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Taking on City Hall

Senior Lecturer and former Amgen CEO Kevin Sharer shares his advice on how to succeed in influencing decisions by zooming out from looking just at the negotiation. Last week a committed student leader was in my office seeking advice on how to influence a policy decision whose outcome was not trending in the direction he…

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Women, 40% of the class, hold 50% of section positions in Class of 2016

In what is perhaps a promising sign for the future of gender equality in the business world, women are over-represented in the section leadership of the HBS Class of 2016. Forty-nine per cent of section officer-bearers are women, despite women making up only 41% of the class. Even removing the Womens’ Student Association Rep position…

The Digital Initiative Community Meets IRL
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The Digital Initiative Community Meets IRL

Caroline Fay is the Coordinator for the Digital Initiative and an Ed.M Candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she is exploring the intersection of technology, development and learning. She writes for a Boston-based music blog and supports a health/media literacy non-profit in her spare time. She tweets at @carolinecfay. “How much do you…

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How I became an entrepreneur by mistake

As RCs move into recruiting season, and ECs face down its home stretch, Agustina Rosenfeld (HBS MBA ’14) shares her experience charting her career during her time at HBS. There is some truth to John Lennon’s idea that life is what happens while we are busy making plans. But isn’t life better when we set…

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Introducing Section P

Pstt… there’s another section that you haven’t heard about. It’s not Section M, X or K. It’s P. Section P for Parents. The membership only requires you to have a baby and lead a very different lifestyle, but there are lots of priceless benefits such as unconditional love, even greater perspective on life and automatic…

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Make your own ladder

Regular contributor Patrick Daniel saw Burger King CEO Daniel Schwartz speak on campus last week. Schwartz ascended to the position at 32, and Patrick reflects on what means for climbing the ladder: make your own. When Daniel Schwartz was appointed CEO of Burger King, Bloomberg Businessweek provocatively ran a cover story titled “Burger King Is…

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Emily Dohse’s Partner Life Column

Emily Dohse is the partner of an RC student and writes a bi-weekly column on her experiences for the Harbus. This week she shares her experiences, and those of other partners that she’s met and reached out to for her column, as well as spotlighting another HBS partner. In the past two weeks, I have ventured…

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Reflections on the evening with Peter Thiel

Regular columnist Patrick Daniel reflects on his experience of listening to Peter Thiel’s conversation with Bill Sahlman. There are a few things better than a good conversation, but not many. A good conversation inspires you to think differently. It keeps you engaged long after the conversation has ended.  When Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and…

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Peter Thiel shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship, innovation and the future of HBS

Billionaire entrepreneur, investor and intellectual Peter Thiel visited HBS on September 19 and Steve Hind had front row seats for his conversation, which was hosted by the Rock Centre for Entrepreneurship. Peter Thiel pays people not to go to university. And yet the billionaire founder of PayPal and early investor in Facebook found himself at…

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HBS Students Launch Opedspace

Last week RCs Fred Spring, Tewfik Cassis, Christina Sgardeli and Andrew Cedar launched Opedspace. Their goal is to elevate the political, economic and social discourse by providing young professionals with a platform to publish their opinion pieces on global issues. The site has hit a nerve, with thousands of visitors in its first days. Opedspace…

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An Afternoon With Kevin Ryan

“Go do a start-up — it is really fun,” Kevin said. “Only join a company if you would invest in it.” If you live in the world of fashion, you will know Gilt Groupe. If you live in the world of advertising, you will know Double Click. If you are in the world of business, you will…

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The Rise,Fall, and Resurrection of the Electric Car

The best-selling pamphlet Common Sense by Thomas Paine defined the American Revolutionary era. It inspired people in the North American colonies to fight and declare independence from the British Crown. It was merely 48 pages long, but its impact was tremendous. In simple language Paine’s text appealed to the common man. It was passionate. It…

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My First Weeks as an RC Partner

Greetings from the partner of an HBS 2016 Section D student! The first days of school are over and I am finally able to wave at people I recognize on the street. As a self-described introvert with no prior knowledge in accounting, in-bound marketing, or the difficulties Snapple has faced, I was worried I’d have…

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Address By The Managing Editor

G’day! Since I can offer absolutely no insight into making the most of your time at HBS, I thought I would write about student media. The promise of student media is, after all, why I signed up to work on the Harbus this year with Nabil and the team. Student media isn’t the amateur version…

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Address By The Student Association Co – Presidents

To the incoming RCs, welcome to HBS! We hope that these next two years will be an incredible journey and will be filled with amazing new experiences. We’re looking forward to seeing the imprint you leave on this great community. To the returning ECs, welcome back! We hope all your summer adventures have been fantastic…

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A Guide to Art at HBS and Beyond

Art may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about HBS, but you would be misguided if you didn’t take in some of the cultural gems right in your backyard while you’re here. From major museums to off-the-beaten path galleries, here is a guide to the best art picks around…

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The Arts of Communication

In 1994 Barnett Helzberg, Jr. crossed Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, passing by The Plaza Hotel. It was a normal day until he ran into Warren Buffett. He took all his courage and approached the legendary investor. Helzberg introduced himself as a shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway and a great admirer of the investor. Then he…

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The (Mis)education of a Value Investor

Leading value investor Guy Spier talks to The Harbus about how he’s learned from his mistakes at HBS, and how the school and its students can learn and improve. Guy Spier graduated HBS in 1993 as – in his own words – an arrogant sonofabitch. Guy had come to HBS after topping Economics at Oxford,…

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Congratulations, Now Begin to Change!

Congratulations to the Harvard Business School class of 2016 as they begin a twenty month journey of self-discovery, growth, challenge and learning. The school’s mission is to develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and hopefully you too embrace that mission on a very personal level. I am also certain that like the…

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Ok, So You’re Here…

If you’re reading this then you’ve probably already heard a bunch of really cool speeches by some very important people telling you how awesome the next 2 years are going to be. And they will. But I thought I’d take a different tack. I want to talk to you about the kind of thing that…

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The (Mis)education of a Value Investor

Guy Spier graduated HBS in 1993 as – in his own words – an arrogant sonofabitch. Guy had come to HBS after topping Economics at Oxford, via a stint as a consultant at Braxton Associates. At HBS he missed the chance to meet Warren Buffett because he was pining after a girl who didn’t return…

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We all have moments when we want to give up. When pressure or pain becomes too high, it feels natural to throw in the towel. But it is going that extra mile that divides victors from losers. When Scott Jurek, world-famous athlete and dedicated vegan, visited Harvard Business School last week, his fireside chat with Jose…

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It was almost four o’clock. The clock was ticking. I was running to see Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric. When I walked through Spangler Hall, I ran into a friend. She wished me good luck. The auditorium was already packed beyond capacity when she left earlier. And she was right. When I arrived,…

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