Faculty Profiles

Diane Mulcahy

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Academic Division: Entrepreneurship


Diane Mulcahy is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Entrepreneurship division at Babson College. She created and teaches the MBA class Entrepreneurship and the Gig Economy, which was named by Forbes.com as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Business School Classes in the country. Her forthcoming book on the Gig Economy will be published in late 2016.

Diane is a recipient of Babson's "Women Who Make a Difference" faculty award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the Babson community by women faculty members.

Diane is also a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she manages the Foundation's portfolio of private equity, venture capital and real assets investments, and writes frequently about the venture capital (VC) industry. She is the lead author of "We Have Met the Enemy … and He is Us," a widely read report on the venture capital industry published by the Kauffman Foundation in 2012. Diane has written articles for Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, and the Huffington Post, and been featured in The Economist, The Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, Reuters, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous industry publications. She has been interviewed on NPR and Reuters, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and universities worldwide. Her analyses of the VC industry is part of the curriculum in several MBA programs, including Babson, Case Western, Darden, Kellogg, NYU, and Stanford, as well as Harvard Law School.

Diane is the author of two books on venture capital. Venturing Forward is written for entrepreneurs and is a practical guide to raising early stage capital. Angels and IPOs is a public policy book about the Irish government's financing of the venture capital industry, which she wrote while a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland

Diane was a venture capital investor for nearly a decade. She was Vice President and an officer of American Century Ventures, Inc., a $100 million startup venture fund. Her portfolio companies included Archipelago (merged with NYSE), Euronet (Nasdaq: EEFT), StarMine (acquired by Reuters), Tradepoint (acquired by virt-x), and WR Hambrecht. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners, where she invested in healthcare and education companies including Advantage Schools (acquired by Mosaica), Datamedic (acquired by Infocure), and Vista Hospice (Nasdaq: VSTA).

Diane is a founding member of SheGives, an innovative philanthropic network in Boston. She is also a Harvard i-lab Advisor, a member of the Harvard First Generation Alumni Board, and a mentor for the NYU Family Office Council.

Diane holds M.P.P and A.B. degrees from Harvard University. She is a dual US and EU (Irish) citizen.

Academic Degrees

  • MPP, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • AB, Harvard

Academic Interests

Entrepreneurship; New Venture Creation; Venture Capital


  • Degree Courses 2019

  • Degree Courses 2018