Start-up

Andrew Radin, MIT Sloan

Andrew Radin, one of our MBA bloggers in the US, reflects on his second year at business school and the book that helped him  Read more

Marta Szczerba, Harvard Business School

Every year Harvard Business School asks departing students a question taken from the last lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Mary Oliver:

‚ÄúTell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Read more

Jennifer Soffen

The work-life balance is a tricky nut to crack. An elective entitled Founder’s Dilemmas got Jennifer Soffen wondering if her personal life has to suffer in order for her to found a company Read more

James Doherty, Esade Business School

One blogger is spending his summer internship developing his start-up idea with his team in India. The team is through to the final of the Hult Prize which will be held in September and is keen to conduct field research and in-depth interviews in the slums of Mumbai Read more

Helen Casey, Imperial Business School EMBA

For those who are still unsure whether or not to study for an MBA, blogger Helen Casey suggests several reasons for taking the plunge  Read more

Stephen Garden, London Business School

Panic over, a prolonged heat wave has quickly averted the threat of rain here in Berkeley. It has in fact been so hot that the MBA programme office has been providing free bottled water and sending out email warnings! Read more

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

Without realising it, second year MBA students discover that they have built up a network of contacts across countries and sectors and when necessary can tap into this network to the benefit of the students on campus Read more

Andi Caruso, SDA Bocconi

An internship gives students the chance to try out potential careers, often ones that before business school they would never have considered Read more

Anthemos Georgiades, Harvard Business School

With graduation at Harvard Business School just around the corner, those students who have secured a job offer are making the most of their final months at school Read more

Anthemos Georgiades, Harvard Business School

The second year at Harvard Business School brings with it the opportunity to select electives. The workload remains intense however Read more

Anthemos Georgiades, Harvard Business School

Halfway through his MBA programme Anthemos asks himself if it has all been worthwhile Read more

Suhel Banerjee, Kellogg School of Management

Moving from India to the US for an MBA programme is an experience that suhel Banerjee and his wife are looking forward to, especially the opportunity to see the snow for the first time  Read more

Michael Cooper, Strathclyde Business School

I’m in reflective mood for what will be my last blog as I’ve now finished my MBA at Strathclyde Business School. In what feels like the blink of an eye, a year has passed.

Over the summer I’ve been completing the last leg of the MBA: a project to develop a business model for a technology start-up. I’m now keeping my fingers crossed that the plan receives the approval of the board. Read more

Nathaniel Lang, Kellogg School of Management

A few weeks back, in the middle of the craziness of wrapping up projects and preparing for final exams I couldn’t help but squeeze in a weekend to Dallas. Read more

Kane Cuenant, Skolkovo

To have McKinsey-designed programmes, world-renowned professors, personal mentors, high-profile events, a triumvirate of corporate/public/social projects and a host of other day-to-day experiences in Moscow is exhilarating for just the first few weeks of the MBA programme.

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Jon Gensler

The California Fisheries Fund is definitely still a start-up. The rapid changes of direction; the nebulous defined roles and responsibilities and the need for self-starters to go through their days doing just that.

Even over the short seven weeks I have been with the CFF, I have experienced the turmoil that goes with working in this kind of fast-paced environment. Right now I feel as if I could throw out half of the draft fund operations manual I was given when I started and in fact, have been trying to do just that with my work on defining, refining and updating our mission performance metrics. Read more

Jon Gensler

One of the first tasks I was asked to tackle for the California Fisheries Fund was the challenge of measuring the performance of the fund and its mission impact. Not in strictly financial terms, either. The goals of the CFF are three-fold:

Increase conservation measures supporting commercial fish stocks and their natural habitats.

Help revitalise California’s coastal fishing communities after decades of economic decline.

Assist fishery related businesses to make the transition from open-access to a catch-share based management regime.

Capitalised currently at $5M, you’ll notice something missing from those goals: nothing about earning the investors a financial return. While the goal of the fund is to remain solvent and self-supporting, this is a mission-driven, financial instrument, providing low-cost capital to higher risk businesses in need. Read more