03 Nov 2015

Harvard Business School Names New Cohort of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Experienced entrepreneurs and investors help HBS students make the most of opportunities to create new business and social ventures

BOSTON—Harvard Business School offers an extensive program in entrepreneurship under the leadership and guidance of more than 30 faculty members, including required courses in the first year of the MBA program, numerous electives in the second-year curriculum, and a thriving annual New Venture Competition.

The School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, which has earned accolades as the top program for entrepreneurial studies in the nation (“launching the people who launch”), supports faculty and their research in the field of entrepreneurial management as well as galvanizes the HBS community with the energy and spirit for What's Next. Through a community of support, access to content, and a gateway to entrepreneurial ecosystems everywhere, the Rock Center helps students and alumni create ventures that revolutionize.

Adding to all this are the voices of experience provided by the School’s annual cohort of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, participants in a program, now celebrating its tenth anniversary, that invites seasoned and successful entrepreneurs and investors to spend time on the HBS campus throughout the academic year, advising MBA students eager to start their own companies and working with faculty on research and course development.

The nineteen Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for 2015-16 are:

Ajay Agarwal (MBA 1995), a managing director at Bain Capital Ventures in Palo Alto, where he focuses on early-stage software, mobile, and internet investing.

Julia Austin, formerly of Akamai and VMware and currently an independent advisor and investor at Austinfish in Cambridge, MA, with an interest in early-stage companies across multiple verticals.

Stephen Bonner, formerly president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America and now a member of its board of directors.

David Chang (MBA 2001), a five-time entrepreneur/operator, angel investor in 35 startups, and leader in the entrepreneurship community who recently ran the PayPal Boston office.

Sam Clemens (MBA 2004), founder and chief product officer at InsightSquared in Cambridge, MA, whose expertise is in product management and development for business-to-business software startups.

Chuck Davis (MBA 1986), a venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures in Los Angeles and CEO of Swagbucks, the leading online rewards and cash-back shopping program.

David Frankel (MBA 2003), founder and managing partner of Founder Collective, a seed-stage fund based in Boston and New York.

Janet Kraus, a serial entrepreneur who is now CEO of Peach, a startup that provides women with better fitting, more thoughtfully designed lingerie and basics in the privacy of their home.

Sharon Peyer (MBA 2006), founder and head of business development for Boston-based HitBliss, a digital equipment service.

Jules Pieri (MBA 1986), cofounder and CEO of The Grommet, a product launch platform in Somerville, MA, that has helped FitBit and SodaStream get off the ground.

Ruben Pinchanski (MBA 1993), cofounder of Digitas and an expert in building and advising e-commerce businesses.

Katie Rae, cofounder and managing director of Project 11, a venture fund in Boston that partners with early-stage startups to accelerate growth. She was previously managing director of TechStars Boston.

Duke Rohlen (MBA 2001), CEO of medical-device maker Spirox as well as chairman and CEO of Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics.

Rudina Seseri (MBA 2005), a partner at Fairhaven Capital in Boston, where she invests in startups, works with founders and executive teams, and develops strategies for growing businesses.

Jim Sharpe (MBA 1976), an entrepreneur with years of experience in running small and medium enterprises and turnarounds and meeting the challenges of work/life balance issues with his wife, also an HBS alum.

Martin Sinozich, founding partner of Venn Capital and an active angel investor and entrepreneur, with interests in fundraising and pitching, scaling rapid-growth businesses, and positioning closely-held businesses for exit.

Michael Skok, cofounding partner of Assemble.VC an active early stage venture fund. Michael has enabled billions of dollars of value creation as both a venture investor for the past 12 years and an entrepreneur of more than 20 years, and is the creator of the popular startupsecrets.com course he teaches at the Harvard Innovation Lab.

Jim Southern (MBA 1983), a founding partner of Pacific Lake Partners in Boston, which concentrates on small capitalization buyouts via the search fund model, and provides entrepreneurs with search and acquisition capital.

Russ Wilcox (MBA 1995), former CEO of E Ink, the company behind the display technology used in the Kindle and other e-readers.

About The Rock Center:

The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship was created through the generosity of prominent venture capitalist Arthur Rock (MBA 1951), who donated $25 million to Harvard Business School in 2003 to support the entrepreneurship faculty and their research, fellowships for MBA and doctoral students, symposia and conferences, and outreach efforts to extend the impact of the School's extensive work in this field. HBS offered the country's first business school course in entrepreneurship in 1947; today, more than 50 percent of our alumni, 10 to 15 years after graduation, describe themselves as entrepreneurs, creating ventures in a quest to change the world. The Rock Center also works closely with the HBS California Research Center in Silicon Valley on entrepreneurship-related research and course development efforts.


Jim Aisner

About Harvard Business School

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.