Newsflash: Babson College is gapingvoid’s latest client.

So gapingvoid has a new client: Babson College. Or to put it another way: gapingvoid is now the oficial cartoonist for Babson College.

Babson is a small, private college in the western suburbs of Boston, dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship. In fact, it’s been considered the top school for entrepreneurship in the country for the last 18 years in a row, beating out Harvard, Wharton, Yale, M.I.T. etc etc

Some inititial thoughts:

The college president,  Len Schlesinger is an interesting guy. He has divided his career pretty equally in both academia and commerce. Over the years, the two have informed the other.  Click on his link and see for yourself, he has gotten plenty of kudos in  both worlds. He was a professor at Harvard Business School and a CEO of a well known company (i.e. the parent company of Victoria’s Secret). Very few people are so informed by the limitations of both, and also their lack of limitations.

He is also pretty much the biggest collector of gapingvoid prints that we have. His walls are absolutely covered with them. He was collecting them like baseball cards. So there was an pre-existing alignment there.

We met for Chinese food the last time I was in New York and hatched an “Evil Plan“. Good times.

This is such an obvious gig for gapingvoid, I cannot tell you. There are so many threads worth riffing on, I canot tell you. Education and entrepreneurship are BOTH rich, deep veins. OF COURSE they are.

Is there ANYTHING in the world that is more ripe for disruption than  Education Industry (Yes, it IS an industry, sorry to break the news to my Marxist academic friends)? I mean, really…

I have some thoughts on formal education and entrepreneurship in general. See the cartoon above…

It’s amazing how this fits with a trend I’ve been noticing lately: When Jason (my business partner) and I talk to people in business who use the cartoons, it is always about the same thing: It helps them lead their organizations. Communicate better, and tell stories that they feel people should be reminded of. Around the office, we’ve become fond of saying that the work helps leaders lead.

I am TRULY honored that someone of Len’s stature is able to use my work to lead his business. Art with purpose, it’s why gapingvid does what it does.

OK, I’m ready to rock out. Next steps: Anyone got any ideas where to start? I have a few thoughts myself, of course, but please feel free to share, either by email or by leaving comments below, thanks.

Let the aventure begin! w00t!!!

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