Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Interesting blogs

While I am writing my blog, I should share some other great blogs that I read or have looked at. My personal favorite is If you are interesting in VC or startups, this is the place to be. It is written by Fred Wilson, co-founder of Union Square Ventures. I had the pleasure of having him visit one of my classes at bschool and he is a great speaker on tech,vc, and everything else. He really provides great insights.

Another article that is interesting is:

That is specifically addresses why MBAs may not be the best for startups. I can't say that I fully disagree. The article makes some good points but I will address that later. It seems to dismiss the value of cases and make them sound like they are simply a history lesson. I agree that, for the most part, bschools rely heavily on cases and the case method but there is some value there regardless. It is difficult to really learn to start a business in a classroom setting, regardless of whether you do cases, case competitions, presentations or whatever. It is still in a safe setting.

A little bit of rambling and defending on my part but I think people are quick to dismiss the MBA value in startups, tech companies, and entrepreneurship.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

So how did I get here?

Hello All,

Well, it has been two weeks at my product management job. It has been interesting to say the least. To start from the beginning, I should give some background about myself. I did my undergrad at an engineering school with a focus on information technology / m.i.s. After my undergrad, I worked at a large Technology consulting firm in NYC focused on the public sector. I worked as a business analyst/consultant to learn the business processes and create documentation to support development. I was involved in the entire SDLC for 3 years. I then decided to get my MBA even though I hadn't fully thought it through. Sure, everyone can write a great essay one what they want to do but in the end, only 25% of the hardcore students really know, everyone else decides as they go along. While I took mostly finance classes as electives outside of my core, I ended up doing more consulting for my summer internship. After that internship, I decided I wanted to get out of consulting and definitely get out of public sector.

After taking some technology classes with some great professors, I decided I wanted to stay in the tech space but move to product management and strategy. I applied to tons of jobs, interviewed at several places, but eventually decided that a startup was for me. Once I received an offer, I mulled it over for a few days but I was on board soon. So I packed up my stuff and made my move immediately to Miami. So here I am, no real contacts/friends in the area, a new startup company, and a completely new city. This should be exciting. I will try to update this blog to share my thoughts about working at a small / tech startup firm from the MBA perspective and from my own opinion. Hope people enjoy and those who are considering the same have some input.