Read the full story by Jonathan Riggs, published by the Tuck School of Business.
The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of opportunities for MBAs interested in pursuing a career in the technology sector. This growth, together with the success of tech-focused Tuck School of Business graduates and the school’s multiple technology partnerships, led Tuck’s Career Development Office (CDO) to launch a Silicon Valley Boot Camp for incoming students to explore their West Coast tech sector options before the responsibilities of first year take over.
“We all know how busy the fall semester is, so this is a time when students don’t have classes or recruiting events to attend to,” says Jonathan Masland, CDO director. “This isn’t about being funneled into a specific career or role. It’s an opportunity for students to relax and really explore Silicon Valley and the Bay Area and the breadth of its tech companies and functions.”
Thirty-eight students took part in the Aug. 5-8 boot camp, which featured panel discussions involving top tech industry recruiters, second-year students conducting internships, and alumni with spectrum-spanning startup experience. Among the many graduates delivering presentations were Blair LaCorte, Tuck ’90, global president at PRG; Ben Renda, Tuck ’08, director at YouTube; and Leela Srinivasan, Tuck ’06, vice president of restaurant marketing at Open Table. Attendees also received guided tours of Google, Electronic Arts, Zillow, and Boost Media, and participated in expert-led discussions on opportunities in digital content, tech investing, gaming, and big data.