February 25th, 2009
December 8th, 2008
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:
January 21st, 2008
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: