28 Sep 2018

Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship Names 2018-2019 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Photo: Kent Dayton

BOSTON—As usual, MBA students attending Harvard Business School (HBS) this year who are interested in entrepreneurship or looking to create and even launch a startup of their own will be able to take advantage of plenty of resources on the HBS campus, including more than 30 faculty members and this year’s cohort of 21 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at the School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship.

These successful entrepreneurs will bring their deep experience and insights to the large entrepreneurial community at HBS. Spending time on campus throughout the academic year, they will advise MBA students eager to start their own companies as well as work with faculty members on research and course development.

“We are grateful for the time, effort, and many contributions that these practicing entrepreneurs bring to the Rock Center and the entire HBS community,” said Jodi Gernon (MBA 1991), the Center’s Director. “They bring an extraordinary array of talents, insights, and success stories to the School.”

Since 1947, the study of entrepreneurship has been a vital part of the Harvard Business School MBA Program, which includes a semester-long course in the first year Required Curriculum, numerous offerings in the second-year Elective Curriculum, and a thriving annual New Venture Competition for students and alumni from around the globe.

The School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, which has won praise as the top program for entrepreneurial studies in the nation, supports faculty and their research in the field of entrepreneurial management and infuses the HBS community with the energy and spirit needed for new ideas and innovations to thrive and grow. Through a community that provides support, access to content, and a gateway to entrepreneurial ecosystems everywhere, the Rock Center helps students and graduates create revolutionary and disruptive ventures in both the for-profit and social enterprise sectors.

The Rock Center’s 21 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for 2018-19 are:

Katia Beauchamp (MBA 2010)
Birchbox, Inc.

David Cancel

David Chang (MBA 2001)
Paypal Start Tank/Paypal MediaNetwork, SnapMyLife, m-Qube, TripAdvisor

Tom Clay (MBA 1997)
Xtalic Corporation

Sam Clemens (MBA 2004)
InsightSquared, Hubspot, BzzAgent, Elance.com

Kerry Cooper (MBA 1997)
Rothy's, Levis, Walmart.com, ModCloth

Jay Davis (MBA 2008)
The Nashton Company

Jim Dougherty
Madaket Health

Sarah Endline (MBA 2001)

Lara Hodgson (MBA 1998)
NowCorp, Nourish, Insomnia Group

Aditya Julka (MBA 2009)
Paddle8, InBioPro, Bio Atlantis

Don Mathis (MBA 1998)
Comcast NBCUniversal, Kinetic, Echelon.ai

Jason Pananos (MBA 2008)
The Nashton Company

Sharon Peyer (MBA 2006)
Crane Connectivity Solutions, HitBliss, Pixamo

Matt Salzberg (MBA 2010)
Blue Apron

Javier Segovia (MBA 2002)
Takeoff Technologies, Inc., tnt Media

Jim Sharpe (MBA 1976)
Harvard Business School, Extrusion Technology

Martin Sinozich
Startup Secrets, Venn Capital

Satish Tadikonda
Avigo Solutions, Cellanyx

Thomas Tull
Tulco, Legendary Entertainment, Pittsburgh Steelers

Michael Weintraub (MBA 1988)
Phreesia, BroadReach


Cullen Schmitt


The Rock Center for Entrepreneurship was made possible by the generosity and vision of pioneering venture capitalist Arthur Rock (MBA 1951), who helped launch, among many other enterprises, Apple and Intel Corporation. The Rock Center offers a broad array of programs to encourage and support the pursuit of entrepreneurship by Harvard Business School students and alumni, including an annual New Venture Competition, the Rock Accelerator program to facilitate and financially support the execution of new ideas, The Rock Summer Fellowship program to support founders pursuing business ideas and internships with new ventures, a loan reduction program to help ease the burden of recent graduates starting their own enterprises, and access to an array of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence who offer advice and counsel throughout the school year.

The Rock Center is closely affiliated with the School’s Entrepreneurial Management Unit, which includes some 33 HBS faculty members dedicated to research, teaching, and course development in the field of entrepreneurial management. Harvard Business School’s first-year curriculum requires a full-semester course in Entrepreneurial Management. The second-year curriculum provides students with a wide selection of electives. The lessons learned serve students well after they have earned their degrees. Ten to fifteen years after graduation, fifty percent of Harvard Business School alumni describe themselves as entrepreneurs. For more information, visit hbs.edu/entrepreneurship or @HBSROCK.


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 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 70 open enrollment Executive Education programs and 55 custom programs, and HBX, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, HBS 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, shaping the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.