Andrew Kidder MBA’16
Director of Business Development, Mess Marketing
What is your pre-Babson experience?
Before coming to Babson, I worked as a business analyst for Homesite Insurance. I previously attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Why did you choose Babson for your graduate education?
I had spent most of my adult life in eCommerce product development, but my true passion is in the art world. Like many young artists I'd had to get a day job to make ends meet and as time passed art became less of a priority as my profession took more of my attention. I realized that with my professional background I might be able to help develop platforms that could help artists monetize their work and incentivize them to focus more on art. I'd been thinking about an MBA, and it surprised me how many friends who had gone to tier 1 business schools expressed an admiration for Babson, its graduates and some remorse that they hadn't attended themselves. If I wanted to start a business, and truly understand the nuts and bolts of how a company worked, I think Babson was really the only choice.
As a Babson student, what did you do when not in class?
I was involved with both the marketing club and the Babson Entrepreneurship Club. I felt that Babson has a great product but lacks awareness, so I tried to focus my efforts on working to make people aware of what Babson has to offer.
What was your favorite part of the Babson student experience?
I was constantly amazed by the caliber of Babson students. It's hard to convey how exceptional my peers were—you really have to experience it for yourself. I've had opportunities and made friends that I would never have been able to meet outside of Babson. I've been able to gain a greater awareness of the world outside of my own little bubble, and I think I'm a much better person for it.