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From The Start-Up Frontline

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For the MBA grad who is launching his or her own venture this year, the current economy is a mixed blessing. "Suddenly every investment banker wants to be an entrepreneur," says Tom Bowen Wright '09, founder of Neighborhood Hero. "Finding great talent is much easier right now." The downside? "Raising capital in this market is really tough," he adds. Regardless of the economy, there are evergreen challenges for young companies. "All your policies and procedures have to be developed from scratch, and that can be an extremely time-consuming part of the start-up process," says Jennifer Wright '09. Costs can add up if you're not careful. "Running up legal bills is actually very easy," says Robert Liebesman '09.

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