Entrepreneurship Corner: Stanford University’s free podcasts and video clips of entrepreneurial thought leaders and innovators from Silicon Valley.

This is a great resource everyone should know about:

The Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) Entrepreneurship Corner is a free online archive of entrepreneurship resources for teaching and learning. The mission of the project is to support and encourage faculty around the world who teach entrepreneurship to future scientists and engineers, as well as those in management and other disciplines. The site has been developed by a dynamic team of educators, entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). The project has been financially supported by Stanford University and a number of generous sponsors. Other collaborators in its creation include the Stanford Center for Professional Development and Stanford Video.

Entrepreneurship Corner: Stanford University’s free podcasts and video clips of entrepreneurial thought leaders and innovators from Silicon Valley..

El Foro – South American Business Forum : SABF

Great to see MBA students organize large, worthwhile conferences!

SABF Logo

El South American Business Forum es un evento que se realiza anualmente en Buenos Aires durante 3 días en el mes de Agosto. A él asisten 100 destacados estudiantes universitarios de todo el mundo junto a 40 líderes de los ámbitos académico, político y empresarial. En el evento se tratan temas de actualidad mundial y particularmente aplicables a la realidad de Sudamérica. Se busca que mediante el diálogo y la interacción entre estos dos grupos participantes, los líderes actuales y líderes futuros, se pueda contribuir al desarrollo de la región.

via El Foro – South American Business Forum : SABF.

Thanks for completing brand survey

I wanted to thank everyone for completing the brand survey results. For our Brand Strategy class project, our team researched Tumi. Our online survey results, which admittedly by its nature is not a very scientific study, yielded some interesting results. Interviews and survey results provided insight into a potential opportunities for Tumi. As a result, we proposed expanding its women’s line. Below I include two random charts only because they look kind of cool.

Tumi chart 1 Tumi chart 2

Mini 3 – which classes to take?

Hmm, not sure what classes to take in mini 3, (first half of spring semester). I am registered for six classes, definitely on the “more-than-average amount of coursework” side of the workload spectrum. Corporate Financial Reporting, Corporate Restructuring, Interpersonal Negotiations, B2B Marketing, Brand Strategy, and finally, Developing Star Performers. All interesting classes, and unfortunately, none of them will be offered again before I graduate in May. I need to take a few marketing electives before I graduate, and I definitely want to keep working on my accounting and financial analysis before I graduate, so must keep the finance classes too. No way I’m dropping interpersonal negotiations, and the last class is a new relatively class based on cutting-edge research findings. I guess I still have a week to decide which to keep/drop and/or take pass/fail…

Quick recap of events… Visit to US Steel, Immelt speech, other "happenings" at Tepper

Time has flown by this semester and I have neglected my blog. So, before the year ends I figured I better write a quick recap of some “key” events…

In early September, I visited a US Steel plant near Pittsburgh with the Tepper School of Business Operations Club. It was an amazing trip. Nothing like seeing molten metal being poured down from huge vats into slabs, and seeing these slabs glow orange as they cool down and get reshaped into all different types of shapes and coils. Needless to say it was extremely hot in the plant. The plant workers were very friendly and knowledgeable, and answered all our questions. The plant operates 24 hours a day, every day. A quick history of steel making in the U.S. as well as a discussion on the effects of globalization on US manufacturing rounded out the day’s events.

Ops Club trip to US Steel

In October during our fall break, I joined the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club on a trek to San Francisco. There, we met with local venture capitalists, venture debt, and entrepreneurs and learned first-hand about the VC process. We met with Adams Capital, Accel Partners, Western Technology Investments, among others. The weather was perfect and it was hard to return to the east coast.

San Francisco Skyline

After half a week in sunny San Francisco, I boarded a plane and headed to Boston to join the Alpha Club on their trek to visit asset management firms. We met with State Street, Wellington Management, and Bank of New York Mellon Asset Management. It was interesting to see how each of the firms differed in culture, philosophy, and focus. It was also interesting to gauge their reactions to the recent market meltdown due to the subprime mortgage mess.

Back in Pittsburgh, I attended a talk organized by USA Today at Carnegie Mellon with Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. A tall, charismatic figure, Immelt answered the moderator’s questions with ease and side-stepped key questions about the on-going writer’s strike. He said, “I hope you like reality TV, you may have Deal or No Deal five days a week!”

Attended the NSHMBA Conference in Houston

Just flew back from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs annual conference in Houston, Texas. It was a great experience and one in which I was able to meet many other Latino MBA students, corporate recruiters, and business leaders from around the nation. I was surprised how many international students were in attendance also; some flew in as far away as Chile, China, and France.

I attended the full conference and had a chance to sit in on the professional development workshops on Thursday. I found the elevator pitch and networking workshops especially helpful. It was a good way to polish my pitches for the career fair the following day. The various luncheons and dinners were also great ways to meet new people.

NSHMBA career fair

The career fair was also impressive; some 250+ companies were in attendance. I got a chance to meet with representatives from American Express, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Vanguard, SAP, Booz Allen Hamilton, McKinsey, and many other companies. I highly recommend the conference and encourage those who are interested in pursuing an MBA to become an associate member of NSHMBA today!