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“Fun Guy” and Orbital Founder Gary Chou Shares His Entrepreneurial Saga

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.
“Fun Guy” and Orbital Founder Gary Chou Shares His Entrepreneurial Saga - mbaMission

In the eleventh episode of the podcast series, Shinewald welcomes Orbital founder and self-described “fun guy” Gary Chou. Orbital, which Chou defines as “a space to do awesome stuff,” aims to help people develop side projects by offering programs, boot camps, one-on-one sessions, and community support. Chou knows a thing or two about doing “awesome stuff”; his resume includes everything from producing films, to working as a general manager at venture capital firm Union Square Ventures, to serving on the executive board of Venture for America—all before Orbital even saw the light of day. In this fascinating installment of the podcast series, Chou discusses these stories and more:

  • How his planned two months off to recuperate from the dot-com burst turned into three years
  • Seeing Orbital as the one truly intentional move in his career—Chou says every amazing thing that happened to him “has a messy story behind [it]”
  • Signing a two-year lease on a massive work space before he knew what kind of a company Orbital would be

Subscribe to the podcast series to get a front-row seat as entrepreneurs such as Chou share their stories of struggle and success!




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