MBA students are not the easiest people to impress. Many have full-time jobs with packed schedules, or they have put their careers on hold and paid a premium to be in class. Most are driven and determined, and some are just plain overworked. So, to be recognized as a favorite professor by this discerning group is no small achievement.
Each year, Poets & Quants names top B-school professors who have who reached their students and left their mark. The Poets & Quants Favorite MBA Professors of 2017 are a fascinating and eclectic mix of academics and practitioners, ranging from a fortune 500 CEO to a professor of finance who has broken powerlifting records to a regulator who collaborates with none other than Bernie Madoff in the classroom. Among these ten top profs is our own Bill Aulet, Professor of the Practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.
Aulet is no stranger to what it takes to get ahead in the business world. He brings 25-plus years of experience to his courses, which include the week-long Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP). Before he sold startups worth nine figures and raised over $100 million dollars, however, Aulet made his fair share of entrepreneurial mistakes. His rollercoaster ride in the fail fast world of startups had led him to evaluate where he went wrong and committed to developing a system to guide aspiring entrepreneurs and increase their odds for success. These efforts eventually led to the development of Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup, an acclaimed step-by-step framework for turning an idea into a sustainable enterprise.