Spring 2016: Semester in Review

A busy fall semester continued with an action-packed spring!  Thank you to all the students, faculty, alumni, and professionals who helped us make this semester another successful one.  Here is a glimpse of some of the events that the BC Grad Tech Club held over the past few months.


This Spring, the BC Grad Tech Club continued to provide bootcamps – hour long introductory sessions to tech platforms, tools, and hardware – for both MBA students and undergrads.  For more information about all sessions, please visit the Skill Building page on our website.  There, you can find slide decks and instruction materials to the various bootcamps, in case you want a refresher or are interested in seeing what you missed.


Professor George Wyner of BC’s Information Systems department continued his support of the BC Grad Tech Club by hosting a bootcamp introducing APIs. APIs, which stands for Application Program Interfaces, are tools that specify how software components should interact; or, as Professor Wyner put it, APIs are “a Lego box full of modules ready to fuel innovation.”  APIs are used by some of our favorite websites, including Twitter, Google, Facebook, and Netflix, each getting billions of API calls per day.  After walking the attendees through an overview of API programming, Professor Wyner shared some user-friendly APIs and how we can integrate them into our lives.


Fulton 150 was full when our very own Grad Tech Club co-president Alexa Villalobos, presented a Tableau bootcamp to graduate and undergrad students.  Tableau is a data visualization software currently in high demand by employers.  During the session, Alexa walked the room through the importation of data sets into the program and then showed some of the many features of Tableau.  Using Startup Funding Data from Crunchbase, we saw how to transform the information from raw data to colorful visualizations based on location, the highest funding, and the volume of the startup’s market.

Students can receive a free one-year subscription to Tableau at http://www.tableau.com/academic/students.

Raspberry Pi

Before the BC Grad Tech Club kicked off its Fulton Hall Map Kiosk Raspberry Pi project, BC Information Systems professor Sam Ransbotham hosted a bootcamp to set up a Raspberry Pi.  During the session, Professor Ransbotham brought two new Raspberry Pis and had students set them up.  He then went through the Raspberry Pi operating system, Raspbian, and highlighted some of the features that distinguish it from the iOS and Windows operating systems.

This project was just the beginning of the club’s semester with the Raspberry Pi computer.  Please read about that experience in the previous blog post!


Boston Tech Trek

During the spring semester, Boston Tech Trek was very busy, visiting eight tech firms throughout Boston.  TripAdvisor was gracious enough to host over eighty BC students at its headquarters in Needham, MA.  This trek was especially noteworthy because CEO Steve Kaufer spoke to students and answered questions.

Later in the semester, students had the privilege of visiting Datto, an information backup and recovery company located in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood of Boston.  Next up were Jana, a tech company that enables people in emerging markets to have access to hundreds of apps without using data, and Greentown Labs, host to the largest collection of cleantech companies in the US.  Boston Tech Trek closed out the year with visits to VC firm Highland Capital Partners, Aeronaut Brewery, Rethink Robotics, America’s Test Kitchen, and Amazon Cambridge.

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In collaboration with the recently launched Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship, the BC Grad Tech Club facilitated a mentoring program for Accelerate@Shea.  Accelerate@Shea is a student-run accelerator for entrepreneurial ideas.  It provides funding, space, workshops, and professional advice for teams to work on and develop their ideas.  The Grad Tech Club was able to assist in the venture by providing three MBA students as mentors in the areas of Marketing, Finance, and Operations.  The three mentors, Kelly Garfield, Israel Kloss, and Dong Yul Lee, advised students via email and in-person meetings to help them overcome some of the challenges of developing and launching a business that they may not have thought about before.  The reception to the mentors was strong, as they brought their real-world knowledge and experiences to the undergraduate projects.


On-Campus Events

On March 16, Boston College hosted Big Data Research Day, a day-long event focused on current faculty and student research and coursework related to big data. After a keynote address from Marvin Chow (’95), Senior Director of Global Marketing at Google, professors from various departments at Boston College shared how big data is impacting classroom learning and scholarship across BC, including how students analyze the texts of James Joyce and how the Lynch School of Education’s research is transforming how students engage with technology to learn. Analytics professor Sam Ransbotham spoke about how data exhaust from digital processes allows for uncovering of companies’ and individuals’ secrets faster than ever before. In addition to faculty presentations, various students’ academic and self-directed projects using big data were on display for public viewing.


In April, CSOM alum Seong Lee visited campus to speak to students about Quantopian, a platform that allows individuals to develop, test, and use trading algorithms to buy and sell securities.  Seong spoke about how Quantopian tests trading algorithms on the platform, then backtests the algorithms to check for overfitting.  The company evaluates algorithms on whether or not they are correlated to the market.  They want trading patterns that are resilient to swings in the overall stock market.  If Quantopian finds the algorithm to be successful over a period of time, it may just allocate funds to the script, giving the creator a portion of the profits.

Looking Ahead

As the 2015-2016 school year closes, we would like to congratulate BC Grad Tech Club presidents Alexa Villalobos and Dave Hackett on a successful year!  Next year, Eric Rahn and Evan Ryan will be leading the club.  Thank you to all for your continued support. As always, feel free to contact the club at bcgradtechclub@gmail.com if you want to get more involved!

Raspberry Pi Fulton Hall Map Kiosk: A Hands-on Product Management Experience

At the beginning of the Spring semester, the Tech Club decided to launch a project using a Raspberry Pi, a low-power single board computer. Following in the footsteps of the Product Team last year, which designed an app to notify individuals about missing personal items, the Pi Project set off to find a way to combine the club’s love of technology and interest in providing students with hands-on experience with a useful product for future Carroll classes. The club iterated through several ideas, from a music player, to a digital events calendar, eventually combining a few to land on a computer map kiosk. A map, we reasoned, would be the perfect way to help students navigate the confusing Fulton Hall and the (almost intentionally) ambiguous Bean Counter schedule; it would also give us a highly visible way to show off the MBA program’s tech skills to prospective students, graduate and undergraduate alike. As a bonus, the Pi Project would also serve as an excellent learning experience in high-tech product development and management, and help drive the entrepreneurial movement at BC, recently boosted by Jere Doyle and the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Logistics Phase

The first hurdle to the project was finding a faculty sponsor. Drawing on the tech enthusiasm that already exists at BC, the Tech Club paired up with Information Systems Professor Sam Ransbotham to mentor the project. Professor Ransbotham is himself a massive Pi enthusiast, and was happy to support our tech initiative at BC. However, Professor Ransbotham was engaged teaching class until Spring break, and would be unable to support the project in full until afterwards. Wanting to take advantage of his availability, this set the start of development for the first week after break. The balance of the semester prior would be spent researching product/hardware requirements, building a team, acquiring supplies, and setting a development timeline.

Even with the seemingly simple idea of a digital map, there were many small design choices and tradeoffs that needed to be made immediately, the most important of which being the computer choice. We wanted to decide on a computer early to have time to order it and any accessories ahead of development. With limited knowledge of web & application development, we chose the Pi to give us a broader range of operating systems, an infinite range of form factors (it comes with no case), and a very low power requirement. We aimed for flexibility in the operating system to allow any developers we recruited to make the best choice for code environment, and then focused on our ability to house and power the computer within Fulton with very limited resources. We ordered the Pi, along with a Pi-specific touch screen, at the beginning of March, and assumed our order would arrive well before testing got underway. During the process, we also discovered that the BC Media Center offered students free 3D printing as a pilot program, and decided to print the case for our kiosk on campus. The whole case took about a day to create, and this provided us with even more flexibility as we ran into size challenges later in the development process.

The next major task was to put together a development team. Without enough coding experience at the graduate school, the Tech Club turned to the undergraduate Computer Science Society, and worked with their leaders to recruit from both the MBA and undergraduate CS programs. Without the ability to pay developers directly, our mission statement to the undergraduates revolved around teamwork and self-development. We offered the opportunity to work collaboratively with graduate students, with access to GitHub, the Pi, and other on-campus tech resources sponsored by the Tech club, hoping to convince CS majors to contribute largely for the love of learning. A survey was sent out in early February to collect signatures until the week of Spring break. Until we had an idea of how many students were willing to commit to the project, we could only speculate on exactly how sophisticated we could make our kiosk.

To close out our time before Spring break, the club began making the connections necessary to give us the data access we would need to be successful. Originally conceived as a partial directory for professors, we wanted to provide our developers with access to that data, on top of class schedules, student events, career events, and pure schematic data on Fulton. We weren’t sure exactly how or where the data was stored, or who controlled access to it, and began our search with Professor Ransbotham and Marilyn Eckelman. Initially, progress was slow as we moved through the bureaucratic chain, but many of the connections developed during this time went on to help us immensely in our quest to centralize Fulton Hall data.

At the end of Spring break, after several emails to the Tech Club and CS Society listervs, and an introductory kickoff event, thirteen volunteers, including 9 CS undergraduates, had signed up to participate in the Pi project. Even assuming students would drop out before the end of the project, we felt we had more than enough manpower to proceed. From here the project moved into the development phase, and the logistics of product design began to come together.

Development Phase

The development phase picked up after Spring break finished, and immediately jumped into collaborative product design. Over the first two weeks after break, the MBAs and CS undergrads met to work together on product specifications & requirements, wireframing, timeline, and general division of labor. An important decision during this time was to implement the map as a website, meaning that the computer kiosk would function as a very limited web-browser. With input from the undergraduates, this option provided a greater amount of platform flexibility (desktop vs. mobile access) while still being within the scope of languages they had experience with. We focused on differentiating between wishful and priority product features, making sure to take into account ease of coding, availability of data, and the utility to the user of each feature. The responsibilities of OS/hardware research and development was assigned to the MBA students, since it required less coding expertise, while the CS undergraduates handled web development. The team scheduled a check-in meeting two weeks before the end of classes, and the four-man strong MBA group set about creating the kiosk itself and gaining data access, while our undergraduate counterparts assembled the web page.



Despite planning on paper, there were many hurdles that needed to be overcome during the development process. The most significant of these was access to data, since the various features required extremely decentralized sets of information. The easiest items to find were the schematic drawings of Fulton Hall necessary to create a map. However, we soon found out that room information, student event information, course information, and career event information were all controlled and stored by different entities. To make matters worse, course information was hardly stored at all, and was instead only maintained on a mysterious server system known as ‘The Mainframe’. Many BC students are familiar with The Mainframe through using its MSDOS-esque UI to register for courses, which was apparently the only way to access the data. Given this complication, and the disorganized nature of the remaining data, the team was able to obtain access to only professor data and student life events during the course of the project.

To compound this issue, despite receiving our Pi in early April, the complementary touchscreen monitor we had ordered (from the same vendor at the same time) did not ship until the end of the month, after our deadline for a team check-in. As Murphy’s law dictates, the original screen arrived at the same time as the Amazon replacement, but this was still late enough to delay initial testing. Our 3D printed case had also not anticipated the height of the cables needed to attach the screen, but this was easily solved by reprinting the midsection of the case with a few extra centimeters of depth. Here, the flexibility we opted for choosing 3D printing saved the project, as it would have been difficult to have a custom case made quickly any other way.


By the time of our check-in, our web development team had slowly dwindled, due to busyness and inexperience, to two members. While both are extremely capable coders, we realized that our resources were limited, and chose to focus on only map and student life features to put out a beta version of the kiosk before the end of the semester. The two developers heroically completed the website before the end of finals period, and the MBA students finished assembling the physical kiosk, including a display stand, before turning over the system for installation.



Demonstration and Conclusion

The Pi Kiosk did not make its scheduled demonstration without putting up a few final fights in the 11th hour. After being returned by the developers, during final testing it became obvious that the Pi’s native operating system could support touch, but not touch gestures. This left a 7 -inch tablet screen without an ability to pinch-to-zoom in on maps, necessitating one final fix before the kiosk went on display. After attempting to install several driver and software solutions to the gesture problem, the team landed on the Iceweasel browser, which balanced image size while maintaining the CSS and Javascript running on the site. Though gestures simply would not work on the Raspbian distribution of Linux, navigation looked smooth and the images displayed large enough to make out detail. The demo was saved, and beginning at 5pm our classmates began to meander over to the graduate lounge to test out the product of our semester-long endeavor.

Even though we ended up with only a handful of the features we originally set out to incorporate, the Pi was very well received by our classmates. Through our struggles with logistics and coding, we had not only learned valuable lessons about the product development process, but we had managed to excite our classmates about technology. During the last-minute assembly process, we fielded more questions about the project than we had in a month of Tech Club email bombardment. As one of the core goals of the Tech Club, sparking an interest in tech was the greatest achievement of the Pi Kiosk project. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of involvement and excitement over technology at BC.

TechTrek NYC Spring 2016

What does $50 get you in New York City? Normally, not much. On BC’s TechTrek NYC trip, however, $50 affords students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet with thought leaders and executives working in tech companies, both large and small, in New York. This March, a group of 25 competitively admitted graduate and undergraduate students forfeited the opportunity to sleep in on the first morning of spring break to get a close look into some of New York’s hottest tech companies. Our aggressive mission: visit five companies in a city 4 and a half hours away from Boston in the span of one business day. Here’s a taste of our experience:



ClassPass was a great start to the day. For those of you not familiar with it, its existence is the reason why your friend or acquaintance attends a yoga class in Kendall Square on Monday, a spin class in Fenway on Wednesday, and a kickboxing class in Back Bay on Thursday, all at different boutique studios. ClassPass’ office was open, bright, and had an area with stretch hammocks for lounging. I would venture that we were the best dressed people in the office, as many employees were wearing workout clothes.

Much of our conversation at ClassPass centered around the excitement of their impressive growth over the past couple years and how they earned the trust of studios to this end. Like many startups, they pivoted a couple times before landing on the product they have today, a monthly subscription service providing access to classes at a variety of different studios. When ClassPass enters a new city, they contract with as many boutique studios as possible which provide a variety of fitness classes; a critical component of building trust with studio owners is demonstrating how ClassPass will bring in an entirely new set of customers into the mix for a studio. Each studio is paid a percentage of regular per-class fees for each ClassPass attendee. At the time of our visit, an unlimited monthly subscription to ClassPass in Boston was $199; just a few weeks later, however, the price of the same subscription was raised to $180/month. The coming months will be an important indicator of ClassPass customers’ and studios’ loyalty.

Our hosts shared some of the ways ClassPass is excited about using data to improve subscribers’ experiences and further support studios’ success. The platform’s Spot Dashboard will allow class attendees to provide comments and give studio owners the opportunity to respond. This data along with ClassPass’ smart spot algorithm that recognizes patterns in user flow will allow for making better recommendations to users about what studio and/or class to try next as well as to studios about where they should open their next location(s).


Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway thinks about renting clothing and accessories as the best way for women to get what they want out of personal fashion – the excitement of wearing something new, enjoying seasonal trends, and the satisfaction of finding a good deal. We all know Rent the Runway for its dress rental service, but our host during TechTrek NYC lives and breathes Unlimited, a new monthly subscription service that allows women to rent three items at a time from a host of different types of apparel and accessories, for as long as they want. Rent the Runway has prepared for this expansion of its business by getting really good at turning dresses over from one renter to another quickly and by taking time to get to know women’s wardrobe needs. As part of preparation for the unlimited product, Rent the Runway conducted customer ethnographies in which they shot videos inside women’s closets to better understand what women need and/or want but don’t have.



Visiting a Google office is incredible in any city – New York’s office is no different. Employees are welcome to ride scooters around, and you can’t be farther than 50 yards from food anywhere. “The Google 15 is real,” shared one of our hosts. Based on the impressive lunch spread we saw in the cafeteria, I think 15 might even be an underestimation.

We had the largest group of hosts by far at Google – over 10 BC alums took time to meet with us! Each one of them expressed incredible passion for their role, knowing that Google touches more than a billion people’s lives. They encouraged all students to be perseverant and make career choices based on what provides the greatest opportunity to be challenged. One of our hosts is a program manager for a Google program that reflects this same attitude across the country; Google is investing in computer science programs in universities where students are switching into other fields for lack of adequate support of whose curricula need greater rigor to produce top-notch engineers.


Samsung Accelerator/Empire Angels

Our two hosts at the office of Samsung’s accelerator program graduated together from BC and later co-founded Empire Angels, an angel group of young professionals who invest in early stage technology companies with young founders. Christina also works for Samsung’s accelerator as an investor for early stage venture capital investments in software and services. They both shared the challenges and benefits of being young investors and the difficulty in general of breaking into the industry. Christina discussed the different purposes and ways that corporations set up accelerators or investment arms; Samsung manages an off-balance sheet fund with a particular focus on companies with products complementary to Samsung’s offerings, like Internet of things, mobility, and virtual reality. This approach allows the company to keep a pulse on potential market disruptors and position itself to form strong partnerships.



Handy was our last visit of the day; by the time we arrived, employees were wrapping up their normal work day to eat, play ping pong, and chatting before starting an evening product fire drill of sorts. Handy is a two-sided marketplace for booking household services, and, as our hosts were the CEO, the VP of Marketplace, and an SVP of operations, we spent most of our time learning about Handy’s approach to creating a stable virtual marketplace. Around the time of the company’s inception, the founders felt that they understood what customers of household services wanted, but very little about what the professional providers of services using the platform wanted; gaining an understanding of professionals’ needs and wants has been an important step for scaling their platform.


Be sure to keep an eye out for BC TechTrek events next year! Graduate students are welcome to attend TechTrek Boston visits to tech companies around the city on Fridays, TechTrek West to the Silicon Valley in January, and TechTrek NYC over spring break!

Tech Trek Takeaways

Evan Ryan, GradTech Club 1st Year Representative, shares key takeaways from his experience on Tech Trek 


Over winter break, Professor John Gallaugher led twenty-four Boston College MBA students  – including myself – on the field study portion of Graduate Tech Trek West.  The class uses the tech industry as a platform to study entrepreneurship, innovation, management, and competition.   Over the course of nine days, the field study took us to twenty technology companies in Seattle, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco.  The companies that we visited include both tech industry titans like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, as well as startups such as ThredUP and WePay.

I came away from the field study with a wealth of new knowledge and insight, but three of my key takeaways are as follow:


Boston College is a big player in the technology industry.  When I first started my MBA at Boston College, I wasn’t aware of just how strongly represented Boston College is in the Tech Industry.  Almost all of our twenty visits were hosted by BC alumni, many of whom themselves took Professor Gallaugher’s Tech Trek class.  Not only are Eagles joining the biggest names in tech, but they are also founding some of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley.  I was lucky enough to attend an event for BC alumni in the San Francisco area and got to see firsthand how supportive and welcoming the community is to Eagles looking to move out west.


Online payments are very, very hard.  A recurring theme in many of the companies we visited on the field study is that online payments were very difficult.  Even companies like Apple, Starbucks, and WePay, who have had a great deal of success, have had to overcome tremendous obstacles to accomplish something that seems somewhat straightforward to an outsider.  The primary hurdles include security and government regulations.  Security is paramount because even one incident could cause the public to lose trust in the company, which could cause its downfall.  Government regulation is difficult because each state has different financial laws and these get even more complicated as the service expands internationally.  That being said, BC alums have had an incredible amount of success in payments.  Bill Clerico and Rich Aberman, co-founders of online payments services provider WePay, are former Eagles who have found great success, processing billions in payments each year and driving some of the most successful online marketplaces.  Additionally, Colleen Kreyling (BC MBA) has been an integral part of Starbuck’s mobile payment efforts – the most successful mobile payments platform in retail.


The venture capital-start-up relationship is a lot like a marriage.  We saw this from both sides of the relationship, as we visited many venture-backed companies, as well as a VC firm.  My group asked many questions about how the venture process happened, and what I heard surprised me.  VCs, while interested in the businesses, care a great deal about the founders.  They have found that founders tend to have a certain charisma and confidence that is essential as a start-up goes through its cycles of ups and downs.  Similarly, venture-backed companies care about the people at the VC firms, not just the name on the door.  The VC-company relationship is initiated with the long haul in mind (exit events typically take 7 to 10 years for successful companies).  Each just wants to be in a relationship with people they believe in and feel comfortable with, hence the frequent references to marriage.

Fall 2015 in Review

It has been a busy semester for the GradTech Club! We are grateful to all the students, faculty, BC alumni, and other technology professionals who participated in and contributed to everything the club did this fall.


At the end of August, we surveyed alums and current second years about what skills they wished they learned at BC or would like to learn before graduating. Multiple alums said they wished they had learned SQL, and current students presented a variety of areas of interest, including coding languages and advanced Excel skills. We used this feedback in our planning for semester events.


The newest type of event that the GradTech club introduced this semester is the bootcamp, a 45-minute session to gain exposure to and practice with hands-on technological skills. In the fall, we featured 4 bootcamps on Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) & pivot tables, SQL (Parts 1 & 2), and ArcGIS.


We launched our first bootcamp on Visual Basic for Applications and pivot tables in early September. Two second-year MBAs shared how they have used these tools in their previous jobs. Attendees were guided through recording macros, creating basic code, and debugging code using VBA.



Professor George Wyner of BC’s Information Systems department facilitated two SQL bootcamp sessions covering database concepts, filtering and sorting records, joining tables, and summarizing data. During the session, students practiced writing queries using W3Schools immediately after learning the language’s syntax. Students provided very positive feedback, and the sessions provided strong foundational knowledge for first year students headed into the second half of the semester in which they would spend more time learning SQL in the classroom. Students shared that after the session, they were less intimidated about SQL and motivated to continue learning it on their own!


Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Manager from BC libraries, has taught sessions on ArcGIS to students in various undergraduate and graduate programs at BC. During the session, she guided students through data downloading from ReferenceUSA and Data Planet, one of many databases available for students’ use through the library. By downloading longitudinal and latitudinal data in the form of shape files, students plotted Bank of America ATMs on a map of Massachusetts. One student remarked, “I knew about GIS from my friends who studied geology, but the event really showed me how relevant and applicable the program is for business problems.  GIS has a wealth of information that can really take any presentation that involves a map to the next level.”

In addition to bootcamps run by the Tech Club, students can benefit from research tutorial sessions organized by Boston College library staff. Some MBA students took advantage of this resource to gain exposure to Stata, R, SAS, and more.


Early on in the semester, Boston Tech Trek visited HubSpot in Cambridge. A number of BC alums met with visitors to talk about their roles and experience at Hubspot. One student visitor shared that the office appeared to be “one of the best working environments in Boston.”

Later in the semester, Boston Tech Trek visited Wayfair in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Members of Wayfair’s Data Science and Business Intelligence teams presented a business overview of the e-commerce company. Topics discussed included how Wayfair uses data to micro-target certain classes of customers and the role that technology plays in its business model.

Boston Tech Trek also visited Runkeeper, LogMeIn, and Google throughout the semester.



In early November, the Consulting Club and the GradTech Club welcomed John Mazan of PwC for an information session about technology consulting. John led attendees through the materials that every tech consultant out of business school is presented on his/her first day on the job. One of the main takeaways from the session was a framework for evaluating companies’ technological priorities, needs, and capabilities long before providing clients with recommendations regarding particular technology solutions.

This Fall, Boston College launched the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship to support entrepreneurial coursework, co-curricular activities, experiential programming, and research. Boston College celebrated its opening with a weekend full of events, one of which included a keynote speech from Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, and a panel discussion with venture capital and Wayfair executives.


On November 11, the GradTech Club and Graduate Women in Business co-hosted five graduate and/or undergraduate BC alums working in tech. Our guests joined us from Apple, EMC, Pivotal Labs, Tapjoy, and Boston-based startup BeautyTouch, and they hold roles in product management, sales, engineering, and general management. Each of them described their journeys in tech, the strengths and challenges in the industry, and shared advice relating to landing jobs and being successful in a male-dominated environment.


The GradTech is only one of many tech and entrepreneurship clubs at BC, including the Computer Science Society, the Information Systems Academy, Start @ Shea, and the Women Innovators Network. As students passionate about tech and entrepreneurship, MBA’s have open invitations to other clubs’ events, including speaker series and coding nights. We look forward to continuing collaboration with other clubs.

For resources related to the events mentioned above, check out our website at https://bcgradtechclub.net/.



We have exciting events in mind for next semester! Stay in touch with the Tech Club to hear more details about API (application programming interface) and Tableau bootcamps, mentorship for undergraduate startup teams in BC’s new accelerator program, a Raspberry Pi project, and fintech and digital marketing events! Contact bcgradtechclub@gmail.com if you would like to be more involved!


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The Condensed MBA: Part 6

Final MBA reflections from our outgoing president.

David LoVerme

We’ve reached the last installment in my blog reflections on my MBA classes at Boston College.  I have been floored with the reaction (about 600 views as of my writing) and hope that they have provided some value.  In addition to the rundown of my classes, I will also include some closing thoughts at the end.  If you missed my earlier posts you can find parts one, two, three, four, and five here on my blog.

Second Year: Second Semester

Pricing Policy and Strategy

Another go round with marketing guru Jerry Smith, this class was condensed into three weekends over the course of half of a semester.  Similar to his Brand Management class, we walked out with tons of new tools and frameworks to help do pricing.  The most poignant take-aways, however, where more thematic:

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The Condensed MBA: Part 5

Penultimate Reflections from former GradTech President David LoVerme.

David LoVerme

With the second to last installment of my Condensed MBA series, we move on to the second year.  If it seems like the posts are heavy on the first year, that’s because the full time MBA tends to skew that way.  At BC, we moved from quarters to semesters and from daytime to evening classes.  For many, that allowed them to work either full or part time and for others it opened up time for the job search or to participate in extracurriculars such as my pet project the BC Grad Tech Club.  Still however, there was a lot of learning that went on and, as always, I have documented my take-aways here.  (If you missed my summaries of the first year courses see parts one, two, three, and four or a shortened version of the full first year on Linkedin.

Second Year: First Semester

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The Condensed MBA: Part 4

Part 4 of our Former President’s MBA Reflections.

David LoVerme

We’ve passed the halfway point in my six part MBA reflections!  If you missed it, here are the links to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.  I am full time working on my heritage travel startup Radici Travel as part of the 2015 Soaring Startup Circle so the final three installments will likely come once a week.

First Year: Fourth Quarter

Global Capitalism, Culture, and Ethics

This class was case-based and examined a number of ethical issues related to globalization.  Because of the way scheduling worked, everyone had to take this class but the two sections were essentially divided into marketing people and finance people.  A couple of times I had to go to the alternate section for one reason or another and the general sentiment was often markedly different.  For me, there are a couple of lasting impressions:

  • The banana industry is brutal!  We must…

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Welcome to the Tech Club!

The Boston College Graduate Technology Club’s mission is to educate students about the implications of technology in business and to create networking opportunities with successful executives in the high technology industry.

In the past, the TechClub has toured laboratories and manufacturing facilities, conducted networking sessions with successful alumni in the technology field, scheduled lectures with prominent industry executives and organized B.C.’s involvement in the annual Cyberposium conference held at the Harvard Business School.

To join the club or ask us a question, send an email to: bcgradtechclub@gmail.com