HEC Paris Social and Sustainable Business Conference 2010

9 05 2010

The 2010 HEC Net Impact Social and Sustainable Business Conference will be held on the campus of HEC Paris in Jouy-en-Josas on May 28-29. The conference will include two days of keynote speeches and engaging panels with expert speakers and practitioners from around the globe. Informations : http://hec-ssbc.org/


HEC on the beach!

4 05 2010

The road before the journey

4 05 2010

Time has been flying past me.. It was six months ago that I had got an admit from HEC and I am all set to land in campus with the visa formalities next month. I have been interacting with many folks from my batch and some of them are done with the visa as well. And for me, the stuff that is taking up all my time is my struggle in the French classes! There as well, we have an amazing teacher who makes learning French real fun and I have caught up with the stuff!

Every flight begins from the ground level. The road before our HEC journey is the runway that is helping us gain take off speed. 🙂

Film presenting HEC Paris

4 03 2010


Internetworking Shows A New Year, A New Ranking – Financial Times Global #18

25 01 2010

Now that we are out of the Stone Age, information reaches us in lightning speed. I analogize this speedy transfer of cyber data to the process of Apparating. For those of you who don’t know what that is, well you need to go to your nearest Harry Potter book. (It’s like teleporting.)

Growing up in the Silicon Valley, I saw and felt the rise of Apple, Intel, and Google, among a few. I also witnessed the demise of Lycos, Excite, and other internet startups that clearly didn’t make an impression on me. Then along came LinkedIn. And Facebook. These two little startups in Mountain View and Palo Alto, respectively, have turned “networking” into real bonds. Covalent ones. A simple compilation of professionals and their past and present colleagues, LinkedIn fares well because it has only one aim: to connect working people. All the other benefits that come from making that connection (like a new job) are added bonuses. Facebook is slightly different. Its mission is global domination (cue eerie music.) No really, Facebook’s purpose is identical, except in fewer words: to connect people. Both are currently fulfilling their end-goals as effective, user-friendly, social-networking platforms. If I may coin a new term, they are great for “internetworking”.

So this morning I went through my perfunctory routine of checking all my emails, my LinkedIn account, and my Facebook. We Silicon Valley-ites are addicted to the internet. Anyway, while scrolling through the discussion of my September intake, I noticed that one of my future classmates had posted a link to the new Global MBA rankings of 2010 according to the Financial Times. This new year, my new school has a new ranking of #18 in the world. Not bad. I think that’s rather exciting news. Then, minutes after reading the rankings list, I went on to Facebook to see if the discussion continued in our forum there. The first thing I noticed in my News Feed was a post by a long-lost friend in Hong Kong. “Currently #9 in Global FT. Guess I’m making a good investment” it said. Incredible. In this Technology Age, the internet is truly fast-tracking our receipt of all information.

It’s my firm belief that technology is here to help us. Yes, this was my stance in my response to a previous GMAT essay prompt. If we don’t abuse its boundaries and use it with cautioned respect, technology will make us a more efficient and pleasant people. Cavemen were always grunting and unhappy because they didn’t have computers and internet. It wasn’t about the food. Although HEC has moved up from its ranking in 2009, I think it can keep moving. In recent years, the MBA program launched an innovative initiative with Apple to provide iPods to students so that lecture podcasts could be saved and listened to at a later time. This is an example of harnessing the power of technology to do good. With the school positioned as a leading business teaching institution in Europe, cultivating and maintaining a strong alliance with the technology sector may be just the thing to propel it even higher.

As students, we should contribute to the improvement of our program with our minds, our words, and our ability to grasp new technology concepts faster. You know you can use that iPhone better than your dad. I sure can :). This collaborative blog is one step forward in the right direction. Now let’s use it to move mountains.

Looking forward to checking my Facebook tomorrow.

For internetworking.


*A secret tidbit about me: I am one of Facebook’s original members (when invitation emails were first sent to a handful of colleges.)

A bird’s-eye view of HEC Paris

22 01 2010

Folks, a video by HEC:

Hello? Mike testing – one – two – three – …

22 01 2010

Well folks, if you click here, you will find a list of google searches on the existing blogs on HEC and related to HEC. Some places which look real serious, have the domain expired, or the last contribution in the last century. There are some real active ones too, but they are mostly personal blogs, where the person thought he can as well blog than not. And we really appreciate those blogs, as they guided us well for an admit to HEC! And most of them are getting invited to contribute here too.I seriously liked this one and this one.

The important fact about this blog is that it is collaborative. It has multiple contributors, and is made by HEC students, future as well as past. The aim is to sit at the edge of social marketing in a convincing and truthful way – to guide students and to improve student recruitment (plus information/awareness – what? that was the first purpose, wasn’t it?)!!

The internet seems to be another organ for some individuals like us – only that we are confused whether to rename it as our brain#2 or just another organ. It makes us think, feel, search, grope, get lost, get found, get sleepy, get… (ok, we can complete the list later, isn’t it!?). Some of us live on the Net. Some die too (ask Orkut and FB users who killed their own account just because their girlfriend or boyfriend ditched them!)

So, whatever it is, we gotta understand one fact that we are here to give some good stuff on HEC through internet. This is a first post and going by the contents of this, I hope this doesn’t get deleted soon! I am sending out invites to official students, alumni, and ‘heavy weight’ (I mean, important/relevant..) guest contributors here!

Free to comment. More free not to comment! 😉 Go ahead.. !