About Me

My name is Federico Mossa, and this blog reflects some of the experiences as part of the Class of 2017 at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

This blog has served two purposes: share my stories on application, admission, challenges and learnings with people interested in an MBA program, and Stanford specifically; and write down my thoughts, as a reference for my future self, during this transformational experience.

A short summary of my life so far:

  • I was born in 1985, and I lived in Sardinia until the age of 18.
  • Music has been my overwhelming passion since my childhood. I am self-taught in guitar/bass guitar/piano and I have recorded four albums, playing all instruments myself, for the pure pleasure of self-expression and creation. You can find me on Spotify!
  • I lived for three months in South Africa in 2002, as an AFS exchange student. It was a life-changing experience.
  • I pursued a Bachelor in Public Management and a MSc in Finance at Bocconi University in Milan from 2003 to 2008.
  • In the summer of 2008 I moved to London to start my career at Morgan Stanley. I soon realized that investment banking was not the right professional path for me, and switched to the music industry.
  • I worked at Universal Music from 2009 to 2015, with increasing responsibility in business development and analytics.
  • In September 2015, I moved to Stanford to start an exciting new chapter of my life at the GSB.
  • In August 2017, I began my first post-MBA job at Netflix in Los Angeles.

My interests are entertainment, media, technology, sport, education, intercultural communication, start-ups and venture capital.

The title of this blog is a tribute to the song “Palo Alto” by Radiohead, the band who has most impacted my personal growth since the album “Ok Computer” in 1997. A thorough explanation on this post.

All opinions expressed on this blog are personal, and in no way connected to the Stanford GSB.

Thanks for visiting!

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Federico,

    Thank you for sharing your awe-inspiring story and MBA journey, all the best at Stanford!

    2018 GSB hopeful


  2. Dear Ulysses,

    Thanks for your kind comment, and I hope to see you at Stanford in September 2016.

    Whatever happens, remember that the reward is the journey – as your appropriate name suggests!

    All the best,


  3. Thankyou so much Federico! Your blog posts are continuing to help and provide motivation to GSB applicants!

    GSB Applicant 2019


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