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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://tinyurl.com/gap-year-2020
*Curated by our guests on this episode
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
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: http://tinyurl.com/amplifymission
Join the AMPLIFY mailing list to stay updated on our events: http://tinyurl.com/amplifymail (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: https://tinyurl.com/HVBLMDonations
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 https://www.covid.cm/opportunities for volunteer opportunities and more ways to support Ben and The COVID Foundation’s work.
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.
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.
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.
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.