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E13: Shelly Xu + Court Williams on Sustainable Fashion and Personal Brand

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S2: E13 Chris Romer on the Future of ESG
Join us for a conversation with Chris Romer, Co-Founder and CEO of Project Canary, on balancing public and private sector endeavors, learning to fail, and the future of emissions reduction. Get ready to dive into the hot topic of ESG measurement!
June 10, 2022
S2: E12 Trinny London on Building a Multi-Million Dollar Beauty Brand
Trinny Woodall is founder and CEO of digital-first global beauty brand, Trinny London. In just over three years, Trinny London has witnessed phenomenal growth, with revenue soaring to £37.7M ($52M) in the last 12 months and a team that’s grown to over 130 people. Join Harvard Ventures as Trinny talks raising venture capital as a female founder, discovering a new need for feel-good beauty products among women, and the importance of values-driven marketing and authenticity.
December 10, 2021
S2: E11 Deep Nishar on Running U.S. SoftBank Vision Fund
Enjoy a conversation with esteemed venture capitalist Deep Nishar, whose time with Softbank, LinkedIn, and Google speaks for itself, not to mention his founding of Patkai Networks. Listen in as Deep teaches us about mentorship, venture capital, and leadership. (And the best pizza toppings!)
October 29, 2021
S2: E10 Daniel Moore: CEO of Rockefeller Group
Join us for a conversation with Daniel Moore, President and CEO of the Rockefeller Group, on his unique leadership style, entering the real estate market, and how the pandemic will change the industry. Get ready to dive into the ever evolving world of real estate!
October 13, 2021
S2: E9 Amber Venz Box on Establishing LTK and Dominating Influencer Marketing
Join us for our conversation with Amber Venz Box, tech entrepreneur and founder of RewardStyle and (now LTK), on building a billion dollar business, navigating the pressures of being a young founder, and recruiting talent for rapid growth. Learn how she grew her startup to $2B in annual sales with a network of more than 1 million brands and thousands of influencers. 
August 30, 2021
S2:E8 Robert Langer on Founding Moderna
Listen to our conversation with Dr. Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, on the race to produce the Moderna vaccine, how he evaluates startup ideas at his lab, and what it really takes to produce a high quality patent. 
August 13, 2021
S2: E7 Sam Bankman-Fried on FTX and the Future of Crypto
Join us for a conversation with Sam Bankman-Fried, Founder and CEO of Alameda Research and FTX Exchange. Alameda Research, a quantitative crypto trading firm, manages $2.5B in assets and FTX Exchange offers derivatives, options, volatility products, and leveraged tokens. FTX recently secured partnerships with Tom Brady, MLB, and naming rights to the home stadium of the Miami Heat. Follow along as we discuss the path to FTX's sky-rocketing success, and find out what the King of Crypto has to say about the rise and future of crypto and blockchain technology in general.
July 11, 2021
S2: E6 Vivek Ramaswamy on Entrepreneurship in College, founding Roivant Sciences and Innovation in Biotech
Listen to our conversation with the executive chairman and founder of Roivant Sciences. Learn how Mr. Ramaswamy used his experience in Biotech investing to found a 7 billion dollar company, and what his insights are regarding building a start-up and how Covid-19 has impacted the industry.
June 20, 2021
S2: E5 Robert Kaplan on The Federal Reserve, Social Impact Entrepreneurship, and Venture Philanthropy
Listen to our conversation with President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and co-chair of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Robert Kaplan. Follow along as we discuss his role in managing the economy, high impact and social investing, and our national outlook post-COVID.
April 28, 2021
S2: E4 Allen Shim on Slack's $27B+ Acquisition
Listen to our conversation with the CFO of Slack, Allen Shim. Learn how Mr. Shim scaled Slack into a company with nearly $1 billion in annual revenue, and what his insights are about the Slack's growth and the future of remote work. 
February 26, 2021
S2: E3 Rob Kapito on Founding BlackRock and the Future of Investing
Listen to our conversation with President and Co-Founder of BlackRock, Rob Kapito. Learn how Mr. Kapito founded BlackRock, how he built the largest asset manager in the world, and how he approaches the future of ETFs and ESG investing. In December of 2020, BlackRock set a record with $8.7 trillion in assets under management.
February 16, 2021
S2: E2 Alex Kayyal on Salesforce Ventures and Enterprise Entrepreneurs
Listen to our conversation with Alex Kayyal, Partner and Head of Salesforce Ventures International, on the day in the life of a VC investor, Salesforce Ventures investments, and how Salesforce Ventures has committed $100M to black-owned businesses and minority founders.  
February 02, 2021
S2: E1 Frank Slootman on Snowflake’s $100B+ Valuation
Listen to our conversation with the CEO and Chairman of Snowflake on leading the firm through the biggest software IPO in history, evaluating the potential of early-stage ventures, and dominating the American Dream. 
January 21, 2021
E21: Andy Beck on AI in Medicine
Listen to our conversation with Andy Beck, founder and CEO of PathAI, a company that develops artificial intelligence technology for pathology. Andy earned his MD from Brown Medical School and completed residency and fellowship training in Anatomic Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology from Stanford University. He completed a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University, where he developed one of the first machine-learning based systems for cancer pathology. He's been certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology. Prior to co-founding PathAI, he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has published over 110 papers in the fields of cancer biology, cancer pathology, and biomedical informatics.
October 13, 2020
E20: Gail McGovern on the American Red Cross, Resilience, and Innovation
Listen to our conversation with Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. Learn about her experience combatting some of the most destructive natural disasters in the world in addition to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Hear her take on American resilience and gain insights on her financial turnaround of the one of the oldest and most prominent nonprofit organizations of the United States (est. 1881). 
September 16, 2020
E19: Greg Mankiw on Advising Economic Policy for President George W. Bush, Venture Capital Funds, and Free Markets
Listen to our conversation with Professor Greg Mankiw, the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for President George W. Bush. We discussed his time at the White House producing the Economic Report of the President, venture capital, his investment portfolio, and the economy as a result of COVID-19.
September 08, 2020
E18: Sarah Kunst on Cleo Capital and VC Investing
Listen to our conversation with Sarah Kunst, founder and partner at Cleo Capital. Ms. Kunst has been named as a top woman in venture capital by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes 30 under 30, a top African American in tech by Business Insider, and is a contributing editor at Marie Claire.
September 01, 2020
E17: Danny Meyer on Michelin Stars, Shake Shack, and Restaurant Development
Listen to our interview with one of the most influential restaurateurs in the world, Mr. Danny Meyer. Mr. Meyer has created and developed more than 20 high end restaurants in New York City in addition to founding Shake Shack. One of his original restaurants, Eleven Madison Park, was named as the best restaurant in the world in 2017.  Hear his advice to students on scaling ventures and insights on the restaurant industry. 
August 24, 2020
E16: Stacey Bendet on Alice + Olivia and Fashion Entrepreneurship
Listen to our conversation with Stacey Bendet, founder of the highly influential American fashion brand, Alice + Olivia. Learn how Bendet scaled her business right out of college, her creative process, and advice to students. Bendet is known for dressing celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gigi Hadid, and many others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she  launched a new venture to help creatives showcase their work and find jobs on her platform called Creatively.   
August 13, 2020
E15: Flynn Coleman on Ethical Leadership and AI
Listen to our conversation with Flynn Coleman on the intersection of human rights, ethical leadership, and technology. Flynn is an author, an international human rights attorney, a social justice advocate, a Harvard fellow, a professor, a public speaker, a social innovator and entrepreneur, a former competitive athlete, an ethical fashion designer, and a founder and CEO. 
August 04, 2020
E14: Alexa von Tobel on Being a "Recession Entrepreneur”
Listen to our conversation with Alexa von Tobel, Managing Partner and founder of Inspired Capital, founder and former CEO of LearnVest (acquired by Northwestern Mutual), and the New York Times- Bestselling Author of Financially Fearless. Alexa went to Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
July 27, 2020
To Be Or Not To Be Enrolled
Listen to our conversation all about college’s reopening plans... this time with 4 guests!  In light of school's reopening plans, though the approach between institutions is varied, the reaction of students and parents is quite similar: What should I do? Pay thousands of dollars for an online education? Take a year off from College and return to my secure spot in one year? Start a business? To answer these questions and more we are joined by Curren Iyer (Harvard Class of 2017) currently @LinkedIn and former President of Harvard Ventures, Erik Schluntz (Harvard Class of 2015) founder @Cobalt Robotics and formerly @SpaceX, Ben Pleat (Harvard Class of 2017) founder at Cobu and also former President of Harvard Ventures with Curren, and Matt Sutton venture investor in Cambridge who helps teach a class on entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School.  Resources on gap years and startups: *Curated by our guests on this episode
July 17, 2020
E13: Shelly Xu + Court Williams on Sustainable Fashion and Personal Brand
Listen to our first double guest conversation with Shelly Xu, an ex-Prada and ex-Instagram employee now incubating her startup Shelly Xu Design (the first zero waste fashion startup) at Harvard University’s i-lab, and Court Williams, creative director and consultant specializing in luxury working as a Director at Instagram’s Creative Shop
July 13, 2020
E12: Mercedes Bent on Transitioning from Wall Street to Startupland
Listen to our conversation with Mercedes Bent, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners on their consumer investing team. This interview is part of Harvard Ventures Black Lives Matter fundraising and education efforts. All the proceeds from the sponsored segments of this podcast episode will be donated to organizations aiming to create equal opportunities for the advancement of Black entrepreneurs and investors in startupland. We at Harvard Ventures stand in firm solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and we recognize as a community of builders with tremendous privilege to be studying at Harvard we have a responsibility to use all our platforms to demand justice for all victims of racially motivated violence and be active leaders in shaping the changes we want to see in startupland, in America, and in our world. Next week, we will be launching our AMPLIFY series in collaboration with the Yale Entrepreneurial Society. Together, we have mobilized 10 universities across the country to host weekly virtual speaker events featuring the experiences, creations, triumphs, hardships, and learnings of Black entrepreneurs, executives, and investors. AMPLIFY mission statement: Join the AMPLIFY mailing list to stay updated on our events: (open for everyone to join!) This is the first of many ongoing initiatives Harvard Ventures is committed to working towards to uplift underrepresented groups in startup land. So special thank you again to Mercedes for joining us and to all of you for listening, donating, and sharing. Additional resources for BLM donations:
July 06, 2020
E11: Ben Wei on The COVID Foundation and How YOU Can Help
Listen to our conversation with Benjamin Wei, tech entrepreneur and non-profit founder. The COVID Foundation is on a mission to provide essential medical supplies to those who need it most. The organization achieves this by analyzing data to identify the most urgent need, with an emphasis on marginalized communities in the areas hit hardest by COVID-19. **Visit for volunteer opportunities and more ways to support Ben and The COVID Foundation’s work.
June 29, 2020
E10: David Rubenstein on The Carlyle Group, Raising Capital, and The American Dream
Listen to our conversation with David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of global private equity investment company The Carlyle Group.
June 22, 2020
E9: John C. Warner on Green Chemistry in Business, Politics, and Innovation
Listen to our conversation with John Warner, inventor, entrepreneur, and pioneer in green chemistry, and founder of Beyond Benign, a non-profit dedicated to green chemistry education for scientists, educators, and citizens alike.
June 15, 2020
E8: Wendy Kopp on Teach for America, Non-Profit Fundraising, and Virtual Classrooms
Listen to our conversation with Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All, a global network of nonprofit organizations with the aim to increase access to equitable education.
June 06, 2020
E7: Chip Wilson on Lululemon, Solo Founders, and Goal Setting
Listen to our conversation with Chip Wilson billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, who founded yoga-inspired athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica Inc.
May 24, 2020
E6: Gary Cohn on Goldman Sachs, The White House, and Venture Capital
Listen to our conversation with Gary Cohn, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs, Director of the National Economic Council and chief economic advisor to President Donald Trump from 2017 to 2018, and now advisor and venture capital investor for companies operating in the cybersecurity, blockchain infrastructure, and medical technology sectors.
May 17, 2020
E5: Robert Langer on Biotech Innovation and its Role Combating COVID-19
Listen to our conversation with Robert Langer, American chemical engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, and investor who is also one of the 10 most cited individuals in history.
May 11, 2020
E4: Strauss Zelnick on eSports, Private Equity, and Leading a Meaningful Life
Listen to our conversation with Strauss Zelnick, Harvard grad, the CEO of Take Two Interactive (video game producer of Grand Theft Auto, NBA 2K, and many more), and former President of 20th Century Fox and CEO of Columbia Music Entertainment.
April 28, 2020
E3: Andy Gonzalez on Unicorn Startup Ginkgo Bioworks
Listen to our conversation with Andy Gonzalez on his journey from Harvard to Bain to Ginkgo Bioworks as he offers advice to college students on how to pursue your passions and join a startup.
April 20, 2020
E2: Anne Dwane on How to Break into VC
Listen to our conversation with Anne Dwane on how she became Co-Founder and Partner at Village Global as she offers insights on what it’s like to have created early stage fund backed by founders like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Sara Blakely, and more.
April 12, 2020
E1: Mark Cuban on COVID-19, AI, Personalized Medicine, and More
Listen to our conversation with Mark Cuban as he offers valuable insights into his world as an investor and gives advice on how businesses can survive the COVID-19 pandemic. 
April 04, 2020
Episode 0: Who We Are
We are Harvard Ventures, and this is The Bottom Line, a podcast about entrepreneurship, innovation, and everything in between. 
March 31, 2020