Stanford GSB Update – After 1st Quarter of MBA Program

Stanford has been amazing – the people are spectacular.  The access to local VCs has been great – and we’re already fully into recruiting & interviews for summer internships.  The campus itself is really pleasant – I get to bike to class each day, the weather is almost always sunny and fresh feeling.

I got a deepdive in Finance this past quarter, so I can now understand the WSJ when I read it.  I am about to dive into another quarter of classes, but this time, they will be almost exclusively quantitative (modeling, stats, microecon, mngrl accounting, and corporate finance).  Between the courseload and spending time with classmates, the school absorbs practically all of my time – my life is once again managed by an Outlook calendar that finds lunches regularly double and triple booked.  We call it ‘drinking from a firehose’.   It’s crazy to have so many interesting lectures, seminars, and activities to spend time with.

Anyways, I’m getting to spend time with a lot of high-achieving and well-meaning people who want to build companies (either Internet businesses or clean energy companies) – and those are the two things I’m most interested in.  All in all, it’s been every bit the experience I had hoped it would be.

Fortunately, Joan has been a great companion – getting to spend time with her helps keep me balanced and after Q2, everything is supposed to ease up a great deal – giving us more time to work on projects, meet people outside the school, etc.