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.
In the thirteenth podcast episode, Shinewald sits down with entrepreneur and author David Kidder. This episode’s guest has an impressive number of innovations under his belt—the most recent being growth solution firm Bionic, a social innovation platform for enterprises. Kidder’s previous entrepreneurial ventures include Web-authoring platform Net-X, mobile advertising firm SmartRay Network, and online advertising software Clickable, all of which were acquired. He also co-founded the investment fund Alt Option Return, which focuses on investing in New York City–based companies. Tune in to hear these and other fascinating anecdotes from this wildly successful marketing and technology expert:
- Kidder’s opinion on the ideal percentage of irrationality and optimism involved in building businesses
- His experience of traveling through two dozen countries over two years after SmartRay’s acquisition—before his instinct drove him back into the game
- The process of gathering tips from his favorite entrepreneurs to share in his latest book, The Startup Playbook
Subscribe to the podcast series to hear Kidder and many other entrepreneurs describe what it takes to make it to the top!