Industry Insights

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…

A Conversation with Laurent Claquin, President of Kering Americas
Industry Insights, Interview

A Conversation with Laurent Claquin, President of Kering Americas

Following his keynote at the Retail & Luxury Goods Conference, Laurent Claquin shares with Sergio Velasquez-Terjesen (MBA ’19) his views on reinvention, connection, relevance, and sustainability in luxury. Blair Waldorf once said on Gossip Girl that “fashion is the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design, and architecture all in one. It shows the…

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…

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…

Getting Lenders to Compete for Student Loans
Industry Insights, Print Edition

Getting Lenders to Compete for Student Loans

What is the problem you are trying to solve? Individuals taking loans have no leverage to negotiate their rates. At the same time, lenders spend considerable resources marketing to potential borrowers. What is your solution? We use group buying power to negotiate down student loan interest rates. We attract a large number of students to…

How to Refinance Your International Student Loan
Industry Insights

How to Refinance Your International Student Loan

International students have long struggled to get their hands on the financing they need for a master’s degree in the US. In some cases, local lenders won’t, or can’t, extend loans to borrowers leaving the country – or at least, not for the amount needed. And getting a US loan almost always requires a local…

More Women CEOs
Industry Insights, Kevin Sharer

More Women CEOs

Mary Barra, the highly regarded CEO of General Motors pictured above, is part of a very, very small group of women CEOs.  Mary is a GM lifer who rose through the manufacturing ranks to earn the job five years ago. Despite decades of focus, effort, progress and learning women like Mary are vastly underrepresented in…

4 Steps to New Product Success: Tech Leaders Discuss Keys to Launching the Next iPhone, Tesla & AWS
Entrepreneurship, Industry Insights, Technology

4 Steps to New Product Success: Tech Leaders Discuss Keys to Launching the Next iPhone, Tesla & AWS

What are the greatest high-tech products and services ever launched? Apple’s iPhone? Tesla Model S? Amazon Web Services? Adobe Photoshop?  Windows XP? How about the groundbreaking Netscape Navigator? This past year, Silicon Valley technology product leaders launched a Product Leader Summit series hosted by Spero Ventures and sponsored by The Omidyar Network, Women in Product…

Exclusive: Interview with Carlyle Co-Founder David Rubenstein
Featured, Finance, Industry Insights, Interview, On Campus, Print Edition

Exclusive: Interview with Carlyle Co-Founder David Rubenstein

The following is a Harbus exclusive interview with David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity and alternative asset management firms with $174 billion under management. Rubenstein, who is a member of the Harvard Corporation as of July 2017, addressed the community at Spangler Auditorium in an event co-hosted…

Can Telemedicine Solve the Ballooning Healthcare Budget?
Health, Industry Insights

Can Telemedicine Solve the Ballooning Healthcare Budget?

With the healthcare budget continuously swelling, digitization seems to be a promising remedy to an exponentially growing problem. As Joseph Kvedar highlights in his Harvard Business Review article “Telemedicine is Vital to Reforming Healthcare,” one of the primary challenges within healthcare around the globe is the requirement for high levels of skill across the chain,…

Goliath vs. Goliath: Hospital Mega-Mergers and the Fight for Your Healthcare
Economics, Finance, Fortune 500, General Management, Health, Industry Insights

Goliath vs. Goliath: Hospital Mega-Mergers and the Fight for Your Healthcare

A turbulent year for healthcare policy, 2017 was capped off with a spree of healthcare mega-mergers. Some transgressed traditional industry boundaries, reflecting the evolving dynamics of a sector in dramatic flux since the 2010 implementation of the Affordable Care Act. CVS’ $69bn acquisition of Aetna, the nation’s third largest insurer, introduced the possibility of converting…

Impossible Burger Takes Boston
Cooking, Culture, Industry Insights, Outside the Bubble

Impossible Burger Takes Boston

Unappetizing, dry, bland: these are the adjectives that come to mind when we hear the phrase “veggie burger” and start imagining that scary frankenpatty. Insert the Impossible Burger: a burger that bleeds and sizzles like beef but, since it’s made entirely from plants, with none of the downsides. Targeted at meat eaters, it is one…

HBS students collaborate with ABCDC to increase home ownership around campus
Industry Insights, Outside the Bubble, Print Edition

HBS students collaborate with ABCDC to increase home ownership around campus

Buying a house in a “hot” market can be a daunting task. When a property becomes available in highly competitive locations, financial buyers usually get it before prospective owner-occupants. Investors can almost instantly secure financing and make a purchase, leaving individuals with no real chance of home ownership in the area. This results in neighborhoods…

The Macroeconomics of American Populism
Industry Insights, Opinion, Print Edition

The Macroeconomics of American Populism

  The effects of automation, globalization, and financialization on employment and our responsibility as future business leaders With much of the news coverage of the next presidential administration focused on the personalities occupying the White House, it’s easy to lose sight of macroeconomic trends that are just as responsible for the new wave of populism…

HBS to DBS: Larry Culp’s General Management Journey
Featured, General Management, Industry Insights, News, On Campus, Print Edition

HBS to DBS: Larry Culp’s General Management Journey

“If you were the CEO of an airline, could you be as engaging with the baggage handlers as you are in the boardroom?” – Larry Culp The case method, which is used across all HBS classes, places students in the tough position of the decision maker. Often operating from the perspective of the CEO, students challenge…

Ambitious, Talented and Unemployed
HomePost, Industry Insights, Women

Ambitious, Talented and Unemployed

Addie Swartz, CEO of reacHIRE, reflects on how to help the 37%+ female HBS Alums who plan to take a career break to raise their kids   It’s a warm summer evening in London, and I’m sitting down for dinner with my sister and one of her friends. My sister is seven years older than I…

Executive Search: Finding the Needle in the Haystack: An interview with Jim Searing, HBS ’79; Founder, Lochlin Partners
Alumni, Industry Insights, Print Edition

Executive Search: Finding the Needle in the Haystack: An interview with Jim Searing, HBS ’79; Founder, Lochlin Partners

“It is like looking for a needle in a haystack” describes Jim Searing with a mild chuckle, when asked to describe the executive search business. The founder and retired CEO of Lochlin Partners, a top notch executive search firm, has spent an impressive 32 years in the “head-hunting” industry. A Marine Corps veteran, he graduated…

Communicating through Change, Challenge, and Chaos;  The Education of Tom Strickland
Industry Insights, Opinion, Outside the Bubble, Print Edition

Communicating through Change, Challenge, and Chaos; The Education of Tom Strickland

   What do brands like Target, Theranos, UnitedHealth, and Vanderbilt University have in common with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Columbine High School Massacre? All were the subjects of intense press coverage, and in each case the man brought in to weather the media maelstrom was Tom Strickland.  A lawyer by training, Strickland served…

Disrupting the engagement ring industry: the hbs alum taking on cartier and tiffany
Alumni, Bloggers, Industry Insights

Disrupting the engagement ring industry: the hbs alum taking on cartier and tiffany

The idea: A luxury jewelry start-up that disrupts the engagement ring industry by creating a unique ring for every client.  Designed from scratch, manufactured, and sold only for that single proposal, it tells a couple’s personal love story. The start-up will compete with Tiffany, Harry Winston, Cartier – hallowed names of the jewelry industry that…

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