Ping pong is a game – a game for out-of-shape frat boys and racquet-sport dilettantes – played in college rec rooms and family basements. Table tennis, however, is a sport. It is a sport for serious athletes, requiring both the agility of a male student in heels at his first Priscilla Ball, and the speed [...]
It’s been a crazy week for the RC class, guinea pigs for Harvard Business School’s new FIELD program. Wednesday, April 11 was FIELD 3 Launch Day, when all 150 student start-ups needed to have a product or service ready to sell. After a morning of quick 10-minute presentations to investor sections, the financial market simulator opened for two hours of whirlwind trading.
After winning $120,000 at the Rice Business Plan Competition as well as the top prize at MIT Accelerate, Louis Beryl (HBS 2012) is understandably optimistic about the future of SolidEnergy, a business which he co-founded with Qichao Hu, an MIT Grad student.
It was disappointing, depressing, and, like everything else in the 6-8 weeks we’d taken to develop the plan, a tremendous learning experience, one I wouldn’t trade for anything.
Forecasts Fundamental Value Creation in Social NetworksThe Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers. Biggie and Tupac. Harvard and Stanford. East Coast/West Coast rivalries are far from a new occurrence. The latest hot incarnation of the ongoing battle: startup scenes. Sorry Chicago, but realistically, the centers are Silicon Valley on the West Coast and Boston and [...]
They Didn’t Learn their Skills in the Classroom As a prominent HBS entrepreneur-in-residence put it so eloquently, “Sales is sex, marketing is masturbation.” Marketing is being alone in a room, staring a computer with the door closed. Sales is interaction—meeting people, going door-to-door, pressing the flesh so to speak. Though both sales and marketing have [...]
Section H Celebrates HalloweenOn the Friday before Halloween, the students, spouses, and children of Section H gathered for their first-annual pumpkin-carving contest. Fueled by over-sized bags of Halloween candy and cider, the handpicked carving dream-teams chose their tools and their pumpkin. The competition heated up when it was announced that the winning team would [...]
On the afternoon of Halloween, three talented HBS students competed against IBM’s Watson supercomputer in the great American game of Jeopardy!. The competition conjured the collegiate spirit of a homecoming football game. Students and faculty, some dressed in the colors of their home team, packed into Burden Auditorium to watch the school’s most formidable athletes [...]
How Ferran Adria will use the Innovation of Cuisine to Change the WorldWhen I sat down for a Q/A session with Ferran Adria, head chef of the now closed renowned El Bulli restaurant, I thought I would experience a discourse on the culinary techniques and tastings that gained him recognition as the most influential chef [...]
A Part-Time Workforce Scheduling PlatformWhat is your business? Qweek is a SaaS (software-as-a-service) workforce scheduling platform. The product helps service businesses like hospitals, fast food restaurants, banks, hotels etc. manage their workforce to both improve customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction and reduce costs. Our business does that by providing a tool for employees to state their [...]