Posts tagged ‘MBA’

October 15, 2010

Got Cambridge MBA Interview Invitation

It is an amazing day and my first MBA application has the interview result. I got the invitation and i will go to the university of Cambridge to attend the campus interview. I’d like to take a close look at the campus and the start-up hubs around the university.

will update the coming Cambridge MBA interview.

October 9, 2010

updated new about innovation works and Dr. Kaifu Li

Here is the article from http://www.chinaventure.com.cn about well-rounded information of Dr.Kaifu Li and his innovation works.

I feel very positive to approach him and his works to pitch my idea with my team at the right time. I really wish the university of Cambridge will accept me to their MBA program.  Keep my fingers crossed!

http://news.chinaventure.com.cn/47/20101009/44168.shtml

拥挤的办公室仅有的空地——过道,权作了演讲台。站在一捆打包好的书上,李开复拿着扩音器讲话。他身边簇拥着不少年轻人,还有更多的人站在自己的办 公桌前听他演讲。李开复简单讲了几句之后,换成一位年轻女孩接过扩音器、跳上那捆书,嘿嘿地笑着说:“我们的用户数比上周翻了一番。”周围的人笑嘻嘻地鼓 掌,他们的脸明亮得好像有阳光打在上面。李开复抱着双臂,站在旁边,面带微笑。这是创新工场每周五中午员工大会上的一幕,按惯例,创新工场投资的各个项目 都要在员工大会上与其他人分享自己的进展。

那位说“我们的用户数比上周翻了一番”的女孩,叫宓金华,今年25岁,浙江大学计算机系硕士应届生,是创新工场手机照片处理和分享软件“魔图精 灵”的项目负责人,目前这个团队有6个人。坐在我面前的她,穿着粉红长袖T恤,扎着马尾,看起来像路边的小草一样不起眼。但是,“魔图精灵”本是点心项目 的一部分。因为办公室拥挤,点心项目搬迁的时候,宓金华大胆地提出让“魔图精灵”独立出来,自己来负责。她又立下3个星期内推翻原来规划的保证书,重新做 出新的框架设计。“我战战兢兢,也不知道能不能做好,但开复说‘我相信你,你绝对能做出来。’如果没有他的支持,我们这个团队的气势就要崩溃了。”

宓金华提出重做“魔图精灵”后,过了一个周末,周一她再来上班,发现什么都准备好了。不管自己需要什么人,对方都会出现在她需要的地方。“我觉 得像走了狗屎运,好像观音菩萨从天上飘过来帮了我一把的感觉。”宓金华眼中,李开复有点像父亲,你想玩耍,他会在玩具房里搭好小木床、游戏台、准备好玩 具、书具等,然后他就默默离开了,他不会像妈妈一样陪你玩,而是让你自己尽情地在里面玩。

经过20多天“与时间赛跑”的漫长加班,7月31日下午2点,魔图精灵终于重新上线。当宓金华轻点鼠标,电脑显示“软件上传成功”字样后,她丢 开鼠标,瘫坐在椅子上,浑身力气都被抽空了,手都发麻了。喘息片刻,她赶紧站起来,催促其他人:“走、走、走,赶紧离开这里,今晚去吃火锅、打牌!”吃火 锅的时候,他们又在手机上看魔图精灵下载的情况,为一点一点的用户增长欢呼。

“我希望未来用户是千万级的,改变世界一点点。”宓金华抿了抿嘴,不好意思地笑了起来。

新闯荡之路在清华科技园16层,出了电梯,拐角的墙上贴着一张A4纸大小的告示:“创新工场左转”。游敏丽——创新工场“点心”项目研发总裁 ——第一次到这里就对此印象深刻,“创新工场名气这么大,但到了它门口,居然不知道怎么走。我在走廊上碰见过好几次拖着箱子一脸迷茫找不到路的人,因为告 示太小了。”

李开复就是在这里开始重新闯荡,去年8月辞去谷歌中国区总裁职位后,李开复创办了创新工场,他从一名高薪职业经理人成为了老板——目前,创新工 场募集资金达10亿元,现有12个项目,工友180人左右。[工友是创新工场对员工的专门称呼]“他原本可以舒适地找一个国际机构,拿着数百万美元的年 薪。” 创新工场第一批投资人之一、新东方教育科技集团董事长俞敏洪说,“现在的开复比以前务实多了, 他忙的是创新工场能不能成事”。去年创业前,李开 复曾和俞敏洪探讨过创业的问题。俞敏洪说,“你快五十岁了,一辈子再往后还有出来的机会吗?”

李开复决定创业。创新工场的创始人有四名,除了李开复,分别是管理合伙人汪华、产品总经理王晔以及新闻发言人王肇辉。王肇辉和汪华是1978年 出生的,王晔是1982年的。李开复的资历、人脉、经验比他们多很多。创新工场最先就是一个中年创业者带着三个年轻人一起做起来的。

汪华曾创办过一家与电信相关的公司,当公司上了规模后,他又厌倦了,退出了管理,去斯坦福读MBA,后去了美国谷歌工作。回国后加入谷歌中国商 务发展部,将谷歌网络广告从零做到8000万美元。在他再次考虑从零起步的时候,李开复提出创业,他就加入了进来。“我喜欢把东西从零开始做大。”汪华 说。

清华科技园的办公室简单地刷着白墙,隔成一间间蓝色格子间。每间大约9平米。由于这一年的快速扩张,原本计划容纳4人的格子间最多的坐了12 人。在过道上,挨着格子间的是一排白色胶合板的电脑桌。不仅是拥挤,有些员工的笔和本子都是自己买的,电脑也是自己的。“这在大公司难以想象,但他不是诉 苦,而是说,你看,我多主动。”创新工场首席运营官陶宁说。

由于只有一个大会议室,不够用的时候李开复的办公室也被征用做会议室,因此他经常被赶来赶去。李开复办公室大约9平方米,雪白的墙上贴着一张绿 色的手写标语“INNOVATION WORKS!ROCK ON!”这是他的女儿李德亭送的,是这个办公室墙上仅有的装饰。墙边依次是电脑桌、书架,以及一张可供三人开会用的小圆桌。书架上放着李开复女儿们的照 片、一些奖杯和几本书。

当初为了降低房租、节省办公成本,创新工场创始人之一、新闻发言人王肇辉在与场地业主的最后一轮谈判里把李开复请了出来,省了不少房租。创业后 的李开复很多事都亲历亲为,既为产品做测试,有时候还要做翻译。出行也是坐济舱、住锦江之星连锁酒店。“我觉得这不成问题。以身作则是我的管理风格。”李 开复说。

充实团队李开复拉起创业帅旗,他最急需的就是实力超群的青年才俊。

September 28, 2010

最近比较忙

都说房地产金九银十,我这边什么都赶上9,10月份了。

工作上项目和销售都很好,刚签了大项目正和客户处在蜜月期。但保持这种expectation需要很多的effort来维持,现在几乎每一整天都没有闲着的时候。见完一个客户又是一个,而且见完不是结束了,会议上的很多事情就需要落实。

再碰上10月份是很多MBA的第一轮申请的deadline,要赶着申请。每个学校的essay都需要相应的做一些调整,in addition 每个学校的on line application都有不少差别,这部分填写不能出差错。

另外把本科四年的成绩按照美国的GPA计算了一下,3.48/4,还算不错的成绩。:)

August 16, 2010

next action

Finally consolidated my business plan.  My plan is to target at app development on smartphone. There are three ways to realize it. i. online-platform; ii. co-office environment to incubate small development team; iii. coach for oversea marketing promotion.

i can leverage the resource once i start my MBA to fulfill above plan and hope to meet partners and angel investor.

Now i’m going to head down to learn iphone app development. I haven’t programmed since i graduated from the graduate school. Now in order to know the process of app programming, i need to start again. I find a coach and will pay some consultant fee for his advising and teaching.

The following time of this year will be very busy. Learn to develop iphone app and apply for MBA. I hope to get above done successfully.

June 21, 2010

Chinese students want to know: How do i get rich?

A good article written by a professor in Wharton Business school.

Take a look and think seriously about what you want to achieve.

A business school professor asks himself what he hath wrought.

In February, three Wharton faculty colleagues and I had the pleasure of dining with 19 visiting students from one of China’s most prestigious universities. The students were young. They were charming. They were very intelligent. And they were very, very goal-directed.

My colleagues and I had each prepared brief opening remarks, but the students were having none of it. They had elected a delegation leader, and the delegation leader, as quickly as possible, got to the question the students all wanted to address: What are the implications of the current financial and economic crisis?

A colleague in the accounting department gave them a careful, scholarly, even-handed explanation of how firms’ decisions on the repricing of assets in their portfolio could perhaps have been used, perhaps unintentionally, to create false expectations in the marketplace, and could have been done in a way undetectable to auditors, leading to over-investment in toxic subprime assets.

No, that’s not what the students wanted to discuss. With much less tact, I explained that, indeed, mispricing of assets at an inflated price could have been deliberately used to create the illusion of value, and this could then have been used to create the very real rewards of wealth for the financial engineering wizards responsible for the scheme.

This got us much closer to the questions that the visiting students wanted to address. Their first round of questions were basically, How can I get that job? How can I get a high-paying job in investment banking now?

My colleagues and I attempted to convince them that those jobs simply will not exist again, at historical levels of compensation, in the months or years before these students’ graduation.

This led to a second round of questions, like, What can I do while working as a desk drone in an audit firm in China to ensure that I can get into Wharton, Harvard or Stanford, and get a job in investment banking later? The students were patient. They did not need a job with a $10 million bonus now, as long as the prospect of receiving it later would still arise.

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I then suggested that perhaps they might work for companies that made things. Actual things. With a burgeoning middle class that would soon be larger than the entire population of the U.S. or Western Europe, surely there was going to be a huge domestic market for things in China. The students could pursue careers with companies that were working to develop and to sell appliances fit for a Chinese home, or mass-market, branded consumer package goods for the new middle class Chinese consumer.

This was met with stares from the students. Another colleague from the management department suggested that Chinese retailing and distribution offered two other growth opportunities for a bold young entrepreneur. Again, we got mostly stares.

I then explained that there are really only three ways for an individual to earn tens of millions of dollars a year:

–Create a company that creates real wealth and keep a piece of the company. Bill Gates did that at Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFTnews people ), and he is, probably, still one of the five wealthiest men in America. Vanderbilt (railroads and shipping), Carnegie (U.S. Steel (nyse: Xnews people )) and Rockefeller (Standard Oil) did it, too. These men played hardball, seeking to crush commercial competitors, but they did successfully transform America and the world.

–Facilitate the creation of real wealth by others and keep a piece of each transaction. J. P. Morgan convinced European investors that they would earn far more investing in the fastest-growing industries in the United States than they would investing in their more developed, more mature and more slowly growing domestic markets. He directed the capital that led to the industrialization of the United States. American industrialists got rich. European investors got rich. America was transformed, and his share of each transaction ensured that Morgan became wealthy as well.

Venture capitalists, early round investors in new companies and firms that underwrite their initial public offerings all facilitate the creation of new companies and the creation of jobs and wealth, and profit from it. Early investors in Microsoft,Google (nasdaq: GOOGnews people ), Oracle (nasdaq: ORCLnews people ) and Apple (nasdaq: AAPLnews people ) all profited quite handsomely from it.

This used to be the principal function of Wall Street firms other than those principally in retail brokerage. But it produces individual Wall Street executive wealth only slowly, and only when Wall Street produces increases in national wealth. Patient men like Warren Buffett still facilitate wealth creation, and Buffett may be richer even than Gates.

–Steal it. Stealing money is much more reliable than earning it. You can steal wealth slowly, the old-fashioned way, buried within the operations of trading for the house account. Or you can steal it quickly, by using obscure and poorly understood financial artifacts to produce the illusion of wealth creation. Then you take a piece of the illusionary wealth, as personal cash, now. Then you exit and duck for cover before the entire game blows up. Better yet, you can sell your private equity firm to naïve investors for one final twist of the knife into the carcass of your nation. (Deliberate fraud, like those allegedly committed by Bernie Madoff or Robert Allen Stanford, is too crude to be of interest to young financial engineers, and too likely to result in extreme punishment.)

I then suggested that if students were not interested in earning their money through entrepreneurship (too risky), then investment banking in China offered the next best alternative for personal wealth creation. Facilitating investment in, and growth of, companies catering to the wants, needs, cravings and longings of China’s growing middle class, offers Chinese investment bankers a path toward personal wealth by creating national wealth, much as J. P. Morgan did for America.

The students, though, were uninterested in banking in China. After the students left, it took my colleagues and me a couple of hours to figure out why this was so. I-banking in China is about improving China. The students saw i-banking in America as being about improving their own personal wealth, first and foremost; if the client could be assisted without too much personal inconvenience then and only then did they see American i-banking as also being about value creation.

I asked myself, What have we done? When I thought that the craze for private equity careers and investment banking careers among the brightest Western students was the fault of Western business schools, I felt both shame (for perhaps having contributed to this) and fear (for how we as a nation could possibly compete with foreign nations where the best and brightest young students sought real careers).

Perhaps the fear was unwarranted. Perhaps the best and the brightest students of other nations also wish to transform their homelands from economic dragons into paper tigers, following the Western model. Interestingly, our own students are indeed learning to manage, learning to market, learning operations and production planning and logistics; they are working hard to get ready for a world of things. Perhaps America doesn’t have as much to fear from foreign competition as we thought.

Eric K. Clemons is a professor in the Information Strategy and Economics Group at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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