Tuesday, January 12, 2010

and this is what I'm doing now.

2019 Update - I've sold my company and am now focusing on Half Basis where we're crowdsourcing capital for ecological preservation, carbon abatement, and full cycle product innovation. We believe that if we all chip in a few bucks a month we can put a stop to climate change. Head over to the site and sign up. Help us save our planet.


In case any of you who use this material as a reference and followed my progress from start to finish at ESADE, here's an update a bit over a year and a half later.

Needless to say 2008 was no picnic but in the end I believe it was beneficial to the world as well as everyone else and at the end of it all things should normalize. At the same time I'm willing to wager that the "forced" innovation that will occur from this recession will bring us benefits for a long time. What is this "forced innovation"? Entrepreneurship out of need due to no jobs / lowered income prospects etc...

Anyways, since graduating, I've started my own early stage consulting company, Plain White Paper, Ltd., and while the idea behind it wasn't first to go into consulting it somewhat just wound up that way, and it's quite exciting.

We've so far launched f3fundit.com (a blog and community on open innovation & entrepreneurship), and the "Next Top Startup" Global Entrepreneurship competiton, which is about all we'll be able to handle with our current structure. At the same time we're working on two digital media stealth concepts that - should we get the funding ought to "fingers crossed here" stir a few things up in the digital space. We've worked with a few cool companies, and have even had an indirect impact on a private social network.

If you're looking for Entrepreneurship Advice, head over to f3f, and if you've got a good story to tell about your travels, we'd love to read it at PT.

That said, will update you guys with any major future changes to my post MBA life, but that's it so far.

Cheers, and hope this stuff is helpful.
- J

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

That's all folks.


So this is it, two years later, and the posts are done, the EUMBA blog is coming to an end, and in all reality, it's all a bit sad. It's been a hell of a ride, and along the way I met some great people, had some great adventures, and saw some great places. As for all those of you who read this, thanks, if it was any help what so ever, you're welcome, and hopefully some other MBA's will write more blogs to help future prospective students.

As for me. I'm moving to Poland, funny really, it was definitely on the agenda in the future, but destiny apparently has different plans for me. The job is good, I'm happy, I even bought my 1st professional book this week from Amazon :o and long story short, besides making some money, I hope I can also make some good in this world, it needs it. And that's it.... so long, goodbye, aufiderzen, arrivederci, adieu, adeu, sayonara, hamba kahle, dowidzenia and .... ADIOS y con miles de besos!!!!.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

When it rains it pours

MBA done, job secured – where don’t know – but secured. So what’s been happening now? Well, I’ve been getting solicitations for employment left and right. First came one from America – enterprise risk management in NYC, then another from a well established IT/Research group here in Barcelona, then today, a phone call from a headhunter for strategic development in a leading global consultancy in Poland. And as some of you may know, had the interview in Milan with another great company (will take the job if I get the offer me thinks).
So when it rains it pours. On a final note though for all those people looking to pursue MBA’s, I say this – put on Queen’s “Let me Live” think about your future, and see if you really want to get to the top, because the MBA really is a fantastic vehicle for upwards career mobility, and as a final note. Here’s an article form the Spiegel Online.

p.s. I love my MacBook Pro :P

Monday, March 31, 2008

Ciao di Milano

Ciao Tutti, e Bienviunto di Milano, plus strange train people and feeling like poop (can you see the exhaustion on my faccia?)

Greetings from Milano, here until late Monday, and then back to BCNa, and to tell you the most utter of truths, the Catalan Capital is much more aesthetically pleasing than Italy’s fashion capital. I even think I wrote about this before, but other than the D’Uomo and the Chiesa next to it, there’ really nothing much to the city on a day to day basis – though - it does look better at 16C rather than 45C.

Anyways, took Malpensa Express to get here today, pull out my laptop and am taking care of some everyday things, and some strange guy just keeps on looking at me, so I acknowledge him, by nodding, and there’s the opener.

“Hi, I’m a pilot, I like to tell people what to do, I’m a type A personality person, you know, a libertarian really, the problem with America these days is people are helping each other instead of being competitive, that’s the reason for today’s economy, and not to mention all the Democrat’s fault. McCain wants to change things a bit, but he’s too weak, you know I don’t pay for gas, I burn coal, those liberals saying it’s global warming, everyone knows it’s cyclical – hate, hate, hate…. “

And the irony behind all this is that while he complained about what is wrong is with America, he in fact was what is wrong with America. Funny.

Finally, feeling like poop. Had another sneezing fit, resulting in a bloody nose yesterday morning, three sneezing fits later, have a sore throat, and totally messed up sleeping schedule. YEY!!!!! I love it.

Finally, someone has been calling me, three times today, but the number is hidden. So I haven't the clue who it is, and feel that it's important, but I can't get back to them - which is annoying.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Goodbye everybody, I’m heading home, I’m heading home.

Some people have already left, others, are leaving today, this weekend, yet others still - early next week. Truth be told, its pretty sad, we saw someone who shall remain nameless almost break down in tears because we’re all heading in our different ways. Relationships are falling apart, some getting stronger. For those of us who have jobs or plan on staying in Europe, things will be easier, small continent and we can always fly to meet one another in any given city. With those in Asia, Australia, Africa, the Americas, it’s going to be a different story. But one thing is certain, the past 18 months brought all of us closer, and we’ve all made some amazing friends. So for anyone in the class who is reading this. Thanks for being there, through the thick and thin.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

MBA is Done and Done (almost)

Graduated! My dad left today back to NY, mom is still here with my cousin until Wednesday. Still need to finish a few final things, like write a paper about Memling’s Pieta, but other than that I’m pretty much done. It’s a bit strange though, knowing that until I actually start working I’ve pretty much got nothing to do.

Which I have to say, is super super nice!!! Finally a chance to sit back, relax and do nothing for a few days. Can’t wait.

As for work, well, have two more offers that came in this week, and everything is starting to fall into place, only problem is that each one of these offers has something to do in or with Poland, and I don’t know if I should go or try to get to London, or perhaps stay here, and there’s the possibility of moving to Milan as well.

Long story short, we’ll see where we wind up after all this. That is still yet undecided. ☺

Monday, March 10, 2008

Musical MBA Students in Barcelona

So this is one of the songs we plan to play tomorrow, can you tell it's our 1st jam session ever? Pretty bad, huh!? Anyways watch out tomorrow for Herr Donovan, Mssr. Omar, and Pan Jacek to show the world that MBA students are much more diverse than just compound interest and strategy loving geeks. Well... at least at ESADE ;)