About Me

I am 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 my music (in Italian!) on my personal website and on streaming services like Spotify.
  • I lived for three months in South Africa in 2002, as an AFS exchange student. It truly 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. After a few months I realized that investment banking was not the right professional path for me, and decided to switch 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!

2 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,


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