05 Nov 2021

New Faculty Profiles: Lindsay Hyde


HBS faculty comprises more than 300 scholars and practitioners who bring leading-edge research, extensive experience, and deep insights into the classroom, to organizations, and to managers. We asked new faculty at HBS about their background, their new roles, and their interests.

Lindsay Hyde, senior lecturer, Entrepreneurial Management

What did you do before coming to HBS?
I’ve spent my career in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. I began as the founder of a social sector start-up, Strong Women, Strong Girls. I left Strong Women, Strong Girls to get my MBA from HBS after growing the program to serve over 10,000 women and girls globally.

After completing my MBA, I founded and led Baroo, a venture capital backed start-up that brought concierge pet services into luxury rental properties across the country. My experience with Baroo leads directly to the course I co-teach—Entrepreneurial Failure. My experience with Baroo was recently featured in a Cold Call podcast episode.

Most recently, I have been an entrepreneur in residence at Moderne Ventures. Moderne is a $200M venture capital fund focused on investments in technology companies that shape the real estate, insurance, and home services industries. I work closely with portfolio company founders to help them to scale their companies across national real estate platforms.

How have you exercised leadership in business?
My background is unique in that I have been a founder in both the for profit and social sectors. I use that lens to help bring the best of both worlds to the companies that I work with. We know that embedding equity, good governance, and sustainability into business operations helps companies outperform. The unique opportunity that we have in start-ups is that we can build those elements in from day one.

What will you be teaching here?
I will be co-teaching the Elective Curriculum (EC) course on Entrepreneurial Failure with Professor Tom Eisenman. We’re expanding the course, with a specific focus on how to fail well and rebound from failure.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professor?
The best thing about this role is that what I get to do at HBS and what I love to do in general are nearly identical: looking for big interesting problems and working on tackling them with enthusiastic and passionate people.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Miami, Florida. I have lived in the Boston area for the last 20 years.

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
Working with early stage founders working to solve big, thorny problems is one of my most favorite ways to spend my time. I am also working on slowly rehabbing an old farm house in Vermont. We are always finding quirky new things as we work through that project and it’s been fun to constantly be surprised!

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
When I am looking for a few hours of pure enjoyment, I will often reach for something by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The Agent Pendergast novels are among my favorites.

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