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ThredUp’s HBS Founders Master the Art of the Pivot
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ThredUp’s HBS Founders Master the Art of the Pivot

All Silicon Valley entrepreneurs know about The Pivot, the shift a start-up makes when it changes course with its business. Few recent HBS entrepreneurs have pivoted better or more boldly than James Reinhart and Chris Homer (both MBA, 2009) with their venture-backed company ThredUp, the leading online children’s clothing exchange. Reinhart, who also received his…

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Class of 2010 Faculty Awards Announcement

More than 700 members of the Class of 2010 voted for their favorite HBS professors, based on inspiration, knowledge transfer, accessibility, career guidance, and feedback. Votes were compared to the total number of students taught by a given professor, and we are happy to announce that two RC professors and three EC professors will receive…

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Changing the World One Check in at a Time

CauseWorld is a mobile application that allows users to “check in” to retail stores they visit in exchange for Karma points. Checking in entails using a mobile app to register where you are to share with friends, earn achievements or, in the case of CauseWorld, accumulate Karma. Once you collect enough Karma points, you can…

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Money with Mia

You can organize a costume swap with your friends. Bottom line: regardless where you get your outfit, keep your budget in mind and have a strategy in place before you begin. Changing leaf colors, Candy apples, Charles Regatta! Fall is by far my favorite season and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, but if…

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Where in the World did you Spend your Summer–Matthew Salzberg (OB)

Many companies start by chance and mine was no exception. This summer, I co-founded a mobile phone-based software company that serves retail businesses. As with any start-up, there are a number of obstacles ahead of us, but-knock on wood-we are on track to launch with a few local businesses this fall. I came to HBS…

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Summer Stories – Fabrizio Fantini, iPrice, MBA ’09, OD

Fabrizio spent his summer starting a new UK company, called iPrice. Through data mining, iPrice extracts insight from retailers’ transactions and provides “value pricing” and broader “insight marketing” optimization recommendations. In this article he describes his experience, and shares some lessons he learned about starting a business. Looking back, it has been a successful summer…

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Summer Stories – Parth Raval Walmart's Quest to Save the Planet, MBA '09, OC

This past summer, I was part of PepsiCo’s Leadership Development Program on the Walmart Customer Team. Shuttling between Plano, TX, and Bentonville, AR, I experienced first-hand how Walmart is accelerating its “green” agenda and what this means for key suppliers and, ultimately, for consumers. I am hardly what you’d call a typical environmentalist. In fact,…

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Democratization of Retail and Luxury Goods

Retail and luxury goods serve as mirrors of our self-worth, personality, economic, social and political standings. In the past, luxury goods were only available exclusively to the high-class, rich and famous. Today, the luxury industry has changed drastically to become democratic. The industry has realigned our economic class system because it has grown to become…

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C&S Wholesale Grocers Hosts RC Section F

Roger Huffstetler particularly enjoyed “the interaction we had with the folks in the warehouse. The young man who led our tour was full of practical and insightful comments regarding how and why the warehouse was organized.” After discussing C&S Grocers during a LEAD class, a member of section F used relationships he had with the…

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Getting Dirty at the Mandarin Oriental

Last week a group of 30 ECs taking the Real Property course toured the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences at the Prudential Center in downtown Boston. Visiting the construction site gave us the opportunity to get our shoes a little dirty, to see firsthand what real estate development is all about and to hear about…

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Luxury comes to HBS

On March 28th, 2007, over 275 participants gathered to hear a diverse set of perspectives on topics ranging from online retailing to the customer experience during the 3rd Annual Retail and Luxury Goods Conference. W ith gift bags filled with goodies from sponsors such as Elie Tahari, J. Crew, and Bliss, retail and luxury enthusiasts…

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Can We as Investors Make a Difference?

At the Social Enterprise Conference on March 4th, Peter Kinder, President of KLD Research & Analytics and Cheryl Smith, Executive Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at Trillium Asset Management shared their insights on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). Peter Kinder defines Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) as the “incorporation of ethical, religious, social and moral values…

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HBS Cases You Wish They'd Wrote

The hallmark of a good HBS case is the first paragraph. When done right, it sets the scene for a case and gives us a clever insight into the case protagonist. When I first arrived at HBS, I looked forward to those first few lines. However, after 600 odd cases, it’s getting stale; there are…

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Candid Perspectives:

The Luxury Goods and Design Business Club (LGDBC) and the Retail and Apparel Club co-hosted the second annual Retail and Luxury Goods Conference at the Spangler Auditorium Sunday, April 2. More than 300 attendees from the Harvard community and beyond turned out for the event. Robert Bensoussan, CEO of Jimmy Choo, opened as the keynote…

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What Do Women Want?

What do women want? Although most men like to think they have us figured out, the reality is that each woman comes complete with her own set of problems and demands. Fortunately, for both men and marketers, the answer to this question may be as easy as identifying a woman as one of four archetypes….

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Top Limited Brands Executives Visit HBS

On February 3rd, the Retail and Apparel Club hosted top executives from Limited Brands for a full day of events. This year, for the first time in their history, Limited Brands chose to begin official MBA recruiting and HBS was fortunate to be on the receiving end of their corporate MBA Recruiting Kick-Off. The day’s…

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Super Bowl Is Super Subsidized

In light of the upcoming Super Bowl, I had a curious thought – should taxpayers be footing part of the bill for a quarterback’s salary? Allow me to explain… It is likely that the stadium in which the Super Bowl (and most professional athletic games in America, for that matter) will be played is leveraged…

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Job-Hunting Student Not Schizophrenic After All

University psychiatrists reported on Monday that, despite substantial job-hunting evidence to the contrary, RC student Robert Jaffray (NX) does not suffer from Schizophrenia. “First of all, it’s important to not confuse Schizophrenia with Multiple Personality Disorder,” said noted psychiatrist Vicki Kalder, PhD, “they aren’t the same thing at all; please do better research before calling…

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HBS Marketing Scholar Robert Buzzell Dies at 71

Robert D. Buzzell, the Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard Business School and an influential expert in strategic marketing who was a pioneer in the application of statistical methods to marketing issues, died on Saturday, Nov. 6, at a hospice near his home in Alexandria, Virginia, from complications related to amyotrophic…

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COOP Announces 6% Rebate, Payback Increases 20% Over 2003 Rebate

Cambridge, MA. October 18, 2004- The Harvard Cooperative Society (THE COOP) today announced a rebate of 6% to all paid-up members on merchandise sales of $ 39,629,828. Members will soon receive a check returning 6% of the value of their purchases made at any of the six Coop locations, as well as mail order and…

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India Shining

Harvard Business School’s first annual India Business Conference, organized by the South Asian Business Association (“SABA”) and Co-Chaired by Class of 2004 students Manoj Dengla (OJ) and Apu Sengupta (OB), proved to be an outstanding success as the organizers accommodated more than 720 attendees – a record attendance at a first time conference. The attendees…

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Job-Hunting Student Not Schizophrenic After All

(Cumnock Hall) University psychiatrists reported on Monday that, despite substantial job-hunting evidence to the contrary, RC student Robert Jaffray (NX) does not suffer from Schizophrenia. “First of all, it’s important to not confuse Schizophrenia with Multiple Personality Disorder,” said noted psychiatrist Vicki Kalder, PhD, “they aren’t the same thing at all; please do better research…

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HBS Places 3rd in National Real Estate Finance Challenge

A team of HBS students recently competed in the 2nd annual Real Estate Finance Challenge put on by the University of Texas at Austin’s McComb’s School of Business. The event was held on October 30-31 in Austin. Touted as the largest graduate real estate finance case competition in the country, 12 of the top business…

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Mimi So Dazzles HBS

Last week the HBS Retail Club sponsored a discussion with Mimi So, New York City jewelry designer extraordinaire. Over the past ten years, So has built an impressive client list that includes the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Simpson, to name only a few. Fans of…

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HBS Research Shows Wall Street Settlement Flawed

Here at HBS, most of us know our professors from the classroom. However, they lead a double life, teaching case studies by day while solving the world’s problems under the cloak of night. Actually, this isn’t much of an exaggeration. Groundbreaking discoveries are common at Harvard Business School. Although students may not hear about them,…

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Sam Adams' Strong Line:

Since the brand was born in 1985, Sam Adams has been making beers that have greatly impact on the brewing industry. Sam Adams Lager helped bring about the microbrewery revolution and introduced better beer to many Americans. Not satisfied with one great success, the brand’s founder, Jim Koch, has constantly pushed forward by using innovative…

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They Said What?

This week, we turn our attention to the service and retail industries. We also learn bringing your parents to class can be a mixed blessing. Please continue to submit all comments by email to quotes@mba2003.hbs.edu. –Aaron Kramer (OH), joking about what you can do to tenants at assisted living facilities when they can no longer…

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Recruiting Snafus: What Not to Say to a Recruiter

So, which did you prefer – the lifeless interrogation rooms at Chase (easy escape) or making idle conversation in “reception” rooms at the Doubletree (comfy internment)? Either way, it is what happened during the interviews which results in the most giggles all up and down the hallways of Aldrich. During our heady week of selling…

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