They come less often these days, but I still occasionally receive emails to the tune of “I’m not a coder, can I still join the BC Grad Tech Club?” I respond explaining that we are devoted to preparing our members for jobs in the Tech industry but that these include all disciplines including business development, finance, HR, marketing, and more. While professional clubs such as the Finance Club, the Consulting Club, and the Marketing Club seem to be pretty intuitive, our own is less apparent. While this ambiguity has allowed us to pursue a wide and meaningful agenda of activities, it has perhaps made it difficult to understand what it means to be a member. As a result, I thought I would share what one recent week looked like for me.
Monday, Feb 16
It’s President’s day and a BC holiday. While there won’t be any classes today the Tech scene rolls on. I read my weekly email for VentureFizz, a great source of information about Boston Tech, looking carefully for any events our club members should attend or for jobs that might be a good fit. It would not be uncommon to have a speaking event on a normal Monday but today is a university holiday so I turn off my computer and head out to enjoy the day.
Tuesday, Feb 17
It’s snowing today but the BC Startup Job Fair has already been rescheduled once so we keep it as is. As I head to campus on a shuttle that promises a snail’s pace at best, I tweet a reminder to club members. In the startup world especially, it is all about networking as Bobby Gooch reminded us, and we need to mobilize our folks. I chat with early stage startups, later stage firms, and a slew of incubators and accelerators, at once looking for good fits personally and for opportunities to pass on to the club. There are a lot of good options and I exchange cards with a number of folks. I will need to follow up soon, but at present I can’t as I have to rush to Fulton Hall for a meeting.
I slip into the conference room just as my watch hits 3:30. Google student Ambassador Arev Doursonian is already sitting there and we open up our computers to Google Adwords. This month’s Digital Marketing targets the popular SEM tool and we begin hypothesizing about the best ways to drive traffic to our site. The meeting lasts close to an hour and I leave knowing a lot more about the service than I did when I walked in. Hands on, experiential opportunities to test hypotheses and learn by doing. That is what this initiative is all about and a week later, we are making some serious progress.
Wednesday, Feb 18
Nothing on the calendar today! Even with a lighter courseload this semester, days like this are rare and worth taking advantage of. I cross a number of items of the to do list, one of which is updating bcgradtechclub.net. I start with the events page but quickly move to the homepage. For such a dynamic organization it is pretty static and the image is a year out of date. I replace the image with one from our recent visit to Google Cambridge and then rename the page to “About” in our menu. I opt to replace the landing page with our blog to better represent the dynamic nature of our organization. We saw a lift from 1.7 pages per visitor to 2.4 after the change!
Like all Wednesdays, I also send out the Grad Tech Weekly Update. This week’s emphasis? Code & Coffee, BU’s Tech Conference, and an opportunity to try out some Google wearables!
Thursday, Feb 10
It’s Thursday evening which means one thing, Product Team Meeting! This one is particularly special because we have been working for months to identify needs, develop concepts, and test our hypotheses. We finally have something we are ready to start working on and we have developers joining us for the first time! We take stock of where we are at and make a plan for the future.
For me it’s off to class and then straight to Landsdowne Pub to support one of our members, Jackie Ouellet! In addition to being a full time MBA and an Uber driver, Jackie is running the Boston Marathon for charity. It’s great to see so many Eagles out to support her. Some even do so vocally…in the form of live band karaoke!
Friday, Feb 20
It’s 12:50pm which means I am currently brewing a French press full of coffee to fuel us up while myself and others work our way through CodeAcademy’s intro to Python course. I blast Pandora “Don’t Stop Believing” Radio and crush lists and libraries. Normally our weekly Code & Coffee event lasts two hours but today I have to leave early to join a mixed group of MBAs and Undergrads at Highland Capital’s Cambridge office for TechTrek Boston. It’s an awesome event and I learn a ton! As you’ve probably come to expect…I blogged about it.
Saturday, Feb 21
As a second year MBA, I am used to evening classes. Maybe that’s why I am still groggy after being up for an hour and a half. I wait for the shuttle bus that has replaced the green line, pressed against a mountain of snow where once there was a sidewalk and crossing my fingers that I don’t get hit by the passing cars. Cold and traffic notwithstanding, however, it is going to be a great day! BU’s Tech Club is hosting their annual TechConnect conference and the theme is Product. I have worked with these guys before and seen many of the presenters speak in the past. I know it’s going to be a great event! Fast forward a few hours and I am enjoying a post conference beer and chatting with some of my Terrier counterparts. The conference was awesome and I learned a ton. I congratulate them on a job well done and fail twice at getting the green line shuttle to stop for me at Blanford St, I hail a cab and head home.
Sunday, Feb 22
I do nothing Tech Club related today…at least not that I can remember. We all need a day of rest after all.
–David LoVerme is a 2nd Year MBA at Boston College and the President of the Grad Tech Club