Matt Grant

Babson Professor William Bygrave, Case Director

Carl Hedberg, Case Writer

Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship,

© Babson College, 1999.

Abstract

Matt Grant is a part-time MBA student who is developing a free publication that lists a calendar of upcoming athletic events including road races, walks, triathlons, biathlons, bicycle tours/races, open track meets and multi-sport activities in the greater Boston region. In his spare time, he has launched a trial edition and the response has been so encouraging that he is on the verge of giving up a promising career with a big electronics company to pursue his new venture full time. He is wondering how to break the news to his wife, who is pursuing her own career as a lawyer. The case should be positioned at the beginning of a new ventures course. Students should have read chapters 1, 2, and 3 of The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship, 3rd edition, William Bygrave and Andrew Zacharakis (editors), New York: Wiley, 2003

Location: Massachusetts

Years of the Case: 2003

Industry segment: Publishing a specialized give-away magazine.

Stage of the Company: Startup

Age of entrepreneur: 27

Key Words: Career choice, finding and shaping an opportunity, networking, raising money from the 4Fs, bootstrapping, publishing, distributing a give-away magazine, young professional couple with dual careers.

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Teaching Notes

There is a 6-page teaching note available, written by Bill Bygrave.