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A Conversation With Secretary Robert McDonald
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A Conversation With Secretary Robert McDonald

Regular contributor Patrick Daniel spoke with Bob McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and former CEO of Procter & Gamble, when he visited campus last week.  [stag_dropcap font_size=”50px” style=”normal”]W[/stag_dropcap]e got a chance to talk to Secretary of Veteran Affairs Bob McDonald when he visited Harvard Business School last week, following his lecture and introduction by host…

An Afternoon with Stephen Schwarzman
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An Afternoon with Stephen Schwarzman

Regular contributor Patrick Daniel reports on the highlights from Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman’s recent time on campus. [stag_dropcap font_size=”50px” style=”normal”]W[/stag_dropcap]hen Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of The Blackstone Group, visited Harvard last month, I felt inspired by his stories and the lessons that he shared with students. Schwarzman is known for having co-founded The…

Sam Altman: Founders need passion – which MBAs lack
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Sam Altman: Founders need passion – which MBAs lack

By Patrick Daniel Regular contributor Patrick Daniel reports on President of Y Combinator Sam Altman’s keynote at this year’s Cyberposium. When Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, delivered the keynote at this year’s Cyperposium, an annual student-run conference on the business of technology, students were eager to follow up with questions and ideas. One student…

Playing Musical Chairs: Has the Market Turned?
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Playing Musical Chairs: Has the Market Turned?

Regular contributor Patrick Daniel looks at the S&P500 and asks whether the music has stopped. “Well, you know this is a bull market!” he was told. A Wall Street veteran told him that the big money is not in individual fluctuations but in the main movement of the market. Jesse Livermore, the legendary trader of…

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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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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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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 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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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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