Description: Richard J. Harrington’s entrepreneurship experience includes starting a plumbing supply business with his brother and nearly three decades of helping transform a Canadian holding company into what is now Thomson Reuters (TRI). Today he is executive chairman at Cue Ball, a venture capital firm in Boston. I spoke recently to Harrington, 65, about his career and the new book he co-authored, Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck: What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur and Build a Great Business (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012). Edited excerpts of our conversation follow.
Date: Aug 16, 2012
Questions for Discussions:
- Summarize the advice for entrepreneurial success given by Richard Harrington?
- How does this jive with discussions in textbooks?
- What do you think the recipe for success is?