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Our Experts

Want a peek behind the scenes and hear the real story from people who have been there? Leading entrepreneurs candidly discuss the issues they faced, mistakes they made, and insights they gained while building their businesses and HBS faculty share frameworks and practical advice on specific topics and tactics.

Adam Enbar

Co-founder of Flatiron School

Adam Enbar is an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded and serves as CEO of Flatiron School, which has trained thousands of software engineers and placed them into jobs at companies like Google and Intel.

Allison Mnookin

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, HBS

Allison Mnookin is a senior lecturer of business administration in the technology and operations management unit at HBS.

Andrew Dubowec

Entrepreneur, Investor, and VP at League, Inc.

Andrew Dubowec is an entrepreneur and investor in early-stage technology companies including Citizen Hex and Ada, Inc. Currently, he is VP of Strategy and Corporate Development at League, Inc., a leading enterprise OS that is revolutionizing employee healthcare, insurance, and benefits.

Brad Feld

Co-founder of Foundry Group, Mobius Venture Capital and Techstars

Brad is a serial entrepreneur and early-stage investor. In 2007, he co-founded Foundry Group and serves as its Managing Director. Before that, Brad co-founded Mobius Venture Capital, founded Intensity Ventures, and co-founded the famed accelerator Techstars.

Christopher Stanton

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, HBS

Christopher Stanton is an assistant professor of business administration in the entrepreneurial management unit of HBS. He is also affiliated with The Center for Economic Policy Research and The National Bureau of Economic Research.

Dinesh Moorjani

Serial Entrepreneur, CEO, Investor

Dinesh Moorjani has co-founded over 10 startups, including Kleverbeast and Tinder. Before becoming Managing Director of Comcast Ventures in 2016, he served as CEO of Hatch Labs, and held advisory roles at several companies, including EIR at Warburg Pincus.

Dulcie Madden

Co-Founder and CEO, Rest Devices

Dulcie Madden is the co-founder and CEO of Rest Devices, a Boston-based startup that builds software and hardware for parents to help their babies sleep better.

Hind Hobeika

Founder and CEO, Instabeat

Hind Hobeika is the founder and CEO at Instabeat, a revolutionary tracking device that allows swimmers to monitor their heart rate and workouts in realtime.

Jennifer Fleiss

Co-founder, Rent the Runway; Co-founder and CEO of Jetblack

Jennifer Fleiss is the co-founder of Rent the Runway. In 2018, she became the co-founded and became CEO of Jetblack, a firm operating within Walmart’s startup incubator, Store No. 8.

Jennifer Hyman

Co-founder and CEO, Rent the Runway

Jennifer Hyman is the CEO and co-founder of Rent The Runway, a fashion and technology/logistics company that offers clothing, accessory, and home rentals via on-demand rentals and subscription.

Joris Poort

Co-Founder and CEO, Rescale

Joris Poort is an engineer and entrepreneur whose company Rescale leads the industry in scientific and engineering simulation and high performance computing (HPC) in the cloud.

Julia Austin

Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurial Management, HBS

Julia Austin is a senior lecturer in the entrepreneurial management unit at HBS. She is a board member, advisor and angel investor to several early-stage companies and often acts as a leadership coach with a focus on the engineering process, staffing, and functional operations.

Kevin Ryan

Kevin P. Ryan, Founder and CEO of AlleyCorp & Serial Entrepreneur

Kevin P. Ryan, founder and CEO of AlleyCorp, is a serial entrepreneur who founded several New York-based businesses, including Gilt Groupe, Business Insider, and MongoDB.

Lara O’Connor Hodgson

Co-Founder, President & CEO, NOW Corporation

Lara O’Connor Hodgson is Co-Founder, President, and CEO of NOW Corporation, a B2B payments company. A serial entrepreneur, she co-founded Nourish (2009) after helping launch several high-profile, early-stage startups.

Lou Shipley

Serial Entrepreneur, CEO, Executive-in-Residence at General Catalyst

Lou currently serves as an executive-in-residence at General Catalyst (GC) in Cambridge, MA. Prior to GC, Lou was the president and CEO of Black Duck Software, a GC-backed company acquired by Synopsys in December 2017. He is also a lecturer at both the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Business School.

Mark Roberge

Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurial Management, HBS

Mark Roberge is a senior lecturer at HBS, teaching “Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing” and “The Entrepreneurial Manager.” The former Chief Revenue Officer of Sales at HubSpot, Forbes’ named him as one of the “Top 30 Social Sellers in the World.”

Matthew Bellows

Co-founder and CEO, BodesWell, Inc.

Matthew Bellows is the co-founder and CEO of BodesWell, Inc., a fin-tech startup that provides a software-based financial engine that delivers automated financial planning to help users achieve better outcomes.

Mudassir Sheikha

Co-founder and CEO of Careem

Mudassir Sheikha is the co-founder and CEO of Careem, a leading car booking service that is based out of Dubai and operates throughout the Middle East and North African (MENA).

Nick Grouf

Managing Partner, Alpha Edison and serial entrepreneur

Nick Grouf is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist specializing in tech and finance.

Rajesh Yabaji

Co-founder and CEO, BlackBuck

Rajesh Yabaji is the co-founder and CEO of BlackBuck, a tech logistics startup that has created an infrastructure for freight dynamics in India.

Ramana Nanda

Professor of Business Administration, HBS

Ramana Nanda is a professor of business administration at HBS. His research examines financing frictions facing new ventures to help entrepreneurs with fundraising and help financers improve their odds of selecting and commercializing the most promising ideas and technologies.

Rob Gierkink

Serial Entrepreneur CEO, Executive-in-Residence at General Catalyst

Robert Gierkink is the founder and Chairman of Datalogix and an Executive-in-Residence of General Catalyst Partners.

Sanchali Pal

Co-founder and CEO, Joro

Sanchali Pal is the co-founder and CEO of Joro, an app and growing community of users that helps individuals to track and improve their carbon footprints.

Shikhar Ghosh

Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Professor of Management Practice, HBS

Shikhar Ghosh is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and Professor of Management Practice at HBS. Named one of the “Best Entrepreneurs in the US,” by Businessweek, Ghosh has led some most innovative tech-based companies in the US and advised hundreds of entrepreneurs.

Shilpi Pandey

Shilpi Pandey, Chief People Officer, BlackBuck

Shilpi Pandey is the Chief People Officer at BlackBuck. She has extensive experience in HR Business Partnering, People Policies and Processes, Organizational Development, and Talent Management.

B. “Subbu” Ramasubramaniam

Co-Founder and COO, BlackBuck

B. Ramasubramaniam, known as Subbu, is a co-founder and COO of BlackBuck. He oversees the Strategic Initiatives of the organization.

Sunil Nagaraj

Managing Partner at Ubiquity Ventures and Co-Founder of Triangulate

Sunil Nagaraj is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ubiquity Ventures, a seed-stage institutional venture capital firm that invests in “software beyond the screen” startups. This includes companies leveraging smart hardware and machine intelligence to bring software into the real world, not just on computers and smartphones.

Wendy Tsu

Partner of New Business Ventures, AlleyCorp

Wendy Tsu is the Partner of New Business Ventures for AlleyCorp, a seed-stage investment firm and incubator founded by DoubleClick CEO, Kevin Ryan. AlleyCorp founded companies like Business Insider, MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB), Gilt Groupe, Zola, Nomad Health, CoEdition.

Aaron Boudreau

William Sahlman

Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus

William Sahlman is a professor of business administration, emeritus, at HBS, where he taught thousands of students and held multiple leadership roles. His expertise lies in entrepreneurial management, venture capital, private equity, deal structuring, and the role of entrepreneurship in the global economy.

William Sahlman is a professor of business administration, emeritus, at HBS, where he taught thousands of students and held multiple leadership roles. His expertise lies in entrepreneurial management, venture capital, private equity, deal structuring, and the role of entrepreneurship in the global economy.

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