The Entrepreneurs Club invites a speaker to join us every week at our get togethers on Tuesdays at 6pm in 150 Dodge Hall. Many of our speakers are CEOs and founders of successful firms that love sharing their insights with students, and hiring interns!
Bryan joined Acquia in 2008 after working at EMC managing product marketing and product management. With over $38.5 million in funding, Acquia is an open-source software company revolutionizing web and cloud development.
Acquired by Apple for $275 million in 2010, Jennifer was an early employee of Quattro Wireless (now iAd). Jennifer then co-founded Adelphic Mobile in 2011. With $2+ million in funding, Adelphic Mobile looks to revolutionize mobile advertising for media managers across the globe.
Sue Morelli has been Chief Executive Officer and President of ABP Corporation since 2006. Ms. Morelli joined Au Bon Pain in 1988 and since then was responsible for a myriad of disciplines within the company.
Facing a $100+ million financial meltdown in 2002, The Beth Israel Deaconess Center called on Paul Levy to step in as CEO. Although Paul was new to healthcare, his effective leadership transformed the hospital into one of the best in the Northeast.
Businessweek Top 25 under 25 Young Entrepreneur, 2 time college drop-out. Fan is bringing the experience of custom apparel to the masses.
With over 16 locations and another
one coming soon, John Pepper has
built Boloco into a Boston burrito
empire. After starting out on Wall
Street and realizing it sucked, Pepper
decided to take advantage of the need
for quality burritos in Boston.
In 2008, Chase co-founded Streetwise Media, the parent company of Bostinno.com. Raising $1.3 million, Bostinno has erupted into the leading news outlet convering innovation in Boston. Acquired by American City Business Journal in November 2012, Streetwise Media is on the path to becoming one of the country’s leading local news platforms.
Receiving close to $10 million in venture funding, Boundless, the free online textbook replacement, is connecting students with a wealth of high quality, openly licensed, and free educational content.
Raising a total of $14.5 million since ’04, and executing over 1,000 social marketing programs for major brands including Unliever, Wrigley and L’Oreal, BzzAgent is one of the most successful marketing companies around.
Graduating from UMass Amherst in 2008, Ryan paid his entire way with scholarships and hard work. His company raised $3,500,000 in VC funding and is used by over 100,000 college students across the U.S. Ryan is a hard working and incredibly passionate entrepreneur.
Founded in 2006, Care.com is the largest and fastest growing service used by families to find high-quality caregivers, providing a trusted place to easily connect, share caregiving experiences and get advice.
Ranked #1 in the market research industry, Communispace has built over 600 online communities for 150+ clients, “Blue-Chip clients that would make a Madison Avenue giant jealous.” Currently on the boards of Tufts University and Panera, Diana co-founded Communispace in 1999, before social media took off!
Raising over $5 million in funding, Daily Grommet is the online marketplace for upcoming products. Creating the stories behind new products, Jules is revolutionizing the way entrepreneurs launch meaningful products for their consumers.
A Harvard business grad, Russ Wilcox invented electronic paper. Developed in the MIT Media Labs, E-Ink is found in the display of the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and Motorola Cell Phones. After 13 years, Wilcox sold the company in 2010 for $450 million.
Matt Lauzon co-founded Gemvara while earning his B.S. in Business Management at Babson College. Originally a B2B platform for independent jewelers, he transformed Gemvara into what it is today after recognizing a niche in the jewelry industry at the intersection of eCommerce and mass customization.
As the Ambassador of Buzz for Grasshopper, Jon created their “Buzz Department” from the ground up and was responsible for over 600 press mentions and a handful of big partnerships over his 3 years there. Jon is also the author behind Learn2Buzz, and a co-founder of the Barcamp Tour.
Gradating from NU in 2009, Jason has become an integral part of the Boston startup community as the co-founder of GreenhornConnect.com, a hub of information for Boston's tech scene. Jason is also an expert on customer development and lean startups, which he led in his role at oneforty.
Harmonix is one of the world’s leading independent game development studios, creators of the blockbuster Rock Band and Dance Central franchises, the newly released iOS video music app VidRhythm, as well as the original developers of Guitar Hero.
A January 2011 TechStars company, HelpScout is transforming the way businesses handle customer service. As CEO, Nick did all of the front-end web development after he graduated from school in Tennessee in 2004. The team of 5 works right down the street from NU in the south end.
Annie singlehandedly built and continues to develop the HerCampus.com site, building off her previous experiences with website design. She is responsible for managing the online publication of all Her Campus content as well as directing the image and branding of Her Campus.
Raising over $100 million, Hubspot is a leading marketing software company. With over 8,000 clients in 35 countries, Hubspot remains a distruptive force helping clients change traditional marketing for the better.
Karmaloop.com was founded in and is currently headquartered in Boston, MA, with an office and TV studio in New York City. It is one of the world’s largest online retailers of streetwear (including footwear, apparel and accessories). The company targets and sells to the "Verge Culture” demographic, the multicultural 18-34 youth.
Co-founder and CTO of the popular travel search engine, Kayak.com which helps consumers find travel deals from hundreds of travel providers around the world; Paul English is one speaker for the records. With a sterling record of occupation from such big names as Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Intuit, Paul has successfully experienced almost every nook and cranny of entrepreneurship.
With a grand opening in Curry Student Center and hundreds served on their opening days, the Founder & CEO of Kigo Kitchen, Steve Hooper, is creating a new chain of fast-casual, make-your-own, Asian-inspired cuisine.
At the helm of a $215 million business, Roger leads over 4,000 employees in 32 restaurants from Boston to Florida. Named a James Beard “Outstanding Restaurateur” and inducted into “Menu Masters Hall of Fame,” Roger looks to bring Legal Seafoods to even greater heights.
Since re-launching its mobile payment
and loyalty solution last October, LevelUp has raised $31 million from the likes of Deutsche Telekom, on-boarded 3,600 merchants & eliminated the transaction fees that cost merchants $50 billion each year!
The world’s largest venture accelerator, MassChallenge awards millions of dollars to startups-no strings attached! Named one of Boston’s 50 Most Influential CEO’s, John looks to identify high-impact startups and propel them to astronomical heights.
Jeff Taylor is a founder Monster.com and is recognized as an innovator and visionary in both the Internet and career industries, by reinventing the way job hunters seek employment.
With humble beginnings on Boston's very own Newbury Street, Newbury Comics was founded in 1978 by two determined MIT students. The entertainment superstore now has over 29 locations in the New England area and is well known as the best comic book destination in town
Mike Behan is the founder of Njabini Apparel, a social business that employs disadvantaged mothers in Kenya to make handmade home-goods and apparel. They provide a wage 4x the national average, enabling women to immediately send their children to school, start saving, and take control of their future.
A 2010 NU Grad, Dan started full-time on Olejo, a one stop online retailer for mattresses and home furnishing. Started in 2008 as a sophomore, Dan has grown Olejo from a small startup to a retail powerhouse generating over millions annual revenue.
Jason is a serial entrepreneur, board member, advisor, and investor. Currently a part of 9 different companies and organizations, he's accomplished more than many would in a lifetime. From box maker in the shipping department of Deluxe Check Printers 15 years ago to now senior executive, Jason has come a long way.
With over 6.5 million users and roughly 70% of them living outside the U.S. RunKeeper is an all-star mobile app. Receiving over $11 million in funding, RunKeeper is running at quite the pace for success.
We are all learning so much so quickly and there seems to be no way to show off our smarts. Alas, Jennifer Fremont-Smith and her team created Smarterer, a program that tests and scores individuals on the tools they use every day, using crowd sourced test design and a scoring mechanism based on the one used to rank chess masters.
After graduating from Harvard, Lindsay Hyde decided to change the lives of hundreds of young girls. Founded in 2004, Strong Women, Strong Girls connects elementary school girls with college students, enabling them to reach their full potential. SWSG currently serves over 250 girls in the Boston, Pittsburgh, and Miami area.
Passionate about helping start-ups and growing the Boston Entrepreneurial community, Cort Johnson has co-founded 3 companies. After graduating Bentley in 2006, he built DartBoston, and also co-founded a web app development shop, Terrible Labs.
Dave is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Tap Lab, a Cambridge-based startup that develops social mobile games with a real-world twist. His focus is in game design and business development. The Tap Lab was part of TechStars Boston 2011 as well as a winner of MassChallenge 2011. Prior to The Tap Lab, Dave was the Co-Founder and President of the Boston University Entrepreneurship Club. Dave has a passion for entertainment and has experience working as a marketing intern/representative at Walden Media, Universal Pictures (UK), and Warner Music Group.
As the largest online home furniture retailer, Wayfair generates over $500 million in revenue in seven different countries. Leading the hottest tech. startup in Boston, Niraj is on the fast track to taking Wayfair to a billion dollar company.
Raising over $1.4 million in funding with clients including A&E and Cirque du Soleil, Wistia gives marketers the power to analyze how people view their videos.
We had an absolutely incredible turnout for our kick-off event (over 150 students!). The atmosphere was one of passion, aspiration, and excitement. Ken took us through his undergrad years at BC, going into finance, eventually founding his own investment management firm and acting as CFO for multiple tech startups.