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    This week, Series W talks to Jean Luo, founder of Outdoor Pass.   Tell us about Outdoor Pass! Our mission at Outdoor Pass is to inspire and enable people to lead more active lives. Our service helps people discover and do local outdoor and “out-of-doors” activities with friends and community on a recurring basis.Outdoor activities include 5Ks and fun runs, hiking and yoga excursions, and local ski lift tickets, while “out-of-doors” activities are more discovery-focused and include anything from local concerts and film festivals to sake brewing to seasonal activities like corn mazes. For $30/month, members receive a […]

Series W talks to Jean Luo, founder of Outdoor Pass


At UtilityAPI, we’re building the universal API for energy data. Our customers are top solar and energy storage companies. We get data out of utilities and into the hands of companies that can use it, such as solar (like SolarCity), energy storage (like Tesla), and energy management companies (Fitbit for energy use). We have paying customer and excellent growth. Access to utility data means a larger sales funnel, a frictionless customer journey, and easy data verification for financing for new energy technologies. We are making money and conveniently saving the planet at the same time (addressing climate change). 1) How […]

Series W talks to Elena Lucas from UtilityAPI


  For the past 6 months, HBS student Tess Brooks has been building Confi (confi.co), an online community for young women seeking advice on health topics that can be uncomfortable to talk about (OB/GYN, sexual health, mental health, communication, etc.). This week, Tess reflects on her experience as a first-time founder working full-time this summer: Getting your Hands Dirty and Building the Team “Founder” is not a job description – working in the i-lab, I have seen extremely different day-to-day realities for each start-up. For example, tech companies are coding all day, food products are cooking and working with suppliers […]

A REFLECTION: FIRST 6 MONTHS OF START-UP WHILE AT HBS



This week Series W spoke to Gill Morris, founder and CEO of Hitlist, a travel app that makes your hitlist of destinations easier to check off. Morris shared her views on how she differentiated herself from every other non-technical founder with no money trying to attracted a technical co-founder, pursuing the right stage of investors, and the difficult choice of walking away from investor money when the terms changed. How did you develop the idea for Hitlist? I lived in Istanbul for a number of years and all my friends said they wanted to come visit. For the first year, none […]

SERIES W TALKS TO HITLIST


Earlier this year, HBS students and Series W members Julia Senior and Britt Danneman launched Sports Ketchup, a weekly email newsletter that provides a cheeky update on the most important sports headlines each week so that non-sports fans can win conversations about sports. Think The Skimm for sports. Sports Ketchup has been growing rapidly and recently Senior and Danneman were profiled in Just Us Gals. Sign up to Sports Ketchup here to make sure you’re up to date at the water cooler, in an elevator, on a conference call, to your tinder matches, to an uber driver…we’ve got you covered! @_sportsketchup

SPORTS KETCHUP: THEY FOLLOW SPORTS SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO


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This week Series W spoke to the founding team of Monarq, a soon to be launched free iPhone app created for women by women. Diana Murakhovskaya and Irene Ryabaya founded Monarq with the mission of making it easier for women to make one-on-one, authentic, obligation-free connections with like-minded women so that they can make friends, whether for a day or a lifetime. Murakhovskaya and Ryabaya shared their views on founding a company first, finding an idea second, and their simple powerful advice of: share your idea, commit to it, ask for help. How did you develop the idea for Monarq? As with many things we do, we […]

SERIES W TALKS TO MONARQ



BodyOM
This week Series W spoke to Nikita Singhal, founder of BodyOM. Singhal shared her views on the symbiotic relationship between working in investing and being an entrepreneur, and the importance of meditation in both developing the idea for BodyOM and for getting through those WFIO moments. How did you develop the idea for BodyOM? I have been meditating every day for the past several years. Focusing inward has made me more self-aware – emotionally and physically. I’ve come to realize just how much of an impact our food has on our bodies and our mind, much more so than our […]

SERIES W TALKS TO BodyOM


The WSA’s Co-VPs of Marketing for 2014/15 have provided their perspectives on the 3 Things Women Need to Know About Business School. High-level, they say: 1.       There is support for women in business school on many levels 2.       Business school can open up new career possibilities 3.       Women with MBAs are doing awesome things You can read their detailed responses in the MBA Voices post here.      

3 THINGS WOMEN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS SCHOOL