This month I got selected by Stanford GSB to be included in “Best & Brightest, Class of 2017” by Poets & Quants. Besides feeling honored for being part of the list, it was a good occasion to reflect on my MBA experience, as it approaches its end. If you are interested, here is my interview.
Next month I will add some more reflections on this blog about these fantastic 21 months at the GSB!
I am back, after almost 6 months of silence! The first year of the MBA is over. The overwhelming feelings right now are joy, relief and excitement for what comes next! I had noticed in most previous blogs of GSB students that the flow of posts diminished when the Fall quarter started, and then plummeted after the Winter quarter. I had promised myself not to do the same, but I did not deliver. My life has just been crazily intense! So many courses, club activities, social life, recruiting for the summer… wow! The good thing is: not only did I survive, but I am proud of what I have achieved so far. It’s hard to summarize so much in a single post, so I’ll try to give some highlights over several posts over the coming months.
I cannot believe that the first quarter is already over! It has been quick and intense… so intense, that I have not managed to keep updating the blog on a monthly basis. (I will fix this over the next few weeks, when I will get some well deserved rest!). Thankfully, these first four months have also been rewarding intellectually and emotionally. After lots of work and some challenges, I feel very optimistic about the rest of the MBA, including the internship search which will start in January.
Here is a picture which summarizes all that my classmates and I had to go through academically, and a post with some reflections on all the courses I just finished.
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 (more to follow on this), 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
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.
Last night I had the pleasure of watching on YouTube a one-hour chat with Fred Wilson, co-founder and managing partner of New York-based venture capital firm Union Square Ventures.