Thinking about starting or recently started your own business? This event is for you. Read more about the 2020 HBS New Venture Competition Alumni Track! Applications due January 27, 2020.
NVC Launch Event: Two Entrepreneurs & Two VCs Discuss the Landscape
Rent the Runway. Birchbox. Bauble Bar. Plated. Blue Apron. These heralded startups and some others have one key element in common: Each was founded by an HBS alum. Research from the school shows around 50 percent of alumni want to start their own businesses within five years of graduation.
With the start of a new decade, the next generation of startups will surely be groundbreaking and innovative – either creating entirely new product or service categories; or improving on existing solutions.
The New Venture Competition was created by HBS to get alumni to submit business plans and get the ball rolling. Now in its 10th year, the 2020 competition application is already open – our mission at the HBS Club of New York is to educate and inspire you with a series of programs.
We have a stellar panel kicking off this series, which will feature two New York-based entrepreneurs and two coastal venture capitalists. This is your chance to ask each of them thought provoking questions about what it takes to launch a business, scale, hire the right talent, find the right office space, find the right investors, preparing the pitch deck, and more.
Our panel will also address the current economic climate and the increased scrutiny on startups and exits.
Global Head of Market Solutions at Genpact
Chitra Nawbatt is a highly accomplished executive with a track record of leading, innovating and transforming organizations to achieve growth. Ms. Nawbatt has spent most of her career as a strategic multidisciplinary change agent with the mandate to build teams, processes and systems to reinvent culture, market strategy to execution, growth and risk management.
Currently, Chitra is the Global Head of Market Solutions at Genpact, a leading lean digital, artificial intelligence, analytics and design thinking consulting firm. She delivers strategic solutions to clients focused on revenue discovery and business performance transformation using digital, artificial intelligence and data analytics.
Previously, Chitra was the New York based Anchor for Reuters International TV where her broadcasts were seen by millions of households across the world including Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. C-level executives, politicians and world leaders had differentiated interviews with her because of her prior track record from Wall Street.
Before her media career, Chitra was a C-level executive at Deutsche Bank, as well as held leadership roles in the areas of Global Banking and Regional Management. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Ms. Nawbatt established risk management functions at CIBC, and before that started her career at EY in Advisory and Assurance. Chitra has her Certified Public Accountant designation and was educated at Harvard Business School, Harvard University and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
You can reach her on twitter @chitranawbatt.
Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed.com
Chieh Huang is Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed.com, a company that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Forbes Magazine has named Boxed one of the next “billion dollar startups.”
Started in Huang’s garage 5 years ago, Boxed now has hundreds of employees in facilities all over the United States. Since the garage, the company has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of products and has raised over a quarter billion dollars in funding to date.
Huang’s personal honors include being named to “Bloomberg 50”, Bloomberg Businessweek’s 50 people to watch in 2018, to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retail’s Future, as one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 and Goldman Sachs’ list of “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.” In addition, Entrepreneur Magazine included Chieh on their list of “The 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs.”
You can read more about Chieh’s story in People Magazine’s profile of him for their “American Dream” series, tracking his growth from humble beginnings to running a fast-growing online retailer. You can also catch more of him at TED.com delivering a talk about his lifelong battle against micromanagers.
General Partner, Canvas Ventures
Paul invests in marketplaces, vertical network companies, as well as those who build products and businesses enabled by machine learning, genome, and microbiome. Portfolio companies include Zola, KidBox, Roofstock, Thrive Global, Everwise, and Transfix. In the past 10 years, he had the privilege to work with 8 startups that became publicly listed on NYSE/NASDAQ and 17 investments that had a successful M&A exit. He’s passionate about venture and looking for different industries and markets to share his learnings with. Paul is a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School, and he also did years of medical research at Harvard Medical School and was a Kauffman Fellow.
A serial entrepreneur turned investor, David spent 12 years as an internet entrepreneur as cofounder of MyPlay and Apple’s Music Group, Vice President of N2K, and CEO of eMusic. He currently serves as Partner to Venrock and was named the Top 100 Venture Capitalists by CB Insights in 2017 and 2018. David has led early stage investments in Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever for $1 billion), Misty Robotics, Amino Apps, and YouNow, which after traditional funding did an ICO, and oversaw Venrock’s investment in Nest (acquired by Google for $3.2 billion).
Founder and CEO of Maven
Kate Ryder is the founder and CEO of Maven, the only virtual clinic dedicated to women’s and family health. Named one of Fast Company’s “10 Most Innovative Healthcare Companies in 2018,” Maven’s leading family benefits platform advances women in the workplace and makes it easier for parents to start and grow a family during a critical time in their careers. Maven was founded in 2014, operates the largest proprietary women’s and family health telehealth network in the country, and has raised more than $40m in capital from top investors including Sequoia and Oak HC/FT.
Kate previously worked in venture capital and journalism, writing for the Economist from Southeast Asia, New York, and London. In 2009, she worked with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, helping him write his memoirs about the U.S. financial crisis. Kate received her B.A. from the Honors College at the University of Michigan and her MSc from the London School of Economics. Kate lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and daughter.
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