Forget about my HBS Essay Analysis or the books HBS students read, or my other best posts. In what promises to be the ultimate post of all times, here are…

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Some good things

April 4th, 2009

After my last post created some interesting controversy, this time I want to share with you the other side of the coin. It’s not just fun and games (and travel) that we do here at HBS. In short, it’s also a lot of hard work and and doing good.

Here’s what I mean:


February 25th, 2009

These are very turbulent times we’re living in – one of the world’s deepest recessions, elections in Israel, etc. But this time, I want to write about something much more important.

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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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October 21st, 2008

HBS is full of euphemisms and politically correctness. So this time, when HBSers say X, they actually mean Y:


They say… They Mean…
The recruiting process was a humbling experience The recruiting process was a humiliating experience
There wasn’t a cultural fit I didn’t get an offer
I wouldn’t have gone back anyway I didn’t get an offer
How’s the lifestyle at your company? Will I have a life or will I work 19 hours a day?
I had a great summer at Lehman and plan on going back I’ve been smoking something really strong in the last few weeks
It’s a competitive offer I’m getting tons of money!
I’m trying for consulting, I think it’s a good fit for me Finance is gone and I have no idea what I wanna do with my life
I applied to all strategic corporate rotational leadership development programs I have no freaking idea what I wanna do with my life
I’m considering canceling my hell week interviews and accepting the McKinsey offer There are awesome deals to the Bahamas
Dedicated Interview Period Hell Week

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Ahead of the Curve?

September 20th, 2008

I originally planned to write this post about “Ahead of the Curve”, the new “Sensational” book about HBS. But considering the last week’s events, it felt more appropriate to start with that. More than anything, I think this week meant a lot of confusion and insecurity among HBS students. HBS administration did send us an email saying that recruiters (including in finance) are still recruiting MBA graduates and do not plan to decrease recruiting levels (or at least not at HBS) – not sure how much it helped to reduce stress levels. Networking events on campus this week held an impressive number of companies from all sectors – though I don’t know how this number compared to last year.

Many students at HBS are stressed and waiting to see how things unfold. I think that in our narrow world of MBAs, we still need to wait and see, but no doubt everyone acknowledges that this crisis will have a profound impact on Wall Street in particular and the US economy in general. In this context, the title of the book – and the post – seems quite ironic now.

But anyway, to the book…

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Back to School

September 6th, 2008

Good things about going back to school:

  • Seeing everyone again and hearing about their summer.
  • Choosing my courses! My courses so far look really good – will write a separate post about it a bit later. But so far even studying from 8:30 to 13:00 with almost no break isn’t that bad because I have some really good professors.
  • Being in my apartment again. Seattle was awesome, but my Boston apartment just rocks. Not to mention two of my best friends here just moved to my building on campus.

Bad things about going back to school:

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Getting Ready for Second Year

August 18th, 2008

Yes, I know, I disappeared for a while. By now my internship is almost over (this week is my last one) – I still need to do my final presentation to the SVP but that’s about it. The summer has been great – I became friends with some of the other interns (even though they weren’t all from HBS :)) and we went on trips exploring Seattle and the area, as well as Seattle’s restaurants and bars (with a strong preference to sushi). Work was good, too.

What they say about Seattle is true – in the summer, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever lived in. The weather is a perfect sunny 25 degrees almost every day, and within less than 100km from downtown there are lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and mountains (and good sushi restaurants). Too bad it’s like that only for the summer… You can skip to the end of the post to see some pictures.

We start second year at HBS after labor day weekend (first week of September). I’m excited about the second year, it’s supposed to be much better – at least easier – than the first one. Here are some of the differences between them:

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Blame Canada

July 13th, 2008

Appropriately, I celebrated 4th of July (aka USA’s Independence Day) in Vancouver, Canada. It’s only 2.5 hours drive (not including waiting at the border) and it’s a really nice place, so it was a good way to spend the long weekend (the only long weekend I’ll have in Seattle this summer).

Since it was my first time in Canada, here are my impressions:

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