What piece of advice changed your life?
Robin Sharma, in his book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, stated that you must not wait for all the traffic lights to turn green before you step your foot on the gas. I think a lot of entrepreneurs are hesitant to start because they cannot see what is around the next turn. Personally, I started Think Board out of necessity in my dorm room. I didn’t start it to be the next great consumer product on the market, but it slowly is turning into something of that level.
How has being a member of the Babson community helped impact your career?
As a sophomore at Babson, I wanted so badly to start my own business. I didn’t really know where to turn and felt that I couldn’t get anything off the ground. My friend told me, “Hanson, just writing your ideas down is taking action.” This has resonated with me for a few years now and is kind of WHY we do what we do—we help inspire people to take action! Babson’s community did this to me, and now it has become my personal mission to give it back to Babson’s community. Additionally, my best memories and greatest teachings were outside the classroom, with fellow Babson students and alum!
Why does the world need more leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset?
The world needs more entrepreneurial leaders because we embrace change and welcome risk. After jumping into the real world, I’ve noticed that most people are pretty set in their ways and resist change. And as George Bernard Shaw said, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” We’re unreasonable—and we have to be willing to lean into the risks and discomforts of every situation.
What do others need to know about Babson?
The most important thing to know about Babson is that the support you will receive is greater than any other school/group/accelerator I can imagine. Trust me, I’ve done them all. I’ve been in MassChallenge, I’ve participated (even started) entrepreneur support groups, and I’ve been an active member in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem. At Babson, the students, professors, and staff are all on YOUR team. You feel the support and you welcome their advice. Babson has provided me with funding, interns, business partners, mentors, investors, and lifelong friends. I really don’t think you can get better than that.