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Succeeding as an Independent Consultant

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

Release Date: 02/14/2023

Top AI Use Cases in Business show art Top AI Use Cases in Business

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

IN THIS EPISODE: This exciting episode features Jon Down,  HBS MBA, professor at the University of Portland and AI entrepreneur who founded two AI companies.  He is interviewed by host Denise Silber about the top AI business use cases supported by  emerging research, best practices for implementing AI and the key ethical considerations raised by business’s use of  AI. The conversation also covers how AI can improve productivity, how companies can navigate the challenges of AI adoption, why you might need to spend more time with AI, the need for responsible AI use, and the...

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Deep Tech: Money Matters show art Deep Tech: Money Matters

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

IN THIS EPISODE: In this podcast episode, host Philip Guarino speaks with Andrew Lo, a distinguished professor at MIT and an entrepreneur with a focus on healthcare and deep tech ventures. Andrew shares his journey from academia to entrepreneurship, detailing his transition from economics to founding a quantitative investment firm and later exploring the financial challenges of drug development. He discusses the fundraising challenges for deep tech entrepreneurs, how investors’ risk calculation differs for more complex ventures and how this requires continuous investor communication and...

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Crypto Explained show art Crypto Explained

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

IN THIS EPISODE: In this episode, our host Denise Silber welcomes recent HBS MBA, Kai-Tai Chang, General Partner at a quantitative crypto fund.  Kai-Tai Chang explains, step by step, how cryptocurrency works and  presents the key components and stakeholders in a session sure to interest crypto beginners and enthusiasts alike. Specialized in Alpha research, or detecting opportunities that offer returns above the market average, Kai-Tai Chang shares his journey from engineering to the world of cryptocurrencies, highlighting  technology’s potential to redefine financial systems....

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From Startup to Fortune 100 Executive show art From Startup to Fortune 100 Executive

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

IN THIS EPISODE: In this podcast episode, Anthony Soohoo, an entrepreneur with experience in both startups and Fortune 100 companies, shares his insights on the value of corporate skills for entrepreneurs and vice versa. He discusses the differences between startup and corporate work environments, emphasizing the importance of an entrepreneurial mindset in large organizations for innovation and nimbleness. Anthony also reflects on his board experiences and the role of entrepreneurs in governance. Anthony Soohoo discusses how corporate skills can benefit entrepreneurs, touching on empathy and...

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From India to Korea: This HBS MBA will inspire you! show art From India to Korea: This HBS MBA will inspire you!

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

IN THIS EPISODE: In this inspiring episode, host Denise Silber sits down with HBS MBA  Pankaj Agarwal,  an EdTech entrepreneur who was born in an Indian village  and developed  a deep desire to pay it forward.  Today he and his team are  optimizing the education process in  thousands of Indian and Korean classrooms thanks to the  low-tech invention from Taghive,  his Samsung-backed startup headquartered in Seoul, Korea.  Because Panjak is a keen observer and deep thinker, you will learn as he shares his story, how simple technology can impact...

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Empowering Youth To Accelerate Change show art Empowering Youth To Accelerate Change

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

IN THIS EPISODE: In this episode, our host Philip Guarino is joined by Dr. Eric Dawson, CEO of RIVET, a company which channels the economic power of young people to fund their work as social innovators. Representing over three trillion dollars in consumer spending, today’s youth are a powerful economic force that is ever more committed to social causes. They don’t lack ideas- they lack resources. Eric discusses the vast potential and creativity of today’s young generation and how RIVET’s innovative microfinancing program empowers them to effect change.  This inspiring conversation...

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GenAI for Wealth Management Is Now! show art GenAI for Wealth Management Is Now!

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

IN THIS EPISODE: Listen in on this week’s episode, as host Denise Silber sits down with HBS MBA and world class entrepreneur, CEO Deborah Yang, to discuss the new world of finance  in which GenAI-driven innovation helps us instantly visualize the characteristics of  our  investment portfolios as never before.   Deborah Yang heads up Daizy, a revolutionary AI-powered platform for advisors and wealth firms. As the recipients of the greatest wealth transfer of all time and  key drivers of sustainability,  Millennials and Gen Z will demand and command the...

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AI Transforming Decision-Making for Banking and Fintechs show art AI Transforming Decision-Making for Banking and Fintechs

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

IN THIS EPISODE: In this episode, our host, Philip Guarino, is joined by Maik Taro Wehmeyer, Co-Founder & CEO at Taktile. Maik shares his journey from engineering and statistical optimization to pioneering machine learning in finance. In this segment, Maik explains the gap in decision infrastructure for platforms used in accounting, banking and other industries. This gap led to the creation of Taktile, a low-code/no-code platform which empowers credit and risk teams to generate highly accurate automated underwriting decisions more efficiently and at scale. Join us to learn how this...

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Don’t Launch your Startup Without these 3 Things show art Don’t Launch your Startup Without these 3 Things

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

IN THIS EPISODE: In this episode, our host Denise Silber sits down with Matheus Riolfi HBS MBA and YC alum,  the very grounded and yet visionary Co-founder and CEO of Tint. Matheus Riolfi  who hails from a small city in Brazil, has developed an ability to observe, analyze and put into practice which has enabled him to build a success story, step by step through the learnings from his past failures and victories. Catch the pearls he distills about what it takes to launch a first-in-class startup, through this captivating episode featuring a dynamic founder with a very human touch....

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From Serial Entrepreneur to Global VC show art From Serial Entrepreneur to Global VC

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

IN THIS EPISODE: In this episode our host, Philip Guarino, is joined by Jahn Karsybaev, a Managing Partner at Big Sky Capital, a VC for B2B enterprises in emerging markets. Together they discuss Jahn’s journey as an immigrant from entrepreneur to venture capitalist, his firm’s unique focus on emerging markets and how founders can best navigate the challenging funding environment. In this installment, Jahn sheds light on what he looks for in founders and how the right venture capital firm, board and advisors can play a crucial role in accelerating growth. Jahn discusses the importance of...

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With an evolving business and societal context more and more people are seeking to become independent professionals. One industry that has undergone significant changes is management consulting. In this episode our host, Philip Guarino, is joined by Will Bachman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Umbrex. Together they share the trends, opportunities and challenges that come with being an independent consultant.

Independent consultants are in ever higher demand. Will explains why it takes a global community to thrive as an independent professional, and the resources available to those looking to grow their brand. This episode provides advice for all entrepreneurs looking to build their network, find unique work opportunities, and connect with like minded professionals. With individuals placing more emphasis on autonomy and independence, there has never been a better time to make the leap and thrive as an independent consultant.


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Will Bachman was recently named one of 38 "Power Players of Consulting" by Business Insider.  A McKinsey alum, Bachman is a co-founder and the Managing Partner of Umbrex, the world's first global community connecting top-tier independent management consultants. He hosts the popular podcast Unleashed - How to Thrive as an Independent Professional. Bachman created The Umbrex Guide to Setting Up Your Own Consulting Practice, which is based on over 1,000 discussions with independent management consultants and 300 episodes of his podcast.  Bachman is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School. Before becoming a management consultant, Bachman served as a nuclear-trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.