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April 20, 2010

We are so excited to meet the Class of 2012 who will surely carry the SOM torch brightly. Thought I would check out the weather.....and Sunny days predicted! See you all on campus.

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April 19, 2010

Derivatives in corn fields are nothing new. Futures contracts in agricultural commodities helped farmers protect themselves from variations in market prices. In March 2010, I visited Iowa State University to speak at the 25th Anniversary celebration of its management school. A faculty friend at the university told me this story. She was a shareholder of a biodiesel firm. It had reported a one million dollar loss on its derivative positions. She was unhappy and attended the shareholders’ meeting to ask how the firm incurred the loss.

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April 5, 2010

My rewarding first year at SOM owes no small debt to our Internship Fund. Managed by first-years, the Internship Fund has always generated the enthusiastic support of the entire SOM community to raise money for students who seek funding for non-profit, public or social enterprise sector internships. It is one of SOM’s proudest traditions, displaying in full force our values of societal service, leadership and, quite simply, looking out for each other. Our Fund team started the year with trepidation.

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March 26, 2010

"It’s a huge, huge deal”. This was the response from the Director of Current Programming at ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles – a Yale SOM alum – in response to a question regarding the weight of the Yale brand and how it has helped him achieve the level of success that he has attained. The truth of this is something that I’m realising more and more the longer I’m here. My first Spring Break in the US was a great one. Beginning with a trip to LA organised by the Media & Entertainment Club, a group of us traded in the snow of New England for the Californian sunshine.

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March 22, 2010

I had the good fortune to get to tag along for a 2nd International Experience trip, as a teaching assistant this time. It’s hard to put my finger on the best parts: clearly meeting with Malaysian Members of Parliament and the founder of BRAC, a major Bangladeshi micro-finance and poverty alleviation program, were highlights. Seeing classmates cut down palm fruits at the palm oil plantation and touring a garment factory were insights into important industries in Malaysia and Bangladesh, respectively.

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March 8, 2010

I attended a Yale School of Management research workshop by a visiting professor this week. Through a carefully designed experiment, the authors of the paper had found that people make systematic errors in deciding which products they want, depending on how the information is presented to them. Such errors can be exploited by companies who can design their advertisements and other messages using the knowledge of the pattern of errors.

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February 28, 2010

I should probably be packing, seeing as I leave for Japan in about 12 hours. But packing procrastination is kind of my thing. So instead I’d much rather be reflecting on another whirlwind just-finished half-quarter, and the International Experience we are all about to embark on. The recently departed Spring-1 was when, for me at least, SOM took on a decidedly international attitude and vibe. February was actually deemed “International Month” and classmates from outside the U.S.

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February 26, 2010

Speakers I’ve gotten to hear at Yale in the past two weeks:

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
George David, former CEO and Chairman of United Technologies Corporation
Jeff Bewkes, CEO of TimeWarner
Jerry Speyer, Chairman of Tishman Speyer Properties
Arianna Huffington, Founder of the HuffingtonPost
Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
Roger Farah, President and COO of Ralph Lauren
James McNerney, CEO of Boeing

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February 21, 2010

Hey! Check out this Yale Daily News Article which follows up on my post about the SOM alumni network: http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/university-news/2010/02/19/som-alumni-network-matures/

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February 16, 2010

Apologies to Jonathan Safran Foer for lifting the title of his book for my post, but its been the theme of my day today. My favorite thing about the academic experience at business school so far has been that the problems and questions we have are real. There are real dates and times. Real people and places. The cases are from a variety of industries and often, written by our professors. I always wondered what it would be like to meet the people that we had spent hours reading/thinking about. That question was answered twice today.

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