Living Authentically

In celebration of National Coming Out Day, Margarita Chiquiza (MBA ’22) shares her story. [This is a transcript of the My Take given by Margarita Chiquiza (MBA ’22) in Klarman on October 12, 2021] Thank you all for taking the time to hear my story. It is just one of many millions, and it’s not… Continue reading Living Authentically

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Alumni Startup Corner: Investors’ Favorite HBS Companies

  HBS alumni venture capital investors share their favorite startups founded by fellow HBS graduates. Keith Bender (MBA ’20) reports.    HBS alumni startup founders have created $364B in market value since 2010. Accordingly, graduates in the venture capital industry closely follow the companies our fellow alumni are building. This month, I asked a panel… Continue reading Alumni Startup Corner: Investors’ Favorite HBS Companies

The Great Latin American Venture Opportunity

VC funding for LatAm startups grows 185% YoY with two months left in 2021. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  My passion for entrepreneurship was born when I started investing in startups as an angel investor in March 2020. In addition to investing capital, I often joined… Continue reading The Great Latin American Venture Opportunity

Building a Clean Skincare Brand

Part of a series of articles on female founders, Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) asks Elizabeth Arenz (MBA ’22) about her skincare startup, Belle House. Elizabeth Arenz (HBS ’22) worked in Investment Banking and Private Equity before attending HBS. She is passionate about beauty, skincare and sustainability. Italy is her favourite country in the world.  Tell… Continue reading Building a Clean Skincare Brand

Women Hold Majority of Section Leadership Positions in the Class of 2023

Women proudly represent 55% of section leadership positions as compared to being 46% of the general population of the class. Temi Ojuade (MBA ’23) speaks to some of these amazing women to share why they decided to run for these positions. Before I looked at the election data, I strongly held the hypothesis that women… Continue reading Women Hold Majority of Section Leadership Positions in the Class of 2023

The Transformation of Marketing in Healthcare

David Edelman (MBA ’86), a Marketing professor at HBS, shares his experience as the Chief Marketing Officer at Aetna. Tell us more about your background and what drew you to marketing. Everything I did well at growing up combined left and right brain—analytics and creativity—especially playing saxophone, music directing shows, and playing on the math… Continue reading The Transformation of Marketing in Healthcare

From the Editor’s Desk

Harvard Business School in Boston. September Campus Shoot

The Difference You Choose to Make We started putting together this issue under a bright, blue sky, with a beautiful temperature. As we wrap up, the skies have turned gray and the rain only stopped for the Head of the Charles. The mood on campus goes down with the weather and students experience midterm fatigue.… Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk

The United States Should Compete Rather than Block China

Jorge Heine, former Chilean ambassador to China, discusses US-China relations. Martín Rodríguez Rodríguez reports.  I sat down with Jorge Heine at the Boston University faculty club in late October for a wide-ranging interview discussing the Chinese real estate bubble, climate diplomacy, big tech companies, Blackrock’s foray into China and international trade. Mr. Heine, a former… Continue reading The United States Should Compete Rather than Block China

Physicians Off the Beaten Path

With their podcast, Alexey Youssef and Shad Faraz (MBAs ’22) bust the myth that physicians cannot venture outside the traditional career path.  In my first year of university, one of my professors hosted a special session on “how to talk like doctors.” I was studying biomedical engineering and was required to spend equal amounts of… Continue reading Physicians Off the Beaten Path

Female ECs Answer Top of Mind Questions from Female RCs

Temi Ojuade (MBA ’23) asked fellow female RCs for questions they would like answered by female ECs and worked with Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) to get these resourceful answers.  This article was inspired by two things we have heard repeatedly about asking questions at HBS. First, you should ask any question you have because there… Continue reading Female ECs Answer Top of Mind Questions from Female RCs

Can Seeds Save the World?

Alex Smith (MBA ’23) shares her conversation with Rafaella Mazza (MBA ’23) and Henry Tao (MBA ’23) about the fast-changing world of AgTech. Rafaella Mazza (MBA ’23) is an RC in Section I. She is an Agronomic Engineer with experience in regenerative agriculture and recently collaborated with a Brazilian VC (Atlantico) to publish  The Digital… Continue reading Can Seeds Save the World?

FAQs for HBS Partners

Partners at HBS FAQ

Valentina B puts together a collection of questions and answers that will help partners navigate their new life at HBS.  Being a student’s partner at HBS is an amazing and fun experience which, nevertheless, does require being responsible and taking on as many opportunities as possible to make the most of it. It is only… Continue reading FAQs for HBS Partners

Motorcycles and Nuns: Why Calls to Happiness Fail When Vocation is at Stake

Emily Horton (MBA ’23) leads with vulnerability. In this powerful essay, she shares a recent personal experience and draws out an important lesson for fellow HBS students.  Stories are messy. They are complicated. Everyone has one shaped by a series of inflection points, and each point comes with its own conflict. We make some choices… Continue reading Motorcycles and Nuns: Why Calls to Happiness Fail When Vocation is at Stake

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An Introduction to the Forté Fellows in the Class of 2023

Harvard Business School in Boston. September Campus Shoot

Four Forté Fellows in the class of 2023 speak about their leadership of and commitment to women pre-HBS and the impact they would like to make at HBS. Temi Ojuade (MBA ’23) reports.  I was always convinced that the amazing women in the class of 2023 come from many varied backgrounds and have accomplished outstanding… Continue reading An Introduction to the Forté Fellows in the Class of 2023

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HBS Alumni Startup Corner: Summer Funding Update

Alumni founders raised $3.3B in venture capital this summer; startups founded since 2010 topped $350B in market cap. Keith Bender (MBA ’20) reports.   Startups led by HBS alumni received more than $3.2B in venture capital funding from the beginning of June through press time for this issue (August 21, 2021). Here, I review the fifty… Continue reading HBS Alumni Startup Corner: Summer Funding Update

From Enterprise to Venture

Alex Smith (MBA ’23) interviews Angela Son (MBA ’23) and Kevin Miao (MBA ’23), two incoming RC’s who left successful careers at large corporations to join startups. Son’s account at an early-stage venture and Miao’s experience in hypergrowth give unique insight into life at a startup. Angela Son (MBA ’23) is an incoming RC who… Continue reading From Enterprise to Venture

Trouble in Paradise: Trials and Tribulations after Acceptance

International students jumped through several hoops to get to campus this fall. Sapan Shah (MBA ’23) reports. “The answer is YES!” read the first line of the decision letter from HBS to successful applicants this year. As much as it was the culmination of years of perseverance and months of applications for candidates, it was… Continue reading Trouble in Paradise: Trials and Tribulations after Acceptance

Bringing Equal Gender Parity to the Investing Industry

To achieve the global mission of having equal gender representation in leadership positions across industries, it is important to drive the shift in power in the hands of more women at all levels. Arushi Jindal (MBA ’23) begins with her own industry, finance and investing. I grew up in an extended family where I am… Continue reading Bringing Equal Gender Parity to the Investing Industry

HBS Welcomes Largest RC Class in Decades

Katherine Richardson (MBA ’23) reports on the school’s decision to increase class size for the classes of 2023 and 2024. Harvard Business School is welcoming the largest first-year class in its history this fall, increasing enrollment to around 1,000 students. This temporary adjustment will affect both the classes of 2023 and 2024. To accommodate the… Continue reading HBS Welcomes Largest RC Class in Decades

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Help Afghanistan

Alexander Radomsky (MBA/MPP ’22) reports a curated list of ways in which you can help with the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan. The United States military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the associated humanitarian crisis represent a historical moment for the United States and the 60 countries that have supported the Coalition since the invasion of… Continue reading Help Afghanistan

From the Editor’s Desk: Meet Your New Topic Editors!

Harvard Business School in Boston. September Campus Shoot

Welcome to HBS class of 2023! And welcome back home, class of 2022. A year has officially passed since the latter, which includes myself, arrived on campus, unsure of what a hybrid HBS experience would look like. We were also unsure of how long it would last. A new September brings new questions, but also… Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk: Meet Your New Topic Editors!