Bad Advice: Life @ HBS
Humor

Bad Advice: Life @ HBS

Popular RC and winner at life shares advice on how to thrive. With summer’s lease having passed its too short a date, we are well and truly into the Fall now. Boston is taking on every shade of orange, yellow, and brown, and the weather changes more frequently than my mood. Even as turgid morbidity…

A Day in the Life of an RC
Humor

A Day in the Life of an RC

Has Covid-19 really changed the RC experience? Thanks to Covid-19, the MBA Class of 2022 had a very unusual start to their HBS experience. We interviewed an extensive number of RCs on their day-to-day experiences, trying to understand what has stayed the same, what has changed, their fears and their joys, and how they are…

True Accountability Requires Courage
Commentary, Opinion

True Accountability Requires Courage

Alterrell Mills (MBA ’16) reflects on the commitments and lessons learned in HBS’ Racial Equity Plan.  We have all witnessed, or had ourselves been subjected to, the dreaded cold call of a classmate that refused to acknowledge their lack of preparation, drawing out their monologue and digging a deeper hole with hubris-laden attempts to avoid…

Personal and Public Risk in a Pandemic
Commentary

Personal and Public Risk in a Pandemic

Adam Palay (MBA ’21) raises questions about our collective responsibilities during a pandemic. Not long before school started, at my desk in my home office, I took a deep breath and clicked a button. I had just opted out of coming in-person to the hybrid courses I would take this term. It might seem like…

From the Editor’s Desk
Editor's Note, News

From the Editor’s Desk

Meet Your New Topic Editors! I am constantly amazed by how fast our time at HBS goes by. This month marks my first anniversary with the Harbus and true to form, we are excited to welcome the new crop of Topic Editors who will add investigative, thought-provoking, and well-rounded stories to our pages in the…

Standing Up for Families
Partners at HBS

Standing Up for Families

Emily Vocke shares her experience representing HBS families at the Student Association as the Vice-President of Families and leading the Crimson Parents club. Tell us a bit about yourself. I grew up in the New Orleans area and met my husband, Patrick Vocke (MBA ’21, Old Section E), when we were just beginning our senior…

Start-up Corner: Solving the Challenge of Funding Growth of the SaaS Economy
Entrepreneurship, Start Ups

Start-up Corner: Solving the Challenge of Funding Growth of the SaaS Economy

Miguel Fernandez and Przemek Gotfryd (MBAs ’21) share how their startup, Capchase, helps SaaS companies avoid painful dilution and extend their runway. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  Miguel Fernandez (MBA ’21): I am originally from Madrid, Spain. Even though I have an engineering background (industrial and…

Start-up Corner: Bringing Home the Game
Entrepreneurship, Start Ups

Start-up Corner: Bringing Home the Game

Saswat Panda (MBA ’22) shares the story of LiveLike, a company creating technology to make live sports streaming more social and immersive. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I have always loved building things. I attended Cornell to be an aerospace engineer, but quickly fell in love…

Student Spotlight: Career in an Independent Studio
Entertainment

Student Spotlight: Career in an Independent Studio

Felipe Núñez (MBA ’22) shares his atypical pre-MBA experience at MRC Entertainment. Felipe Núñez (MBA ’22) worked in MRC Entertainment for four years. MRC is an LA-based studio—co-founded by two HBS alumni—that focuses on film, television, media, and data. Núñez started out as an Assistant and worked his way up to become a Manager, working…

Love in the Time of Covid-19
Humor

Love in the Time of Covid-19

It is still possible to enjoy the warm summer breeze through a face mask.             To defer or not to defer? Did I already read Quarantine policy #34? Was my camera on when I screamed at my dog for peeing on the rug? Should I talk now or will I, very precisely, interrupt the host? Can…

Out with Uncertainty
Humor

Out with Uncertainty

What is the view from RC, as the class of 2022 looks to embrace the uncertain future?  With a week before the official start of the term, a cocktail of eagerness, delirium, and mortal dread pervades the incoming RC camp. Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the lives and travel plans of the incoming students, exacerbating…

Who Cares?
Poem

Who Cares?

There was a time that airplanes soared through the air Their combustion engines and fiery rocket flare. They disgorged frenzied passengers By the millions with their wares To sell to vacant consumers Egged on by Capitalist prayers.   Then suddenly, the terrible awful noise died down At a time when the leaves green were turning…

Welcome to the Simulation
Commentary, Featured, Features, Trevor Fetter

Welcome to the Simulation

In his inaugural column for the Harbus, Professor Trevor Fetter shares his thoughts on how HBS students can learn crisis leadership by observation in 2020. I first knew Kevin Sharer as the legendary Chief Executive Officer of one of the world’s most important companies. Many of our MBA students first knew him as Professor Kevin…

Dancing with the Dragon: Lessons for Businesses Operating Far from Home
Commentary

Dancing with the Dragon: Lessons for Businesses Operating Far from Home

Joe Bao (MBA ’20) writes on how western businesses became caught in the latest political crossfire in Hong Kong and how being an authentic leader might end up costing you your whole business. For many years, Milton Friedman’s “shareholder value” theory, that the first social responsibility of a company is to maximize shareholder profits, has…

Finding Hope in Lebanon
Commentary

Finding Hope in Lebanon

John Geagea (MBA ’21) takes a look at Lebanon’s past, present, and path forward. It is difficult to put into words how it feels to be Lebanese today. My head keeps coming back to this startling reality: somehow Covid-19 might have become the third most pressing issue that the country now faces. On August 4,…

Thriving in a Covid-19 World
Entrepreneurship

Thriving in a Covid-19 World

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Dan Katz (MBA ’22), a member of Thrive Global’s founding team, about mental resilience, why New Year’s resolutions fail, and the art of prioritization. When the 2016 Chicago Cubs won the World Series after a 107-year drought, millions of long-suffering fans flocked to the streets to join the victory…

News

Reflections on the Virtual Reciprocity Ring Experience

Raseem Farook (MBA ’21) reports on the first (and hopefully only) edition of Virtual RC START. My favorite event from RC START last year was the Reciprocity Ring. As noted by Gabriel Ellsworth (MBA ‘20) in his article, “RCs Learn to Give and Take,” Harbus, September 2019, this guided collaboration exercise teaches its participants to…

Getting Granular: HBS Students’ Ad Hoc Crowdsourcing Effort Leads to the Largest County-Level Covid-19 Dataset
Campus News

Getting Granular: HBS Students’ Ad Hoc Crowdsourcing Effort Leads to the Largest County-Level Covid-19 Dataset

Project Lead Cray V. Noah (MD/MBA ’22) details the rallying effort that turned a grassroots response to the need for granular Covid-19 policy data into a nationwide endeavor and a federally endorsed research tool. When Covid-19 cases in the U.S. began to spike in March, the question “What is being done to stop the spread…

From the Editor’s Desk
Editor's Note

From the Editor’s Desk

Carpe Diem: Here Is Our Chance to Make the Most Out of the Year Like so many of you, I was not sure how the start of the Fall semester would look like. Would the hybrid model live up to its expectations? Would we find some much-needed sense of normalcy on campus and in the…

Interview with the Vice-President of Partners
Partners at HBS

Interview with the Vice-President of Partners

An EC partner shares her experience representing the partner community at the Student Association. Tell us a bit about yourself.  I went to Clemson University for my undergraduate and studied industrial engineering. That is where I also met my husband, Robert Stallard (MBA ’21, Old Section E). I actually met him right before we went…

Accu-Reggie’s Weather Forecast for May: A New Chapter
Humor, Weather

Accu-Reggie’s Weather Forecast for May: A New Chapter

Reggie Smith (MBA ’20) tells us what to expect this month. Transitions are sometimes difficult. As we move through life, we are constantly ending one chapter and starting another. While we eagerly anticipate what lies ahead, we sometimes mourn the loss of what we had. Class of 2020, we are flipping the page and entering…

Vexing Requests for Vulnerability
Commentary

Vexing Requests for Vulnerability

To celebrate the Mental Health Awareness Month, Ariam Tesfai (MBA ’20) reflects on the value of prompting vulnerability with tact. Oprah-style “aha” moments have colored my time at HBS. More recently, I have been working to collect and dissect my first- and second-year revelations. Some insights are clearer than others. One, however, is of crystal…

Focusing on Disruptive Innovation
Commentary

Focusing on Disruptive Innovation

Theodore Seem (MBA ’20) introduces the idea behind Outsiders Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on identifying opportunities where technology will disrupt traditional, incumbent industries. The world of start-ups is complex. It is hard to organize and harder to analyze. But one simple way to look at the world is to sort companies into…

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