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Gilt Groupe Co-Founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson Shares Her Success Story in Venture for America Podcast

Today, many aspiring MBAs and MBA graduates want to join start-ups or launch such companies themselves. Is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? Is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.
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In the seventh podcast episode, Shinewald welcomes Harvard Business School MBA Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, who describes her progression from launching the popular lifestyle site Gilt Groupe with co-founder Alexis Maybank to leaving the company behind for a small start-up called Glamsquad. Her path has been a fascinating one—tune in to hear all the glamorous and not-so-glamorous details:

  • Moving from the comfort and security of working in luxury retail to the unsteadiness of entrepreneurship
  • Buying inventory from struggling fashion brands in dark showrooms during the 2009 economic crisis—because they had not paid their electric bills
  • Learning how entrepreneurship is “hand to hand combat” at its very core—even in the beauty business

Subscribe to the podcast series to hear Wilkis Wilson’s story and many more tales of entrepreneurial success!




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