Jordan Fliegel, USA (2010)
Jordan Fliegel, Class of 2010
“The program confirmed in my mind that I wanted to have an entrepreneurial career, and that entrepreneurship is the best way to move society forward. Creating companies, creating jobs, building powerful communities, products, and services -- this was a worthy pursuit, and I really dedicated my life to it.”
Current job: Founder, Founder & Board Member of CoachUp.com
Current place of residence: Boston, MA, United States
Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?
I wanted to get exposure to the business world. I studied government and philosophy as an undergrad at Bowdoin College, but always had an entrepreneurial inclination. I wanted to take some time to learn as much as I could in an academic setting before getting out there in the real world. Plus, Tel Aviv is an amazing city, and the MBA program allowed me to spend a year in Tel Aviv.
What aspects of your IMBA experience, looking back now, do you really value?
The friendships I made; the exposure to so many bright colleagues from around the world; the opportunity to spend a year in amazing Tel Aviv; and the connection to the entrepreneurial mindset of the Israeli business community. It was a year of tremendous personal and professional growth for me.
Did you change through the course of the program? If so, in what way?
The program confirmed in my mind that I wanted to have an entrepreneurial career, and that entrepreneurship is the best way to move society forward. Creating companies, creating jobs, building powerful communities, products, and services -- this was a worthy pursuit, and I really dedicated my life to it.
How did studying in Tel Aviv has impact your studies?
Studying in Israel exposed me to the Israeli way of business -- the courage to pursue wild dreams, make something out of nothing, to speak your mind, and to value decisiveness. The Israeli business success story is impressive. Israel has managed to build one of the world strongest economies despite a lack of natural resources, a tiny population, a challenging political and social climate, and a large military expense. It really is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of the Israeli people, and the emphasis on training leaders to value curiosity, and encourage their teams to challenge conventional practices.
How did you leverage global aspects of the program? Have these aspects & opportunities impacted your career?
I traveled with my MBA program to China, and then backpacked through Asia. I also studied abroad, completing my final MBA semester at Brandeis University's International Business School. Because of the Sofaer program, I now have great friends around the world pursuing really interesting careers, and I have a much greater appreciation for the complexities of international business.
Please share with us your current professional role and range of responsabilities.
As CEO of a fast-growing, venture-backed company, my role is to make sure that we are well financed, to build a world-class team, to develop our high-level strategy, to set our annual operating plan, to create and protect a high-performance company culture, to pursue game-changing business development, PR, and marketing opportunities, and to lead by example.
How did the program help you position yourself for your current professional role?
It gave me exposure to the fundamentals of business management, and an opportunity to work closely in small groups, with very different types of people. This experience was very valuable in helping me gain self-awareness about my personal strengths and weaknesses, and the type of business leader I wanted to be someday.
What does your company do?
CoachUp is America's leader in Athlete Development. CoachUp's mission is to help athletes reach the next level in sports + life, and we believe that private coaching is the secret to athletic excellence. CoachUp connects aspiring athletes with the perfect private coach, from a pool of over 12,000 talented, vetted coaches and trainers, in everything from basketball, soccer, and baseball, to swimming, fitness, and dance.
To date, the Sofaer IMBA has an alumni community of more than 250 located all over the world engaged in a diverse range of professional pursuits, including entreprenurship. We’re proud to introduce you to a few of them through our Alumni Spotlight series. To learn more about the careers of our alumni post-program, we invite you to reference our IMBA Career Statistics.