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  • to avoid building products that customers do not want Great concept But one question I had was does this concept always apply What about a product that s meant to be a beautiful multimedia experience and not one where people come to buy products and services That when you land on the site you have a point of sale That you either stay and experience the site or your bail and spend your time elsewhere Let me explain On one hand you have companies like Groupon and Dropbox where the term originated These companies not only need great sites but they also have things you come to use or purchase These sites aren t up just to provide an experience Instead they provide an experience while you make your way to do something else The call to action is to purchase something On the other hand you have sites that are made to give you an experience Sites that tell stories Sites that allow you to interact with people and with features And on those sites the call to action is something different and less commercial And thus the quest for creating a world class website can be tricky You can create a masterpiece from day one and get a lot of initial viewers But if it s not what they are looking for in the marketplace because you re still refining your technique then it may turn out to be less useful than what you envisioned In that case using the MVP strategy is very useful On the other hand sometimes you just have to go for it Defy convention Make something big right away Because the look and feel of the site are more important And because you need to get certain features up right away Project after

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  • get to work with law students on patent research and other legal issues engineering students on design and development Kellogg students on market research and business plan development and PhDs from other schools as well Personally I ll do be doing the NUVention Energy option which means our project will be related to clean technology There other two options are NUVention Medical and NUVention Web As you might suspect I had a really strong interest in the Web class but unfortunately the timing of the class prohibited me from taking it My NUVention Energy class will take place next quarter Just two weeks ago I met the other six people that would be on my time One other law student two Kellogg students two McCormick students and one graduate student from the School of Arts and Sciences And then me joint JD MBA student Before next quarter begins we ll all meet up to get to know each other better In fact I m taking the lead on organizing that meet up as we speak At some point soon we ll also take on different roles for the team Someone to work on legal issues Someone to work on technology Another person to run the business model Another to work on sales and marketing And then likely one project manager And in a ten week course we ll go from concept to business plan and then present our findings to the company Our project is about coming up with a business plan for a Chemical Agent Detection device and it seems pretty interesting so far Stay tuned to hear more about how the class goes next quarter Saturday November 19th 2011 Business School 2 Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site

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  • that grades are important for you and that people will try Then the next question that comes up is the one she actually asked When should she worry My first response is You should NEVER be WORRYING The psychologist s argument would probably be that worrying is a waste of time That it s not a useful way to improve performance It also often doesn t change the outcome in the end And that instead it makes you jittery and distracts from you from other important things you have to get done That said my response my be similar to that I d say that you should do your best not to worry but that you should be thinking about them given there are only a few weeks left So figure out how to channel your energy appropriately In business school things are busy So you have to think about things early For class that means making sure you don t keep falling behind Getting your hands on all the handouts and printouts Organizing the concepts not only to be printed but also in your head to better conceptualize the class And thinking about if you need a tutor This all before you even start learning anything After that then you have to schedule time to spend reading and learning the material Schedule time with a classmate or tutor And schedule time to see the professor if needed And then schedule time to learn it on your own again before the exam So given that my answer is the same don t worry because worrying will slow down the process Especially now you ve got lots of other things to do before you can even study That said I know some people that never worried or started thinking about the

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  • on MBA admissions ORIGINAL QUESTION When you interview a first year candidate what qualities do you specifically look for How do evaluate fit for Kellogg MY RESPONSE Great question First I ll note that everyone s interview is very different so you can t necessarily predict your interview experience That said there are a few things that Kellogg likely assesses candidates for I ll provide three here 1 Culture The Kellogg culture is vibrant fun and high energy People also spend a lot of time working in teams here so the ability to show cultural fit is key While there s not one specific way to do this focus on being yourself on demonstrating how you like to work in teams and on being personable 2 Communications skills Because spends so much time in teams and focused on leadership development people here tend to be very good at communication skills So high energy ability to tell a good story and convey a message things that are not only important here at Kellogg but also professionally after school is over 3 Being well rounded As a general management school being well rounded is also important That means displaying a high number of interests and skills A propensity to work on a number of different business issues rather than just being a finance person or a marketer And the ability to work with a large number of people Further if you work hard during your day job but area blogger singer dancer or anything else make sure to discuss those things You ll likely be better off APPLICANT RESPONSE Thanks Jeremy big fan of your blog I also hope to create a blog which is as organized as yours by next year once I get thru one of my top choice Bschool

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  • as education has become THE hot button issue given the rise in education costs and decreasing number of jobs available given the economy Even though this has have led critics to critique the value of education I ve learned firsthand that getting an education is still an incredibly powerful tool A tool you can use to not only change your circumstances but also find the success that many of us were never raised to even dream about having More than 3 years later after seeing all the opportunities I ve had access to school those words are even more true And that leads me to a few of the things that I m most thankful for this year I m thankful for having the chance to get an education and the opportunity to be enrolled in a great graduate program today This is especially true considering where everything started Youngstown OH as my access and economic means were significantly limited It was certainly not something that always seemed possible I m also thankful for the opportunities I ve had access to as a result of being in school Great clubs great organizations and great job opportunities My goal is to continue to do what I can to help others from my community create those same opportunities I m also thankful for my parents who supported me and pushed me along to pursue a better education Sometimes it seemed hard but when I was young my parents made sure that I stayed on track In large part because they wanted me to achieve the things they never had the chance to I m also thankful for my great classmates many of whom are some of my best friends today When you re going through the fire in school it s always great to have classmates and friends you can count on and enjoy the experience with I m also thankful for the JD MBAs here in my program Not only a really smart group but also a group where every one of us undergoes the same process We have to take extra classes We all have limited bidding points and multiple sets of emails to manage We all have to move cities multiple times And worst of all we all have to get on the shuttle every day in the final year And finally I m thankful for the Internet where we can I share this message with lots of people Not only is the net revolutionizing modern communication but it s also helping democratize access to information for those who need access the most In sum I m thankful for education I don t take it for granted and you shouldn t either The jobs we have access to earning potential we can achieve and most importantly the role we have the opportunity to take on in society are all a privilege So we should treat them as such We should use them as a platform A way to give

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  • Thanks you in advance Name MY RESPONSE Name No problem on the email Happy to help however I can So if I interpret correctly you spent some time working in the sales and marketing space and currently work for a startup but you want to go into PWM after business school Is that correct If that s the case then even though you have a bit of work to do the transition may not be as far fetched as you think Before I jump straight into the question I ll point out that your diverse background is certainly not a bad thing In fact having a diverse background is often times a strong plus It shows you can succeed in lots of professional environments that you can work well with all different types of people and that you have variety of skills and interests that could translate across a number of employers And one of those employers could very well be in the private wealth industry In terms of the career change there are usually two simple things you will eventually have to prove that you can do the work itself and that you re a good fit for the firm and industry Both things are very achievable but as you might suspect they also both take a bit of work Below I ll talk briefly about both First you ll have to prove you have what it takes to do the job For recruiting PWM teams put an emphasis on sales skills financial acumen skills and understanding of the markets It sounds like you ll have a head start on sales marketing part given your background which is good news Kellogg and most other top MBA programs also have great marketing classes that will also be very helpful In terms of the financial acumen that s something I bet you can pick up in business school as well Not only will you have a chance to pick a lot of it up once you get to business school but it sounds like you also know a bit about financial products now in your current role In the mean time it can t hurt to continue to increase your knowledge in that area Take an extra class Read the WSJ a lot more And study the industry Keep in mind that you may be competing with people from the finance industry and with bankers for these jobs so knowing as much as you can will be helpful And third you should also study the markets in general From what I hear everyone that interviews for PWM is asked about the markets How are the markets performing What s happening today And what insights you have for the future So understanding that will be very important After getting through that part you ll also have to make sure you re a good cultural fit for the industry and specific firms you want to interview at People at banks tend to work

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  • too many industries and sign up for too many social events As a result some students don t always have time to do their best work But either way the point is that there is no shortage of things to get involved in And even thought it can all be very tiring i t s usually worth it One way that people get involved is by taking part in clubs And in business school there are a lot of clubs you can get involved in At Kellogg there are nearly 90 student clubs to get involved in You can take part industry clubs e g banking finance marketing social clubs wine club food club etc arts and services clubs and also cultural clubs Indian business club Hispanic Business club etc The list goes on In such cases students tend to get involved during the first year as participants or as first year directors and then take on more significant leadership roles in the second year In many cases those positions are appointed by last year s team and in other cases there might be a vote amongst the current members Likewise in some cases you run on a slate of leaders and in other cases you run on your own It all depends on the club A second way that people get involved is by being part of student government which at Kellogg is called the KSA e g Kellogg Student Association To do that you usually take part in student body elections at Kellogg either during the very beginning or in the spring quarter For many people this is also fulfilling Not only is it a way to give back to the school but its also a way to get involved in some very interesting issues and interface with many people in the Kellogg administration In addition to clubs and elections many people also organize trips in business school At Kellogg two ways that people do that are through GIM or for KWEST I did both For m GIM trip we went to Kenya it was the nonprofit profit trip my year In addition to Kenya others went to other places all over the world As a student you can either participate or lead the trip and get very different yet rewarding experiences either way Likewise for KWEST you can also have a rewarding experience As an incoming student you have the opportunity take part in a KWEST trip as your first experience on campus And as a second year you have the opportunity to take part as a KWEST leader and take 20 incoming students all around the world In addition to these there are dozens if not more of other ways to get involved organize and lead on Kellogg s campus From nonprofit activities e g Kellogg Cares to experienential learning classes G lab to things beyond the Kellogg campus such as at Northwestern and in Chicago There really is no shortage of ways to get involved

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  • about experiences that a lot of people were interested in I m not at 5 600 blog posts like Fred or at 10 000 posts like Erick but I still agree that writing here has been tremendously beneficial In addition to making me a faster writer I ve also gotten better at telling a story being more concise and checking the background facts among other things And I ve also gotten even better after writing so much during law school last year As I look back on the number of posts I ve had I ve posted every 2 to 3 days over the past two years This year I ll also write more posts than last year though only by a small margin And over the last two years I ve had a fairly even distribution of posts over the different months There also doesn t seem to be any trend to which months get the most posts In 2009 I posted most in July In 2010 I posted most in January and June And in 2011 I posted most in March and November Here is a graph of my posts from 2011 Here is a graph of my posts from 2010 Here is the trend for the number of words per post And there is a very clear trend for my posts to have fewer and fewer words This could be happening for a number of reasons my own time constraints better at writing more concise posts shorter attention span of readers accident or all of the above Given how often I post as a student I frequently get asked whether I ll continue blogging after school I definitely intend to keep blogging and I ve been thinking a lot about how I should reinvent my blog if

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