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Posted by: on August 15, 2017

Unlike any professional affiliation I have ever been associated with

Module 6 was a special time for me. My wife got to join me in Oxford, see what I am doing firsthand, go to our College Dinner at Nuffield College, and spend additional time after the module’s completion with some of the friends I have been privileged to make over the past nine months. It […]

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Posted by: on August 14, 2017

About shaping the mind and shared value

Being born in USSR and being a great fan of Ayn Rand’s novels about the goodness of capitalism, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged”, I didn’t believe in socialism. Taking into account red tape and absence of meritocracy, I clearly realized what ‘good’ socialism can do altogether with bureaucrats in their attempt to create equal society, […]

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Posted by: on August 10, 2017

Yes or No?

We are always busy in our own personal-life-style-bubbles and our precious time makes us postpone those non-urgent important things. Can I do it mañana? Since I was 23, I wanted to do an MBA. Every now and then, I researched about MBA programmes and those universities offering courses. I visited a few campuses in different […]

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Posted by: on August 8, 2017

A Day in the Life of an EMBA Student

5:00 am: Woke up, got out of bed, and begrudgingly skipped breakfast in Keble College’s grand dining hall to jog two miles out to the Green Templeton boat house on the Thames. 6:00 am: Rowed for an hour with my fellow EMBA classmates as the sun came up over the tree line.   7:30 am: […]

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Posted by: on August 7, 2017

It ain’t over till it’s over

Yoggi Berra’s words are in my mind as we wrap up Module 9 of the Oxford EMBA. There is a chance I am thinking about this phrase as I am moving to New York in seven days for a new job, and one of my classmates has done the unimaginable and scored us tickets to […]

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Posted by: on August 2, 2017

Palo Alto: Bringing Us Closer to Our Unknown Liquid Futures

We were in Palo Alto for the second last Entrepreneurship Finance module of our Oxford Saïd Executive MBA. The key questions we came to Palo Alto to answer were: Why do 50% of NASDAQ companies and 50% of the world’s US$100b+ companies come from this locality – Google Airbnb HP Lyft Uber Apple LinkedIn Adobe […]

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Posted by: on July 31, 2017

Comfort zone

While organizing my post-Module ‘to-dos’ I ease back into the memories made during Module 6 of the Oxford Executive MBA. Memories that are made of moments lived as much as they are made of emotions felt. One emotion was overwhelming this module: the feeling of comfort. Academically this module was packed with Strategy, Marketing and […]

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Posted by: on June 28, 2017

Marconi’s crystal and the cat’s whisker

I’m 10% happy that now, having completed the third last module of my Executive MBA at Oxford University, I only have four assignments to do. I’m 95% very sad, though, as the necessity of travelling to/from and being in Oxford for the past 16 months has become a habit it shall be hard to break. I […]

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Posted by: on June 26, 2017

In Fear of Abstractions

“Go in fear of abstractions” said Ezra Pound to the fellow poets of the early 20th century. These words were in my mind as we began our Business Finance class in Module 8 – for somewhere along the line in my past education, numbers in math were replaced with letters and abstract concepts, and my […]

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Posted by: on June 21, 2017

Entrepreneurial project – learning to think outside of myself

This month’s module had us thinking strategically with Dr. Thomas Powell and considering economic issues on a macro level with Dr. Ken Okamura. Each class held my personal interest for very different reasons, but Module 5’s real value for me rested and will continue to be dominated by our Entrepreneurial Project and the life-lessons I am […]

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