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Daniel Isenberg joined Babson as Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice in July 2009 where he established and heads the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project to help leaders around the world create the policies, structures, programs and cultures that foster entrepreneurship. He is author of Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value, Harvard Business Review Press (2013). In June 2010 Harvard Business Review (HBR) published his “How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution,” as the “Big Idea” feature article, following his seminal HBR piece, “The Global Entrepreneur” (2008), and followed by “Entrepreneurs and the Cult of Failure” (April, 2011). His HBR blog on entrepreneurship has attracted over 100,000 readers, and he is a blogger for the Economist, Huffington Post, and Forbes. Dan has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Insead, Reykjavik, Theseus, and the Technion. He has been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist and is an active angel investor. Dan has addressed or advised senior policy groups in Spain, Ireland, Brazil, Israel, Colombia, South Africa, and a dozen other countries. Dan has worked on entrepreneurship policy with the G20 YES, World Economic Forum (Davos), and has advised the White House in the conceptualization of StartUp America. Dan teaches in the Harvard Kennedy School executive program on Innovation for Economic Development. In 2012 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Pio Manzu Center for “pioneering and innovative work in economic development” (previous awardees include Henry Kissinger and Lady Diana); the award committee president was Mikhail Gorbachev.
Prior to joining Babson in July 2009, Dan served for eleven years on the Harvard Business School faculty: From 2005-2009 he taught in the Entrepreneurial Management unit, where he developed the popular course, International Entrepreneurship, publishing 27 cases on global entrepreneurs. Dan also taught in the required first year course, The Entrepreneurial Manager, and designed and led HBS’s new India and Israel International Immersion Programs on entrepreneurship. From 1981-1987, Dan taught Organizational Behavior and Managing Organizational Effectiveness at HBS, when he conducted research programs on human interaction in small groups and managerial cognition, resulting in his first feature HBR article, How Senior Managers Think,” (1984), and “The Tactics of Strategic Opportunism.” (1987), as well as scientific publications in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology etc. Dan has consulted to multinationals around the world and is on the advisory board of Fundacion Chile.
Dan speaks and consults frequently on global entrepreneurship and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Financial Times, and Business Week, and has been interviewed on CNN, Bloomberg, Forbes, NPR, Sky360, RAI, and the BBC.
In 1981 Dan received the Ph.D. degree in Social Psychology from Harvard University under the mentorship of Robert Freed Bales. Dan maintains homes in Boston and in his hometown of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is divorced with 4 grown children. Dan enjoys salsa dancing (On2), jazz, cooking, collecting wine, and not-catching-fish (at which he excels); nevertheless, he is most passionate about spending time with his kids (one of whom is an entrepreneur) and being surprised by what entrepreneurs around the world can accomplish.
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