Archive for November, 2009

VCIC Champion

November 25th, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

If you have entrepreneurs knocking down your door for financial support, come to me and let me help you invest.  After this weekend, I am officially qualified!

Last Thursday and Friday I spent an inordinate amount of time in the case rooms on-campus. Why, you ask? I had joined a team participating in the Venture Capital Investment Competition – VCIC for short. Our objective was to review three business plans from early stage companies and invest in exactly ONE of them. There was a lot of due diligence, market research, and many questions for the entrepreneurs. In the end, our team – Team Slap Chop – won the event.

Not only did we win for best team, but also for the team the entrepreneurs most want to work with. Now it’s on to Pittsburgh in February for the regional competition where we’ll take our human capital and imaginary fund to compete against some of the other b-schools this side of the Mississippi.

Wish us luck!


Charity Golf Tournament – MBA Goes Social

November 11th, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

My past two weeks have been jam packed with extracurricular activities. Nowadays, I find that my out-of-the classroom activities are consuming as much time as my coursework obligations. This does not mean I am not learning, rather it speaks more to the holistic (i.e., theoretical and experiential) education you get at Smith. I love this aspect of the program.

To give you a flavor flash of one event I was involved in…

Over the past three months, I have been organizing a charity golf tournament for the MBA community. From finding a viable location, to identifying what type of tournament would work best (lowest score vs. best ball), I was responsible for putting this event together.

My work culminated in a fantastic day of ‘captain’s choice best ball,’ at Glenn Dale Golf Course in Glenn Dale, MD. It had great impact too. Approximately 40 MBA students and their friends participated, and together we raised about $800 for charity. Additionally, there were prizes for the longest drive, shot closest to the pin, and lowest overall team score. Everyone raved about the event and is clamouring for an encore this Spring.

This is only one type of extracurricular activity hosted by the Smith School for MBA students, but speaks to the social aspect of our program. Also, I believe my experience organizing this medium sized event, helped supplement my teamwork and integration course learnings and allowed me to apply them in a practical setting.

Also, I told you there were a number of events I have been part of over the past few weeks.  Stay tuned and over the next couple of days I’ll fill you in on what’s been keeping me busy.