dj didonna


i’m a senior lecturer at harvard business school, teaching entrepreneurship. i’m also writing about the future of time off in the context of a successful career and a fulfilling life at the sabbatical project. my book (in-progress) is based on 5 years of research on extended leave. previously, i cofounded and barely survived successfully exited a fintech firm which was focused on access to finance for unbanked entrepreneurs globally. it was the adventure of a lifetime. i also: 

  • write and serve as an advisor for, US-focused and international development organizations
  • speak about the founder’s journey, running international startups, burnout and time off
  • advise startup founders, occasionally coach professionals on sabbaticals, and generally try to be helpful

sound good? it all sounds neat and tidy in my professional bio. but as always, there’s more to the story here.