Stever Robbins
Speaker on Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Humor

Director of the Babson College Collaboratory and host of The Get It Done Guy on the Quick and Dirty Tips network, Stever Robbins has been a businessperson and entrepreneur since the late 1970’s. Stever co-founded the early internet success story FTP Software, and has been a part of nine high-tech start-ups, four IPOs, and three acquisitions. He was COO for Building Blocks Interactive, and project manager at Intuit, where he co-led the development of the award-winning Quicken VISA Card.

Stever began developing business leaders as part of Harvard Business School’s “Leadership and Learning” curriculum redesign project and has been an advisor and mentor to senior managers in several high-growth companies. He currently serves as CEO of Stever Robbins, Inc., where he coaches executives and high-potential leaders. Stever is also a member of the career coaching staff at Harvard Business School.

The creator of the Pull Leadership concept, Stever has written extensively about leadership in his book It Takes a Lot More Than attitude… To Lead a Stellar Organization and in his monthly Harvard Business School Working Knowledge column.

An angel investor or advisor to several young companies, Stever has also been a judge for the Harvard Business School Business Plan competition and the Brown University Business Plan competition. He has also served as a mentor for the MIT $50K Competition and the Peter Conrad Spirit of Innovation award.

His work with younger and emerging business leaders includes mentoring high-school students through Junior Achievement, participating in Boston’s “Principal for a Day” program, and serving as an MIT Community Catalyst Leadership mentor. He is a former Big Brother of America.

Stever holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program, a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NPL, and a Certified Executive Coach.

Stever was a repeat commentator on CNN-fn’s Entrepreneurs Only and hosted a regular segment on the nationally syndicated radio show Entrepreneurs, Living the American Dream. He is a featured expert in Harvard Business School Publishing’s Harvard Manage Mentor, as well as appearing as an expert in critical thinking and memory in Houghton-Mifflin’s forthcoming Skillbuilders series.

He has been quoted in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, ABC News Now, MSNBC, BusinessWeek Online, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has written for Harvard Business Review, The Boston Business Journal and has had columns on and Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge.

In his spare time, Stever’s hobbies include comedy improv, swing dancing, singing, interactive theater, Ericksonian hypnosis, and strategy board games. He’s learning guitar and is very happy to announce he can play “E.” The note, not the chord.

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Lessons from 19 startups: Lessons learned from high-growth, successful startups, and how those lessons can be applied to any organization. This speech can be customized to the needs of an audience, and can cover topics from selecting business models to creating culture to maintaining your composure as your third round of financing falls through...
Work Less, Do More: Adopting an Attitude of Action: Stever lays out the techniques that make every day more productive.
Facing the Unknowable: In both business and personal lives, we have to deal with situations that are not only unknown, but unknowable. What products should we launch? Should we take that actuarial accounting job or follow our dreams to become a musician, instead?
Oprah or Iacocca: Becoming a Leader Who Can Change the World: Stever's presentation on becoming a leader in any field, and thriving in any situation.
Playing Politics 101: Advancing Your Agenda when Logic Fails: Stever's funny, irreverent talk on how to win a losing argument.
Reluctant Entrepreneurship: A talk on how to start a new business when employment is no longer an option.

"Stever isn’t just a presenter; he’s an experience!"
— Jack Canfield, best-selling author Chicken Soup for the Soul series

"Stever is a great presenter. He presents with energy, enthusiasm and displays a mastery of the material that makes it fun and accessible to the whole audience.
— Ken Blanchard, co-author The One Minute Manager

"You hit a home run for our audience. People learned a great deal and left understanding how their business works, what drives profitability, and what options they have for creating long-term business value."
— James Lavoie, CEO, Middlesex Savings Bank

"[Stever is] eye opening … you become cognizant of the effort and energy that you spend on day-to-day tasks, what is important and what’s not important. I think you need a guy like him around to help you develop the habits. He¹s a great guy.'
— Gerry Sunderland, Business Development Manager, Gryphon Management Financial Group

"I was impressed with your topic, delivery, thoughtfulness and the insights you shared."
— Steve Lishansky, President National Speaker’s Association, New England