Academics
Admissions Advice
Advice
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…

Alumni
Trump, Leadership, and the Problem with Harvard Business School: An Interview with Larry Summers
Alumni, Featured, Features, Interview

Trump, Leadership, and the Problem with Harvard Business School: An Interview with Larry Summers

Our interview with Larry Summers has not quite started according to plan. Half an hour after we are scheduled to meet in Klarman Hall, where Larry is speaking at a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis, he is still deep in conversation with an attendee while your interviewers hover awkwardly in…

April 1st
Department of Operations Implements Project Room Fees Spangler Grille to Become Room Time Trading Floor
April 1st, April Fools, Print Edition, The Harbush

Department of Operations Implements Project Room Fees Spangler Grille to Become Room Time Trading Floor

Spangler Hall – The Department of Operations’ Room Reservations Office said Thursday that it will be implementing per-quarter-hour fees for project room use, responding to student complaints that there’s never a quiet spot to make a phone call when you goddam need one. “This will ensure an equitable distribution of project room resources at a…

April Fools
Department of Operations Implements Project Room Fees Spangler Grille to Become Room Time Trading Floor
April 1st, April Fools, Print Edition, The Harbush

Department of Operations Implements Project Room Fees Spangler Grille to Become Room Time Trading Floor

Spangler Hall – The Department of Operations’ Room Reservations Office said Thursday that it will be implementing per-quarter-hour fees for project room use, responding to student complaints that there’s never a quiet spot to make a phone call when you goddam need one. “This will ensure an equitable distribution of project room resources at a…

Best Friends
MBA Recruiting Insights from Sydney Kardashian West
Best Friends, HomePost, Humor, Print Edition, Recruiting

MBA Recruiting Insights from Sydney Kardashian West

  Steve Hind, Harbus Editor-in-Chief As the HBS community takes on recruiting season, Sydney Kardashian West, son of Harbus CEO/Editor-in-Chief, Steve Hind (MBA ‘16), and his fiancé, Steph Stojanovic, shares his insights from a one-on-one session with his HBS career coach. Determined to choose the right career trajectory, Sydney was asked the following questions in…

Bloggers
Learning from the Trump Phenomenon: How Much of the 2016 Election was a Recall on Harvard?
Bloggers, Current Events, On Campus, Opinion, Politics

Learning from the Trump Phenomenon: How Much of the 2016 Election was a Recall on Harvard?

A pickup truck rolled through Harvard Square on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9. A man in the truck bed waved a “Make America Great Again!” banner and the passengers yelled at anyone within earshot. Even if you couldn’t make out words, the tone – somewhere between energized and vindictive – was enough. They were…

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

Dear Harby: The Advice Column for MBAs

Dear Harby, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but no one at this school seems to understand what an acceptable gesture is. Last year a classmate I was dating got me three Citigroup preferred shares and a DVD of American Psycho (I mean, really – he couldn’t have at least sprung for Bank of America?). Can…

Campus News
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…

Club Corner
Controversy
Cooking
Culture
Tolana: Empowering Women by Empowering Mothers
Culture, Women

Tolana: Empowering Women by Empowering Mothers

“We believe a mother can shape her kids’ lives, and therefore, mothers have the power to redefine the world.” The UN’s fifth Sustainable Development Goal is to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. To HBS students María Creixell and Paula Vich Serra (both MBA ’19), empowering women starts with empowering mothers. Like…

Current Events
Economics
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…

Entrepreneurship
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…

Environment
Here’s how business can save the world
Environment, On Campus

Here’s how business can save the world

Skeptical readers of the Harbus have probably moved on to the next article after reading this headline, but for those optimists who have decided to stay, I recently had the pleasure of attending a talk about climate change and the environment across the river. Headed by Jeremy Jackson, a professor of Oceanography at Harvard, and…

Events
Third Annual Cabaret Sells Out Both Shows Again
Campus News, Club Corner, Events

Third Annual Cabaret Sells Out Both Shows Again

On November 27, the HBS Cabaret brought entertainment to two sold-out audiences, one at 7 p.m. and another at 10:30 p.m., at the American Repertory Theater’s Oberon in Harvard Square. The theme was “Portrait Project” (following on last year’s “Truths Untold”), and as promised in the theme, an array of student performers painted vivid pictures…

Featured
Features
FIELD 2
FIELD 3
The Breakfast Club
Campus News, Events, FIELD 3, HomePost, News, On Campus

The Breakfast Club

Eight Students Sit Down with Dean Nohria to Discuss HBS’s Place in the World One of the most powerful men in the business world doesn’t work in the private sector. His name is Nitin Nohria, and as Dean of one of most powerful institutions in the capitalist ecosystem, his stewardship affects hundreds directly as students…

FIELD 3 Startup Diaries
Finance
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…

Fortune 500
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…

From The Editors' Desk
From the Editors’ Desk
Campus News, From The Editors' Desk, Print Edition

From the Editors’ Desk

Wishing you continued “heisei” in 2019 As the chilliest winter breezes give way to sprightly saplings signaling the coming of spring, we kick off the spring semester with a new class schedule and a fresh array of opportunities. At the Harbus, too, the new year is a time of transition. On this auspicious occasion, we…

General Management
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…

Health
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…

HomePost
Humor
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…

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…

International
Interview
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…

Investment
Meet Atomic: Silicon Valley’s Coolest VC That Is Not Actually a VC
Investment, Venture Capital

Meet Atomic: Silicon Valley’s Coolest VC That Is Not Actually a VC

Founded in 2012, this firm launches and funds companies such as Hims and Terminal. Philip Levinson (HKS ’12) reports. Meet Atomic, the firm behind Hims, Terminal, Bungalow, and several other booming venture-backed companies. Before discussing who is behind Atomic, let’s discuss what Atomic is—and what it is isn’t. First, don’t call Atomic a venture capital…

Kevin Sharer
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…

Marketing
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…

Music
Networking
Life Hacks for Your Networked Search
Networking, Recruiting

Life Hacks for Your Networked Search

Be resilient: You need to kiss a lot of frogs to find your Prince (or Princess) Charming. Networking functions in the same way. Do not be disheartened by a lack of response. You haven’t failed until you’ve stopped trying to connect. Design choices for success: When networking, offer two options for a time to talk…

News
Non-Profit
The Harbus Foundation Grants $60,000 to Boston Nonprofits at Annual Gala
Campus News, Club Corner, Featured, Features, Non-Profit, On Campus

The Harbus Foundation Grants $60,000 to Boston Nonprofits at Annual Gala

The Harbus Foundation has announced a total of $60,000 in grant awards to Boston-based nonprofit organizations Empower Schools, Generations Incorporated, and GroundTruth. The recipients took home $20,000 each in the categories of Education, Literacy, and Journalism, respectively, following the Harbus Foundation’s annual gala. The K-12 education efforts of Empower Schools, the Education grant recipient, have…

On Campus
Opinion
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…

Outside the Bubble
Partners at HBS
Partner Life
Campus News, Partners at HBS, Publishing Partner

Partner Life

Dear RC Partners – For (at least) a year or so now, many of you have listened to your student excitedly share their dream, hope, and aspiration of pursuing their MBA at HBS. Whether it made you want to jump for joy or run to the hills, you’ve stood by their side each step of…

Politics
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…

Print Edition
Publishing Partner
Real Estate
Recipe
Critical Seasoning
Cooking, Opinion, Recipe, Reviews

Critical Seasoning

A new feature in The Harbus reviewing the most interesting bars and restaurant near HBS Restaurant Review: Alden & Harlow Given the abundance of New American restaurants in this town (and a subsequent dearth of originality), you might be forgiven for thinking that Alden & Harlow is just another in the glut of gastropubs. It…

Recruiting
Life Hacks for Your Networked Search
Networking, Recruiting

Life Hacks for Your Networked Search

Be resilient: You need to kiss a lot of frogs to find your Prince (or Princess) Charming. Networking functions in the same way. Do not be disheartened by a lack of response. You haven’t failed until you’ve stopped trying to connect. Design choices for success: When networking, offer two options for a time to talk…

Repost
Reviews
Boston Dreams of Sushi
Opinion, Reviews

Boston Dreams of Sushi

Seeking refuge from the autumnal breeze, I was walking in Boston’s Leather District and, at first, had inadvertently walked past my destination. O Ya, one of Boston’s upscale sushi restaurants, was right on the corner of East Street with a small wooden door that made way into a narrow entrance, as if one were entering…

Sponsored Content
Sports
Start Ups
Student Club
ASIA BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2017
Campus News, Club Corner, Print Edition, Student Club

ASIA BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2017

On Saturday March 4, 2017, nearly 500 students, scholars, professionals and executives continued a longstanding tradition by congregating at the Harvard Business School campus to attend the 26th Annual Asia Business Conference at Harvard University. This year’s conference, entitled “Asia in a Changing World”, focused on the role of Asia as the fastest growing region…

Technology
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…

The Harbush
Dear Harby
The Harbush

Dear Harby

Dear Harby, As cuffing season continues, I yearn for romance. But what my heart desires, my student debt cannot support. How can I ask out my fellow HBSers and treat them to the level of bougieness they deserve and require without breaking the bank? Sincerely, Too Broke to Tinder Dear “Too Broke,” I understand your…

Travel
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…

Venture Capital
Meet Atomic: Silicon Valley’s Coolest VC That Is Not Actually a VC
Investment, Venture Capital

Meet Atomic: Silicon Valley’s Coolest VC That Is Not Actually a VC

Founded in 2012, this firm launches and funds companies such as Hims and Terminal. Philip Levinson (HKS ’12) reports. Meet Atomic, the firm behind Hims, Terminal, Bungalow, and several other booming venture-backed companies. Before discussing who is behind Atomic, let’s discuss what Atomic is—and what it is isn’t. First, don’t call Atomic a venture capital…

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