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One on One with Innovation Leaders

Innovation Interviews

Innovation is a mandate for companies. A recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed a 64% increase in how often the I-word cropped up in annual and quarterly reports since 2006. With so many organizations thinking about and fueling their business innovation engines, we went straight to the source for perspective from five Boston innovators about…

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Outgrowing the Startup

Outgrowing the Startup

Middle age often means sensible decision making, assuming responsibility for others, and a (mostly) wise perspective. Several decades of life experiences have taught lessons about perseverance and helped define priorities. As true as this is for people, it also is true for businesses. For startups with staying power, growing the business is often a primary…

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Gail Simmons on Creating a Career

Gail Simmons

“What is food but a huge window into every culture in the world?” That is the kind of rhetorical question an anthropologist might ask, so it makes sense coming from Gail Simmons, who studied anthropology in college before embarking on a career that has taken her around the world, bite by bite. In some ways,…

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Investing in Women: A Conversation with Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Tory Burch is celebrating a big birthday—this year, her brand turned 10 years old. The doors to the first Tory Burch store opened in February 2004, albeit without the store’s actual doors, which didn’t arrive in time for opening day. Burch was afraid that like the doors, shoppers wouldn’t show up, but by 6 p.m.…

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Business Takes Center Stage

Art and Business

“We don’t exist to make money.” That’s the message Jill Medvedow, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, shared with a group of arts enthusiasts and business students on a recent afternoon. “Our core business is not our balance sheet,” she expands, “it’s just a means to an end.” Make no mistake: there is a…

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From Battlefield to Boss

military entrepreneurs

After more than 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the statistics and figures are staggering. Taxpayers have spent trillions. One million U.S. veterans have been injured, and 2.5 million Afghans are refugees. But not all of these statistics are sobering: in cities and towns across the country, today more than 2.4 million small…

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Athletes, Entrepreneurs, and the Competitive Drive

Athletes Entrepreneurs Competitive Drive

During the Sochi Olympics, more than 1,300 gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to athletes from around the world. Closer to home, runners layered in winter gear diligently grind out long runs and practice hills in anticipation of the Boston Marathon in April. And, in accelerator conference rooms and campus lecture halls, entrepreneurs polish…

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A New Definition of Success

As a newly minted college graduate, Kelly Murphy Greeley had a plan. Her first years out of undergrad found her working at an investment firm, and later, moving to a consulting firm. By her own account, Greeley “really felt like I was on my way.” But, losing a dear aunt to cancer helped Greeley realize…

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Mapping the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurial Spirit

What makes certain places more entrepreneurial than others? Why do some regions and cities have relatively high startup rates, such as Atlanta and Los Angeles, whereas others, for example greater Philadelphia, have considerably lower rates? And, how can cities foster an entrepreneurial spirit, for example the way Boston has? These are fascinating questions, especially since…

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Keeping It In The Family

Keeping It In The Family

My two sisters and I have always had the family business itch, but it took a few years—and a pregnancy—to come up with the right idea. Like many new moms, Lori, our middle sister, spent months working off the baby weight following the birth of her daughter, Charlee. The lowest point for her occurred when…

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