MyTake on Identity: Defining My Asian Masculinity
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MyTake on Identity: Defining My Asian Masculinity

Chiyoung Kim’s (MBA ’23) summary of an RC’s work-in-progress journey so far in defining his masculinity I was born in Seoul, Korea on April 21, 1995. I grew up raised by my parents and my maternal grandparents. In this early few 4-5 years of my life, all I knew was that I wanted to grow…

The Battle for the Western Hemisphere: The Troika of Tyranny and the Summit for Democracy
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The Battle for the Western Hemisphere: The Troika of Tyranny and the Summit for Democracy

Three full dictatorships at the heart of the Caribbean challenge the US democratic capitalism model, Martin Rodriguez Rodriguez reports For the first time since the 1980s the Western Hemisphere is home to three full-fledged dictatorships. Last month Nicaragua’s sham elections granting Daniel Ortega a fourth consecutive term formally consolidated the so-called Troika of Tyranny. The…

Going Green and Lean
News

Going Green and Lean

Mark Tomasovic (MBA ’20) shares his insight into the exciting progress of the renewable energy industry Change happens slowly, and then all at once. At least when it comes to renewable energy. For the last century, power plants have been built and operated the same way. A coal-fired or gas-fired plant would generate electricity in…

What’s Your FairShare of Housework?
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What’s Your FairShare of Housework?

Part of a series of articles on female founders, Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) asks Rachel Drapper (MBA ’22) and Asena Uyguner (MBA ’22) about their startup Fairshare, which is helping make couples happier and more equitable at home. Tell us more about your startup, Fairshare?  Drapper: Fairshare is a solution to help couples live happier…

A Safe Room in Seconds
News

A Safe Room in Seconds

For HBS US Army Veteran Jake Ahle (MBA ’22), the mission to protect never ends. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  Ever since I was young, I found myself gravitating toward leadership roles. Whether it was captaining a sports team or leading student government, I always sought…

The Show Is Back
News

The Show Is Back

Felipe Cerón (MBA ’22) reports on HBS most expected comeback. Oh, we’ve missed live performances.  As I write this piece the show hasn’t happened yet, but if you were lucky enough to get tickets (and I mean it, four 200+ people shows sold out in one day, and the team had to squeeze in another…

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From the Editor’s Desk

A Farewell Letter The summer before joining HBS was a very difficult one. We were locked down, embassies were closed, it was impossible to know what the future would look like. It was impossible to imagine what life at HBS would look like. It was that summer that I read the post on Slack “we…

Let There Be Light
News

Let There Be Light

While many in the South Asian community at HBS celebrated Diwali—the festival of lights—far away from their homes, some found their own ways to make up. The Indian festival of Diwali fell in the first week of November this year (the dates change every year according to the Hindu calendar), right after the Halloween weekend….

Navigating Your Career After Harvard Business School
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Navigating Your Career After Harvard Business School

Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) asks Professor Trevor Fetter (MBA ’86) for post MBA career advice For students who still don’t know what they want to do with their careers, how would you advise them to narrow down their search? I have a remarkably large number of conversations on this question. A wise former CEO and…

Living Authentically
My Take

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…

Alumni Startup Corner: Investors’ Favorite HBS Companies
Alumni, Entrepreneurship

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…

The Great Latin American Venture Opportunity
Entrepreneurship, Start Ups

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…

Building a Clean Skincare Brand
Entrepreneurship, Start Ups

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…

The Transformation of Marketing in Healthcare
Industry Insights

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…

Making It Easier to Treat Yourself
Entrepreneurship

Making It Easier to Treat Yourself

Part of a series of articles on female founders, Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) asks Grace Gorenstein (MBA ’22) about her beauty startup, tys. Tell us more about your start-up, tys? Tys, sounds like ‘ties’ and stands for “treat yourself”. I’m trying to build a tech platform which makes the experience of booking beauty appointments easier….

Mountain Biking Scene in Boston
Entertainment, Media

Mountain Biking Scene in Boston

Extreme sports close are close to campus. Western Greenway—a mere 20 minutes drive from campus—is this alluring piece of nature which holds tricky up and down hills ripe for beginner-to-medium level mountain bike adrenaline seekers. I was invited to partake in this adventure hosted by the Outdoor Club a few weeks ago. I had tried…

From the Editor’s Desk
Editor's Note

From the Editor’s Desk

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….

The United States Should Compete Rather than Block China
Featured, Industry Insights

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…

Much Ado About Squid Game
Community, Featured, Features, Interview

Much Ado About Squid Game

As Netflix’s newest binge-worthy sensation took over the HBS community (and the world), the Harbus asked K-drama enthusiast HBS Professor Sandra Sucher to weigh in. You mention in your blog that over the last year you have watched more than two dozen Korean shows. What about K-dramas fascinates you? Let me first admit that a…

Jasper’s Founding Trio Tackles Sobercuriosity
Business, Start Ups

Jasper’s Founding Trio Tackles Sobercuriosity

The ladies of Jasper Cocktails give you the drink you want to drink when you’re not drinking. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  Vanessa Royle (MBA ’22): I was introduced to entrepreneurship from an early age. My first business was selling irises door to door in my…

Physicians Off the Beaten Path
Entrepreneurship

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…

Female ECs Answer Top of Mind Questions from Female RCs
Leadership, Women

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…

Can Seeds Save the World?
Environment, Industry Insights

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…

FAQs for HBS Partners
Partners at HBS

FAQs for HBS Partners

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…

Scribe Hears Life-Changing (?) Comment
Humor, The Harbush

Scribe Hears Life-Changing (?) Comment

It’s the most melodramatic TOM class in history. But what is the scribe thinking? I have been a scribe for many years, and I absolutely love my job. Students’ energy is unparalleled, and I enjoy learning from discussions. On this day, however, I was in for an entirely unexpected turn of events.  It was a…

Financial Empowerment or Dangerous Gamble?
Featured, Industry Insights

Financial Empowerment or Dangerous Gamble?

Martín Rodríguez Rodríguez reports on the promise and perils of El Salvador making Bitcoin legal tender Last month, El Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender, granting people the possibility of discharging debts and contractual obligations, such as paying taxes, in the cryptocurrency. The new law raises…

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