Thursday, November 23, 2006

Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford

One of the most anticipated events at SBS, the Silicon Valley comes to Oxford happened this monday. There were quite a number of executives from a lot of companies in Silicon Valley who attended it. I attended master classes from Chris Sacca, Head of Special Initiatives of Google and Tom Esselman, Founder of Altran Holdings Inc., USA. Sacca's Session was amazing and you can good insights into Google and what they value. Tom's session was around Innovation in Science and Engineering. He is also professor of this subject at Harvard University and it was interesting to get to know about the challenges that one can face to do problem solving with Scientists and Engineers.

The master classes followed by the Panel Discussion which was attended by Matt Cohler (VP Strategy & Business Operations, Facebook), Reid Hoffman (CEO, Founder LinkedIn), Allen Morgan (Managing Director, Mayfield ) and Chris Sacca. It was moderated by Jonathan of FT and we had an interesting discussion on Colloboration which included blogging, the network sites et all. I had an oppurtinity to dine with these executives at Oriel college later. I had a chance to have a detailed discussion with Kevin Waudby, Head of Innovation at Cancer research institute UK and Villy Wang of Baycat. All in all it was a fruitful day with a lot of insights into various things and this will be/was an amazing oppurtinity for budding entrepreneurs.

On the other end, the time is running up and we will be completing our first term next week. I am able to get some 60s and 65s in the assignments, which are not bad enough considering that most of the scores in the class are around 60s and 70s. The exams are due starting Dec 11th finishing on Dec 14th. I will be taking a long break from Dec 19th to Jan 12th in India.

Monday, November 13, 2006

End of Week 5

Have been busy off late and there was a big lag in the updation of the blog :)

A lot of activity is happening as usual. Am getting ready for exams due in Dec 2nd week marking the end of Michaelmas. So surprised that term is getting over so early. Time is running fast & fast & fast &....

Here are some of the snaps over this period:

MBA Class of 2007 in Sub Fuscs for a group photo - what a wondeful view is that?

One more view of same!!!!

Yes, this is Lecture Theatre - 5 one of our lecture theatres

Preparing for the group photo!!!

A Closer look!!!

Here is our beautiful lawn. We played cricket here last week end in preparing for MBA Olympics

hmm...Camp fire @youlbury that I went with Scouts and Guides in Oxford..

People enjoying the fire in the winter...

Here is a scary photo of us in youlbury before setting up fire!!!