The level of impact that someone like Bill Aulet, the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, has made throughout his career is unmeasurable.

Aulet displays an incomparable level of humbleness. You could tell that talking about himself is not preferred, as he would rather talk about the students and the progress of the university. However, the journey through his career is definitely one that needs to be shared.

Growing up as the middle child of five children in Chappaqua, NY, Aulet’s passion was basketball.  Originally, he thought he was going to attend Columbia University, but he ended up at Harvard, where he studied engineering and played basketball for the Crimson.

The 6’2” guard went when on to play professional basketball in England for a year. It was a great experience, but the league was poorly run and once he started getting paid to play the game, it ended up taking away some of his passion.

Aulet returned to the US and pursued job opportunities where he could leverage his engineering degree.  He landed a job with IBM and, at that point, he thought he had officially made it.  It was an honor to join Big Blue (IBM’s nickname), which was a highly respected tech company back then. He thought that he would spend his whole career wearing a blue suit and starched white shirt & tie – their dress code.

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