My name is Federico Mossa and I am originally from Sardinia, Italy. I am an MBA Candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Class of 2017.
This blog serves three purposes (more details on this post):
1) keep my family and friends updated during my time at Stanford GSB;
2) share my stories on application, admission, challenges and learnings with people interested in an MBA program, and Stanford specifically;
3) 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 4 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 or Soundcloud.
- I lived for 3 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 the San Francisco Bay Area to start this exciting new chapter of my life and career at Stanford!
My interests – beyond music and entertainment – are technology, media, 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!