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

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Going Green and Lean

Mark Tomasovic (MBA ’20)

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… Continue reading Going Green and Lean

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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… Continue reading What’s Your FairShare of Housework?

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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… Continue reading A Safe Room in Seconds

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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… Continue reading The Show Is Back

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An Interview with Terrill L. Drake, HBS’s First Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

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Katherine Richardson (MBA ’23) interviews Drake about his first few months on the job. Terrill L. Drake began his role as Harvard Business School’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDIO) on September 1 of this year. Drake has worked in higher education for more than 18 years, most recently at the Villanova School of… Continue reading An Interview with Terrill L. Drake, HBS’s First Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

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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… Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk

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Let There Be Light

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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.… Continue reading Let There Be Light

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Navigating Your Career After Harvard Business School

Trevor Fetter (MBA ’86)

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… Continue reading Navigating Your Career After Harvard Business School

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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

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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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Helping Women in Mexico to Live Fulfilled and Healthy Lives

Co-Founders, Lorena Ostos & Giovanna Abramo

First in a series of articles on female founders, Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) asks Giovanna Abramo (MBA ’22) about her startup, Plenna, which focuses on female healthcare. Tell us more about your start-up, Plenna? Plena in Spanish is female for “fulfilled.” Our vision is for women to live healthy and fulfilled lives, and our goal… Continue reading Helping Women in Mexico to Live Fulfilled and Healthy Lives

Financial Empowerment or Dangerous Gamble?

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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… Continue reading Financial Empowerment or Dangerous Gamble?