Andrew Zacharakis is The John H. Muller, Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Wellesley, Mass. He is the Director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and past president of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a past chair of the Entrepreneurship Department at Babson College and a past Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson. His writings and research focus on two major areas of entrepreneurship: the venture capital decision-making process, and entrepreneurial growth strategies.
Zacharakis is the author of five books, Entrepreneurship, 2nd Edition (with Bygrave), Entrepreneurship: The Engine of Growth Volume 2 (with Spinelli), The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship, 4th Edition (with Bygrave), Business Plans that Work (with Timmons and Spinelli) and How to Raise Capital (with Timmons and Spinelli). His research has been published in numerous academic journals including: the Journal of Business Venturing; Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice; Journal of Private Equity Capital; International Trade Journal; Academy of Management Executive; Journal of Management; and Frontiers of Entrepreneurial Research. Moreover, his article, “Differing perceptions of new venture failure: A matched exploratory study of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs” was selected as the best article published by Journal of Small Business Management in 1999.
Professor Zacharakis has taught seminars at leading companies, including Intel, Met Life, and Lucent Technologies. He has also taught executives worldwide in such countries as Costa Rica, Chile, China, Mexico, Australia, Turkey, Spain and Germany. Prior to his work at Babson, he held investment banking/venture capital positions with The Cambridge Companies, a Los Angeles firm that invested in retail concepts and move partnerships. Today, Zacharakis is an active angel investor in seed stage deals. He also previously held positions at IBM and Leisure Technologies.
Zacharakis received a B.S. (finance/marketing), University of Colorado; an MBA (finance/international business), Indiana University; and a Ph.D. (strategy and entrepreneurship/cognitive psychology), University of Colorado. Zacharakis is a consultant to entrepreneurs and small business start-ups and ventures.