Carl Byers ’93 SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE:WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING 10/14/2014
Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and changemakers of all kinds must learn to speak the language of finance in order to clearly communicate their vision and plans. This session will explain essential ideas related to for-profits, non-profits, finance, and accounting, so you can articulate ideas in a format — with precise terminology — that will be compelling to colleagues, funders, and other stakeholders. In addition to terminology, this session will cover the process of developing financial plans and documents that make your vision credible to those who have the resources needed to enable your work.Carl Byers ’93 is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His class there on entrepreneurial finance helps aspiring entrepreneurs gain facility with the tools and concepts needed to launch ventures. Byers is a Venture Partner at Fidelity Biosciences, a venture capital firm based in Boston. He also serves on the boards of several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including the MINDS Foundation. He was on the founding team at Athenahealth, a start-up aimed at helping physicians with the business side of medicine, which went public in 2007. He served as Chief Financial Officer there from the company’s founding in 1997 until early 2010. He is a member of the advisory board at Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.