Faculty Profiles


Name John Hodgman
Faculty Position Professor of the Practice
Areas of Expertise Venture Capital, Business Planning & Operations, Non-Profit Governance, Public Private Partnerships
Education Bachelor of Arts, Boston College

How do you leverage your real-world experience in the classroom?
My experiences running an emerging software company and a venture capital firm have enabled me to provide students with insights about the real world of financing and growing startup companies.

What are your teaching goals; what are the learning outcomes students gain from your course?
I teach the independent study courses- ELS 193/194. My goal is to help each student design and complete a capstone project on a topic in which they have a great deal of personal interest. Each student will write a 20 to 25-page paper and deliver a final presentation of findings and recommendations representing a high degree of personal accomplishment.

How would you describe your teaching style?
I approach these courses as a coach whose mission is to enable each student to stretch him or herself and to develop self-confidence about mastering a particular topic.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Identifying and envisioning a solution to a problem, developing a product or service to address it, and organizing and launching a team that will take action are the three key elements of entrepreneurship that I would underscore.