The Founder's Journey


“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry1

2.A16 Fall 2023

Freshman Seminar
Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

Ken Zolot, assisted by Evan Rubel, with faculty advising from Eric Grimson, plus visits from many fun guests.


The Founder’s Journey (2.A16) is about finding and activating your entrepreneurial energy.

What road are you embarking upon in starting a company, and what obstacles threaten your success? What else and who else will you need?

If you want to start a company, 2.A16 will give you the chance to live the steps to bring that curiosity to fruition, with substantial exposure to mentors and leaders from the startup community.

We’ll hear from guests who have travelled this path, successfully and unsuccessfully. 2.A16 is about grasping the essence of the journey you’re about to undertake.

Even if you’re not ready for a startup, this class provides an exploration of leadership, innovation, and creativity as seen through the lens of a startup founder. We’ll gain a broader insight into turning any novel vision into action.


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A list of previous guest speakers is

1. Info on the Saint-Exupéry quote is here.

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