Robert Higgins, MBA 1970

Highland Capital

Interview conducted in July 2001

Robert “Bob” Higgins, HBS 1970, began his career in the admissions office first at Harvard and then at West Point. He went on to the U.S. Treasury where he realized he preferred working with small teams. He then led various foundations, including the Florence Burden Foundation, the Robert S. Clark Foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. During those years, he developed an interest in healthcare. Eventually, he thought venture capital might be a more effective way to build healthcare businesses so he joined Charles River Ventures before launching Highland Capital Partners in 1988. Highland’s portfolio today includes US Labs, Avid Technology, Continental Cablevision, and Somatix. Bob shared his experiences in a video interview on the HBS campus in July 2001. Interviewer: Amy Blitz, HBS Director of Media Development for Entrepreneurial Management.

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