Monday, August 29, 2011

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

This last weekend hosted the Tepper entrepreneurship bootcamp. A bootcamp is supposed to be a "drinking from the firehose" experience related to the subject. It was held at the same time as the two finance bootcamps, so people did have to choose between one or the other. A little surprisingly, attendance at this bootcamp was also charged - to cover speakers and food, apparently.

The camp was very heavily focused on innovation and designing products (and not services oddly). There were a lot of First Years in the camp; a fair amount of the content was directed at how to start up a company and resources available - not really relevant for First Years. Given how tuition is ncreasing, probably not even relevant for when we directly leave the program.

But the good takeaways I got from it was that you don't need to have an idea in order to start your own business. There are apparently more people in the technical side of the campus that have ideas just no business knowledge to push it forward. Second, an innovation panel seemed to state that marketing the product to people was probably the most important thing - there was a very heavy focus on marketing. Third, I met a new faculty member - Dave Mawhinney - and a couple of venture capital lawyers at the mixer on the friday night. I was able to put into practice some of the networking tips Jonna Martin had presented from earlier. I have no interest at the moment in venture capital or starting my own business, but I figured it's useful information to have.

Also, Friday night was my first introduction to Hofbrauhouse, a HUGE german beer pub. Highly recommended.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tepper Team Day

Photos from the Tepper Team Day and an article were published on the Tepper site.

Mmmm... I wonder who that is sitting on the far left?


Saturday, August 20, 2011


Welcome to my now-published blog! I have been writing entries for this blog ever since March when I was accepted into Tepper School of Business; only now did I come up with a name and started the process of publishing!

Why am I blogging? When I was doing my initial research into schools, I found blogs of existing students to be very valuable in discovering more about the school. But I didn't find any recent or current blogs on Tepper. So I want to share my experiences at Tepper to those who are interested in attending this fine school :)

A little about me: I come from a business background, a bit of a rarity in this class as many are engineers or IT professionals, and I previously worked for an oil refiner in a couple of roles.

I will try to update the blog once a week; elsewise Twitter will be the source of most updates so find me and follow.