and life.

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Matt

Matt talks about his internship experiences in college that led him to want to start his own business.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt talks about his internship experiences in college that led him to want to start his own business.

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Jessica

Jess talks about the uncertainty leading up to pitching her new role.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about the uncertainty leading up to pitching her new role.

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Michelle

When Michelle was 15, she knew she wanted to start a business because of her parents.

Michelle

Founder, Fresh

When Michelle was 15, she knew she wanted to start a business because of her parents.

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Lara

Lara talks about founding the company to solve their own career needs.

Lara

Co-Founder and CEO, Biznik

Lara talks about founding the company to solve their own career needs.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about how others in his organization see him.

I think there are certainly people who actively watch from the sidelines and wish they were involved - those people can actually cause problems. But for the most part, it's great to get a reputation for being a mover and a shaker. Non-intrapreneurs then love seeing you in a room, because they know there is something cool on the horizon.

Jeff

Social Media Project Mgr., Corporation

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Jamien

Jamien discusses her role within her organizational community.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien discusses her role within her organizational community.

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Mike

Mike identifies as a number of different roles, and feels that entrepreneurship is a way of looking at the world.

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

Mike identifies as a number of different roles, and feels that entrepreneurship is a way of looking at the world.

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Scott

Scott describes how others have labeled him and how he sees himself.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott describes how others have labeled him and how he sees himself.

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Kevin

Kevin's team first came together around a shared longing to create social good.

Kevin

Co-founder, Global L.E.A.D.

Kevin's team first came together around a shared longing to create social good; the particular idea came later.

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Bennett

Bennett describes the start of his business.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett describes the start of his business.

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Amy

Amy talks about other people's perceptions of her.

In previous jobs, I've been fortunate to be with a team of people also looking for opportunity, in my much larger organization today, I like to think that I'm a secret weapon but other times I think I'm just viewed as a naive idealist who doesn't understand the business. Either way, I'm definitely much more valued by those we work with outside my organization, much more so than some of my co-workers.

Amy

Special Projects Manager, Public Transit, Govt. agency

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Scott

Scott describes intrapreneurs as having a confidence like entrepreneurs.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott describes intrapreneurs as having a confidence like entrepreneurs.

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Mike and Seth

Mike and Seth wanted to start a venture but couldn't come up with a good idea, so they bought a business instead.

Mike and Seth

CEO and CFO, CustomMade

Mike and Seth wanted to start a venture but couldn't come up with a good idea, so they bought a business instead.

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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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Laura

Laura couldn't quit her idea, or convince anyone else to do it for her.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura couldn't quit her idea, or convince anyone else to do it for her.

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Jessica

Jess talks about reactions to her new role.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about reactions to her new role.

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Pete

Pete had a serendipitous journey in starting his first venture.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

Pete had a serendipitous journey in starting his first venture.

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Tom

Tom believes Social Entrepreneurship has an identity crisis.

Tom

Founder, Good Measure Meals

Tom believes Social Entrepreneurship has an identity crisis.

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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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Doug

Doug talks about having to transition to a mindset of being a serial entrepreneur.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

Doug talks about having to transition to a mindset of being a serial entrepreneur, and looking for the next best idea.

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Sabrina

Sabrina wanted to create a more positive work environment for herself.

Sabrina

Grant Writer, 1221 Grant Services

Sabrina wanted to create a more positive work environment for herself.

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Jeff

Jeff identifies his title and role within the church.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff identifies his title and role within the church.

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Rachel

Rachel talks about how she feels like an octopus- intelligent and flexible.

I feel like an octopus a lot. Part of it is because I'm always juggling multiple roles, and there are times when it feels like it would be helpful to have eight arms! In addition, though, the octopus is intelligent and strategic. With no skeleton, the octopus is also incredibly flexible, and capable of squeezing through small openings. In my intrapreneurial work in trying to reshape how the Jewish world thinks about community building, I need to be nimble and responsible, and find those small openings to squeeze through.

Rachel

Rabbi/Founder, Religious org.

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Mark

Mark talks about his "aha" moment for hammocks.com.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Mark talks about his "aha" moment for hammocks.com.

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Dave

Dave saw problems in learning and used it as an opportunity to start his business.

Dave

Founder and CEO, TeachStreet

Dave saw problems in learning and used it as an opportunity to start his business.

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Mark

Mark talks about feeling good about the team, so he jumped right into the venture.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Mark talks about feeling good about the team, so he jumped right into the venture.

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Christine

Christine on operating off the org chart.

I have to work at the edges of my firm to make things happen... I know how to find the best way through the maze to get to the other side, but I also know which boundaries can be crossed and which can't.

Christine

VP, Global Council Mgr., Corporation

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Jessica

Jess describes when she went to her boss to pitch a new position within her organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes when she went to her boss to pitch a new position within her organization.

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Tom

Tom talks about having start something he doesn't intend to finish.

Tom

Founder, Good Measure Meals

Tom talks about having start something he doesn't intend to finish.

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Jimmy

Jimmy never wanted to work for anyone else, and was influenced by his family to take an entrepreneurial path.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Jimmy never wanted to work for anyone else, and was influenced by his family to take an entrepreneurial path.

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Eileen

Eileen discusses the differences between being an early team member and an actual founder.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen discusses the differences between being an early team member and an actual founder.

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Kevin

Kevin reflects on how his organization's not-for-profit status wasn't serving them well.

Kevin

Co-founder, Global L.E.A.D.

Kevin reflects on how his organization's not-for-profit status wasn't serving them well.

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Alex

At his university, Alex said it was impossible to ignore the "Entrepreneurship Train."

Alex

Student, Babson College

At his university, Alex said it was impossible to ignore the "Entrepreneurship Train."

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Rob

Rob never seems to have enough time in his day.

I typically have dozens of projects going on at once. We work in a very fast paced open door environment where I never seem to have time - take the time - to put one project folder away before the next project folder appears.
[My unofficial title would be] “Chief Taker On Of Too Many Projects with Too Little Time and Not Enough Ability” or “Director of Believing There Are 42 Hours in a Day”

Rob

Founder/CEO, Bike manufacturing co.

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Melissa

Melissa's take on acting entrepreneurially in an organization.

Early on, I think I viewed intrapreneurship as a form of rebellion (which was appealing to me), and I was both ready to fight for it and always looking for the mentors who would help me in this fight. As I get older and move more toward the inside of my organization(s) I find a few things: (1) my peer group is less clear and the solidarity I felt with the younger/newer/fighters is less present and natural (2) more vision is demanded of me on a daily basis and some of my ideas are actually listened to, (3) I'm in a position to receive and encourage other people's intrapreneurial energy, and (4) I'm finding it a little challenging to switch modes and keep pushing and stay open in this new set of circumstances.

Melissa

Dev. & Support, Co-op Member

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Meg

Meg talks about her choice of going for-profit in the funding environment

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg talks about her choice of going for-profit in the funding environment, and how it affects the perception of her business to potential investors.

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Rich

Rich wasn't fulfilled by his corporate job, and never had a connection or sense of control.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich wasn't fulfilled by his corporate job, and never had a connection or sense of control.

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Pam

Pam describes her role in her organization.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam describes her role in her organization.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about finding the right fit within your organization.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about finding the right fit within your organization.

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Tom

Tom gives his definition of social entrepreneurship.

Tom

Founder, Good Measure Meals

Tom gives his definition of social entrepreneurship.

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Calvin

Calvin talks about the luxury of merging their passions and job responsibilities.

Calvin

Senior Program Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Calvin talks about the luxury of merging their passions and job responsibilities.

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Hannah

Hannah describes her title.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah describes her title.

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Eileen

Eileen wanted to start a business about passion and changing the world.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen wanted to start a business about passion and changing the world.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about skills needed to be successful within his organization.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about skills needed to be successful within his organization.

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Rich

Even after starting his first venture, Rich still doesn't feel 100% like an entrepreneur.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Even after starting his first venture, Rich still doesn't feel 100% like an entrepreneur.

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Kevin

Kevin pursued entrepreneurship to create "generational wealth."

Kevin

President & CEO, Johnson Media

Kevin pursued entrepreneurship to create "generational wealth."

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Meg

Coming from the world of nonprofits and public health, entrepreneurship was off Meg's radar for a long time.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Coming from the world of nonprofits and public health, entrepreneurship was off Meg's radar for a long time; she only recently came to entrepreneurship as a means to accomplish multiple goals.

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Danielle

Danielle compares the terms entrepreneurial and innovative to each other.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle compares the terms entrepreneurial and innovative to each other.

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Meg

Meg describes herself and her venture differently depending on who she's talking to.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg describes herself and her venture differently depending on who she's talking to.

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