Frida Polli

CEO, Co-Founder of pymetrics

“I don’t think pymetrics would exist if I hadn’t seen the problem of recruiting first hand at HBS and wanted to solve it. Pymetrics was the merging of neuroscience and business that only a program like HBS made possible.”

After spending a decade in academia, the award-winning Harvard/MIT trained neuroscientist wanted to start a tech company but didn’t think she had a great idea or the ideal background. Dr. Polli came to HBS to fill in the gaps and discover how to translate her impressive scientific knowledge into a successful technology venture.

Five years later, pymetrics is revolutionizing career recruitment by using neuroscience gaming and bias-free AI to predictively match peope with jobs where they’ll perform at the highest levels. With 50 employees today (and an estimated 70 by the end of 2017) and over 40 enterprise clients, the fast-growing company is deeply rooted in everything Dr. Polli gleaned from HBS.

“There were so many things that came out of HBS that accelerated and expanded the potential of pymetrics in so many ways. And what was extremely powerful about HBS is that I was exposed to a business problem I didn’t have access to before… exposing myself to a broad swath of what business is… finance, accounting, marketing…”

Dr. Polli took advantage of not just the business knowledge gained at HBS, but also the access to the expansive and supportive network. HBS internships and real-life experiences started pointing her in the direction to start a business. And the network helped put her on the road to success.

“I took advantage of all the resources available to us. We collected data from students to train our early algorithms. I was introduced to some of our early clients through people that were case studies at HBS. I met our venture capitalist through HBS. They also have a lot of female founders—which was very helpful. It was really inspirational to see women starting companies that were so successful.”

Dr. Polli and pymetrics have found great success in a short time. And while her HBS experience helped shape and drive her, she is excited by the prospects of the new MS/MBA program.

“Scientists and engineers don’t get a lot of exposure to business. I think this [MS/MBA program] would’ve been really helpful [when I was getting started]. It will attract a broader set of people and allow for cross-pollination to happen in a really impactful way.”