Daily Archives: September 28, 2015


The elite of the elite. Every fall at this time of year, just across the river, hundreds of eager 19-year-olds don their finest cocktail attire in anticipation of one of the oldest and oddest of Harvard social traditions: punch season. By Thanksgiving, after a series of formal social events and tense deliberations, carefully crafted cohorts of 20-30 sophomores will each be initiated into one of Harvard’s “final clubs”: historically single-sex undergraduate societies that resemble an upscale, Harvard-centric version of traditional college Greek life. Up until the 1990s, the final club scene consisted solely of 8 men’s clubs, each with around […]

HARVARD FINALS CLUBS: WHY CHANGE A WINNING FORMULA?


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This week Series W spoke to the founding team of Monarq, a soon to be launched free iPhone app created for women by women. Diana Murakhovskaya and Irene Ryabaya founded Monarq with the mission of making it easier for women to make one-on-one, authentic, obligation-free connections with like-minded women so that they can make friends, whether for a day or a lifetime. Murakhovskaya and Ryabaya shared their views on founding a company first, finding an idea second, and their simple powerful advice of: share your idea, commit to it, ask for help. How did you develop the idea for Monarq? As with many things we do, we […]

SERIES W TALKS TO MONARQ