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KEVIN SHARER: THE JOURNEY BEGINS http://www.harbus.org/2015/kevin-sharer-the-journey-begins/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/kevin-sharer-the-journey-begins/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 20:27:23 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15417 Professor Kevin Sharer, former CEO of Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company, shares his thoughts on the five things the Class of 2015 can do to have a successful life and career. Spring is a time of new beginnings and so it is for over nine hundred members of the class of 2015 who enter […]

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HBS Professor Kevin Sharer
HBS Professor Kevin Sharer

Professor Kevin Sharer, former CEO of Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company, shares his thoughts on the five things the Class of 2015 can do to have a successful life and career.

Spring is a time of new beginnings and so it is for over nine hundred members of the class of 2015 who enter the wider world beyond the Charles to begin the great journey of personal and professional life after HBS. They have learned the language, tools, and frameworks of business in their study of nearly five hundred cases; developed critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills in the classroom and beyond; have learned more about themselves and the basics of leadership and Harbus Logohopefully have developed a lifelong set of new friends. They do not need more instruction, reflection, or coaching. They are ready. How can they best translate the learnings and experiences of the incredibly intense and varied past two years into a life of purpose, success, and happiness? Five thoughts come to mind and each thought has clear action implications for the immediate and distant future.

Be confident

A surprising place to start perhaps for an institution long criticized whether fairly or not for a tendency towards arrogance in its alumni. Arrogance is an isolating, off-putting, and potentially destructive trait we all must guard against. Being confident means deep down knowing you are worthy, have earned your place, can admit mistakes and knowing you can and need to grow and learn. Confidence also provides the courage to take the risks which are necessary to grow, achieve, and thrive. This confidence based courage must be tempered with a clear eyed assessment of the consequences, benefits, and mitigation that might be required as events unfold. Your training prepares you well for this task on a logical basis and as you grow in experience your instincts will become more and more effective complements to the analytic approach we rely upon at HBS. You also know you have already passed many difficult tests which should make you optimistic that you can pass others as they inevitably come. Being confident is also a key trait of leaders. People rally to quiet confidence, and confidence is often infectious.

Be humble

Combining genuine humility with deep confidence is a powerful set of traits. Being humble means you know you do not have all the answers, experiences, or insights and that you are an imperfect human being. Moreover, you do not hesitate to act on that humility by asking, learning, reflecting, and owning your choices. Being confident means you do not fear asking questions, depending on others, and seek continuous growth personally and for the enterprise you lead. You should be confident enough to know that you are fundamentally sound as a person, need to and can embrace risk, and have potential for real growth. You should be humble enough to know you will need the knowledge, experience, advice, coaching, and help of others to succeed. It is really that simple to express but like most powerfully important thoughts not always easy to implement.

Commit to growth

A confident and humble person knows they can and must grow. Grow in wisdom based on experience, observation, and feedback. Grow in skills and knowledge from focus, time, and effort. Grow as a leader by knowing you can, deeply embracing the need to grow, developing a process and support system to help you grow, and know it is a lifelong journey. Grow as a person by becoming less self-centered and more attuned to others, being able to clearly own mistakes and learn, and know that EQ will trump IQ, as long as IQ hits threshold for the task. Short of the most complex and arcane, your IQ is certainly at threshold. Emotional intelligence is both inherent and can be developed. Be sure you do not fall prey to the too common pattern of highly intelligent people thinking that IQ alone will inevitably lead to the right outcome.

Do a superb job

So much time and effort has been put into thinking about how to professionally succeed with the hope there might be a well-trod, clear path that illuminates the way forward. The core answer is simple and enduring. Do the job you have superbly. Know how and who will evaluate you and what will be the frequency, nature, and relative importance of the measures. There is usually a “table stakes” set of measures that are required for success but often other measures exist which could be more subtle but just as important. Say you hit the numbers, closed the deal, made the investment or delivered the pitch. But how did you do it? What do others conclude about your efforts? And how enduring is the result? Do the job well and mentors will find you, opportunities will present themselves, and your responsibilities and rewards will grow. Focus on your career or “success” at the expense of doing the job and most likely you will be disappointed.

Live a balanced life

The last thought might be the most important of all, but the most difficult to implement. Live a balanced life. Balanced means making time and putting real effort into taking care of yourself, your family, your friends, and your career. Later on or even right away it could also mean giving back to your school, the community, the nation, and those less fortunate. Living a balanced life is a big idea that at the limit will demand the best of you and provide the biggest life rewards. This is so hard because career demands so much in time, energy, and mindshare and we are often more than willing to give. We further rationalize this behavior by saying we have no choice, and we will get to the other stuff later. Sometimes work is unforgiving and that is the way it is. However, if you find this the norm, do something! Schedule date nights, protect time for children, plan and take vacations, make fitness paramount, read a non-business book, and the list goes on. The big idea here is to not just acknowledge that living a balanced life is a good idea but to have the focus, will, and courage to make it so. The rewards will exceed the size of any bank account.


CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2015!

 

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Higher Aims and Climate Change http://www.harbus.org/2015/15420/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/15420/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 20:20:59 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15420 Alumni John McCall MacBain (MBA ’84) and Jeff Huggins (MBA ’86) discuss the ‘higher aims’ of business education and how they relate to the business community’s responsibilities with regard to climate change. Women and men who apply to Harvard Business School, are accepted, survive the case-work and snow, and make it to Commencement typically have very […]

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Harbus LogoAlumni John McCall MacBain (MBA ’84) and Jeff Huggins (MBA ’86) discuss the ‘higher aims’ of business education and how they relate to the business community’s responsibilities with regard to climate change.

Women and men who apply to Harvard Business School, are accepted, survive the case-work and snow, and make it to Commencement typically have very high aims. And, it’s quite an achievement to graduate from HBS.

Congratulations to today’s graduates!

We aren’t here to remind you of the high aims you already have: to start and grow a successful company, to establish a social enterprise, to be a great consultant or banker, to make movies, or to become a leader in the public sector. These and other aims are understandable, and laudable. Regarding them, we have nothing to add, except to say that we wish you well!

Instead, we would like to offer several additional aims—not only to today’s graduates, but to the entire HBS community. We hope they will help all of us make positive differences in the world no matter what other aims we choose to pursue.

To begin with, now that exams are over and summertime beckons, we highly recommend reading Rakesh Khurana’s remarkable book, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession. For those who may not know, Rakesh is Dean of Harvard College and the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at HBS. He is also coeditor, with Dean Nohria and Scott Snook, of The Handbook for Teaching Leadership.

Higher Aims is a wonderfully informative and thought-provoking book about HBS’s history and evolution and, more broadly, that of American business schools, all in the context of the history of American business since the mid 1800s. Among other things, it describes the high aims with which HBS and other leading business schools were founded—and what’s happened to some of those aims in recent decades. As Dean Khurana explains, a central aim of the educational entrepreneurs and business leaders who established HBS was to make sure that American businesses would be run not only productively and profitably, but also responsibly, in ways consistent with and conducive to the overall wellbeing of society. A great book for any of today’s graduates, family members, alumni, and HBS faculty and staff who haven’t already read it!

We would also like to borrow Dean Khurana’s title, as well as the formative higher aims he describes in his book, and apply them to what we see as necessary higher aims in the business world and business education today.

To us —

Higher aims mean economies that provide ample energy with dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions, eventually to “net zero.”

Higher aims mean understanding and employing our economic system in ways that are compatible with climate stability and health. Whether we call it the market economy, capitalism, or market capitalism, the way we employ our system can only be responsible, justifiable, and sustainable if it preserves climate stability.

Higher aims require that we practice our market economy in ways consistent with its own foundational principles. In other words, they imply a responsible degree of integrity between principles and practice. Basic economics tells us that negative externalities are market failures. Especially when substantial, they undermine market efficiency. They also violate the deeper principles involved in the attractiveness of well-functioning markets, including a respect for freedom, responsibly understood.

Higher aims involve taking science seriously—not just when it’s profitable, but also when responsibility demands it.

Higher aims call for leading business schools to actively engage with the business community, the public, and public leaders to ensure that the principles supposed to justify and govern a market economy are understood responsibly. Something has gone wrong when so many business leaders apparently think that large negative externalities are things to pursue, protect, and profit from, rather than recognize and address. Higher aims call for business educators at top-tier schools to accept significant responsibility for the way business is understood and practiced. As Harvard’s President Drew Faust explained in April, in her introductory comments to the Presidential Panel on Climate Change, the “crucial role” that universities have to play in society includes “our engagement with the wider world.” She added, “What we can achieve depends critically on how we engage with others: policy makers, leaders in industry and civil society, …”

Higher aims call for responsible cooperation between business and political leaders to establish effective and efficient policy within which well-functioning markets can do their thing without generating climate-altering negative externalities.

Higher aims mean renewing the aims for which HBS was founded. Although HBS, in modern times, has done an excellent job of fulfilling her aims in part, too much of the way business is presently practiced is neither responsible nor good, in particular with respect to the crucial matter of climate change.

Many of these aims apply to today’s graduates. Speaking to them: Your futures are in your hands.

They also apply to alumni, including us. Many alumni are in positions of substantial “power and influence” today. What sorts of differences will we manage to make in the world?

Finally, these aims should also apply to HBS’s faculty and leadership and, we believe, to the institution itself. All things considered, including the history covered in From Higher Aims to Hired Hands, HBS has a responsibility to society to do her best to ensure that our system is understood, and businesses are managed, in ways that are responsible and good—or at least not bad—for society. These are challenging times, but also defining times. HBS, please let your alumni know how we can help.

Congratulations again to today’s graduates. Have high aims. We wish you well!

John McCall MacBain, MBA ’84 & Jeff Huggins, MBA ’86


 

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CLASS OF 2015 SECTION REFLECTION http://www.harbus.org/2015/class-of-2015-section-reflection/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/class-of-2015-section-reflection/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 19:54:17 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15414 HBS CLASS OF 2015 SECTION PRESIDENTS SHARE WHAT MADE THEIR SECTIONS SPECIAL. Section: B President: Bilal Saafir RC classroom: Aldrich 108 Section nickname: Section Bee; Section Baby!; Section Bangalore What’s one thing that happened in your section that you / that you think your section will never forget? Committing our charity auction funds to the […]

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Harbus LogoHBS CLASS OF 2015 SECTION PRESIDENTS SHARE WHAT MADE THEIR SECTIONS SPECIAL.

Section: B

President: Bilal Saafir

RC classroom: Aldrich 108

Section nickname: Section Bee; Section Baby!; Section Bangalore

What’s one thing that happened in your section that you / that you think your section will never forget?

Committing our charity auction funds to the Cystic Fibrosis foundation in support of our section mate his wife and their phenomenal new born son.

What makes your section special?

That we refuse to go out without a fight. And of course Dara.

What was the highlight of Bridges for your section?

Absolutely demolishing case discussions in classic B fashion. Carl, Duc, Will, Walter, Bill, Joshi and Logan were in vintage form.

What’s one thing that will still make everyone laugh in 10 years?

Cannolis.

Section: C

President: Tim Leach

What’s one thing that happened in your section that you / that you think your section will never forget? Why?

Being amazed by Chris Lumry’s arms.  Have you seen them?  I’m sure a lot of people will also cherish a lot of our section trips and retreats.  It was always just a blast to get everyone together and go somewhere fun.  I think we will also miss the glorious left field comments from Paul and Gandhi’s undying efforts as Tech Rep.  Oh and dominating every dance floor and elevated surface at every HBS party and beyond!

What makes your section special?

The collection of so many good looking people in one section does admittedly seem unfair but I think being so sec-c is a pretty special quality.  On a more serious note I think we were so fortunate to have such a well-rounded section with such a great mix of energetic, conscientious and relaxed people.

What was the highlight of Bridges for your section?

Our final section session with freshly ordained “Best RC Professor” Malcolm “Beta” Baker was pretty special.  Professor Baker holds a special place in our hearts for his willingness to share so much of his own story with us and also the undying energy he brings to the unenviable task of teaching Finance to dazed and confused first year MBA’s.

How are you going to stay in touch after Commencement?

I’m personally hopeful the banter on GroupMe steps up a notch.  Rach Henry has promised to like every single message posted and no doubt rumours about section hook-ups will continue to fly.  We’re also doing a section newsletter and setting up a quarterly call for updates and reciprocity which should be fun.  Zenz has also threatened to set up a fantasy Sec-C Ultimate Frisbee league.  Everyone has also been great at offering up a place to stay “if ever you’re in town” though we’re still trying to figure out exactly what Sandy and Emily meant when they said they got a second room “for a reason”.  Aside from that we actually gave everyone a can of Campbell’s soup and a ball of string at our last class together and once everyone has finished their soup we’re going to make a new tin can telephone network that spans the globe.  Google Hangouts ain’t got nothing on this.

What’s one thing that will still make everyone laugh in 10 years?

Wow where to start?  De-robing that happened at retreat.  Binders of women.  Pita chips.  Partygarb.  Sunrise committee.  Danika.  Hopefully we’ll make a few more funny memories over the next 10 years too!

Section: D

President: Derek Geiger

RC classroom: Aldrich 110

Section nickname: Ducks

What’s one thing that happened in your section that you / that you think your section will never forget? Why?

There are so many moments to choose from, one that comes to mind.  After a long night celebrating the game six victory of the 2013 World Series championship by our very own Boston Red Sox, an unnamed section member received a very cold call, frigid if you will, the next morning in LEAD.  With unprecedented bravery this individual paused, uttered “All I have to say is Go Red Sox!”, and promptly dropped the mic.  This moment of vulnerability loosened the tense vibe in Aldrich and brought our section closer together.

What makes your section special?

The individuals that comprise it and the way that we treat each other.  Keep Section D weird…

What was the highlight of Bridges for your section?

The opportunity to get back together in Aldrich 110 for a 100% student driven section closure session was the highlight of many great programs in Bridges this year.

How are you going to stay in touch after Commencement?

Our fearless Senator has volunteered to lead the post-Commencement engagement team to make sure the bonds we formed here extend beyond the HBS campus.

What’s one thing that will still make everyone laugh in 10 years?

The fake wedding and corresponding fake divorce of two of our most beloved section mates.  What a stupid theme party idea, but we crushed it and had a great time doing it.

Section: F

President: John Chartier

RC Classroom: Aldrich 007

Nickname: (F)amily

What makes your section special?

The deep, genuine desire to see one another succeed. I’ve heard from many in the section that this community is unlike any other in that regard. It’s rare in life we have the opportunity to have 93 built-in cheerleaders, but that’s exactly what Section F wound up being for one another.

What was the highlight of Bridges for your section?

The highlight for us will always be the opportunity to be back together in the same room…we all agreed how much fun it is to relive the inside jokes, the neighbor side conversations and general shenanigans that only happen in the RC classroom!

What’s one thing that will still make everyone laugh in 10 years?

The first year was really bookmarked by everyone being scared of “breaking the section”. To this day there are still people who come up and ask in hushed tones “what does that mean?!” (eyes widening). I don’t think jokes about not breaking each other will ever get old.

Section: H

President: Lita Tandon

RC classroom: Aldrich 009

Nickname: Honeybadgers

What makes your section special?

Honeybadger tales–“TED talks” where members of the section got up and talked to us about their lives or their passions.

What was the highlight of Bridges for your section?

Receiving personal letters from two sectionmates about our specific positive qualities and the impact we’ve had at HBS.

How are you going to stay in touch after Commencement?

Last summer, we had an amazing email rotation where one Honeybadger emailed out a life update to the section every day. Over the next five years, we’re adapting that rotation so that two badgers send out updates a week and everyone sends out five over the five years.

What’s one thing that will still make everyone laugh in 10 years?

Patrick McGinty screaming the end of our Honeybadger cheer or one of Donnie Benjamin (treasurer, treasurer)’s many amazing Skydeck videos.

Section: I

President: A.J. Bertone

RC Classroom: Aldrich 110

Nickname: iPeeps

What’s one thing that happened in your section that you / that you think your section will never forget? Why?

There are so many unforgettable memories from the past two years, but our RC fall retreat at Sebasco Harbor in Maine was truly special. Our first getaway together marked the start of many close friendships and relationships that have become incredibly meaningful while at HBS.

What makes your section special?

This gets back to two of our section norms: respect and inclusion. The way that we treat and value one another really brings the best out of our section.

What was the highlight of Bridges for your section?

Our final session with Joshua Margolis. Joshua is a remarkable professor, and our discussion was a perfect ending to an amazing experience at HBS.

How are you going to stay in touch after Commencement?

Update emails, phone calls, section retreats, reunions, and a whole lot of individual effort from iPeeps to stay in touch with each other.

What’s one thing that will still make everyone laugh in 10 years?

“Michael Ma!”

Section: J

President: Wyatt Smith

RC classroom: Aldrich 011

Section nickname: Jollies

What’s one thing that happened in your section that you / that you think your section will never forget? Why?

We’ll always remember our first section retreat at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Between jumping around Andrew Watt’s bouncy castle, bounding into the water for Ollie’s late night swim, and sharing positive thoughts about each other on white t-shirts amidst a music-filled party, our memories during this early turning point in our time together lay the foundations for all following.

What makes your section special?

Jollies love to laugh. We’re tight knit, eager to help each other, and benefit from a culture centering on “supporting each other in good times and bad.” All sections have different strengths, but our overriding one is the sense of community we’ve been able to form through people’s unique contributions. From Addie’s jam tastings to J-Mac’s apartment fetes to Camille’s cookies and coffee, we benefit from formal and informal leaders across the spectrum.

What was the highlight of Bridges for your section?

In our section closure, BGIE Professor Meg Rithmire led us through a “hopes and dreams” exercise in which each of us shared an aspiration for individual, collective, and world goals over our careers. By the end, three boards were filled with ambitions ranging from “loving our kids” and “staying hungry” to “achieving gender equality” and “improving rule of law in Mexico.” We won’t soon forget the power of our final words of wisdom from Invisible Man: “Until life puts you in a straightjacket, the whole world is infinite possibility.”

How are you going to stay in touch after Commencement?

Our session plans routine mini-reunions in cities across the world, including San Francisco, New York, London. We expect to send regular section updates across our listserv, and our leadership team has pulled together shared files on people’s career plans and locations in order to stay apprised of movements going forward. Section GroupMe will extend until the next wave of social networking disrupts, and we’re counting on Vineet’s Snapchats to keep us entertained in the meantime.

What’s one thing that will still make everyone laugh in 10 years?

It’s hard to forget memories of Andrew Watt leading rebellion against Tommy O’Doyle’s after being refused entry with Jolly the Lion during RC year. After tying our mascot to his body with rope, Andrew wasn’t about to leave Jolly behind when the bouncers showed themselves to be anti-lion. Firmly anti-discrimination, a parade of Jollies marched out of the establishment as a result. Soon thereafter, Tommy O’Doyle’s shuttered its doors, no longer able to profit. Coincidence? We think not.


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An Interview with Class Day Student Speaker Addie Ogunwole http://www.harbus.org/2015/an-interview-with-class-day-student-speaker-addie-ogunwole/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/an-interview-with-class-day-student-speaker-addie-ogunwole/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 19:37:19 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15408 Harbus Editor in Chief Steve Hind spoke to Addie Ogunwole as she prepared to be the Class of 2015’s Class Day student speaker. Steve Hind: What does it feel like to have been chosen to represent your class as the Class Day speaker? Addie Ogunwole: It’s surreal. Definitely an honor to be chosen. But mostly an […]

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Harbus LogoHarbus Editor in Chief Steve Hind spoke to Addie Ogunwole as she prepared to be the Class of 2015’s Class Day student speaker.

Steve Hind: What does it feel like to have been chosen to represent your class as the Class Day speaker?

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Addie Ogunwole, HBS Class of 2015 Class Day Student Speaker

Addie Ogunwole: It’s surreal. Definitely an honor to be chosen. But mostly an out of body feeling that some person who vaguely resembles me will be standing on a stage soon in front of lots of people. In daylight. Speaking. For a while.

SH: You must have studied a few examples of the form – what’s your favorite commencement speech in recent history?

AO: There really isn’t any competition – we all are just living in Shondaland, after all. Shonda Rhimes’ honesty and clarity is a gift that we all get the privilege to witness. Anyone who can mention poop that many times, as well as meeting Toni Morrison, and who insisted on talking only about Grey’s Anatomy is unparalleled in my book.

SH: Without giving away any spoilers, what would you say is going to be the theme of your speech?

AO: Well, there really is only one theme that I can talk about with any sort of gravitas – myself.

SH: Tell us something fun about your preparation routine – have you been practicing in the mirror? With friends? In your sleep?

AO: I somehow fell under the spell of a dictator who helped summon the speech into its existence. Despite what you learn in BGIE, sometimes dictators are good. Really good.

SH: What is the single biggest thing you have learned at HBS? Why?

AO: Blimey. That’s a bit too reductionist even for me. One thing I had forgotten a while back was that my curiosity is the greatest weapon against stagnancy and the tyranny of mediocrity. I think that is what HBS, or at least these two years, are about: you will never know everything, but you sure can keep asking a lot of questions. Do that. A lot. Like all the time. It makes for a worthy and interesting life.

SH: What’s next for you – immediately, and in the longer term?

AO: Oh dear. Wouldn’t you, my mother, father, and brother like to know?! In short, I’m moving to London to become Vice President of Marketing at Hult Business School. In long, I hope to keep making lots of mistakes, changing my plans every so often, keep being a provocateur,  learn to be more caring and loving than I could ever imagine, and maybe become the role model I never had.

 

 

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Graduation Love Letters http://www.harbus.org/2015/graduation-love-letters/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/graduation-love-letters/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 19:26:30 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15402 The Harbus and the outgoing Co-Presidents of the Student Association congratulate the Class of 2015. WITH LOVE FROM THE HARBUS Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Commencement week will be a celebration of you, your classmates, and all that you’ve achieved. We hope it is also a chance to give thanks to everyone – parents […]

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heart 1The Harbus and the outgoing Co-Presidents of the Student Association congratulate the Class of 2015.


WITH LOVE FROM THE HARBUS

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Commencement week will be a celebration of you, your classmates, and all that you’ve achieved. We hope it is also a chance to give thanks to everyone – parents and partners, friends and faculty – who have contributed to your journey to date.

In this edition we worked hard to give you a chance to reflect on your journey, and perhaps more importantly, to think about what comes next.

As you go out into the world and start living like a normal person again, we hope that you’ll keep the Harbus in mind. Many members of your class have made incredibly valuable contributions to our paper in the last two years, and we hope those will continue in the years to come. If you’ve ever an idea you want to get off your chest, or share with those who’ll follow in your footsteps, let us know – we’d love to publish it.

Until then, we wish you all the best for what comes next. You’ll be great.

Yours truly,

The Harbus editorial team


WITH LOVE FROM THE SA CO-PRESIDENTS

Dear Class of 2015,

We made it! It’s hard to believe that two years have gone by since our very first 265 block party, the first small group dinners, and the first cases we ever opened. It’s been an incredible journey and we’ve had the opportunity to learn so much from each other both inside and outside of the classroom.

The community we’ve collectively built during our time here is one that we hope we will always cherish and that will persist even after we leave this place. Our team has been honored to serve as your party planners, sounding boards, champions and cheerleaders. Thanks for making the last two years as wild and memorable as can be.

Soon we’ll all be scattering to many different parts of the globe. As we prepare to write the next chapter in our respective stories we hope that this is not the end but simply the end of the beginning. We’ve accomplished so much during our time here, from new startups to new families, and we’re excited to see what we’ll all be able to do in the years ahead. We’re looking forward to reuniting with everyone around the world for years to come!

Congratulations!

Love,

Linda and Nonso, 2014-2015 Student Association Co-Presidents


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2015!

WE MISS YOU ALREADY 

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Five Days to a Billion-Dollar Company http://www.harbus.org/2015/five-days-to-a-billion-dollar-company/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/five-days-to-a-billion-dollar-company/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 15:46:36 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15393 With commencement and summertime upon us, Philip Levinson, HKS alum and Learn Capital Venture Advisor, shares the updated story of how two HBS students turned their five-day class trip in 2009 into CloudFlare. More than 900 HBS 1st-year students are now embarking on their summer endeavors and travels before returning this fall for their EC […]

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With commencement and summertime upon us, Philip Levinson, HKS alum and Learn Capital Venture Advisor, shares the updated story of how two HBS students turned their five-day class trip in 2009 into CloudFlare.

More than 900 HBS 1st-year students are now embarking on their summer endeavors and travels before returning this fall for their EC year.  For those thinking of starting their own company, the CloudFlare founding story about may serve as inspiration.

It is common for students at top business schools to travel and go on class trips. It is not common for two students to go on a field trip and turn it into a billion-dollar company.  But in 2009, two 2nd-year HBS students did just that.

Six years ago, Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn turned their five-day Silicon Valley Immersion trip into CloudFlare, a flagship member of the Unicorn Club with a billion-dollar valuation and over two million customers.  Co-founded with engineer Lee Holloway, the company now handles 5% of all Web traffic with over 500 billion page views per month.  If not for one pivotal HBS field trip in 2009, it would not have launched.

While most HBSers have probably heard or read about CloudFlare, many do not know the four key steps Prince and Zatlyn took during their five-day class trip to get it launched.

Prince and Zatlyn opening their Silicon Valley office in 2009

Here’s what happened:

Step 1: They discussed leveraging Prince’s small, already-existing business (Unspam Technologies).

Sectionmates Prince and Zatlyn (Section D) had previously talked about the possibility of starting a company together.  When they embarked for Silicon Valley on January 4, 2009, however, Zatlyn remained unconvinced.

Prince’s previous venture, Unspam Technologies, was inching ahead thanks to Holloway, who was essentially running it while Prince was at HBS.  “We were primarily a government contractor that worked in the anti-email spam space. We built something like the do-not-call list, but for email.”

Prince was determined to launch something new, so he bounced a number of other ideas off of Zatlyn.  “A lot of them were very good business ideas,” says Zatlyn. “But none were businesses I personally got passionate about.”

How many ideas did they discuss?  A lot.  “I had pitched Michelle on about 30 other business ideas,” Prince said.  “I had lots of crackpot ideas. One time she just looked at me and said, ‘You’re insane.’”

During their Silicon Valley trip, Prince and Zatlyn reconsidered Unspam Technologies.  They discussed the idea of using what Prince and Holloway had built – as well as what they had learned from that bootstrapped venture.  The focus Prince and Zatlyn discussed was helping small website operators enhance site performance and prevent security attacks.  “We thought there would be some way that we could help stop bad guys,” says Prince. “We knew there was a market. We would pull data and make determinations on visitors.”

Adds Zatlyn: “We would proxy all the traffic, and we would do a look-up to see whether the visitor coming is a threat or not.”

The result would be enhanced security for small website operators.

Would this idea work?  Maybe.  But probably not.  Zatlyn describes concerns about latency and scalability: “We would introduce latency to the website, and most websites won’t, won’t, won’t tolerate that.”

That’s three “won’ts.”  Not promising.  She remained unconvinced when they checked in to their respective rooms at the Sheraton in Palo Alto.

Step 2: They realized a business plan was a good shortcut to getting HBS course credit for spring semester.

Prince decided he was definitely going to start something, if for no other reason than he could get course credit for writing a business plan. “I just looked at the list of courses and said, ‘I don’t want to sit in a classroom for all this time for my last semester,’” said Prince. “If we started something, we’d get credit and wouldn’t have to take a course.”

To do so, they would need a faculty advisor to sign on.  Fortunately, one of the two leaders of their HBS Silicon Valley trip was Tom Eisenmann who taught Prince and Zatlyn’s Entrepreneurship course the previous year.  Prince had already forged a working relationship with him, serving as an advisor to Eisenmann’s next first-year Entrepreneurship class in fall, 2008.

Before their Silicon Valley trip, Eisenmann liked Prince and was impressed with him. “Matthew was already an entrepreneur going into business school,” says Eisenmann.  “He’d done a start-up before. He also has a law degree and had taught law somewhere. He was very helpful to me in class.”

With the deadline to register for spring term courses now days away, Zatlyn’s interest spiked – but only in working with Prince on a class project. “HBS is pretty strict when you register for classes,” says Zatlyn. “The deadline was right there. I really wanted to work on a business idea and get practice around researching businesses. I also wanted to work with a professor at school as our advisor. I started thinking, yes, perhaps we should do something.”

The focus remained squarely on doing this as a class project.  “HBS is a safe place to practice,” says Prince. “We stopped thinking about launching a business—just a class project.”

 

Step 3: Meeting other VC-backed companies in Silicon Valley motivated them to take real action.

With the recession still depressing the outlook for high-tech startups in early 2009, Prince remembers being told that it was a terrible to launch a company.  “During the trip, Jim Breyer spoke to us and said, ‘It’s a really tough time,” says Prince. “Every VC said you couldn’t raise any money. The spigot’s shut down.”

But then something happened near the end of the trip that changed Prince’s and Zatlyn’s outlook.  During the trip, they met with entrepreneurs that had succeeded in raising money.  The duo concluded they could do better than these companies in actually launching a real company.  Perhaps much better.

“These companies were working on ideas that sounded really stupid,” says Prince. “We were sitting in one presentation—it was some virtual dog grooming service or something. Michelle and I looked at each other in the middle of the presentation, got up, and walked out into the hall. We said, ‘If they can get funded, we can get funded.’”

Thanks to that dog grooming company, the two returned to discussing their idea but doing it for real this time.  Prince looked at Zatlyn and pointedly asked, “But what idea do we have? What if we do this Internet security thing?”

She reflected for a moment, recalling something her sister said about her having “slow starts and strong finishes.”  She admitted to herself, “I always like time to ruminate over things.”

It was Wednesday, January 12th, and her time for ruminating was slipping away.  Harvard’s registration deadline was days away.  She thought about the VC-backed companies they had met that week.  She was also inspired by a Mark Pincus speech to the HBS group at the Harvard Alumni Club earlier in the trip.  Their Silicon Valley trip would be over in 1 ½ days.  And Prince just would not give up.

Zatlyn finally turned to Prince.  She said, “Okay, let’s do this.”

Step 4: Convincing Tom Eisenmann to Serve as Their Faculty Advisor

Before they could earn credit and register their business plan project as an official HBS course, they needed a faculty member to sign on as an advisor.  Both Prince and Zatlyn were determined to work with Eisenmann, which was a particularly big motivator for Zatlyn.  Though he was supportive, he was completely booked.

The pair had one chance to convince him.  Says Prince: “We pulled Tom aside later that day at the Sheraton. We said, ‘Hey, will you meet us for a drink? We’d like to talk about doing this.’”

Many great Silicon Valley launch stories include a scene in which an entrepreneur scribbles out a plan on a napkin in a restaurant – and this one is no exception.  Says Prince: “We met in the Sheraton Lobby Bar and had a cocktail napkin. We called this ‘Project WebWall.’ And we basically sketched it all out.”

Says Eisenmann: “I listened. Somewhere along the line I said, ‘Yeah, you guys are basically a CDN—a low-end disrupter in the CDN market.’”

Prince and Zatlyn nodded their heads and readily agreed.  Later, Zatlyn had to look up “CDN” on the Internet to find out what it actually means (it is a “Content Delivery Network”).  But at the time, they decided whatever Eisenmann had just said sounded pretty good.

Eisenmann then raised his concern.  Prince recalls him saying, “You know, I am way overcommitted being a mentor on too many of these things. Way overcommitted.”

Prince and Zatlyn looked at each other.  Eisenmann leaned back and took a sip of his beer.  He had just gotten tenure that past semester, he had a full teaching slate, and he had six other business plan groups he agreed to advise.  He put his beer down and looked at them.

Zatlyn describes what he said next: “I remember Tom saying, ‘I already have a full roster this semester. More than I can possibly handle,’” says Zatlyn. “But since it’s you two, I’ll make an exception. I’ll add you – but only if you also agree to enter the Business Plan Contest.”

The HBS duo agreed.  They smiled, and the three of them shook hands.  “Knowing a little bit about the two of them, I suspected how well they would work as co-founders,” says Eisenmann. “So, that’s why I agreed to be their advisor.”

Prince and Zatlyn added the project as a course the next day.  That was January 13, 2009.

Prince and Zatlyn Awarded 1st Place in 2009 Bus Plan Contest by HBS Dean Jay Light
Prince and Zatlyn Awarded 1st Place in 2009 Bus Plan Contest by HBS Dean Jay Light

Prince and Zatlyn entered the HBS Business Plan Contest (joined by co-founder Holloway).  Their venture, called CloudFlare, won the Competition three and a half months later.  Six months later CloudFlare opened its office in Silicon Valley and closed a seed round of funding from Venrock and Pelion.  The company solved the latency problem that Zatlyn worried about and is now adding 5,000 customers per day.  This year, CloudFlare will reach an $80 million annual run rate, with the company aiming for an IPO by 2017.

Eisenmann’s suspicions were right – Prince and Zatlyn worked well as co-founders.  They still work well today, overseeing a fast-growing billion-dollar company.  The two now regularly return to HBS to work with MBA students who, in turn, flock to them to pitch their ideas.  And it all started in 2009 with a five-day class trip to Silicon Valley.  Safe travels.

If you’d like to suggest another highly successful HBS-founded high-tech or venture capital-funded company for a profile, please send an email to eic@harbus.org.

Philip Levinson is a Venture Advisor to Learn Capital and was the first Sales & Marketing executive at TigerText, a leading VC-backed SaaS company founded in 2009.

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HBS Exceptional Athlete Awards: Q&A with Ben Gettinger http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-exceptional-athlete-awards-qa-with-ben-gettinger/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-exceptional-athlete-awards-qa-with-ben-gettinger/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 15:16:18 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15378 Earlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner Ben Gettinger. BEN GETTINGER: SQUASH SECTION A, NEW YORK, NY, USA What are […]

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Harbus LogoEarlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner Ben Gettinger.


BEN GETTINGER: SQUASH

SECTION A, NEW YORK, NY, USA


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RC BEN GETTINGER, SECTION A

What are the best memories you have of squash?

Playing squash was central to my college experience. I really liked the training. We would train every day—twice a day sometimes—and travel around the country. It was a very intense environment, but I loved it. So when you say squash I go back to those years being on the team and training hard.

What was your magic moment?

My last college match against Brown University, at home. Squash venues are traditionally small, but the crowd at that match was huge. All of my friends were there, and it was really fun playing in front of a big crowd. When I stepped on the court and had 100-150 fans cheering me on…that was pretty cool.

Who is your idol?

In terms of sports, I really like Rafael Nadal. I’ve come to respect his work ethic and dedication. Also, every other player smashes their racket when they make a mistake. Rafael chooses not to; he never throws his racket in frustration.
BEN 1What was the biggest challenge you had to face and how did you manage it?

The hardest physical challenge I’ve had to face was hiking “The 50.” Students start on the Dartmouth campus and hike for 50 straight miles—without stopping—on the Appalachian Trail. I did this in July 2009 with 3 of my close friends. We trudged for 26 hours straight, putting on head lamps at night. It rained, a LOT. I was literally falling asleep while I was hiking. On Day 2, the sun came out and we realized we had 20 miles left to go…that was a terrible experience. But we pushed each other to continue forward. When we finally reached the end, we were on our third pairs of wool socks, and we had blisters everywhere. We were exhausted, but triumphant.


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HBS Exceptional Athlete Awards: Q&A with George Rudolph http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-exceptional-athlete-awards-qa-with-george-rudolph/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-exceptional-athlete-awards-qa-with-george-rudolph/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 15:03:28 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15374 Earlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner George Rudolph. GEORGE RUDOLPH: BASKETBALL SECTION A, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA When did you […]

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Harbus LogoEarlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner George Rudolph.


GEORGE RUDOLPH: BASKETBALL

SECTION A, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA


When did you start?

RC GEORGE RUDOLPH, SECTION A
RC GEORGE RUDOLPH, SECTION A

I started when I was 6 or 7 years old. I had just moved to South Korea, and there was this small, slightly crooked makeshift wooden basketball hoop in the driveway of our apartment building, nestled in between some garbage cans and the entryway. To make it even more challenging, we also lived on a hill, so the ground itself was sloped.

Despite this awkward set-up, I started to get into the sport – it became an after-school ritual to shoot around until it got too dark to see. I’ve pretty much stuck with it since then.

What was your magic moment?

The closest thing to a “magic moment” was probably in a regional tournament I was at in Undergrad with the club team. It was a playoff game, so if we lost, we would be eliminated and would have to go back home.

GEORGE 1It was a really tight game, and at the end of the game we were down by three points with a few seconds to go. I got fouled in the act of shooting just as time expired, so I had three free throws and an opportunity to tie the game. I needed to make all three to send the game into overtime; if I missed just one, it was game over. It’s the kind of situation you simultaneously dream of and dread; all eyes are on you, but if you mess up, there’s nobody to blame but yourself.

I ended up making all three and we went into overtime, but the magic ended up being short-lived. In overtime, the guy I was defending ended up hitting a game-winning shot right over me. I guess you could call that my muggle moment.


 

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HBS Exceptional Athlete Awards: Q&A with Francesco Balestra http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-exceptional-athlete-awards-qa-with-francesco-balestra/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-exceptional-athlete-awards-qa-with-francesco-balestra/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 14:55:40 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15369 Earlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner Francesco Balestra. FRANCESCO BALESTRA: SOCCER SECTION F, NEW YORK, NY, USA How did […]

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Harbus LogoEarlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner Francesco Balestra.


FRANCESCO BALESTRA: SOCCER

SECTION F, NEW YORK, NY, USA


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RC FRANCESCO BALESTA, SECTION F

How did you train?

My father was an inspiration, and I owe my development to him as he trained me throughout my career. Without his dedication, devotion, and time, I wouldn’t have been able to play for my premier team in NY. This team was ranked in the top 64 teams in the country, and we competed against the US youth national team.

What is one of the greatest lessons that life taught you?

Something that I think is true in both life and soccer, is that there is always an element of luck. The thing is, you never know when that luck – that opportunity – is going to strike. However, when it does come, you have to be ready to execute. You have to have put in those hours to train and develop your skills so that you’re ready when that window arrives.

Who is your idol?

Alessandro Del Piero – he was the captain and one of the best players of my favorite soccer team, Juventus, while I was growing up. He was a great player and a great leader. He had a great attitude, was humble, and was very smart – I wanted to be just like him.

FRANCESCO 1Looking back, what did playing sports teach you?

I learned the values of work ethic and commitment. You learn a lot about your body and yourself, how you perform mentally and physically when pushed to your limits. You also learn about other people from how they play – their style, their ability to handle pressure, their resiliency.

What you believe makes you successful?

I believe that in order to really make it in soccer there are definitely certain traits that you need to have – you have to be absolutely dedicated and hardworking, and you have to be a team player. I’ve known a lot of people with very good skills but they were not great team players, and they never make it far.

How do you want to be remembered?

A person who was always happy and made people around them happy as well, surrounded by good friends and family.


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HBS EXCEPTIONAL ATHLETE AWARDS: Q&A with Nora Barr http://www.harbus.org/2015/15346/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/15346/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 22:55:10 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15346 Earlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner Nora Barr. NORA BARR: BASKETBALL SECTION H, TIBURON, CA, USA When did you […]

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Harbus LogoEarlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner Nora Barr.


NORA BARR: BASKETBALL

SECTION H, TIBURON, CA, USA


When did you start playing basketball?

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RC Nora Barr, Section H

In 3rd grade, my mother asked me what summer activities I wanted to try. I think she was a bit surprised when I answered “basketball.” At the time we had a basketball hoop in the back yard and whenever my uncle and cousins came to visit, I would watch them playing with my dad. Because they were all older, and soooo much cooler, I wanted to try – it wasn’t until later that I realized they weren’t really that good!

Who is your idol?

My sister, Lockwood Barr, is my idol.  She is pursuing her dreams of becoming a successful singer/songwriter in Nashville.  Not only is she a kind, fun, loving person and an incredible musician, but she is making her way through a tough industry with an unparalleled amount of poise, strength and dedication.

What was the biggest challenge you had to face and how did you manage it?

One month into my freshman year of high school, I was kicked in the head during a soccer game.  I got a concussion and severe whiplash in my neck, and I couldn’t read for three months.  I was plagued by nausea and headaches constantly.  All physical activity was put on hold.  All of a sudden, I had to rely on others for help in ways I had never had to do before – my parents even had to read my homework to me.  On top of the physical pain, I felt completely helpless.  It was a really tough time, but I was fortunate to be surrounded by my family and friends who helped me get through it.  I could not have handled it alone.

nora 1Looking back, what did playing sports teach you?

Playing sports taught me that life is about figuring out what you want and actively going to get it; that self-confidence and success are both decisions to be made.  At the end of the day, those decisions needed to come from me.  I had to be the one who decided to keep shooting after practice ended to refine my skills and become the best player I could.  This determination has translated into my academics, social life and personal priorities.


 

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HBS Exceptional Athlete Awards: John Watts http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-exceptional-athlete-awards-francesco-balestra-john-watts/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-exceptional-athlete-awards-francesco-balestra-john-watts/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 22:54:26 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15356 Earlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner John Watts. JOHN WATTS: TENNIS SECTION H, WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA What […]

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Harbus LogoEarlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner John Watts.


JOHN WATTS: TENNIS

SECTION H, WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA


What are the three key areas that have carried you to winning titles?

RC John Watts, Section H
RC John Watts, Section H

Hardwork, competitive nature of the sport and ways to consistently get better are three areas I would focus on. Practice hard so that when you get to the match you can focus on playing your best.

What drove you to play competitively?

I just enjoyed the thrill of the natural competition. As you win a match, you start playing with people who are better and better. Once you lose a match and see that other people are better, you go home and think about how you can get better.

When you think of tennis, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Me and my friends out on a court, no spectators, sunny day. We are all having fun and hitting the ball around. Less of the competitive side, less of the improvement and more about being there because you enjoy being outside and being with your friend.

What advice would you give to people?

Always try to improve/get better. It’s like the TOM analogy always scale the mountain but you want to find the next mountain

watts 2Looking back, what did playing tennis teach you?

On the one hand, tennis teaches me to be able to have both a short term and a long term focus. You are playing tennis match today so the only thing you focus on is the game. At the same time you are playing and you are trying to incorporate things you have learnt for the future. It also taught me sportsmanship –everyone calls all their lines – you have to trust that people are fair. If you treat somebody honestly and fairly, they will treat you the same.


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HBS EXCEPTIONAL ATHLETE AWARDS: Q&A with Rahul Lele http://www.harbus.org/2015/15337/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/15337/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 22:13:26 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15337 Earlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner Rahul Lele. RAHUL LELE: SQUASH SECTION F, MUMBAI, INDIA When did you start? […]

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Harbus LogoEarlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner Rahul Lele.


RAHUL LELE: SQUASH

SECTION F, MUMBAI, INDIA


When did you start?

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RC RAHUL LELE, SECTION F

I started really young when I was 5-6. Growing up in India, the typical sports you play are cricket, badminton and other indoor games. I just took to badminton and was good at it, so I started playing more and more often. Plus I was a chubby kid so everyone found it funny that this chubby kid is trying to move and is also trying to be great at it.

What influence your coach had on you?

My ex-colleague, who is a 45 year old state champion in Germany was my coach in a way. He helped improve my technique, gave tips to improve my footwork and mental game. He proved that you could play the sport at a very high level irrespective of your age. Plus, he has this immense capacity for finding humor in almost all situations and does not let much faze him.

RAHUL 2What advice would you give to people?

At the beginning, I was super competitive but there comes a point where every time you lose you become miserable . So in time, I learnt to stop feeling miserable and start competing with myself. “Did I do better than my last time” “If not, what I could have done better”. So my advice would be to focus on yourself rather than others, this will not only make you better but also happier.

What sports will you encourage your children to play?

So I want one of my kids to play tennis, one to play golf, one to play soccer, at least one of them will make it big …just kidding… Honestly, I will get them to play as many sports as possible at a young age and they will pick what they like. They will find their own way.


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HBS Exceptional Athlete Awards: Q&A with Juan Muxi http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-exceptional-athlete-awards-qa-with-juan-muxi/ http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-exceptional-athlete-awards-qa-with-juan-muxi/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 17:30:33 +0000 http://www.harbus.org/?p=15309 ast week, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 soccer winner Juan Muxi in a compelling Q&A. JUAN MUXI: SOCCER SECTION G, MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY Tell me about […]

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Harbus LogoLast week, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 soccer winner Juan Muxi in a compelling Q&A.


JUAN MUXI: SOCCER

SECTION G, MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY


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RC Juan Muxi, Sec G

Tell me about how you started playing soccer.

In Uruguay, you start learning to play soccer soon after you learn to walk as a kid – I started playing when I was 5. In Uruguay, soccer is taken very seriously. In order to learn the skills, you have to play on a team. I am very passionate about soccer as I have played soccer all my life.

What was your magic moment?

In 2007, we placed second in our league, but we were promoted up to the first division, which is a league with 10 different divisions. Being promoted to the first division was a very great experience and after being promoted, I started taking soccer very seriously. Because my team is very strong, I train very hard to keep up. Reaching division one level has always been one of our team’s aspirations.

When you think of soccer, what comes to mind?

My home team, Nacional.

juan 2What is one of the greatest lessons that life taught you?

During my life, I have sometimes had difficulties. I have 7 bone fractures from soccer, but that has not stopped me from playing. I just keep going.

Who is your idol?

Luis Suarez. He was raised on my home team. He is our national striker and has been amazing in Barcelona and Liverpool.

What’s next?

Now I’m playing for the HBS Soccer Team and I’m really happy with it. I hope to have a nice team next year and have fun. I’m keen to get to know as many people as I can.


 

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Harbus LogoLast week, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 tennis winner Jeff Zeller in a compelling Q&A.


JEFF ZELLER: TENNIS

SECTION B, DENVER, CO, USA


When did you start playing tennis?

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RC Jeff Zeller, Sec B

I started playing when I was 7. My family is big into tennis; my mom and both of her brothers played growing up. Our family ran a tennis camp for kids every summer in Colorado and that is where I learned to play. I started competing in local tournaments when I was 10 and started playing regional and national tournaments when I was 12.

What are three key areas that have carried you to winning titles?

You have to have a weapon in tennis to be good. My weapons are my serve, consistency, and mental skills. These elements definitely helped me achieve a level of performance that earned me my ultimate goal – being captain of the Stanford tennis team.

Zeller 4What was your magic moment?

In the finals of the Colorado state championship match my senior year of high school, I was playing my rival in front of 1,500 people and was within one point of losing six different times. I came back and won and I have a great memory of all of my teammates storming onto the court and tackling me.

Looking back, what did playing sports teach you?

The value of work ethic. I was able to improve more than others because I was willing to spend more hours practicing, and it didn’t hurt that I really enjoyed it. I think this applies to anything in life – put in the effort and good things happen.

What is one of the greatest lessons that life has taught you?Zeller 3

I’ve come to understand the value of relationships. In order to achieve anything in life, you need people to support you. I’m very grateful to the people in my life that have shown support no matter which decisions I make.

How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as someone who brought energy and enthusiasm to everything that I did.


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