Kent Parker T'90 is founder and president of Providence Hill Capital, LLC, and the former COO of Ariba (sold to SAP for $4.8 billion in 2012), the leading provider of business commerce technology solutions. Prior to Ariba, Mr. Parker was the EVP, Global Services and an Executive Officer at FreeMarkets, and a member of the executive team that launched and grew Caribou Coffee. Prior to Caribou Coffee, he held various management and engineering roles at Textron and United Technologies.

Currently, Mr. Parker is serving as an independent board member of, aPriori, and PICS Auditing. He also serves as a member of the advisory boards of kCura, SproutBox, and Curvo Labs. He is active as an entrepreneurial investor, both as a limited partner in several venture capital funds and through his own personal investment entities. Mr. Parker received his BSME from the University of Evansville and his MBA from Tuck. About the Entrepreneur in Residence Program

Visit details

  • Public talk*: 12:10pm, Stoneman Classroom, Sign Up / If you are not a Tuck student, RSVP here to attend
  • Lunch**: 1:15pm, Sign Up 
  • Office hours**: 2:10pm, Sign U
  • Dinner (Oct 21)**: 6:30pm, Sign Up 

Notes:*Open to the community, pizza will be provided; **Open to Tuck students only


Startup Weekend Dartmouth

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world. 

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Fredericksburg to Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. More about Startup Weekend

Event details
  • When: Friday, October 24-26, 2014. Event starts at 6:30 pm
  • Where: DEN | 4 Currier Place | Hanover, NH
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Tuck and Thayer (TNT) Mixer

Here's a great chance to start venturing into the tech side. Join us Tuesday, October 28th for the TNT mixer! You'll hear from Thayer students working on projects or looking to join one, over a couple of beers. The only requirement is to introduce yourself in one or two sentences:

e.g. "I'm a Tuck [insert year] student with a background in [insert background/skills] working on/interested in [insert project/industry/other]"

Where there are a limited number of spots, please sign-up only if you are certain your schedule is free and you can commit to attend. About the Tuck and Thayer/Thayer and Tuck Joint Program

Event details
  • When:  Tuesday, October 28th @ 5pm
  • Where: Glycofi Atrium (Maclean building main entrance, Thayer school)
  • Sign Up: Required due to limited spots by 10/21

Note: Open only to Tuck and Thayer students