How To Get an MBA in Entrepreneurship

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / June 23, 2014

  A few years ago a friend told me he was taking an “Entrepreneurship Class” and I remember raising an eyebrow. How do you take a class to learn how to be a certain type of person? The word entrepreneur is defined as: a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. How do you…

It’s Okay To Prepare For Your Dreams

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship / March 20, 2014

Do what you love. Take risks. Fail. Skip the MBA and start your own business.  These are common themes among today’s young professionals. For every one article that promotes a traditional path to success (hard work, getting an MBA, climbing the corporate ladder, remaining loyal to one company) there are 10 articles that promote dropping out of school, doing what you love regardless of money and skipping an…

10 Tips They Probably Won’t Teach you in Business School

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / November 26, 2013

1.) How to listen well Active listening is perhaps one of the most powerful things a person in sales or business can learn. It’s rare in this world that one seeks to understand before being understood, as Steven Covey said.  If we’re to create great products and services that our customers want, we have to listen — and listen carefully. The key is to start from a position…

Want To Be An Entrepreneur? Then Get Your MBA (really)

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / September 20, 2013

I am an entrepreneur — a moderately shocking fact for a kid from Cleveland, Ohio. What’s more shocking? I’m a very proud graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Yep, I willingly left the workforce for two years in order to pay to attend business school. There is a standard list of reasons why startup types mock MBA degrees: An MBA is all about drinking An MBA…

5 Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurial MBAs

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 28, 2013

For entrepreneurs, business school presents a unique set of choices and opportunities that can drastically alter a founder’s chance of success — for better or worse. I founded Troop ID while I was an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School in February of 2010. And while today we employ 17 people and sign up nearly 1,000 new members daily, our path to success would have been much swifter had I…

Can Entrepreneurship be Taught in Graduate Schools?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 26, 2012

If you’re reading this, chances are that you want to be the next Mark Zuckerburg, Andrew Mason or Jack Dorsey. You’re not alone. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over 550,000 new small businesses are created every year in America. Business schools (including Richard Ivey School of Business that I attend) are trying to capitalize on this trend by including entrepreneurship streams in their curriculum. But this brings…

Should Young Entrepreneurs Ditch College?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 7, 2010

It’s an argument that may never be settled: are young entrepreneurs better off going to college or not going to college? The founders of Google met in the Ph.D. program at Stanford, whilst Steve Jobs famously dropped out of college. So which path is best? At different times I’ve been extremely anti-college, extremely pro-college, and somewhere in between. Benefits of a College Education for Entrepreneurs Here are some…

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