Babson Entrepreneur Experience Lab

Elements of the Entrepreneur Experience

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Entrepreneurship Inside

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.

Chris

Chris talks about the types of support he most often seeks out.

Most of the time I need spiritual support. Someone to tell me that I already know the right thing to do or to review the issue with me and give me energy and a kick in the rump. I get gutsy and ask my heroes if they will have lunch with me. I get a thrill and a boost from hanging our with my heroes and having them just listen. It makes me feel like they keep letting me buy them lunch not because they need a free lunch but because I am actually doing things that they of super hero status might find interesting. Then they say stuff and I am over the moon and reminded why I seek them out.

Chris

CEO, Handcrafted shoe mfr., Family business

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Brian

Brian discusses the importance of having an entrepreneurial culture.

Brian

Co-founder, Gazehawk

Brian discusses the importance of having an entrepreneurial culture.

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Laura

Laura is only aware of the entrepreneurship resources within her own community.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura is only aware of the entrepreneurship resources within her own community.

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Startup Chicks

More similarities than differences across companies; many face the same basic set of issues and annoyances.

Startup Chicks

More similarities than differences across companies; many face the same basic set of issues and annoyances.

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Kevin

Kevin talks about building an entrepreneurial community.

Kevin

Co-founder, Tech Ranch Austin

Kevin talks about building an entrepreneurial community.

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Startup Chicks

Talking about startups.

Startup Chicks

Talking about startups.

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Robin

Robin describes her experience of trying to find community in her organization.

Being an entrepreneur is fantastic in that you are able to focus on what you truly value making your own decisions and schedule. The flip side is that the puck stops here. It can be lonely and if you are not careful you can create your own reality that is different from the reality of others. To avoid that trap it is very important to have a mentor and a networking group of other committed entrepreneurs…
I have been in a group that started formally about 10 years ago and is still going (informally). My group is women and it was particularly valuable because the job itself is lonely and without an opportunity to ask for help in a safe environment.

Robin

Sr. Vice President, Investment co.

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Kerry

Kerry chose to franchise because it offered a little more of a support structure than starting something completely independent.

Kerry

Franchise Owner, Punch Gym

Kerry chose to franchise because it offered a little more of a support structure than starting something completely independent.

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Kamal

Kamal always had the dream to create his own thing, saw a former doughnut shop for lease, and took the chance.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Kamal always had the dream to create his own thing, saw a former doughnut shop for lease, and took the chance.

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Hall

Hall talks about entrepreneurial tribes.

Hall

Director, Austin Entrepreneur Network

Hall talks about entrepreneurial tribes.

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Michelle

Michelle talks about business planning resources, and how they don't cater to women entrepreneurs.

Michelle

Founder, Fresh

Michelle talks about business planning resources, and how they don't cater to women entrepreneurs.

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Pete

As a result of leaving the family business, Peter lost family and friends, and gained a "life is short" attitude.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

As a result of leaving the family business, Peter lost family and friends, and gained a "life is short" attitude. This inspired him to move-on and start his own business.

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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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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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Rich

Rich talks about trying to find an entrepreneurial community to join.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich talks about trying to find an entrepreneurial community to join.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about finding like-minded people outside the university.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about finding like-minded people outside the university.

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Hannah

Hannah discusses bouncing ideas off of a friend with organizational knowledge.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah discusses bouncing ideas off of a friend with organizational knowledge.

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Startup Chicks

The differences between SBA type businesses and scalable startups.

Startup Chicks

The differences between SBA type businesses and scalable startups.

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Jessica

Jess describes the various ways she stays involved in the community.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes the various ways she stays involved in the community.

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Adam

Adam talks about the lack of community.

Depending on the context it might be tremendously lonely. You have to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Depending on the issue you may become a polarizing force, you will have fans and you will have unfriendly critics.

Adam

Exec. Dir., Self-organizing

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Brian

Brian talks about trying to fit into various communities in his area.

Brian

Co-founder, Gazehawk

Brian talks about trying to fit into various communities in his area.

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Anne

Anne talks about conflicts between academic research and commercial research groups.

Anne

Founder and CEO, Epivax

Anne talks about conflicts between academic research and commercial research groups.

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Scott

Scott talks about his network of people and making connections.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about his network of people and making connections.

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Kamal

Kamal started his business because he wanted to do something he could put his name on.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Kamal started his business because he wanted to do something he could put his name on.

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