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Kait Smith Lanthier

Kait Smith Lanthier is the editor at Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. As Babson College’s brand journalist, she writes about all things entrepreneurship and innovation, telling the stories of new venture entrepreneurs, social innovators, family businesses, and corporate intrapraneurs who are redefining entrepreneurship. Her writing has appeared in print and online in a variety of outlets including USA Today, Yahoo Shine, YourTango, CosmoGirl, and First for Women magazine. Smith earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and graduate degree in integrated marketing, both from Marist College.

klanthier@babson.edu

Students Backing Students: The Rise of the Dorm Room Venture Capitalist

Like many of today’s most successful companies—Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and WordPress, to name a few—Rough Draft Ventures (RDV) was founded at a college. But, for Rough Draft, college is more than just the place where the idea was born; campuses are where the idea thrives. RDV is a team of students backing fellow students at…

Posted in Living Entrepreneurship

How Coca-Cola is Leading Women’s Empowerment in the Developing World

What does it mean to empower women? Consult the dictionary, and you’ll find the word empower means to make someone stronger and more confident, particularly when it comes to their life and their rights. Consult the United Nations, and you’ll see the words equality, advocacy, education, and training on its list of seven Women’s Empowerment…

Posted in Amplifying Social Innovation

Four Ways To Ace Your Venture Capital Funding Pitch

Ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s a harsh but true reality, especially for entrepreneurs seeking venture funding. In a world with millions of ideas, many of which are the same, why should a venture capitalist fund yours? It’s one of the many questions founders must answer in order to successful pitch to VCs, who…

Posted in Preparing Entrepreneurial Leaders

Care.com’s Sheila Lirio Marcelo’s Advice for Entrepreneurial Women

In the early 2000s, the Yellow Pages just weren’t cutting it. At least not for Sheila Lirio Marcelo. Having recently given birth to her second child, she enlisted her parents to help with babysitting. But, those plans swiftly changed after her father suffered from a heart attack. Rather than being set, she was scrambling to…

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TripAdvisor’s Stephen Kaufer on Shifting from Founder to CEO

It all began with a trip to Mexico. Like many travelers in 1999, Stephen Kaufer’s vacation began with a travel agent. Seeking recommendations on where to stay in Mexico, he left the agent’s office with three beautiful brochures for three gorgeous resorts at three distinct price points. At the mercy of marketing materials that all painted…

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Growing the Maker Movement at American Field

For entrepreneur Mark Bollman, the concept of American Made isn’t a trend or a passing fad. It’s a movement. It’s about the makers, artisans, and crafters creating the highest-quality goods on the market. It’s about consumers valuing the artistry and the values behind the goods they buy. And, it’s about making purchasing decisions that have…

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Making the Most of a Startup Accelerator

Accelerators: they’re everywhere. In the greater Boston area alone, there are more than 50 accelerators, incubators, and support programs that offer startups co-working space, education, capital, mentorship, networking, and other support. Generally, these accelerators are structured the same: a cohort of startups participate for a set period of time and cap off the experience with…

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Corporate Social Responsibility from the Bottom Up

Shainoor Khoja

How can companies empower citizens of the world’s war-torn economies? For Shainoor Khoja, the answer includes bringing those citizens into the organization’s business model. Believing a company is only as strong as the community it serves, Khoja has spent more than 10 years engaging with and investing in the development of “bottom of the pyramid”…

Posted in Amplifying Social Innovation

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