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.
Ethan Anderson, a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Business School, worked on the tech side of management consulting giant McKinsey & Company before discovering his passion for entrepreneurship. He is the founder of three companies: MyTime, an online appointment booking tool; Redbeacon, an online service that helps customers find home service providers (which was acquired by Home Depot); and QuickReturns, a provider of reverse logistics services. In this podcast episode, Anderson shares his entrepreneurial story, touching on these details and more:
- What made him choose business over one of his largest interests—politics
- How working at such massive firms as Google and Buy.com prepped him to start his second company
- Why the burst of the Internet bubble made him take a step back in entrepreneurship
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