Archive for October, 2008

Business Concept Competition Finals

Here are some pictures from the Darden UVa Business Concept Competition Finals.  Right now I really need a nap, but I will edit later with the actual results.  In the meantime check out LifeBlogDarden for some great coverage of the event.  

Life Sciences & Hi-Tech Teams

Life Sciences & Hi-Tech Teams

Consumer Goods & Services Teams

Consumer Goods & Services Teams

TeleMed Africa Team

TeleMed Africa Team

Philippe Sommer awarding Consumer Goods & Services Category winners

Philippe Sommer awarding Consumer Goods & Services Category winners

MJ, she's instrumental

MJ, she's instrumental

LifeBlogDarden author

LifeBlogDarden author

Let’s get visual

Here are some recent pictures I’ve taken around Charlottesville. I will try to take some at Darden soon as well.

Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

Another one while hiking on Blue Ridge Parkway

Another one while hiking on Blue Ridge Parkway

Again, on the hike.  It was beautiful.

Again, on the hike. It was beautiful.

The Rotunda

The Rotunda

Looking out to the Lawn from the Rotunda

Looking out to the Lawn from the Rotunda

And don’t forget to check out this New York Times article about Charlottesville.

Classes, clubs, and shoes

I am now two weeks into Q2, which means that I am done with 5/7th of my time at Darden.  Amazing.  This quarter is thankfully a bit lighter for me.  I am taking four classes and a research elective.  I am most thankful that there are no more 8AMs.  Early week I start at 10AM and have Operations Strategy, Systems Design & Business Dynamics, and a Reading Seminar in Management, which actually meets just once a week.  Late week I also start at 10AM and have just one class (nice!) which is Entrepreneurial Finance & Private Equity.  Considering how I wasn’t so sure I get everything I could in FY finance classes, I am really enjoying the the EF&PE class.  Maybe taking Valuation last quarter helped with that.  In any case, I continue on this liking trend.  I am currently reading Eyewitness to Power by David Gergen for the Reading Seminar.  Interesting perspective into leadership lessons learned from past Presidents.

I think I may have mentioned before that a huge chunk of my time goes to various club activities.  As the VP in charge of competitions for the EVC club my goal for this year was to increase participation and prize fund.  So far, I’m proud to say that my team and I have succeeded on both accounts.  The Darden UVA Business Concept Competition drew a record of 54 submissions this year!  For the first time ever, we also split the competition into two categories: Consumer Goods, Services and General & Life Sciences and Hi-Tech.  I spent last weekend along with a few other EVC members reading through all the submissions and picking the finalists who will present live in front of judges and an audience next Friday.

I also finally took my shoes to a cobbler.  I ended up dropping off a couple of pairs of boots at Ace Shoe Repair on Zen Road.  It cost me $22 for the 2 pairs of boots to put on new tips and the turnaround time was 1 week.  That is definitely more expensive than what I was paying in New York, but the quality so far seems good.  I’ll try to report if I notice any problems but so far I would go ahead and recommend this place.  I will most likely drop off the rest of my shoes there eventually.

Late nights

The week from hell is over.  Let’s recap.  Stayed up until 4AM Sunday night working on combo of presentation on Bumrungrad International for Integration & Innovation in Services and business plan for Venture Capital classes.  On Monday we were the last of 5 groups presenting in Integration & Innovation in Services class.  Ran out of time a bit, although we did do two run-throughs prior to class, hopefully it won’t have a big impact on our grades.  Spent the rest of the day working on business plan for VC and presentation on Etsy for Networked Business Seminar class.  Up until 3AM that night.  

Decided to print our business plan in color on Tuesday morning, which meant that fiance had to take me by his office to print.  Yes, we carpool now.  Saving on gas and helping out with the environment.  Yay!  Very close call thanks to Charlottesville traffic - had to run to class since business plan was due right at 10AM. Tuesday was a crazy long day too. Was there from 10AM until about 9:10PM without leaving once.  By the way, Networked Business Seminar is the longest class ever!  Three hours.  My group had 1.5 hours to give our presentation aka lead class discussion.  Now even more impressed with what Darden professors do so well.  We tried to make sure we have lots of questions and other ways to stimulate and lead the case discussion.  At times, I swear I could hear crickets chirping, but overall I think we did a great job.  After that class got out at 7:30, I had half an hour to myself, followed by a meeting with my group to prep for the Dollar Tree negotiation.  This was for Entrepreneurial Thinking class.  At 8:30 we met with the other team and tried to negotiate a deal.  By the time we reached an agreement it was 9:10.  Unfortunately, my day didn’t end there.  After getting home it was time to put the finishing touches on the prototype for the Developing New Products and Services design fair.  We were building a website and thankfully I have some experience with that.  Bed time - 1AM.  Not bad.  Although, I officially drink coffee now.  

 

Team at the design fair

Team at the design fair

Wednesday wasn’t too bad, except for the fact that I have 8AMs late week.  Was groggy but managed to make it through Valuation and Entrepreneurial Thinking without falling asleep.  I think.  Design fair went well, my group didn’t win overall, but we got “best presentation” award.  Plus, afterward one of the judges gave us excellent feedback.  The other teams also did an amazing job (I would tell you what the projects were but I don’t want to give away any trade secrets).  I’m sure our professor was very relieved that everyone pulled it together.  I was home by 5PM and 30 minutes into my three hour nap by 6PM.  It was glorious.  I woke up for a couple of hours to prep my valuation case and went back to sleep.

 

Thursday was a breeze compared to the beginning of the week.  It was the last day of classes for all late week courses.  We even had pizza in Developing New Products & Services class.  I then enjoyed a very nice long nap prior to watching the debate.  Thankfully Friday was a reading day.

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