January 28th, 2009

Life Update

First semester ended and we had our winter break. I went to NYC for a week:

Ice skating in Central Park. More photos here.

Then I came home to Israel for the rest of the break. Spent some quality time in Eilat with my family, some time with friends in Tel Aviv (though as always, I left feeling I didn’t do that enough) and also tagged along with the HBS Israel Immersion.

The immersion was awesome – a group of ~40 HBS students, led by Prof. Dan Isenberg, came to Israel for a week titled “The Israeli Entrepreneurship Miracle and High Tech Industry” (or something like that). They visited Israeli start ups, met successful entrepreneurs, VCs, multinationals like Google and Microsoft and of course did the required touristy things – Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea. You can read about the immersion in this beautiful Harbus article.

The immersion took place at the same time of the mess in Gaza strip. I’m so happy the school decided not to cancel it, and only 5 (out of 49) students canceled their participation. Since the immersion took place around Tel Aviv, participants had a safe experience and I’m so glad they got to see the Real Israel firsthand.

Some photos from Eilat are here.

Me pedaling in Timna Park near Eilat

Job Update

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First Snow

December 8th, 2008

Yes, I’ve been bad. Here’s what I’ve been up to recently:

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Live in Beit Shemesh*

June 8th, 2008

I came back to Israel right after the semester ended, and a week later started the HBS Israel Trek (aka The Most Amazing Thing You Can Do While at HBS :)).

HBS Israel Trek
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April 9th, 2008

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I’ve disappeared for a while, maybe it was Hibernation (“Shnat Horef” :)). I think it was also because of the job search process, which was frankly quite stressful and depressing at times.

Job Search

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February 25th, 2008

The problem with Hell Week isn’t that it is hell (it wasn’t, except for the weather), but that it is not a week. I’m still in the midst of interviews – so I will update once the process is all over. Like I said, for some industries – like consulting or investment banking – the interviews process does last only a week and ends with offers (or not…), but for other industries, technology included, the process is a bit longer. Oh well.

And in the meanwhile, to compensate myself for the East Coast weather, I spent a weekend in California, with prime sun and prime company:

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Short update: after 5 days of back-to-back finals (with a weekend in the middle), I’m back home in Israel.

The weather’s amazing (similar to what we had in Boston… 3 months ago), I’m meeting friends and family, eating Israeli food and slowly recovering from my jetlag. At the HBS front, I’m busy writing cover letters for summer internships, due next week.

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December 6th, 2007

It’s really hectic here towards the end of the first term, so just a short update…

Next week we have our first two final exams, followed by three more on the following week. Then, I’m flying back home to Israel for almost three weeks of vacation where average temperature is above freezing point! That will be a refreshing change. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

* Prospective students in Israel – watch out for us at the Israeli MBA Forum and at an additional HBS event – details to be announced.

A few words about

Final Exams @ HBS

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Facebook Fascination

November 25th, 2007

I first heard of Facebook about a year ago, when a friend from Israel asked me to join and told me it’s a site where people upload their photos and can tag themselves in these photos. As attractive as this sounded, I politely declined. The truth is I don’t like social network websites; in general I still shudder to the thought of someone googling me and finding my photos or any other embarrassing information about me. So I stayed away from Facebook.

And then I came to HBS. In Pre-MBA in July, people started uploading photos from our get-togethers to Facebook. I still refused to join, and made them send me direct links to their albums instead.

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Midterms and International Week

November 12th, 2007

This week was International Week @ HBS – more details below. Saturday was Cyberposium, the technology conference I helped organizing, more on that next time. It went very well.

Last week we finished our midterms, so that’s a good opportunity to talk about the (somewhat bizarre) grading system at HBS.

Grades @ HBS

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Sushi & Hummus

August 5th, 2007

The second week of HBS International Pre-MBA program has finished. It was really busy (more than the first one) and went by so quickly. Next week is the last one of this program, and is expected to be (relatively!) relaxed.

Few highlights from this week:

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