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Drew Starbird MBA '84, Director, My Own Business Institute (MOBI) at SCU | Professor, SCU Department of Operations Management

Drew Starbird MBA '84

Drew Starbird is the director of the My Own Business Institute (MOBI) at Santa Clara University, and professor of operations management and information systems (OMIS).

In 2015, he completed a six-year term as the dean of SCU’s Leavey School of Business. As director of MOBI, Dr. Starbird is responsible for the University’s most aggressive and far-reaching online education initiative to date. MOBI’s mission is to start businesses that create jobs around the world.

Starbird joined the SCU faculty in 1987, teaching operations management, statistics, and complex decision-making in the University’s undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs, and receiving numerous awards for his teaching and for his scholarship. His research interests include quality control and management, supply chain management, food safety, and policy relating to nutritional security.

Professor Starbird holds a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, an MBA from Santa Clara University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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Entrepreneurs Innovating Workforce Development

By Drew Starbird MBA '84
When we talk about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, we usually mean those innovative firms that are turning new technology...
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Underdog Entrepreneurs: Beating the Odds

By Drew Starbird MBA '84
Much of the research on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship focuses on the personal characteristics and experiences that motivate one to start and...
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Three Megatrends of Entrepreneurship: Good News and Bad News

By Drew Starbird MBA '84
A few weeks ago, the Kauffman Foundation released a new report on the State of Entrepreneurship in the United States. The report includes reasons to be...
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Putting Everyday Entrepreneurs in The Spotlight

By Drew Starbird MBA '84
There is a brouhaha brewing among the people who study entrepreneurship. On one side are the scholars who focus on the innovative, technology-based ventures...
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Helping New Entrepreneurs Overcome Fear

By Drew Starbird MBA '84
Fear is a powerful emotion that protects us from danger or an imminent threat. It can be triggered by something occurring now or by uncertainty about...
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How to Create a Job

By Drew Starbird MBA '84
Last fall I attended the Give2Asia Ignite + Inspire Gala in San Francisco. The keynote speaker was Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel...
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Shifting into High Gear for California Startups

By Drew Starbird MBA '84
Entrepreneurship in the U.S. needs a reboot. Recent research shows that business dynamism (the process by which firms are born, fail, expand, contract...
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What is an Inspirational Entrepreneur?

By Drew Starbird MBA '84
There are many different kinds of entrepreneurs. We usually hear about those who have made the most money, invented the most innovative product...
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7 Reasons People Become Entrepreneurs

By Drew Starbird MBA '84
Entrepreneurship is an important part of Santa Clara University's Strategic Plan. Campus programs are creating an entrepreneurial mindset...
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