Disrupting the engagement ring industry: the hbs alum taking on cartier and tiffany

The idea: A luxury jewelry start-up that disrupts the engagement ring industry by creating a unique ring for every client.  Designed from scratch, manufactured, and sold only for that single proposal, it tells a couple’s personal love story. The start-up will compete with Tiffany, Harry Winston, Cartier – hallowed names of the jewelry industry that… Continue reading Disrupting the engagement ring industry: the hbs alum taking on cartier and tiffany

The Breakfast Club

Eight Students Sit Down with Dean Nohria to Discuss HBS’s Place in the World One of the most powerful men in the business world doesn’t work in the private sector. His name is Nitin Nohria, and as Dean of one of most powerful institutions in the capitalist ecosystem, his stewardship affects hundreds directly as students… Continue reading The Breakfast Club

What my MBA at Harvard did NOT teach me

The only way to make an impact is to go to Wall Street. As you can see below, more HBS graduates are heading out to the West Coast to make a difference, taking positions in product management, marketing, sales, and general management.  In a dramatic shift versus a decade ago, technology jobs are more sought… Continue reading What my MBA at Harvard did NOT teach me

Heard at today’s WSA conference

Today’s Dynamic Women in Business conference, hosted by the Women Student Association at HBS, continues to be an impressive success. Golden nuggets of advice, quick-witted tips and life-long proverbs speckled thoughtful debate throughout the day. Over 1,000 young and seasoned well-heeled business women power-networked to discuss healthcare, income-equality, marketing, finance, entertainment and media. Here are some… Continue reading Heard at today’s WSA conference

HBS Students Spill Their Secrets for a Successful Admissions Interview

If you were among the select few to receive an invitation to interview at Harvard Business School this afternoon, congratulations. Just think: only months ago you were sweating over GMAT prep books and “hounding your recommenders with the ruthless perseverance of Dog the Bounty Hunter,” as the Harbus‘ Editor-in-Chief Daniel Selikowitz likes to put it.… Continue reading HBS Students Spill Their Secrets for a Successful Admissions Interview

Fleeting Bliss in Beirut

‘Dream as if you’ll life forever, live as if you’ll die tomorrow’   Certainly one of the most over-memed (or ‘grammed) quotes out there. Gandhi must be pissed www.replicaforbest.co.uk. Yet it is also seemingly the most apt way to describe Lebanon’s approach to happiness.   It was perhaps a rather foolhardy visit – the foreign… Continue reading Fleeting Bliss in Beirut

A Beginner’s Guide to Dating at HBS

First, like all things at HBS, know that this is a competitive event. There are winners and losers. There are teams. There are rules, regulations, penalties. There is media buzz. There will be mistakes made, trades, roster cuts, and star performances from the players you least expected. The season will have its ups and downs… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Dating at HBS

Gender at HBS: An Open Letter to the Harbus

We are three women from the Class of 2013 who are writing in response to the Harbus articles regarding the recent New York Times feature on gender at HBS.  We believe that, amidst the commentary prompted by the coverage, the Harbus conversation, led by the pieces “It will be OK,” and “A Response to Jodi Kantor,” have perhaps missed the… Continue reading Gender at HBS: An Open Letter to the Harbus

The Adventures of Priscilla

In 1994, Australian cinema made waves on the international stage with the dramatic comedy, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – a feel-good tale about two drag queens and a transgender woman on a journey through the Australian outback. The film made a splash in the cinematic world, in the global LGBT community,… Continue reading The Adventures of Priscilla

Harbus Summer Fellowship

  The Harbus is pleased to announce we are accepting applications to our Harbus Summer Fellows Program. The application deadline for all applicants for Summer 2013 is April 24th 2013 at 11:59 PM general@harbus.org This summer, the Harbus News Corporation at Harvard Business School is opening up our doors to invite talented, innovative and curious… Continue reading Harbus Summer Fellowship

HBS Startup giftplum Takes Care of Christmakkah

  Celebrities have personal shoppers.   Thanks to giftplum, now you do too. giftplum is an online gift shopping “concierge” brought to you just in time for Santa season by Jono Schafler (OF), Krista Nylen (OF), and Noah King (Hill Holliday).  The site went live the week of Black Friday. giftplum takes the stress and guesswork… Continue reading HBS Startup giftplum Takes Care of Christmakkah

Incitement to Indifference: Transgender at HBS

As the first openly transgender student at Harvard Business School, and perhaps at any top business school in the United States, Del (NC) has faced and overcome a unique set of challenges. Del’s section mate, Daniel Selikowitz (NC), reports. “To whom is this news?” It is October 10, 2012 – two months into first semester,… Continue reading Incitement to Indifference: Transgender at HBS

Taking the Pain out of Doctor’s Appointments: ZocDoc CEO Cyrus Massoumi Visits HBS

In the summer of 2007, Cyrus Massoumi was on a cross-country flight to New York for a McKinsey consulting project. He was accustomed to frequent travel, but this trip had become particularly unpleasant. A sinus infection had prevented him from getting any rest, and when the plane landed his eardrum burst. In need of immediate… Continue reading Taking the Pain out of Doctor’s Appointments: ZocDoc CEO Cyrus Massoumi Visits HBS

Alumni Interview: Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios

In the latest installment in our Alumni Interview Series, The Harbus spoke with Alan Horn ’72, who joined Walt Disney Studios as Chairman earlier this year. Horn previously served as President & COO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, where he worked on the eight-film Harry Potter series, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Departed, Million Dollar… Continue reading Alumni Interview: Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios

HBS Showcase: How Jay-Z Sparked Innovation at HBS

The signs were everywhere last Tuesday. On vending machines, Coop Store mannequins, running tracks – everywhere you turned you were liable to see something familiar but nonetheless out of place staring back at you. It wasn’t the latest notice about a Euro Club party or a CPD presentation. No, the familiar looking pages strewn about… Continue reading HBS Showcase: How Jay-Z Sparked Innovation at HBS

Plugged In: Jeremy Andrus Keeps the World Listening

When Jeremy Andrus (MBA 2002) joined headphone-maker Skullcandy in 2005, the company had more board members than employees. At the time, the team consisted of founder Rick Alden, a trio of graphic designers, and a customer service rep-turned-shipping guru. Before officially signing on—and perhaps as one final measure of due diligence—Andrus met this group for… Continue reading Plugged In: Jeremy Andrus Keeps the World Listening

Bungled Buffet Choice Sparks “Menugate” Controversy

What a hot mezze! The HBS administration found itself in a public relations debacle last week as a well-intentioned lunch menu incited a broader political debate on campus and in web venues across the Middle East. It all started with a lunch buffet.  Like any other afternoon, Spangler Dining Hall featured an international cuisine offering… Continue reading Bungled Buffet Choice Sparks “Menugate” Controversy

Year Two Brings Host of Changes to FIELD Curriculum

In a wide-ranging interview, Alan MacCormack, the MBA Class of 1949 Adjunct Professor of Business Administration and the person in charge of HBS’s Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD) curriculum, met with The Harbus to discuss changes to the FIELD program the faculty has implemented for the second year of the initiative. Last week,… Continue reading Year Two Brings Host of Changes to FIELD Curriculum

Prof. Clay Christensen Reflects on Past and Future Endeavors

This year marks Professor Clay Christensen’s 20th anniversary as a member of the HBS faculty. In those 20 years, Professor Christensen has forged a formidable legacy. He founded the consulting firm Innosight, the hedge fund Rose Park, and has authored nine books. Christensen has also applied his research to many diverse fields through the Innosight… Continue reading Prof. Clay Christensen Reflects on Past and Future Endeavors

Hapless Harvardite: Of Haves and Have-Nots in Recruiting Week

At the inception of this column, I pitched it to our fearless EICs as a series in which I would humorously document ventures about which I was entirely ignorant, and at which I was sure to fail. Freedom Trail, I thought, ruing the many hours I spent in History 112 receiving a whispered tutorial on… Continue reading Hapless Harvardite: Of Haves and Have-Nots in Recruiting Week

Lessons of FIELD 1.0

In a wide-ranging interview last week, Alan MacCormack, the MBA Class of 1949 Adjunct Professor of Business Administration and the person in charge of HBS’s Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD) curriculum, met with The Harbus to discuss changes to the FIELD program the faculty has implemented for the second year of the initiative.… Continue reading Lessons of FIELD 1.0

Harbus Survey: 65% of HBS Students Choose Obama, 32% Romney

Surveys completed by 668 members of the HBS student body last week revealed that President Barack Obama had the support of 65% of the student community. Challenger Mitt Romney captured 32% of the vote while the remainder said they supported a third-party candidate, were unsure, or did not plan to vote. Students completed two different… Continue reading Harbus Survey: 65% of HBS Students Choose Obama, 32% Romney

Energy Leaders to Convene at HBS

This Saturday, the HBS Energy & Environment Club will convene global energy leaders at its 9th annual Energy Symposium. On the eve of the US election, energy is once again in the national spotlight. However, our perception of the future of energy has changed wildly since 2008. While the 2008 election was about declining energy… Continue reading Energy Leaders to Convene at HBS

Oh Priscilla, Priscilla: A Reconsideration of Priscilla Ball

In front of 90 people, I described a time at work when I disagreed strongly about something, yet did not speak up. In true case-method fashion, my LEAD professor pressed, “why didn’t you speak up?” I feared marginalization. I still fear marginalization. But I have a greater fear. A thought experiment: it’s the annual meeting… Continue reading Oh Priscilla, Priscilla: A Reconsideration of Priscilla Ball

Professor Alvin Roth Wins Nobel for FIELD 2 Algorithm*

* Note: Professor Roth’s market design theory, which has practical applications for matching algorithms and was used for FIELD 2 emerging market location matching, was actually what won him the Nobel.  Harvard Business School professor Alvin Roth was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences last week for his research in market design. The… Continue reading Professor Alvin Roth Wins Nobel for FIELD 2 Algorithm*

FBI Director Robert Mueller Describes Agency’s Post-9/11 Transformation

Students at HBS often read case studies about leaders contemplating key challenges, an activity they tend to engage in as they stare out windows. Few of the leaders in our case studies faced as harrowing a challenge as the one faced by Robert Mueller on September 11, 2001, exactly one week into his tenure as… Continue reading FBI Director Robert Mueller Describes Agency’s Post-9/11 Transformation

$35M Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center to Replace Kresge Hall

Flanked by an all-star cast of political leaders, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria and Harvard University President Drew Faust announced a $40 million gift to Harvard Business School from Dr. James Si-Cheng Chao and Family Foundation. Of the $40 million, $35 million is devoted to the construction of the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, a new… Continue reading $35M Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center to Replace Kresge Hall

Focus on Religion: HBS Christian Fellowship

The Christian Fellowship aspires to cultivate an accessible, relevant and nourishing Christ-centered community within HBS that equips leaders to follow Jesus in the business world. We aim to learn from and emulate Christ as the ultimate servant-leader and enabler of positive transformation in our careers and personal lives. We seek to accomplish these goals through… Continue reading Focus on Religion: HBS Christian Fellowship

Focus on Religion: HBS Jewish Students Association

The Jewish Students Association (JSA) has historically played a dual role on campus, both as the lead organizer of much of the Jewish religious activity and cultural events on the HBS campus. This year, we are expanding our mandate even further to encourage Jewish communities across Boston campuses to engage and interact. The leadership of… Continue reading Focus on Religion: HBS Jewish Students Association

Focus on Religion: Latter-Day Saint Student Association

Chances are you may have met a member of the Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA, also known as the Mormons) on campus. If you haven’t yet, just track down someone pushing a stroller with children and you will be right 50% of the time. If that doesn’t work, look for the guy drinking lemonade at… Continue reading Focus on Religion: Latter-Day Saint Student Association