MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2014

Unleash Your Inner Company

John Chisholm

Jan/29 Wed 05:15PM-06:45PM E25-111

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/29
Limited to 50 participants

You want to start your own business, but where do you start?  What can you do that hasn't already been done?  How can you build the self-confidence to take the plunge?  Do you need a co-founder?  When is the right time to raise money?  How can you scale your business?  Is starting a for-profit business the most ethical thing you can do?  
 This fast-paced, one-hour workshop will answer these questions and more.  You'll learn how to: 

- See dozens of customer needs in areas you are passionate about

- Recognize your many advantages for starting your business

- Assess the fits between each need and your advantages

- Overcome doubts and insecurities that hold you back.

This workshop will help you spend the rest of your life doing what you love, creating security for yourself, and making the world a better place. 

"Before [John's workshop], startups always seemed so distant. Now I realize I have all the resources I need."  - Ben, MIT class of '14

John Chisholm '75, CEO - John Chisholm Ventures ( has started two software companies in the last two decades.  Decisive Technology (now part of Google) was the first company to automate surveys online; CustomerSat (now part of Confirmit) was a leader in enterprise feedback management.  He is President Select of the MIT Worldwide Alumni Association, serves on the MIT Corporation Development Committee, and chairs the MIT Club of Northern California.

To register

Sponsor(s): Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program -UPOP, Alumni Association
Contact: Kate Moynihan, 35-316, 617 253-0041, KATEJM@MIT.EDU