Entrepreneurship vs MBA: Mutually Exclusive or Not
Sunday, March 15
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
Getting an MBA and starting a business, whether together or in either sequence, should not be mutually exclusive paths to take. But there is a lot of discussion in the media about pursuing entrepreneurship and skipping or even dropping out of college or grad school. Much less is discussed about pursuing both higher education and entrepreneurship together or in either sequence. This is a hot, if not controversial, subject.
Our panel will be comprised of MBAs (who had prior work experience before going to graduate school) and non-MBAs, all of whom have been, currently are, or aspire to be entrepreneurs – and have made the decision to get an MBA. Or not. This panel discussion will have a much different take from the common portrayal of simply skipping or dropping out of school to become a billionaire.
Class of 2015 MBA Candidate
MIT Sloan School of Management
SVP, Sales & Mktg
Pulse Infoframe Inc
Jeff was a co-founder of Empathica, a customer experience and advocacy measurement company. Empathica which captured over 30 million customers per year, achieved over $22 million in annual sales, a...Show the rest
Jeff was a co-founder of Empathica, a customer experience and advocacy measurement company. Empathica which captured over 30 million customers per year, achieved over $22 million in annual sales, and worked with clients in over 25 countries. In September of 2013, Empathica was acquired by Mindshare Technologies, Inc..
Jeff played a key leadership role in expanding the business to gain a significant reputation in the US, United Kingdom and Western Europe. Jeff also led a team in the development of a synergistic brand and social media product "GoRecommend". Since its launch in 2010, "GoRecommend" has been adopted by over 75 brands, becoming a major competitive differentiator for Empathica, finding over 1.25 million advocates with 150 million Facebook friends and Twitter followers.
Prior to starting Empathica, Jeff was one the first employees of Onvia, Inc.. In 2000, Onvia was voted Canada’s number one startup and subsequently closed a $240 Million IPO on NASDAQ in 2001.Hide the rest