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Follow @QuestromGrad on Instagram!  [#permalink]

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FROM BU Questrom Graduate Student Blog: Follow @QuestromGrad on Instagram!
#questromaroundtheworld is also very good at ruins impressions. This picture came in from #mexicocity #teotihuacan . . . . . . . #questromlife #springbreak2017 #mexico #boston #bostonuniversity #questrommeansbusiness

A post shared by QuestromGrad (@questromgrad) on Mar 13, 2017 at 10:49am PDT

We are traveling the world. Frequently.

I’m sounding the alarm, folks. We need to build the @QuestromGrad Instagram account into a social media juggernaut. I’m talking Kardashian levels of inexplicable popularity. And it starts with YOU. Yes, the person reading this. Actually, in fact, you. I made it exceptionally easy by tossing a picture up top for you to not only ogle, but to also interact with by smashing the “Follow” button on the top right of the picture. If you’re interested in the comings and goings of the Questrom Graduate community, this is the Instagram account for you. We may even throw up a cute puppy/kitten picture to pander to our fledgling audience, but that’s more of a “break in case of emergency” type of thing.

*Point* –> “Follow” –> *Click* –> Thanks!
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Innovation Ecosystems: 10 Questrom MBAs + 9 Days in Israel = 1 Amazing  [#permalink]

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FROM BU Questrom Graduate Student Blog: Innovation Ecosystems: 10 Questrom MBAs + 9 Days in Israel = 1 Amazing Spring Break Elective
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Due to its increasing popularity, the annual student-led Questrom iTrek to Israel was recently transformed into the Innovation Ecosystems Field Seminar, a 3-credit elective course with a focus on Israel as an entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Dubbed “Start-up Nation,” Israel provided the perfect setting for ten first-year and second-year MBA students to learn about start-ups, their various funding sources, and the settings that allow them to grow and thrive.

With visits to Israeli start-ups, venture capital firms, incubators, and educational systems in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, we met with new and established leaders in the Israeli start-up ecosystem, learning about what sets Israel apart from other countries and leads to its high per capita rate of entrepreneurs.

We visited companies such as Nano Dimensions (a leader in 3D printing technology) and GenCell (a leading provider of innovative fuel cell power backup solutions), incubators such as MassChallenge Jerusalem and Startup Nation Central, and educational systems such as Tel Aviv University and Technion Technology Transfer.  In addition to the various site visits, we had the opportunity to visit the City of Jaffa, the Western Wall, the Dead Sea, Masada, and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, among other sites.

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From Boston to Shanghai: Clark Soucy, MBA ’18, Interns at Panda Capita  [#permalink]

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FROM BU Questrom Graduate Student Blog: From Boston to Shanghai: Clark Soucy, MBA ’18, Interns at Panda Capital
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Over the summer of 2017, Clark Soucy (MBA ’18) interned in Shanghai at a Chinese Venture Capital Fund, Panda Capital. Before enrolling at Boston University, he worked in Shanghai for three years at a Chinese Airline so he was excited to return to China for the summer. This internship gave him the opportunity to engage with the rapidly growing Chinese startup ecosystem and learn about the latest trends in Chinese business.

Shanghai, Beijing and many other Chinese cities are home to a rising number of startups with numerous local and overseas investment funds providing capital. The venture capital industry in China has a very similar model to that of the United States: VCs raise funds from investors which they then use to purchase equity stakes in new companies. The VC will then sell the equity holdings later to another investor or sell them during an initial public offering. Normally VC funds have a life span of 8-10 years as the funds sometimes need additional time to liquidate their holdings because some of the companies in their investment portfolio do not have an initial public offering. 

Panda Capital was founded in 2015 and the fund’s investment portfolio currently spans online consumer finance, peer-to-peer car rental, bike sharing, and other sectors. Clark’s responsibility as an intern was to assist the fund founders evaluate potential investment projects. In practice, this meant conducting due diligence and market research on many of the prospective businesses the fund was looking to invest in as well as creating financial models to project a range for the expected return on investment.

While interning at the fund, Clark met many portfolio CEOs as well as entrepreneurs seeking funding for their new ventures. He personally tested many of the products and services offered by these companies, giving him insights into new commercial strategies and a new mindset for analyzing investment opportunities.

He also used his time interning at the fund to improve his ability to use Chinese to conduct business. The fund only invests in domestic companies so all of the meetings and presentations he attended were entirely in Chinese; He also used Chinese to communicate with his colleagues and conduct research.  Clark plans to return to China to work after graduation so interning for Panda Capital was excellent preparation for his post-MBA career.
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Questrom Means Teamwork  [#permalink]

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FROM BU Questrom Graduate Student Blog: Questrom Means Teamwork
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Somewhere towards the end of Mod 2, the second 7-week 3-class series in the first semester, it hits you. It’s a dizzying moment: you’re in the middle of StratSim (a week long management team simulation to create the most profitable company), you have marketing strategy and financial models racing through your brain, and bam–you’re a quarter of the way done with your Questrom MBA. By now, you have had the chance to get to know your classmates, your cohort, and your teammates and you will have learned that what they say is true: some of the best people in the world find themselves at Questrom.

Teamwork is central to the Questrom experience—and not just in that slightly squishy interview answer way. Each Mod has a team capstone project that distills the concepts of the preceding 5 weeks and provides the opportunity to learn from your fellow classmates. Together, you will assess a company for takeover, lead a car company, and work with a live client to tackle a real-life problem. Outside the classroom you and your classmates will team up to lead conferences, consult with nonprofits and small businesses, and enter (and win) case competitions. Questrom brings together a unique set of backgrounds and experiences—my Mod 1 team included students with backgrounds in commercial banking, nonprofit management, disaster recovery, and supply chain—and one of the greatest benefits is the unique perspective each brings to your common project. One person’s consulting background may help you understand that tricky operations concept; someone else’s work in engineering may open up a whole new perspective on a marketing project. It’s a great place to learn together, work together, and build those skills that employers say are the number one reason they prefer Questrom Grads!

Learn more about our team-based approach here.

 

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Emily Racklef is a 1st year Social Impact MBA + MSDi Candidate at the Questrom School of Business
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First Year Life at Questrom  [#permalink]

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FROM BU Questrom Graduate Student Blog: First Year Life at Questrom
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Thompson Island Trip, August 2018

Your 1st year as a full-time Questrom MBA student is sure to bring lots of choices– from clubs, to spring break trips, to electives, you’ll have many opportunities to carve your own path.

Coming back to grad school full-time is a major adjustment that provides both rewards and challenges.

 

Launch

Launch is Questrom’s 2-week orientation that gets your ready for a successful first year of your MBA! It is an incredibly exhausting but fun time that introduces you to all that Questrom has to offer.  From a student BBQ to evenings at Cornwalls (Questrom’s local bar of choice), and from welcoming chats with professors and administrators to bonding with your new classmates, Launch really makes you feel a part of the community. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about clubs, campus safety, health insurance, and more. All these experiences mean that you’ll feel comfortable and ready to go once classes start.

Academics

A distinctive feature of first year life at Questrom is that all classes run on the quarter system (each quarter is called a “Mod”). The first three mods are comprised of core classes that you take alongside your cohort. Together, you will journey through quant-heavy Mod 1, work together on cases in Mod 2, and launch into your first live consulting project in Mod 3.

Each class meets twice a week for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Professors and TAs typically hold weekly office hours, as well as optional review sessions.

At the end of each mod, there is a cumulative project that combines all your learnings from the three classes you’ve just completed, which you will work with a team of 5-6 students. In Mod 1, you’ll act as a private equity firm looking to take over an underperforming company. In Mod 2, the whole class competes in a “Strategy Simulation”– each team is a car company pitting themself against the rest of companies (teams) to gain market share and stock price. And finally in Mod 3, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct a consulting project with a real client! These projects challenge you to apply your skills. They really help solidify your learnings and teach you how to work successfully on teams.

Teaming

Questrom is well known for our strong emphasis on teaming. Each Mod project is conducted by a team of students in your cohort. Our teaming class begins during Launch, and meets a handful of times throughout the first year to teach you about different challenges your team is likely facing at that point in time (communication, embracing diversity, decision making). We take a hands on approach: we visited Thompson Island in the Boston harbor for a day of adventure education, took a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, and went on a scavenger hunt throughout Boston.

A big focus of these teams is learning how to reflect on your contributions to a team and how to support the professional development of your teammates. This requires compassion, self awareness, and flexibility, as we all learn to be strong teammates and leaders together.

We are encouraged to treat these teams as real professional teams. We take time for team bonding (board game nights, team lunch, dinner at someone’s apartment). Openly talking through disagreements is encouraged. One of the best parts of teaming is the opportunity to make friends, especially with students you may not have met otherwise.

Community

One of the highlights of the Questrom experience is the community we build. Our classmates are incredibly genuine, hard working, supportive and fun. This is definitely somewhere you can come to make lifelong friends. Because the program is relatively small, it’s possible to get to know most of your peers at least a little. This creates an environment that goes beyond making a few close friends, but where everyone really supports everyone. A few examples of this community are:

  • Cohort Cup– each cohort competes throughout the first year for the “Cohort Cup” title. Through sporting event, trivia nights, food drives, and bake-offs, each cohort has the chance to fight for the cup. While sometimes the competition gets hot, the Cohort Cup is ultimately a great example of the commitment students make to a fun and supportive community here at Questrom.
  • Link Day– each spring, around 100 Questrom students participate in Link Day, a one-day non-profit consulting project. Students are put on teams of 5-6 and are paired with a local non-profit. This event is a great opportunity for students to work together to put their newly learned skills to work to help the Boston community.
  • Internship Fund for Social Impact– the Internship Fund is a student led fundraiser in which students donate to support their peers choosing to take an unpaid or underpaid summer internship related to social impact. The event is a hallmark of the Questrom Community in which nearly 100% of students donate, many of whom pledge to “donate a day” of their internship salary.
 

We hope to see you on campus this Fall! If you have any questions about student life at Questrom, please email connect@bu.edu to set up time to speak with a student ambassador one-on-one.
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FROM BU Questrom Graduate Student Blog: Moving to Boston!
Students move to Boston for their MBA at Questrom from across many US cities, and countries worldwide. Concerns of finding housing, surviving Boston winters, and making friends are often top of mind! We’ve interviewed two students new to Boston to share their experiences with you.

 

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Facundo Goyeneche

1st year MBA

Hometown: Motevideo, Uruguay

 

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Minal Sariya

1st year MBA + MSDi

Hometown: Indore, India

 

Where are you from and how is Boston different?

Facundo: I moved to Boston from Montevideo, Uruguay, a city that’s bigger than Boston. The weather there is similar to Boston in Spring, Fall and Summer, but it’s not that cold in Winter. But I don’t mind the Winter in Boston very much.

In terms of transportation, Montevideo doesn’t have trains. Even though the T doesn’t always work perfectly, it’s nice to have. Boston is also a really safe city– it’s not common to be mugged or see crimes, and I feel comfortable walking around here. Amazon packages are even left on the doorstep. I can’t imagine that in Uruguay!

Minal: I’m from a small city in India (Indore, India) and I have also lived in Bombay for majority of my adult life. Boston is the perfect mix of a small town and a metro. It is a very walkable city and really pretty, especially during the snow!

 

Where do you live and how do you get to school? How did you find housing?

Facundo: I live in Cambridge close to Harvard, and I bike to school everyday. It’s really easy to bike because there is a bike lane all along the Charles River, and it takes me about 10 minutes. When I don’t bike, I take the bus to school instead which takes about 30 minutes.

Minal: I live in Brighton, which is about 30 minutes from school. I take the B line to school everyday. It’s convenient because the T is right across from my apartment, but it can be late or break down sometimes. Living close to school is great because you’ll be near classmates and the commute won’t be too bad. I actually live with classmates.  A few other student who were from India connected in the Whatsapp group and we got an apartment together.

I started my apartment search with Zillow, Apartments.com and Craigslist when I was back home, around April. I finally found a broker through Craigslist and found my apartment in July. Apartments can go quickly, so it’s important to start early! Most leases start September 1 so everyone is searching at the same time. You can also check Facebook marketplace if you’d like to sublet a room for the summer before committing to a lease.

 

Did you have any concerns about moving to Boston?

Minal: My biggest moving here was about the weather because I heard it got really cold for six months and can be depressing. It is cold here most of the time, but if you have a good support system with your new friends, and the right clothes, it’s not too much to worry about. I spoke to second years about the weather and visited stores which helped me get an idea of what winter gear I needed.

 

Have you had a chance to travel outside the city? Where?

Facundo: In the Fall around Halloween, I went to Salem and Gloucester for a day trip when a friend was visiting to see New England in the Fall.

I also went to New York and Miami for weekend trips and over winter break, I went on a ski trip to New Hampshire. It’s been great to have the chance to travel around the US during some of my spare time.

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Facundo in Miami

Minal: I’ve also had a chance to travel a bit. For winter break, I went on a road trip to Florida with a friend from India. We went to the Southern most point of the US and I even went skydiving spontaneously! It’s important to get out of town in the Winter, I had initially decided to stick around Boston for Spring Break because of interviews but after the intense capstone project in Mod 3, I decided to take a much deserved break and went for a weekend trip to New Orleans.

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Minal Skydiving

 

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Minal in New Orleans

 

What are your favorite thing to do for fun in the city?

Facundo: I love nature so I like to visit Middlesex Fells Reservation, a huge park with a zoo just outside the city. I also love the Fenway area because I like the Red Sox– I didn’t know anything about baseball before coming here, but I’m a huge sports fan so I really got into the sports when I arrived.

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Facundo at the Red Sox Parade

What surprised you most about Boston?

Minal: People in Boston are crazy drivers, and j-walking is very common. Since it’s a college town, you see kids and millenials all around. There’s something happening at all times of day.

Another great thing is that being an education hub with universities nearby, there are lots of events and it’s easy to network. This is a big advantage of being in Boston!

Facundo: When I moved here, I didn’t know what it would be like making new friends. Launch was a great way to meet people. Even though it was long I had the opportunity to get to know the people in class. All the friends I’ve made have been through Questrom, and I haven’t needed to make friends from outside school.

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Facundo with Questrom’s intramural soccer team.

It also took some time to adjust to American culture– everything related to food surprised me. People have snacks throughout the day, but at home we have 4 meals every day (dinner at 10 or 11). Here, we have dinner when the sun is shining, which was hard to get used to!

Something I didn’t know about Boston before moving here is “Allston Christmas.” Allston is a neighborhood with lots of students, and most of them move in and out on September 1st.  On this day, lots of people give away furniture on the street. Almost all the furniture in my apartment is from the street, so I didn’t spend too much money on furniture. I did buy a new bed to avoid bed bugs, but everything else is great!

 

Is there anything else you think someone from your hometown/country would like to know?

Minal: It’s easy to get around in Boston, by foot, train, or bus. You definitely don’t want a car– parking is expensive here.

Facundo: Boston is a pretty expensive city– I try to save money where I can, like by biking to school, and I think twice before spending money when I go out. Even though Boston can be expensive, part of this is just the adjustment to not having a salary while in school.

We hope Minal and Facundo have convinced you that you, too, can survive Boston Winters and the other challenges of making this big move! If you have any questions about your move to Boston, please email connect@bu.edu.
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