All posts by Michelle DiMattia

Battle of the Bands – Booth ROCKS!

One of the aspects of Booth that I absolutely love is the fun rivalry we have with that other MBA program to the North, Kellogg.  It was something I did not expect coming into Booth at all (I assumed rivalries ended with college football!) but also something that I find myself getting super excited and competitive about every time.  Almost twice a quarter there is some Booth v. Kellogg event, from case competitions to conferences, to soccer, rugby, and flag football, all the way to my personal  favorite, BATTLE OF THE BANDS!

Every spring, our AudioBooth club organizes an epic battle between the incredibly talented musicians of both MBA programs.  I love the event because the music and energy is incredible, but also because I get to see my student peers show how talented they are beyond the classroom. This year was unbelievable- the bands left it all out on the stage and I was blown away by the talent of the musicians.

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NVC Diaries: Why did you want to do it?

Anyone interested in entrepreneurship, startups or getting involved with new business ventures has likely heard of the Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge (NVC).  Run by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation here at Booth, NVC is a top-ranked accelerator program in the nation and has graduated over 160 start-up companies still in operation today, including some recognizable names like Braintree, which acquired Venmo and was then later acquired by PayPal in 2013 for $800 million; Bump Technologies, which was acquired by Google in 2013; and GrubHub, which completed an IPO in April 2014.

NVC is truly an incredible program that helps student teams turn ideas into viable businesses.  But it takes a lot of hard work and commitment on top of the already demanding commitments of being a Booth student.  So I wanted to hear from NVC participants exactly why they wanted to compete in this year’s challenge.

Here’s what they had to say.

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Boothies Abroad

Boothies tend to travel quite a bit. Between long weekend trips to Cuba or Paris, Spring Break in Israel (aptly named BoothRight), Ski Trips to Canada and Colorado, Random Walks to Brazil, Japan, Costa Rica, Peru, Russia, South Africa…. and pretty much everywhere else, Boothies are a globally adventurous and travel-hungry crew!

But for some who want a truly immersive global experience, there is the ultimate Booth travel opportunity – study abroad!

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Congratulations Round 2 Admits!!

Round 2 admissions decisions were released this week, so we here at The Booth Experience want to extend a huge CONGRATULATIONS to all those who were admitted!

I still remember the day I got the call from Booth admissions over two years ago. I sprinted into the first empty conference room I could find at my office and shamelessly yelled with surprise, delight and excitement.  That call marked the beginning of my Booth Experience – a journey that has invaluably enriched both my personal and professional life.  I’m so excited for those of you who are just starting your Booth Experience.

Congratulations again and I hope to meet some of you at First Day in the spring!

Interview with a Millionaire

For one of my classes (my favorite class, actually), New Venture Strategy with Professor Jim Schrager, my final assignment is to write a “Make Me a Million” paper, where I interview an entrepreneur who has made his or her idea into a business with an estimated net worth of at least one million dollars.  The objective is to gain a deep understanding of how this individual transformed the seed of a business idea into a successful enterprise.  What was the inspiration? What were the challenges and setbacks? What were the risks and how did they determine whether those risks were worth taking?

I took advantage of our Executive-in-Residence (EIR) program here at Booth and reached out to Michael Alter, former CEO of The Tie Bar. Michael is also cofounder and former CEO of SurePayroll; as well as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship here at Booth.

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