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.

Scott

Scott on successfully bringing others towards your vision.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott on successfully bringing others towards your vision.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about transparency and clarity within the organization.

Jessica

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

Jessica talks about transparency and clarity within the organization.

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Jeff

Jeff describes leadership's ideal role within an organization.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff describes leadership's ideal role within an organization.

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Rachel

Rachel talks about pushing change in an organization.

Leadership is about pushing a change process along at a rate that others can tolerate. In order to even start making progress, as an intrapreneur, you first have to sow seeds of discontent and get people to be able to see the world through your lens.

Rachel

Rabbi/Founder, Religious org.

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Eileen

Eileen discusses the importance of storytelling and building emotional connections with potential investors and customers.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen discusses the importance of storytelling and building emotional connections with potential investors and customers.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about the need for positivity in entrepreneurship.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about the need for positivity in entrepreneurship.

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Doug

Doug had a hard time distinguishing between good and bad advice.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

Doug had a hard time distinguishing between good and bad advice, and ended up diverting from his original business model.

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Jacob and Susan

Jacob and Susan had a good feeling for the business they wanted to start, but didn't always have the language to explain it.

Jacob and Susan

Founders, Office Nomads

Jacob and Susan had a good feeling for the business they wanted to start, but didn't always have the language to explain it.

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Mike and Seth

Mike and Seth talk about the importance of leadership, and how it is an "amplification of your voice."

Mike and Seth

CEO and CFO, CustomMade

Mike and Seth talk about the importance of leadership, and how it is an "amplification of your voice."

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Jeff

Jeff explains his process of building a market.

I like to collaborate with people who are passionate about the cause. However, there can often be too many cooks in the kitchen. So, I like to do a lot of work beforehand to establish a foundation and give the project direction before seeking out some help from a manager whom I'm close with who usually point towards others who might be interested in the project.

Jeff

Social Media Project Mgr., Corporation

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Eileen

Eileen talks about how to build the story of your venture and passion.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen talks about how to build the story of your venture and passion.

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Michelle

Michelle talks about the fear of "the pitch."

Michelle

Founder, Fresh

Michelle talks about the fear of "the pitch."

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Danielle

Danielle talks about her leadership style within the organization.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about her leadership style within the organization.

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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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Jeff

Jeff talks about helping others find what speaks to them.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about helping others find what speaks to them.

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Laura

Laura compares starting a company to the beginning of a foot race.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura compares starting a company to the beginning of a foot race.

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Jamien

Jamien talks about being able to bridge communication gaps.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien talks about being able to bridge communication gaps.

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Hannah

Hannah talks about various skills she needs to gain as her role continues to grow.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah talks about various skills she needs to gain as her role continues to grow.

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Rich

Rich finds that you have to be careful when taking advice.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich finds that you have to be careful when taking advice.

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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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Kerry

Kerry has a hard time explaining what he does to people.

Kerry

Franchise Owner, Punch Gym

Kerry has a hard time explaining what he does to people.

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Pam

Pam talks about passing the final vision on to clients.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about passing the final vision on to clients.

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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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Jessica

Jessica describes her process of socializing an idea.

Jessica

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

Jessica describes her process of socializing an idea.

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Dave

Dave talks about using stories to see if people are interested in his venture.

Dave

Founder and CEO, TeachStreet

Dave talks about using stories to see if people are interested in his venture.

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Kamal

Telling the story of being a young entrepreneur has been good for Kamal's business.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Telling the story of being a young entrepreneur has been good for Kamal's business.

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Joe

Joe talks about how to best frame your vision to others.

I think I do a lot of "defensive" innovation. But these are NOT the frameworks that engage other people to join and support organizational change. People are much more interested in participating in innovation when it framed in a visionary way… People don't tend to be romantic about excellent organizational flows - not matter how helpful they are. So I'm inspired to think about how to balance vision and process in order to have greater opt-in to projects I'd like to put in motion.

Joe

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

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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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Rich

Rich learned that you have to keep your story simple, especially when pitching to different audiences.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich learned that you have to keep your story simple, especially when pitching to different audiences.

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Scott

Scott talks about selling wellness concepts internally and externally.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about selling wellness concepts internally and externally.

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Jamien

Jamien describes "building a table" as a model to best help an organization.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien describes "building a table" as a model to best help an organization.

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