I’m starting to pay my debt to society and write about the things I did over winter break, before coming back to -5 degrees in Boston. So in reverse chronological order, just before returning here I spent a week in the Bay Area, as part of the HBS WesTrek, organized by the HBS TechMedia Club. The trek consisted of company visits to ~50 companies, including technology, CPG (consumer packaged goods), consulting and finance. About 70 HBS students participated, each deciding which meetings to attend, where to sleep and which car to rent. Unlike other treks, this one is very “free form” and each participant kind of does her own thing.
I naturally focused on technology companies. It was really fun to see in real life the companies I only read about, or use their products. It was also interesting to see the differences between large companies like Yahoo! (a multi-building campus with nice printed guest tags), the smaller ones like LinkedIn (free drinks in branded refrigerators) and the tiny crazy ones like Slide (dogs barking at the entrance to the office).

Here are a few funny anecdotes and photos from the meetings:

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New Year, New Term and No Snow

January 14th, 2008

So I’m back from my fun transatlantic tour of Israel, California and now Boston. I have a long backlog of posts I plan to write, but since tomorrow I’m starting my second term at HBS I thought it’d be a good idea to write about the courses I’ll be studying this term. Just a quick sentence about the most fascinating thing that I experienced during the 3-weeks break – it happened today, when I came back to Boston and discovered all snow has melted! Hooray!

Unfortunately, it seems like it’s going to be back this week… so long for walking around in flip-flops (kidding).

So, second term courses:

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