On the first week of September Clinica SiM just performed the first affordable surgeries in Brasil! The surgery packages are ready and a commercial/marketing road map is ready to be implemented!
The two companies I worked at before school were for-profit, public companies with 8,000+ employees and international name recognition. This summer was an opportunity to try something completely different by working at a 16 person company with very little name recognition.
In my internship at Teach For America (TFA), I was responsible for revising how they measure Critical Thinking (CT) in their admission process. First, I started by understanding how TFA used to measure CT, and what Critical Thinking is and why it is important.
The last time I wrote here we had just arrived in Nashville to work with Salemtown Boards Co, a skateboard manufacturer focused on employing inner city Nashville kids. I'm writing as part of my experience as a MBAx Fellow working with MBAs Across America, a non-profit focused on getting MBA students working with small businesses across America- helping them do anything from identifying their brand and market positioning to understanding inventory costs. My 6-week road trip experience took me across the South, starting in New Orleans, through Savannah, Nashville, Little Rock and now Austin, TX. Overall, the MBAs Across America program includes 32 students who are working on master's degrees in business administration hitting the road to work with 48 entrepreneurs in 26 cities.
I complete the technoeconomic analysis for a commercial-scale reactor. Essentially, it's a factory in Excel that lets us see how much it will cost to transform CO2 into different products.
(August 14, 2014) I join team CO2Quester on a visit to Arizona's only corn ethanol producer. The CO2 emissions from their 55 million gallon facility make them a great potential customer.
There is a famous Dutch commercial that is situated at a farewell party: The main character stands on a chair while the whole company sings his praise. Then the somewhat shy young man takes the floor and starts his speech with: "what can I say, it were two beautiful days." I felt a bit like this shy young man during the final week of my internship when I found out that the office had organized farewell drinks for me, had prepared speeches, and even gave me a custom-made coffee mug with my name on it as a parting gift.
There are several dimensions one considers to pick the “right” career: industry, size or the stage of the company, position, location, etc. We evaluate the pros and cons of each option along those dimensions carefully and weigh the importance of each at difference stages of our lives to create meaningful experiences for ourselves. Though in multiple occasions, I am reminded again and again that there is actually one single factor that is surprisingly powerful to predict our decision: the team. Whether you are in a d.school project or a small village in Himalayas, people around you will be the single determinant of the “right” decision. My summer with Mountain Hazelnuts was no exception to that.
Recently, the education innovation community has embraced the use of data in decision-making and program design. No doubt, some believe this trend can risk being taken too far. Stanford GSB professor Susanna Loeb warns against over reliance on research in education decision-making and argues for a more nuanced approach that blends data and key practitioner insights.
A benefit of working in Nairobi was the close proximity to fantastic weekend trip destinations! I recently visited Gaya Datar, GSB '14, in Kigali, Rwanda; traveled to Hell's Gate National Park and biked ten feet from zebras; went to Zanzibar with Sydney Larson and Jelena Djordevic; and went on a safari in the Serengeti. On each of these trips I experienced extremely diverse cultures within a small region. For example, I arrived in Stonetown, Zanzibar, on the last night of Eid, where the streets were filled with celebrating Muslims in brightly colored formal attire. This was quite different than the safety and order of Rwanda, which was a refreshing break from Kenya, but is also accompanied by a more rigid culture, where certain topics are only whispered about. Lastly, the Serengeti and Arusha, Tanzania, demonstrated to me the true meaning of ‘pole pole,' (translation: slowly) in Tanzanian culture, where attitudes are friendly and relaxed, but dinner takes 90 minutes to be served. :)