Tag Archives: Venture Capital

Booth VC Civil War – Energy Foundry VC Investment Competition

“Do you desire the fire of a business battle royale? A spectacular clash of Booth smarts, charismas, and egos? Come and see the struggle, the stakes, the glories of victory, and the agonies of defeat, the names of the winners, and the shame of the losers, and see our school’s champions of venture capital chosen to go and dominate every other school in the world!”

You  do not get an email like this everyday,  but when you do, the game is on! This is what happened a couple weeks ago when I participated at the  Energy Foundry Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC).

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Recruiting, It’s Not So Bad

Business school can generally be broken down into three main components; studying, socializing, and soliciting (a job). While the first two are fairly straightforward in aims and objectives, that third prong can often be the cause of the greatest variance and corresponding stress levels.

There is no good way to avoid that reality. Finding meaningful full-time employment following a large investment in getting an MBA can be a daunting task, and one that doesn’t always have a clear solution or light at the end of the tunnel.

You may be overwhelmed with the number of avenues and companies available to you. A goal may feel unattainable because a lack of previous experience or a competitive landscape. Or your own preferences may shift after being introduced to new material.

I’m not here to tell you it’ll all be ok (it will without a doubt). I also don’t have specific methods to reducing that stress. But I’m here to point out the really great aspects of recruiting, and why a lot of that perceived trial and tribulation is a result of premium opportunity.

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You Can’t Spell University of Chicago Booth School of Business Without the University of Chicago

One of my most vivid memories of being an undergrad at the University of Chicago was graduation. Graduation here is rife with tradition – in the morning, every college gathers on the main quad for a campus-wide ceremony, complete with a bagpipe processional. Across the campus, students are quiet, excited and nervous, with one exception. Booth students treat graduation for what it is – a celebration. This means goofy additions to their caps and gowns and plenty of laughter and cheering. This is an aspect of what makes Booth so unique to me – while it retains many great University of Chicago traditions, it also has its own culture. In this post, I’d like to highlight some of the ways Booth integrates itself into the greater campus community, while still maintaining its own vibe.

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People Are Good At Many Things Yet Choose to Do One Thing

Liz Han has been an active member of DSAC from the very beginning of the school year, assisting us with the campus visit program. She’s also very involved in the entrepreneurship and venture capital community at Booth; she was a SeedCon volunteer and approached me with the idea of blogging about the resources at Booth she’s found most helpful thus far. First-year students have the opportunity to pursue their passions from Day 1, which Liz describes below.

As we progress in our lives and careers, we have to make critical decisions that impact where we live, what we do, and who we are. For many of you, applying to business school is one such decision. It certainly was for me.

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