There is a common misconception that most great entrepreneurs are college dropouts. On the contrary, many of the greatest entrepreneurs start their businesses after years of invaluable experience at existing organizations. In this fascinating episode of The IVY Podcast, Eric Koester enables us to explore how we can take an entrepreneurial path within our existing companies, and how to lead colleagues in a way that enables them to hustle and succeed in an entrepreneurial way.
Currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Georgetown University, Eric Koester has built and exited multiple companies including Learn that Name which was acquired by Blackberry in 2010. One of his earlier ventures, Zaarly, was named by Fast Company as one of the Fifty Most Innovative Companies in the World. Koester’s latest company is Main Street Genome, a new technology startup developing tools for the small business economy. Koester was named one of Washington DC’s “40 under 40” and has written several books on startups and technology, including The Green Entrepreneur Handbook and Starting a High Tech Business Venture. Eric also devotes considerable time to building the startup community, including as a board member of UP Global, Startup Weekend and the DC co-chair of Enstitute.
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