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Startup Corner: Bringing Ramen to Boston
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Bringing Ramen to Boston

Poorvi Vijay (MBA ’21) talks with Yasu Sasago (MBA ’20) about the startup that he and Masato Nakamura (MBA ’20) are developing. Tell us about your journey of how you thought about starting a business while studying at HBS. When I came to HBS, I knew that I wanted to try something entrepreneurial. But I…

Corporate Purpose?
commentary, Kevin Sharer

Corporate Purpose?

Fortune magazine reported that on August 19, 2019, the Business Roundtable announced a new purpose for the corporation. Why did this 300-word, not particularly specific (and certainly not binding on anyone) declaration receive such widespread attention? Why should HBS students care? What might it mean for business and society? In short, is this a big…

A Guide to Boston for New RCs
Advice, Campus News

A Guide to Boston for New RCs

Emily Batt (MBA ’20) gives us a primer for exploring the city. According to an old adage, Mark Twain once remarked, In New York they ask, “How much is he worth?” In Philadelphia, “Who were his parents?” And in Boston they ask, “How much does he know?” Whether apocryphal or not, Boston’s emphasis on learning…

The Future of Heroic Hong Kong
Business, commentary, Politics, society

The Future of Heroic Hong Kong

Hong Kong residents are experiencing unsustainable angst and anxiety because of perceived encroachment by mainland China and unaddressed ambiguity regarding their fate post-2047; Xi Jinping must formally provide clarity to alleviate the situation, and soon. On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam decided to permanently withdraw the 2019 Hong Kong extradition…

The Show Goes On: The Resurgence of Broadway in the Modern Era
Entertainment, Media

The Show Goes On: The Resurgence of Broadway in the Modern Era

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Raphael Roesler (MBA ’18) about what’s next for the industry. “I’m past patiently waitin’. I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation. Every action’s an act of creation! I’m laughin’ in the face of casualties and sorrow. For the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow.” — Lyrics from Hamilton: An American Musical…

From the Editor’s Desk
From the Editor’s Desk

From the Editor’s Desk

Towards Deeper Conversations It strikes me that a common thread weaves through this issue: we need to have better conversations to build better relationships. In “All of Us Can Break the Cycle of Hatred” (in the print edition only), Professor Arthur Brooks and the Dalai Lama share their thoughts on “the appropriate way to disagree…

LeverEdge-ing Our Collective Power
Entrepreneurship

LeverEdge-ing Our Collective Power

LeverEdge, the brainchild of two HBS students, is continuing to disrupt the world of student loans. Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) reports. With approximately $1.6 trillion in total debt outstanding and almost $9 billion of new student loans taken out in the last academic year in the United States, LeverEdge is uniquely positioned to capitalize on…

Welcome from Your Student Association Co-Presidents
Featured, Features

Welcome from Your Student Association Co-Presidents

Gaby Goldstein (MBA ’20) and Connor Cash (MBA ’20) share their thoughts on the beginning of this new school year. Welcome Class of 2021 and welcome back ECs! We are Gaby Santana Goldstein and Connor Cash. Together we are your Student Association Co-Presidents for this year. This past week has been a great moment to…

Admit’s LinkedIn Post Announcing HBS Acceptance Fails to Secure 100 Likes; Admissions Decision Under Review
Humor

Admit’s LinkedIn Post Announcing HBS Acceptance Fails to Secure 100 Likes; Admissions Decision Under Review

The perils of social media and university admissions … After a failed LinkedIn humble-brag announcing his HBS acceptance, admit Michael O’Connolly may not be Boston-bound after all. O’Connolly, 27, thought he’d done everything right. A self-described “risk-taker” who has “always done things my own way,” he followed in his father’s footsteps to attend Princeton before…

Advice, Humor

HBS to Replace PE Bro Intake with AI, Starting with Class of 2022

The shocking announcement simultaneously impacts PE and tech bros globally. In a shock announcement that has left associates worldwide concerned, the HBS Admissions Office announced that starting with the upcoming admissions rounds, they will no longer be admitting students from the investment banking and private equity industries. Instead, classes will introduce the software “BuysideBot,” which…

RCs Learn to Give and Take
Campus News, Featured, Features

RCs Learn to Give and Take

This year’s START featured a new addition: Reciprocity Rings. Gabriel Ellsworth (MBA ’20) reports. On the second day of their MBA journey, the Class of 2021 learned a lesson that should serve them well throughout their two years at HBS and beyond: request and offer help often. They tried their hands at doing just that…

Reimagining Capitalism
Featured, Features, Interview

Reimagining Capitalism

Rethinking firms and their role in society: Ryo Takahashi (MBA ’20) talks with Professor Rebecca M. Henderson. It has been a commonly held belief that the purpose of firms is to maximize shareholder value. This notion of shareholder primacy resonates with many business leaders’ understanding of their fiduciary duties, and with our norms of how…

Adapting to Your New World
Advice, Featured, Features, On Campus, Print Edition

Adapting to Your New World

In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. May comes again as we celebrate, encourage, and recognize another 900 or so new HBS graduates. This is a singular honor, privilege, and accomplishment that will always reflect credit upon you and set you apart….

Klarman’s First HBS Show Impresses
Campus News, On Campus, Opinion

Klarman’s First HBS Show Impresses

HBS Executive Education’s Nathaniel Koven reviews No Clue. The 46th HBS Show, No Clue: The Case You Can’t Prepare For, was always going to go down in HBS history as the first theatrical production in the recently-completed Klarman Hall, but what a smashing first it was. This production, which ran April 8–10, was an unalloyed…

Bill Tai on How to Invest in a Unicorn
Industry Insights, Print Edition

Bill Tai on How to Invest in a Unicorn

Zoom’s first investor and noted kiteboarding venture capitalist analyzes the company’s origins; Philip Levinson (HKS ’12) reports. Wall Street is buzzing about the recent IPO of Zoom Video, with its market cap now exceeding $17 billion. But the 2011 origins of the company were quite inauspicious. After the successful Zoom IPO on April 18, venture…

Inner Wellness for Healthy Normals
Health

Inner Wellness for Healthy Normals

We are all perfect, and we could all use a little work. Is this you? Do you sense an aura of stress and anxiety hovering in the air, a bit of shiftlessness as you race through your day, or wander about the world? Are you so used to running that you long for a chance…

Ten Things I Learned as a VC
Advice, Industry Insights

Ten Things I Learned as a VC

Dimi Taslim (MBA ’19) shares some hard lessons learned as a venture investor. Prior to matriculating at HBS, I worked as a VC and led deal sourcing and execution across multiple markets in Asia. I learned many things the hard way. Things they don’t teach in business school. Today I’d like to share some of…

Priorities for 2019: A Conversation with Dean Nohria
Featured, Features, Interview

Priorities for 2019: A Conversation with Dean Nohria

The Harbus Co-Editors-in-Chief Takahashi (MBA ’20) and Ellsworth (MBA ’20) met with the Dean to discuss his strategic outlook for the year. The year 2019 will undoubtedly be a big one, with new opportunities and unique challenges. Major global events such as Brexit, the abdication of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, and the Indian general election are…

Professor Culp’s Master Class
Industry Insights, Kevin Sharer

Professor Culp’s Master Class

Larry Culp is an HBS grad (MBA ’90), enormously successful former CEO of Danaher, subject of several HBS cases, HBS Senior Lecturer, and my good friend. As you may know, since October 2018 he has been on leave from the faculty for services to GE as Chairman and CEO. A bit of full disclosure. I…

Back to Progress: Piloting a Reborn Revolution
Industry Insights, Technology

Back to Progress: Piloting a Reborn Revolution

Shrinking the world at supersonic speed could be a reality in less than a decade, says Sergio Porres (MBA ’19). Innovation and progress have completely transformed the way the world looks, particularly in the last few decades. The pace of scientific development has been breathtakingly fast, with consumers benefiting handsomely, from the rise of electronics…

It’s Colombia, Not Columbia
Travel

It’s Colombia, Not Columbia

Colombia Trek: A week in the land of Magical Realism. Camilo Pabón (MBA ’20) reports, with photography by Stan Chang (MBA ’20). For a week during spring break, 300 students from HBS got to travel around Colombia, visiting Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena. For many, this was their first time in the country and their first…

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