Category Archives: entrepreneurship

How did a Harvard MBA help you to become a tech entrepreneur?

“How did a Harvard MBA help you to become a tech entrepreneur? What do you make of arguments that an MBA is not necessary, even distracting to spend 2 years in school (and in debt) rather than focusing entirely on a business? What suggestions could you make to someone who wants to become a tech […]

Can one be successful at starting and running a business (in the area of his/her expertise) without having an MBA?

“Can one be successful at starting and running a business (in the area of his/her expertise) without having an MBA? Have you seen it happen?  What advice would you give to someone like that?” –Oksana The Harvard MBA says: As much as I’d like to claim magical powers for Harvard MBAs, the fact is that […]

HBS versus Wharton for Entrepreneurs

Hi, I want to know your opinion about Wharton vs Harvard. I’m considering both HBS and Wharton for my MBA , but I have some concerns about the learning model, the curriculum, etc.  I’m an entrepreneur and my company is focused on media and entertainment, so I need strong skills in management, finance, entrepreneurship, leadership, […]

My business has dried up with the economy; should I be looking at a new venture?

I just stumbled across your postings and read all of the the most recent ones.  You are geared for youth it appears but I liked your energy and the fact that you actually answer a question and refrain from pontificating. My question:  I’m an older female (late 40s) who exited Corporate America about 3 years […]

Should I join my friends in a new medical startup instead of going to b-school?

I applied and was accepted to both Wharton and Stanford GSB. I only applied after my parents practically begged me to do so after my last business (real estate) failed. Although I fully understand their concerns, I still remain upbeat about the future and undaunted by my failures. I believe my parents got a bit […]

How many graduating Harvard MBAs start their own businesses?

How many of the students that graduate at HBS open their own business? You mentioned that recessions are a great time to open businesses, what kind of business do HBS students open or get into? The Harvard MBA says: The entrepreneurship bug bites a lot of Harvard MBAs.  It is estimated that over the course […]

Wanted: Co-founders for a recession-proof business concept

I recently Twittered about the fact that I have a plan for a recession-proof business. I created the plan a couple of years ago, even lined up some killer reference customers, but never had time to put it into effect because of more time-sensitive priorities (Ustream, PBwiki). My “problem” is that between work, family, and […]

How can I deal with the tax issues of setting up an international venture?

I want to start a web-based business that would provide for services which physically take place in multiple US and foreign cities–basically an agency (not an escort service, in case your mind went straight to the gutter). Is there a way to go about setting up the corporation at the beginning of this venture that […]

How technical does a web start-up founder have to be?

“How technical does a web start-up founder have to be? What are ways of overcoming the challenge of not being a hacker and wanting to develop a strong site?” The Harvard MBA says: Without question, it’s a lot easier to start an Internet company if you have the technical skills to launch the initial prototype […]