Summer Spotlight—Gaming: Combining Art and Technology

Sathvik Sudireddy (MBA ’23) talks about a summer spent well at Activision Blizzard.  Tell us more about your background? After studying computer science at Harvard College, I worked at a large international education company, EF (Education First), before transitioning to a GameTech startup called Beamable, which is building a backend-as-a-service live operations platform for game… Continue reading Summer Spotlight—Gaming: Combining Art and Technology

SFP Residents Fight Against Mice

Soldiers Field Park residents react to recent mice sightings and seek solutions. On August 4th, the HBS Parents Group Chat exploded. What had previously been a medium for playground meet-ups became the hotspot for a social movement. The issue: mice.  It all started when Meli Kerr (MBA partner, ’23) posted a petition: “SFP Mouse Problem.”… Continue reading SFP Residents Fight Against Mice

From the Editor’s Desk

Welcome your new topic editors! Welcome to the incoming class of 2024 and the returning class of 2023! It has been such a joy to feel the excitement around campus as we all repopulate the lawn outside Spangler, get our new class schedules, meet our new section mates and to-be lifelong friends, or re-engage with… Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk

Our Roads to Harvard

Edgard Mejico shares stories of how some incoming international students navigated their way to campus over the past years.        As international students, our road towards Harvard can sometimes take some detours and unexpected turns that help us grow, learn and lead even before we reach campus to start the semester. For my first article in… Continue reading Our Roads to Harvard

Welcome from Your Student Association Co-Presidents

A note from your SA Co-Presidents to kick off the year. Welcome Class of 2024 and welcome back Class of 2023! We are excited to serve as your Student Association (SA) Co-Presidents this year! For those who are unfamiliar, the SA serves as the main interface between the student body and the faculty and administration.… Continue reading Welcome from Your Student Association Co-Presidents

From the Heart: MS/MBA Candidates Reflect on the RC Year

Matt Hartsog (MBA ’23) and Morgan Moncada (MBA ’23) speak about their experiences juggling different priorities as dual-degree students. Matt Hartzong: Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to apply for the MS/MBA program. I grew up in West Virginia and graduated from the Naval Academy in 2011. Having spent close to… Continue reading From the Heart: MS/MBA Candidates Reflect on the RC Year

Partners: The Hardest Workers in the Admissions Process

Welcome to the HBS partners, who worked harder than anyone, even you, Collin. As campus comes alive with a new class of bright-eyed students, The Harbus would like to offer a hearty congratulations to those who have worked tirelessly to get here: the partners.  “It’s fantastic to see my hard work pay off,” says an… Continue reading Partners: The Hardest Workers in the Admissions Process

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Pathlight—Reimagining the Developer Onboarding Experience

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Lizzie Matusov (MS/MBA ’22) about her entrepreneurial journey and how she is solving the challenges in onboarding and hiring technical talent Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I consider my background and my entrepreneurial interests as two separate threads that came… Continue reading Pathlight—Reimagining the Developer Onboarding Experience

HBS Alumni Startup Corner: Spring Funding Update

Alumni founders have raised $2.5B+ in venture capital so far in 2022. Keith Bender (MBA ’20) reports.   Startups founded by HBS alumni have raised more than $2.5B in venture capital funding in 2022, including $2.2B since mid-January – the time of our last alumni funding update—through press time for this issue (April 26, 2022). Here,… Continue reading HBS Alumni Startup Corner: Spring Funding Update

HBS Rugby Spring Season Wrap Up: Women Crowned MBA Champions, Men Named Runners Up

Bri Kim (MS/MBA ’23) reports on the highly successful HBS Rugby spring seasons. On Friday, April 8, the HBS women’s and men’s rugby teams set out for New York City to compete at the MBA Rugby World Cup, hosted by Columbia Business School. Overlooking the Hudson with a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline at… Continue reading HBS Rugby Spring Season Wrap Up: Women Crowned MBA Champions, Men Named Runners Up

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From Competitor to Coach: A Conversation with David Boudia

Gabriel Ellsworth (MBA ’20) talks with U.S. Olympic diving champion David Boudia. David Boudia has had the most successful career of any American diver in this century. After making his Olympic debut at Beijing in 2008, he brought home two medals from London in 2012 (gold, men’s 10-meter platform; bronze, men’s synchronized 10-meter platform, with… Continue reading From Competitor to Coach: A Conversation with David Boudia

Stability, Growth, and Radical Uncertainty: Assessing Options and Opportunities

Distinguished academics, policymakers, and thought leaders gather for the Alamos Alliance XXIX conference in San Antonio, Texas. From the emerging new geopolitics of international trade to what led to the downfall of the Chilean model in Latin America and the originally “transitory” but now not-so inflationary bubble, Alamos Alliance XXIX convened in San Antonio, Texas,… Continue reading Stability, Growth, and Radical Uncertainty: Assessing Options and Opportunities

Making a Difference in the World from the Day You Graduate

Hans Husmann (MBA ’22) argues why Effective Altruism is an idea worth considering for every HBS graduate . Hans Husmann, Contributor “Imagine there is a house burning and you see people inside. You realize that you hold the key to unlock the door. You could save those people. Sounds like a crazy story, another philosophical… Continue reading Making a Difference in the World from the Day You Graduate

War in Europe

Georgiy Volevach and Noelia Lombardo Gava (MBAs ’22) report on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and what you can do to help. Every individual has the power to effect change and show leadership. It is what our democracy is built on and a privilege for which we have fought hard. If you believe there is… Continue reading War in Europe

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Leadership and Happiness

Robert Waldinger joins HBS Professor Arthur Brooks in his Leadership and Happiness class to share insights from the longest study on adult life ever performed. Alex Smith (MBA ‘23) reports. I hesitated to write this article because, as an RC, I selfishly wanted to keep the secret of Arthur Brooks’ Leadership and Happiness class under… Continue reading Leadership and Happiness

Larsen: Empowering Managers with Smart Insights to Develop and Improve Their Teams

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Alex Benoit (MBA ’22) about Larsen, his startup, and how it is helping managers build better teams. Tell us more about your startup, Larsen. Larsen is a platform that empowers managers with the data and tailored actions to effectively develop and improve their team. The combination of employee surveys… Continue reading Larsen: Empowering Managers with Smart Insights to Develop and Improve Their Teams

The VCPE Conference 2022

We are back to in-person conferences! What are the key trends impacting the current venture capital and private equity markets? Are we in a valuation bubble? What does the future of consumer investing look like in the midst of a pandemic? These, along with several others, were among the questions discussed at the 28th annual… Continue reading The VCPE Conference 2022

Kickstarting My Entrepreneurial Journey at HBS

Startup Bootcamp is one of the most sought-after Short Intensive Programs at HBS. Eni Dervishi shares her experience. Eni Dervishi, Contributor Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to participate in Startup Bootcamp.   Before HBS, I worked in a venture capital fund called Alter Global that invests in startups across emerging markets,… Continue reading Kickstarting My Entrepreneurial Journey at HBS

Women in Business: Building a Successful Life

Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) reports on the Women’s Student Association 31st Women in Business Conference Every year the Women’s Student Association (WSA), like many other clubs on campus, holds a conference to bring together women from across the world and offer a forum to reflect and discuss a relevant theme. This year, the conference theme… Continue reading Women in Business: Building a Successful Life

An Upgrade to Campus Housing

Harvard Business School - Chase Hall Housing

While the campus population was away making the most of the winter break, HBS Housing was approaching ‘the end of the beginning’ of their ambitious project—state of the art, luxurious dorm rooms for future HBS campus residents. Starting last year, the HBS Housing team began upgrading some of the empty dorm rooms with several important… Continue reading An Upgrade to Campus Housing

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Harvard Business School in Boston. September Campus Shoot

This issue arrives in a time where the world is shocked by and responding to the tragic attacks on Ukraine. Protests on Harvard campus are united with protests across the globe, where ordinary people are speaking out for the rights of their fellow citizens. Through this lens, the March 2022 issue of the Harbus fosters… Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk

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Bridging Technology and Beauty with Hue

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with the Hue team about their personalized recommendation engine for beauty. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you all to become entrepreneurs.  Shah: When I was five years old, my dad quit his job and started his own company, a circuit board manufacturing business, which now has… Continue reading Bridging Technology and Beauty with Hue

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