Change again! The only constant in life!

While I now sit at the  international terminal of the Mumbai Airport awaiting the boarding announcement for our flight to Brussels, I cannot help but think of it as déjà vu –  25 months back at the same airport heading to France for an MBA at HEC Paris. This is a new chapter though. Having spent the past two years in Europe we ( my wife, daughter and me) believe we know what to expect. Some added preparations, additional research before going in are the lessons learnt from last time. The biggest change would be a change in lifestyle from...

The Perpetual Learner – where should he go?

This entry is a bit unusual as compared the last few. After interacting with several people & browsing through various ‘careers’ sections on websites of companies – I had the thought of articulating this post. Before the MBA, during the MBA and after the MBA – we come across a similar set of questions. And then again who asks whom – Sometimes it’s us asking people, then it’s us asking ourselves, and then it’s others asking us! How do we change courses in our career? Can I move from engineering to strategy? Is it possible to immediately land the right...

HEC Paris MBA Commencement Day – Class of 2013

About 30 months back, I took the decision to embark on a new learning curve – take a break from the roles I was already enjoying – to equip myself with new skills, expose myself to untested territories and to open opportunities in which I can create a bigger impact by leveraging my old & new skills. June 14th 2013 was Commencement Day @ HEC Paris! This day, when my fellow classmates & I achieved this milestone, marks a closure to the 16 month roller coaster MBA. More interestingly, it sets up the beginning of the new challenges ahead. While...

Blue Ocean Strategy for a networked society.. my two cents to some interesting posts…

Recently while working on a self-imposed assignment – testing the application of blue ocean strategy on an actual business situation – I came across a series of recent blog posts by Sami Dob at Ericsson. I was delighted to see an industry practitioner write about the blue-ocean-strategy. While it has insightful recommendations, it did challenge some of my understanding of the concept. These blog entries refer to the application of Blue Ocean Strategy to the Networked Society – defined as a combination of heterogeneous networks, connected by end-point devices and served by the cloud ecosystem. So? Why this blog entry? For one, I wonder if the...

Market sizing, product strategy … dealing with a shrinking 2D printing market..

The slide-deck in this post is a blast from the past!  A few months before I started my internship with Xerox, I thought of creating a nice little slide deck – in an attempt to articulate a new proposition. It is public knowledge that the print industry is shrinking (2D printing – to be more accurate) and Xerox has been major player in this industry catering specifically to the enterprise customer segment. I’ve attempted to do two things in this deck: 1. Proposed an alteration to the product strategy (printers specifically) enabling value added benefits for the enterprise customer and the...

Business Model Canvas – validating a reading – DxOLabs.com

I decided to pull out some  presentations I had created out of interest, and starting from this, I shall put these on to the blog here.  The following content is an analysis of the business model of a company named DxOLabs. My interest in photography drew me to this company initially. (A quick background: They’re into creating Photography editing/workflow software, providing imaging hardware solutions for the mobile world and bench-marking photography equipment under lab-conditions – http://dxolabs.com) The synthesis in this presentation is drawn out of extremely limited public information and is based more on assumptions. As the title suggests, I have...

Bank Guarantee to finance the student loan @ HEC

Well this blog has become more of a place for me to scribble, than to practice and improve writing skills 🙁 Nevertheless, the next September intake is due to arrive at HEC in a few months! I am sure they would have several questions on their mind! So after Satyendra messaged me with one such question, I quickly got onto this post (especially since not many have dealt with this aspect and I had been thinking of writing this for the past three months. Thanks Satyendra for the nudge) Intended Audience: Candidates from India who want to take a student...