Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship is considered by many as the top program for entrepreneurial studies in the nation. One of many benefits HBS students can take advantage of is the experience of the school’s annual cohort of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence.
Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the program 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:
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- 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.
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 and galvanizes the entire HBS community with the energy and spirit for What’s Next.