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By: Paul Ip
June 25, 2007


Sailing on Elliot Bay on Thursday

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By: Paul Ip
June 21, 2007

To talk about some of the things that Patrick brought up, Microsoft is bureaucratic as well. Not a surprise considering they have about 70,000 employees. Lots of acronyms, terminology, history, and dealing with people - much like my previous life at Progressive. What is nice is that unlike what I was doing before, I'm playing a much more strategic role. Yes, that's what they all say. So how about I say it this way - I'm way less involved in the tactical execution and more involved in researching and developing broader product strategies.

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June 21, 2007

Hello SOM Blog readers! I'm on week 3 of my internship at the United Way, loving the DC area, and enjoying my transition from ibanking (pre MBA work experience) to the nonprofit sector. Indeed, I couldn't ask for a better summer experience so far. The United Way is a little more corporate than I expected, though I suppose it isn't terribly surprising given how large the United Way is relative to other nonprofit organizations. The degree of "corporate-ness" has also made my transition pretty easy, and I'm very comfortable with my group and the way things are done around here.

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By: Paul Ip
June 17, 2007

I'm just about to start my fourth week of my internship here at Microsoft as a Product Planner Intern. It hardly seems like I've been here that long, but it's been great so far. They have me and most of the other 59 MBA interns in these swank apartments downtown. It's a fun group of people and I love living downtown. So my agenda for tomorrow... I begin my day at 9:00am for a full day "offsite" meeting. (It's actually in a neighboring Microsoft building) I work on the Windows Live team of product planners and one of the pieces is my responsibility.

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June 4, 2007

It’s been a whirlwind here at the Yale School of Management. On April 20 and 21, the School hosted our admitted student Welcome Weekend, when roughly 100 future SOM students descended on campus for two days of fun and learning. One of the highlights of the weekend was Dean Podolny’s address to the admitted students, where he talked about what makes them such a special group and SOM such a special place. You can see his talk at:

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May 31, 2007

What a crazy week. Not only did I move to New York and start my summer internship a great deal earlier than most of my classmates I also watched several of my good friends graduate over the weekend. Moving my belongings into a friend’s 5th floor walkup proved to be a more challenging task than I anticipated. Phew! I was tired for my first day. [Mental note to self: move more than 1 day prior to starting my full time position!] A 10 or 11 week internship leaves little time to get up to speed on an organization.

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May 22, 2007

So yesterday I returned from a five-day, four-night Carnival cruise to Mexico with 75 of my classmates. It was a blast, and our end-of-the-year activities seem to be getting better and better. Something else that has been great is that I've landed a job! I'm going to be working for a local management consulting firm that mostly has contracts with cities and developers for economic development and neighborhood revitalization projects. It's a fantastic opportunity, and I'm excited to be staying around New Haven for at least a couple more years.

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By: Paul Ip
May 9, 2007

It's been a great year, and it's strange thinking that in a few days I will be leaving New Haven for the summer and I won't be seeing this group of fantastic people again until the fall. Granted, I have a feeling that a few of us from our study group will meet up in Portland over the summer, but there are about 100 other people from SOM that I'll definitely miss. Of course, thanks to Facebook, Friendster, and the like, it'll be a bit easier to stay in touch, but it's been a great year getting to know everyone here. As Gloria said, make the most of your time here.

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May 7, 2007

My last week of SOM... Three more classes, three more projects, two more exams, and then, on Friday, it will be all over. First years and incoming Class of 2009 members, make sure you relish every moment. These will be two of the best years of your life, and they will fly by.

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May 4, 2007

This week was the 2nd to last week of school at SOM and things are still not slowing down. On Tuesday we were fortunate enough to have Gary Loveman, the Chairman, President and CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment, the gaming entity that is being taken private by TPG and the Apollo Group. I may be a little biased since the gaming industry intrigues me, but I thought he was a fantastic speaker and I really enjoyed the thoughts he shared with us on the gaming industry and the public-to-private transition that his company is just completing. Every person that I talked to that attended Dr.

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