Author: Andrew Zacharakis
Andrew Zacharakis is The John H. Muller, Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Wellesley, MA. He is the Director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and past president of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a past chair of the Entrepreneurship Department at Babson College and a past Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson. His writings and research focus on two major areas of entrepreneurship: the venture capital decision-making process, and entrepreneurial growth strategies. Professor Zacharakis has been interviewed in newspapers nationwide, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, and by several magazines, including Inc., Entrepreneur, and Kiplinger's. He has also appeared on television in the Bloomberg Small Business Report, and radio on NPR Morning Edition. Professor Zacharakis has taught seminars at leading companies, including Dassault, Merck, Intel, and Met Life. He has also taught executives, students, and professors worldwide in such countries as Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. Prior to his work at Babson, he held investment banking/venture capital positions with The Cambridge Companies, a Los Angeles firm that invested in retail concepts and movie partnerships. Today, Zacharakis is an active angel investor in seed stage deals. He also previously held positions at IBM and Leisure Technologies.