last friday

Made our term project presentations today. End of a long, long road (except for a bit of post-module work).

It's been a lot of fun meeting with my classmates around the world. After today, our last formal occasion to get together will be graduation in London.

So much has changed since I first stepped foot in the LSE in September 2005. We lost Dad. Spencer was born. I've changed jobs. We've moved. Staggering now when I think of it all. So much emotion.

It would've been impossible without the support of, most of all, Angie, my family, my colleagues, my friends. I've learned a lot - academically, but even more so, about myself.

And now, I'm on the cusp of a really exciting year - leveraging my new skills, my new friendships and what will seem like an amazing amount of free time. As they say, watch this space...

January 19, 2007 at 10:27 PM in Business School | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

NYU alumni dinner

Just got back from a nice little dinner with some fellow NYU-ers. Thai food at Coconut Paradise. Not bad, if a little on the spicy side. Some funny chatter about real estate (per usual) and plans for the single people in our group to go out for karaoke afterwards (per usual).

Having done so many events, etc... for my other alma mater, it's nice to break out a little bit.

How is it that no matter where I go, I meet someone else who works in venture? Out of a table of nine people that made two of us.

December 21, 2006 at 10:54 PM in Business School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

at last!

Around 4:30 this morning, I finished my last bit of homework from the NY module of my b-school program. These past two weeks have been my busiest is a long, long time. And that's saying something.

Thanks to all my friends, family and readers who have been so patient with me. After a nice quiet day relaxing with Ang today, I should be back in commission tomorrow and catching up with everyone. Sure I look a bit like a raccoon with the bags under my eyes. By it's a happy raccoon I am.

March 4, 2006 at 08:57 AM in Business School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

two down two to go

By Sunday morning Shanghai time, I'll have submitted the last bits of my homework for our NY MBA module. That plus all of the Shanghai VP excitement and all baby the things at home have kept me away. More posts to come in a few days.

March 1, 2006 at 06:27 AM in Business School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

helium report

Earlier this week, Ang and I had the great pleasure of sharing our friend Katherine's birthday with her husband Jamie. More than that, they treated us to dinner, and let us share in the wonderful, fresh-off-the-presses news that their baby, due about a week after ours, is going to be a girl. How nice are they?!

We went out to Jack Falstaff in our old neighborhood of South Beach, San Francisco. On our way over, Angie and I walked down Townsend and up 2nd and couldn't believe the development that's gone on in the short two years since we moved to Shanghai. Now, it's not been Shanghai paced, but it seemed to be faster than the changes in New York's East Village (nee Lower East Side), another of our old neighborhoods that is gentrifying at a quick speed.

Nice dinner. Lots of catching up. Lots of pregnancy note sharing. Lots of fun.

Jamie's up to some interesting things over at Helium Report. I can see a media empire expanding to include other forms of delivery (RSS, podcasts, vidcasts, etc...) to their great targeted audience. Building communities of trust is also the basis of a little idea that I'm working on spinning into my TRIUM term project, of which I'm sure there'll be more posts to come. Both ideas also remind me of Willie Sutton's famous quote about why he robbed banks, to which he replied, "Because that's where they keep the money."

February 4, 2006 at 05:56 PM in Business School, Personal, Strategic Ventures | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

business school humor

Nice joke from our Corporate Finance class today...

What's the difference between a bond and a bond trader?


A bond matures...

Nice. I was on a Brady desk in a past life. That one would've gone over well. I'll file it alongside my drummer joke:

What do groupies and drummers have in common?


They both like to hang out with musicians...

January 20, 2006 at 06:06 AM in Business School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

countdown zero

Spent the morning cramming on some late reading and review for our first day of class today on Competitive Strategy. I've got a familiar feeling of being at the top of a rollercoaster ride. The next two weeks are going to be exciting, challenging, interesting, exhausting, sometimes boring, sometimes fun, and much more. I'm glad for a brief respite in California after this. I'll need it.

January 8, 2006 at 10:01 PM in Business School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

nyc

Angie and I are exhausted. We're here at our dear friends Joyce & Mo's place in Brooklyn. We've had the royal treatment: last night, a potluck with old friends, tonight, after a day of TRIUM group work, they treated us to a cozy Italian dinner here at home. Though we're tired from jetlag and tons of studying (and for Ang a day of maternity shopping, chatting and ice cream with Joyce), we feel nuthin but love.

I rode the subway from Brooklyn up to the W today for a healthy reminder of what means to be a New Yorker. The Q from Park Slope to the 6 up to Midtown. A picture of the ethnic and economic diversity in New York. Even the political diversity, as I overheard a woman talking about how "no one ever thinks about the downsides from all this... diversity..."

Got my iPod working and put on a New York band. Thought about the Ramones, but ended up playing the Strokes new record.

Ended the night showing Mo all the fun stuff we're finding on BT. Old anime we'd heard about but never could get to see. That, a cup of tea, and Joyce's homemade brownies make it hard not to hear the same siren's song that Ang hears for Brooklyn.

January 8, 2006 at 01:56 PM in Business School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

NY Module

Angie and I are about 30min from getting in a cab and heading out to Pudong International Airport. I'll be at NYU for the next two weeks. With so many things going on these past two months, I really feel unprepared for classes. Guess that's a normal feeling. Looking forward to seeing all my classmates again though.

January 6, 2006 at 06:35 AM in Business School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Brazil

Just got an email. Our fifth TRIUM module will be in Sao Paulo, not in Bangalore as was debated. Frankly, a bit disappointed, but looking on the bright side. It'll be my first time...

Brazil, where hearts were entertaining june
We stood beneath an amber moon
And softly murmured "someday soon"
We kissed and clung together

Then, tomorrow was another day
The morning found me miles away
With still a million things to say
Now, when twilight dims the sky above
Recalling thrills of our love
There's one thing I'm certain of
Return I will to old Brazil

November 23, 2005 at 11:08 AM in Business School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack