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Bitcoin as a Technology and Operations Management Case
Academics, On Campus

Bitcoin as a Technology and Operations Management Case

Bitcoin, a first-of-its-kind digital currency devised in 2008, crossed $50 billion in total value for the first time this summer. It’s weathered severe volatility, technological obstacles, and government regulation to remain the dominant alternative currency. At Consensus 2017, the largest conference for bitcoin and its underlying infrastructure in the US, I was struck by the…

From the Editors’ Desk
Campus News, On Campus

From the Editors’ Desk

What can we do to earn our place at HBS? An education at Harvard Business School is one of the most enviable distinctions in the professional world — but what exactly is the defining value of the experience? Can it be isolated to a single attribute? We are a school after all — perhaps it…

King of the Castle
Alumni, Featured, Features, Interview

King of the Castle

Interview with Alan Horn (MBA ’71), Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn (HBS ’71) may be the humblest man in Hollywood. This might not be what you’d expect from one of the most influential figures in the film and television industry, and one of the individuals responsible for shaping much of what we’ve watched…

Where’s the Leadership?
Alumni, Environment, Opinion

Where’s the Leadership?

Where’s the leadership regarding HBS, business leadership, and climate change? Please consider the quotes on the facing page, many of which will be recognizable, and all understandable, to the Harvard community. Surely the statements by President Faust and Dean Nohria can only be considered sincere, and can only be fulfilled, if the School takes a…

DACA And The Economics Of Immigration
Current Events, Featured, HomePost, News, Opinion, Outside the Bubble, Print Edition

DACA And The Economics Of Immigration

President Trump defended his decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as an effort to promote “safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans.” In his statement, the President painted his stance as simultaneously shrewd and compassionate. He pointed a finger at roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought…

Manning Didn’t Deserve Rescinded Harvard Visiting Fellowship
Academics, Campus News, Controversy, Current Events, Featured, News, On Campus, Opinion, Outside the Bubble

Manning Didn’t Deserve Rescinded Harvard Visiting Fellowship

Manning Invite Widened the Civilian-Military Divide at Harvard In honoring former US Army Specialist Chelsea Manning by naming her a Visiting Fellow, the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School opened wide a wound that leaders at Harvard have diligently worked to close in recent years: the civilian-military divide. There are few Rorschach Tests more…

From the Editors’ Desk
Campus News, Culture, On Campus, Opinion

From the Editors’ Desk

Why are you here? Did you come to Harvard Business School to find your next job, make career contacts, or learn everything the case method can teach you? Did you come to make new friends, travel the world, or just spend a couple of years working out and eating right? Maybe you came to write…

Spotlight: Tech Club at HBS
Campus News, Club Corner

Spotlight: Tech Club at HBS

The Technology Club at HBS connects the community here in Cambridge to the rest of the tech world by highlighting new tech trends, teaching members new skills, facilitating recruiting, and fostering networking within HBS, Boston and beyond. While Silicon Valley may feel far away, our student-run organization ensures that students have the chance to connect…

Build your CORe as a global thinker
Academics, Marketing, On Campus

Build your CORe as a global thinker

What is HBX CORe? I had the opportunity to be a part of the February 2017 HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) cohort. This online learning platform provides the benefit of experiencing Harvard courses on fundamentals of business thinking at your comfort and convenience. The courses take an estimated ~150 hours. I spent time from February…

Dear Harby: The Advice Column for MBAs
Humor, News, The Harbush

Dear Harby: The Advice Column for MBAs

Dear Harby, It’s May and I still don’t have an internship for the summer. I’m getting kinda desperate. What should I do? – Procrastinator in Peabody Dear Procrastinator, That whole “get a job” thing really snuck up on you didn’t it? I mean if only HBS had a department — a “center,” perhaps — for…

Dear Harby: The Advice Column for MBAs
Humor, The Harbush

Dear Harby: The Advice Column for MBAs

Dear Harby, I noticed that everyone is wearing a Canadian Goose jacket at HBS but me.  Did I miss the section in the pre-matriculation packet on school uniforms?  What should I do? Sincerely, Bundled in Boston Dear Bundled, It’s cute that you think the brand is ‘Canadian’ Goose and not Canada Goose – we have…

Critical Seasoning: Little Donkey
Opinion, Reviews

Critical Seasoning: Little Donkey

Tired of the restaurants in Harvard Square, but don’t want to venture all the way into Boston? Opened by the same James Beard Award Winners who run Toro (a popular tapas restaurant in Boston and NYC), Little Donkey is the hottest new restaurant in Cambridge that all your foodie friends have been Instagramming. The menu…

Travel Guide- Oslo
Travel

Travel Guide- Oslo

I was fortunate to call Oslo home for 2.5 years; a city that appreciates an active lifestyle, beautiful design, and laissez-faire attitudes. It’s incredibly modern while being deeply steeped in history and culture. 36 hours is certainly not enough to fully encapsulate that Scandinavian magic. But here’s my best try to help you get a…

The End of Facts = The End of Empathy
Campus News, Outside the Bubble

The End of Facts = The End of Empathy

On Tuesday 31st of January, Harvard University hosted an event entitled ‘The End of Facts – Journalism in a Post-Truth Era’. This session filled Harvard’s largest auditorium, the Sanders Theatre, and required an overflow area for students and faculty from Harvard and beyond. They had flocked to hear the musings of luminaries within news media…

Five Questions with Professor Ben Edelman
Interview, On Campus

Five Questions with Professor Ben Edelman

If you could condense the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into a single man, you’d get HBS Associate Professor Ben Edelman. A member of the Negotiation, Organization & Markets faculty, Edelman studies online marketplaces and internet advertisers, notably by coding computer software to uncover inefficiencies, fraud, and discrimination therein. As an attorney with a J.D. from…

Europe Comes to Harvard
Campus News, Club Corner, International, On Campus

Europe Comes to Harvard

One of Harvard’s most important features throughout history has been its unique role as a free and open arena where even the most critical and challenging debates could happen. The European Conference, which took place on March 3rd and 4th 2017, with its panel mix on politics, business, and culture, was surely the confirmation that…

The Great Indian Start-Up Dream!
Campus News, Entrepreneurship, News, On Campus

The Great Indian Start-Up Dream!

What do you get when you have 500 million new internet users, a young and productive, burgeoning middle class and a workforce which defines global standards in technology? A vibrant and dynamic startup ecosystem i.e. India! Over the past 3 years, > $3 Billion was invested in startups in India. Leading venture investors like Sequoia,…

From the Editors’ desk
April 1st, Campus News, Opinion

From the Editors’ desk

HBS students ought to stop taking themselves so seriously With April comes the annual joke issue of the Harbus. We hope you enjoyed its comedic exterior and that it lured you deeper into the issue to read the more usual, serious content therein. Somewhere in there is a metaphor for the way teaching should work…

Harvard Endowment posts record returns driven by selling short an index of Harvard Innovation Lab start-ups
April 1st, The Harbush

Harvard Endowment posts record returns driven by selling short an index of Harvard Innovation Lab start-ups

  Following its humiliating loss of almost $2 billion in value last year, the Harvard Management Company announced that over the past six months alone, it had generated returns in excess of 30% — or $11 billion — prompting spontaneous and wide-spread celebrations across campus. “I chalk our newfound success to a fundamental change in…

Profile in Courage: Scribe maintains steely objectivity throughout duration of section cat-fight.
April 1st, The Harbush

Profile in Courage: Scribe maintains steely objectivity throughout duration of section cat-fight.

Demonstrating extreme professionalism that reflected her high level of training, section scribe Rosemary McDougle maintained a completely placid exterior as she transcribed extended, and indeed indulgent LCA comments between local section enemies Janet Johanson and Mary Fernandez. “I completely disagree with what Mary just said and find her suggestion not only dangerous but wrong,” McDougle…

With Boastful Introductory Email, FGI Team Sets Emerging Market Company Up for Massive Disappointment
April 1st, The Harbush

With Boastful Introductory Email, FGI Team Sets Emerging Market Company Up for Massive Disappointment

“Alright guys, let’s have our first slide focus on our educational backgrounds,” RC Student Brian Dorkin said to his Ghana-destined FGI team as he copied various Ivy League University shields into a meticulously formatted powerpoint slide. “Yeah, then we can list out special skills!” added Susan Goodensorri taking over another part of the shared google…

HBS Admissions Department to Require All Applicants to Submit Social Media Passwords
April 1st, Featured, Features, The Harbush

HBS Admissions Department to Require All Applicants to Submit Social Media Passwords

In a landmark decision, Harvard Business School’s admissions department has announced that, beginning next fall, all applicants will be required to submit their social media passwords to be considered for the full-time MBA program. Admissions Director Chad Losee shared the thinking behind the change. “It was daunting to fill Dee Leopold’s shoes this year; the…

HBS i-Lab opens new basement floor for weed start-ups
April Fools

HBS i-Lab opens new basement floor for weed start-ups

Following closely on the heels of the successful AR/VR Studio launch this past February, the HBS Innovation Labs announced the opening of a new subterranean floor dedicated solely to cannabis start-ups. The so-called “HiGH Lab” initiative seeks to take advantage of recent changes to regulation. Massachusetts elected to legalize marijuana in November, joining several other…

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