One of the people who most influenced me was Ben Shapiro, a marketing professor at the business school. He used to rant and rave and pound his fist: ‘It’s all about the customers!’ And he was right. He was also right that, at that time, retailing was devoid of really talented people; he urged me to go in that direction.
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At the Harvard Business School, I really felt I had gained the ability to resolve difficult issues. But I also felt that I wasn’t in the mainstream with my fellow students. During job-hunting season, for example, everybody shaved their beards for interviews. I thought, ‘This is crazy.’ So I grew a beard.
|18th January, 1949
|Businessman, Capitalist, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Thomas G. Stemberg is an American businessman and venture capitalist. He is a pioneer of the office supplies superstore industry, most notably for founding office supply retail chain Staples Inc. with Leo Kahn.
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