Final musings

I am starting this final blog post on a plane from Italy to California, ready for my post-MBA job at Netflix after a long summer vacation. It’s unreal to think that two years at Stanford already flew by. At the same time, I feel glad to go back to the “real world” (and earning a salary again!).

I wish that I had found more time to write on this blog, but the experience at Stanford was intense. However, I hope that I managed to summarize some useful information, in particular for future applicants and new admits. Here are some final reflections on my experience.

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My first GSB trip: Tanzania!

My GSB experience unofficially started with an amazing nine-day trip to Tanzania, in the great company of 14 future classmates, and a few more guests and significant others. The clockwork organization was taken care of by the magnificent Benjamin from Dar es Salaam, who will be a star and a great friend on campus, and his lovely sister Bernice. The adventure was given the name Maisha Mazuri, “life is beautiful” in Swahili, and no name could have been more appropriate.

Maisha Mazuri

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Leaving Music?

I have not posted in more than a month! It has been a super busy period, wrapping things up at Universal Music, completing most of the admin tasks in preparation for Stanford, recharging the batteries with my girlfriend on a few wonderful trips… and even turning 30!

As I write, I am official (f)unemployed, and it is a weird sensation after so many years of hard work! Friday 26th June was my last day in the music industry, at least for the foreseeable future. I concluded on a high note six amazing years of professional and personal development. Working in the biggest record company in the world, and making an impact during my time there, was indeed a teenage dream come true for a music lover and amateur musician like me. Continue reading

The light at the end of the admin tunnel

The start of Week Zero at the GSB is exactly 4 months away, and my days are getting busier and busier with several admin tasks which require completion before August. In particular: getting my US Visa, securing my accommodation at Stanford and relocating all my belongings currently in London. On top of this, I started handing over all my tasks at Universal Music (which requires a lot of talking about what you already know!), since I only have 6 weeks left. I can’t say I am having great fun with any of these tasks, but I am excited about the end result. Plus, the organization of some exciting trips for the summer is offsetting the effort!

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To-do and to-read

I consider myself a hyperactive person. Beyond work duties, I always keep in mind a long list of things I want to undertake. As soon as I cross out a few, I add twice as many, and this never-ending process keeps me motivated. The 26th of June will be my last day at Universal Music after six years (I will dedicate a few posts to the music industry in due course), and this will allow ten weeks of holiday before moving to Stanford. It will be the longest time I spent “funemployed” since the summer of 2005. Needless to say that I am deeply looking forward to it, and that I have already set several goals I want to accomplish before September. If I get 70-80% done, it will be a great outcome!

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My favorite leadership story of all times

A year and a half ago I accidentally stumbled upon a documentary on YouTube, which has inspired me like few other things in my life. It is the story of Nando Parrado and the survivors of the Andes plane crash in 1972. It is an incredible tale of courage, determination and leadership, in the most extreme conditions that a man could ever witness.

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Reading, writing, number… and coding skills

In the not-too-distant future, coding will be part of the mandatory curriculum in schools around the world. It is just inevitable, since technology will deeply affect the lives of humans and organizations, and “communicating” with a computer will become as important as speaking to a person. Actually, this future is already in alpha version: this year the UK is the guinea pig for introducing programming languages since the first grade. Obviously, not every kid will become a programmer, in the same way that few people ultimately become mathematicians! However, it’s undeniably important to master basic arithmetic in our day-to-day activities. And so will be coding. I did not study Computer Science in college, and I was born in a different era (the “best” CS instruction I received at school was how to use Microsoft Word!), but this is the spirit of one of the goals I have set for the next few years.

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