Former Harvard Business School dean joins Thrive Capital

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Nitin Nohria, who spent 10 years as dean of Harvard Business School before stepping down in 2020, is joining Thrive Capital as a partner and executive chairman.

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big picture: Nohria first met Thrive founder Joshua Kushner in 2010, while Kushner enrolled at HBS. “He was literally the first student I met when I became dean that summer,” Nohria told Nerdshala.

  • At the time, Kushner was launching both Thrive and health insurance startup Oscar, and didn’t think he could continue at HBS as well. Nohria tells him that if he is indeed a great entrepreneur, he will figure out how to do all three.
  • Nohria and Kushner continued to work as an informal consultant, and after withdrawing from HBS began to sit virtually in Thrive meetings, while also being recruited for various university president, CEO and public company board roles.
  • “My whole life has been a series of happy accidents, and I probably wouldn’t have been involved if not for the pandemic,” says Nohria. “I’ve never been a VC investor and am excited about it.”

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