Monday, March 26, 2012

California Trip (with Pictures) - MIT Sloan Fellows Program

We are now in the final semester and have finished the first half (H1). As part of the program, the Sloan Fellows class made a trip to California last week. We met top leaders from companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, eBay, Pandora and IDEO. The theme of the trip was 'Innovation'. If you remember from my earlier post, the theme of the New York trip was 'Leadership'. As ours is a program in Global Leadership and Innovation, themes of both the trips were in line with that of the program. 

We also visited Stanford and met the Sloan Masters Class of 2012 there. It was an interesting experience. 

Comment from one of the Stanford fellows which I think is very relevant, specially for people deciding between these two schools - if you want to pursue a career in High Tech or Venture Capital, only then it makes sense to come to Stanford, else you should go to MIT. 

And a personal observation, the Stanford campus was great but I found it to be totally cut off from the rest of the world. Cambridge has the advantage of being close to Boston, Harvard and the entire corporate/student community. After being with Infosys for so many years, I have never been a  fan of huge campuses. Once the novelty wears out, it doesn't feel so beautiful and excessive walking becomes a pain.

Enjoy the pictures..!!

Facebook HQ

LinkedIn Welcomes MIT Sloan Fellows

LinkedIn Entrance

Allen Blue, VP & Co-Founder LinkedIn, addressing fellows

Joe Kennedy, CEO Pandora

eBay HQ

John Donohue, CEO eBay addressing Fellows

eBay HQ

Stanford

Stanford

Stanford



6 comments:

  1. Nice post, thanks for sharing. A quick comment on your quote about the Stanford program being better suited for those interested in IT or VC. I've lived and worked in Silicon Valley for the past 10 years and chose the program at MIT over Stanford because I wanted to be part of more diverse (i.e. non-IT) group. A year out, I'm very happy I did so.

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    1. Hi Yusuf, thanks for your comment. I agree with you and that is what I meant as well. The Sloan Fellow I spoke with at Stanford also meant that if someone is looking for a broader experience (i.e. beyond just VC and IT) then they should consider other locations. But I guess both are great schools and you cannot go wrong with either of them.

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  4. Very encouraging Blog and i daily check for your post.

    where are you landed up with job ? Let me know..........

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    1. @ Sourav - Thanks for your comment. I will be updating the blog shortly. I have joined a e-commerce set up in US.

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