Companies Started by MBAs

Companies Started by MBAs

In response to this statement, Rafael Corrales creates a list of successful companies started by MBAs. In his list, he puts just MBAs, who are founders of company, rather than focusing on MBAs, who have become CEOs.

His list includes companies founded by entrepeneurs from Hadvard Business School, Stanford GSB, MIT Slogan, Kellogg, Berkeley Haas, and Wharton.

Below you can see Corrales' list of companies founded by MBAs and hopefully you can add famous companies from grads of other business schools. Together, we can make a list, which will serve as a reliable resource of MBAs that started successful companies and finally bust the myth that MBA and entrepreneurship don't mix and match.  Here's the list:

  • Nike
  • Genentech
  • Charles Schwab
  • Akamai
  • 3Com
  • Intuit
  • Staples
  • Bloomberg
  • Capital One
  • Electronic Arts
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Tesla Motors
  • Gap, Inc.
  • Victoria's Secret
  • Sealed Air
  • Zynga
  • Zipcar
  • E-Trade
  • Lotus
  • VisiCalc
  • Endeca
  • Starent
  • Trader Joe's
  • Gilt Groupe
  • EnerNOC
  • CVS/Caremark
  • Blackstone
  • Nine West
  • Liz Claiborne
  • Apax Partners
  • Warburg Pincus
  • Huntsman Corp
  • QVC
  • H&R Block
  • KKR
  • Commerce Bank
  • Texas Pacific Group
  • Boston Scientific
  • TNT Group
  • Weather Channel
  • Bain Capital
  • The Carlyle Group
  • Highland Capital
  • Bridgewater
  • Greylock
  • Boston Properties
  • JD Power and Associates
  • Apollo Management
  • Summit Partners
  • Booz Allen
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Gartner
  • StubHub
  • TheLadders
  • athenahealth
  • Kiva Systems


The aformentioned list is fully made up of companies, who have generated capital of hunderd billions.

Of course, in order to start a successful business, one does not have to have an MBA degree; however, the list proves that MBAs do start companies, which turn out to create a lot of value.
If you have anything to add to the list,you can do it in the comments below.


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