BSSE Alumni Spotlight
Clayton Christensen, innovation, growth, disruption, business, management, and life.
This week on The Disruptive Voice, we're joined by Takeoff Technologies co-founders (and HBS Class of 2002 alums) José Vicente Aguerrevere & Max Pedro. Hosted by Anibha Singh, they discuss the genesis of their eGrocery business, scaling Takeoff Technologies, the evolution of the grocery industry during the coronavirus pandemic, and their vision for an ecosystem of efficient fulfillment across industries!
New on The Disruptive Voice is a conversation with Amelia Lin, a member of the Harvard Business School Class of 2016 and Founder & CEO of Saga, a social media platform that enables a refreshingly personal form of connection with family and friends. Learn more about the story and JTBD behind this family podcast app, some interesting ways people are using the app during the pandemic, and the power of intimate, shared spaces to reshape the future of social media!
"We're on a mission to create more housing in supply constrained cities across the United States, while providing homeowners a way to earn extra income literally in their backyards. Renters are provided with an eco-friendly housing option that is reasonably priced, while homeowners get to earn extra income and help their growing communities." Learn more about Backyard Tiny House, founded by Nupur Patel (HBS Class of 2017)!
"Clover is a people-focused company. Like many things, this whole situation has brought us a lot of questions we don’t have answers for. It's been super important to us that we've had great relationships with our guests. How does that look when it's no longer in-person?" - Ayr Muir, Founder & CEO of Clover Food Lab & 2004 BSSE Alumni #JTBD #Restaurants #InspiredByClay #BSSEalumniSpotlight
"Crises present the sobering realization that impressive titles and credentials are great for resumes, but leave us ill-equipped to confront some of the unexpected challenges life throws our way. But then again, it’s through navigating times of uncertainty and fear where leaders truly earn their stripes." - Alula Eshete, Harvard Business School Class of 2017 #BLM #PoliceBrutality #BSSEalumniSpotlight #InspiredByClay
Maxwell Wessel, former Fellow at the The Forum for Growth Innovation Chief Innovation Officer SAP, "talks with Malcolm Gladwell, well-known journalist and best-selling author, about navigating an uncertain world. From the pharmaceutical industry, educational system, and all the way to the sports industry, Malcolm believes that experimenting with technology in a way we’ve never thought about before will be the key to figuring out better ways of coping with COVID-19."
In this new Disruptive Voice episode, Jessica O. Matthews discusses the work that she and her team at Uncharted Power are doing to modernize energy transmission and distribution infrastructure for the development of sustainable and resilient communities!
Another BSSE alum recently featured in HBS's alumni making a difference in the world initiative is James Reinhart, Class of 2009. The company he founded, thredUP, is on a mission to keep clothing out of landfills. "I think the thing that drives me as an entrepreneur is seeing the ability to make an impact on a person's life...I never thought that we would be in a position to really change the way retail works, creating a circular economy in apparel that previously had not existed."
Two of our BSSE alumni were recently featured in HBS's alumni making a difference in the world - awesome! The first is Luciana Baigún, Class of 2014 - "What excites me about managing people and leading teams is that ability to make a difference...at Bird, reducing carbon emissions isn't a nice side effect, it's the main goal of the company."
David Askaryan (HBS Class of 2015) has recently unveiled what he's been working on - The Museum of Future Experiences! "MoFE is a Y Combinator-backed media and technology company that crafts and distributes high-end immersive VR experiences at brick and mortar locations, starting in New York City and eventually extending to other major US cities." #BSSEalumniSpotlight #VirtualReality #ImmersiveExperience #ArtsAndEntertainment
"In 2016, I made a 2am trip to the store for my young daughter, only to find that the oral electrolyte solution I had purchased was full of artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors – ingredients like sucralose, acesulfame potassium, Yellow #6, Blue #1, Red #40 – that I wouldn't drink myself, much less give to her," said Jeremy Adams, Founder & CEO of Kinderfarms - and HBS Class of 2007.
The HBS Women's Student Association has brought a wonderful portrait project to Spangler. It's called Reclaiming Feminism: A Celebration of International Women's Day, and we loved seeing Alison Wagner (who took BSSE last term) among those featured! #HBSscene #internationalwomensday #hbswsa
"It really is a lightbulb moment when the student entrepreneur realizes s/he needs to fulfill a real job in the real world. Jobs To Be Done theory provides a framework that allows the student to think of their value proposition in a tangible way." - Aaron Mondell Anderson, HBS Class of 2013 #AlumniSpotlight #JTBD #TheoryInAction
Christine Henry-Musa, Class of 2009, is the Founder & President of Black Diamond Management! This Anchorage, Alaska-based company partners with healthcare leaders, combining "strategy, data analytics, and process-driven execution to transform healthcare delivery." Cool!
Romy Drucker, Class of 2014, is the Co-Founder & CEO of The 74, a non-profit, non-partisan news site that covers education in the United States. The organization's mission is "to lead an honest, fact-based conversation about how to give America’s 74 million children under the age of 18 the education they deserve." #FoundersFriday #BSSEalumniSpotlight #Education #FeelingInspired
Angela Ruggiero - Class of 2014, a four time Olympian in ice hockey & gold medal winner, and Co-Founder & CEO at Sports Innovation Lab - discusses leading her company: "I realized that unlocking the potential of technology in sports was the way the sports industry could stay relevant and inspire the next generation of children and fans."