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.
As a self-proclaimed “startup junkie,” Toby Hervey has been involved with such organizations as Waywire and Timehop. But to get where he is today, Hervey had to knock on quite a few doors…literally! He was determined to work in public policy during his studies at Georgetown, but after graduation he changed course and wanted to work at the designer clothing Web site Gilt. After first having coffee with “anyone at the company who agreed to do so,” Hervey eventually rose to be the company’s strategy and business development manager. His latest endeavor is Pager, a mobile service that connects health-care professionals with patients. Tune in to the podcast episode to hear Hervey discuss his journey so far, including these details:
- Why he firmly believed that 15 years after his high school graduation, he would be secretary of state
- How he learned to navigate the business world after joining Gilt by recording and transcribing conversations and meetings
- How a 50-year-old French medical service served as one of the inspirations for Pager
Be sure to subscribe to the podcast series to hear each episode as it is released!