01 Mar 2005
A Well-Tuned LifeTopics:
At age 13, Carlo Franzblau (MBA ’88) was given the lead in his summer camp’s musical production of Bye Bye Birdie on the condition that he not do any solos. Ever since, when moved to song, he’s never been quite sure if he was on key or on pitch. So he founded Carry-a-Tune Technologies, a company that sells software products that use the fun of karaoke to help people improve their singing — and, no doubt, their self-image.
It happens that self-worth is an important theme in the Franzblau home as well. A principal of Thompson & Co., a leading catalogue publisher and direct marketer in Tampa, Florida, Franzblau likes to keep closely involved with his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia. He wants to help her as she navigates adolescence, an age when girls’ self-esteem is often undermined by cultural images. “I don’t want my daughter to have that negative experience,” Franzblau told the Tampa Tribune (September 23, 2004). “I want her to go through this time of life improving her level of self-confidence.”
Class of MBA 1988, Section I