Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving Day today. At this time last year I was in NYC, watching the rambunctious and animated Macy’s parade from an unbelievably crowded sidewalk on Broadway. In sharp contrast, this year I’m staying here in Boston and spending a serene, peaceful day. Most of my fellow HBS students left a couple of days ago to spend the holiday in their respective hometowns. Campus is now very quiet and very empty. The city of Boston, as well, is eerily empty, and the majority of the stores are closed.

Glancing at the calendar, I notice that I am only 180 days (!) away from graduation. Looking at it another way, three-quarters of our life at HBS is over. Time really flies.

Recently I’ve been working hard on preparation for my start-up company. After spending considerable time on the market research, I’m anticipating an auspicious future. In conjunction, I’m developing a detailed schedule of next semester and will be spending a large amount of time on business development. I’m hoping I can post my start-up’s progress next year.

Today I visited my friend’s home and spent a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with her family. Colorful, sumptuous appetizers, a huge turkey with delicious gravy, crispy baked apple pie and chocolates. I’m super stuffed…!

Turkey

Thanksgiving


Learning coding

Boston had its first snow this week –  about two weeks earlier than last year. Last year’s snow taught me an important lesson: don’t underestimate the fierceness of a New England winter. We will soon have to bundle up in bulky coats, gloves and scarves if we are to venture outdoors to see the Charles in all its frozen, snow covered glory.

Snow

As the bitter winter approaches we, out of necessity, will be spending more time indoors. The most disappointing aspect of this is, as you may have already guessed if you are a regular visitor to this blog, is the closure of Boston’s golf courses. I can take some solace and comfort in going to indoor golf schools in order to maintain the cadence of my swing, and by reading golf books while I visualize the progress of my skill (which won’t happen).

What am I to do with this time that golf used to occupy? Since I had devoted a great deal of time playing golf during the fall semester, I now have plenty of time which I can use for other endeavors. I quickly wrote down potential options and narrowed it down to a top priority. Coding!

Although I am quite cognizant of the importance of coding skills, I’ve stayed away from that world in the past, using the lack of time required as my excuse. But it’s becoming painfully obvious that being familiar with coding will benefit me as a company manager as I will have need to work with tech people. Last week, while I was drinking with several MIT students, they informed me, “Engineers are important to you, but you are not important to them if you don’t know about code”. This shocked me and I resolved to learn the bare minimum needed to communicate with engineers.

For starters, I’m going to start dabbling in PHP this week. It will be a perfect way to kill time!