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Series W talks to Ambika Singh, Ali Driesman, Aileen Hagerman and Kevin Turner, co-founders of Armoire. Armoire is pioneering ‘wardrobe-as-a-service.’ We offer our customer an endless stream of high-end clothes to rent, which we personalize to her style and fit preferences using machine learning algorithms. With door-to-door pickup and delivery on her schedule, we conveniently provide the quality and variety of clothing that her busy life demands for less than the price of her gym membership. How did you develop the idea for Armoire? The idea for Armoire came out of our own frustrations with shopping and hunting for clothes. We were […]

Up-Close with Armoire- “Wardrobe-as-a-Service”


By Jessica Assaf, Co-Founder of RAW IS EVERYTHING. One of the first things we are taught at Harvard Business School is that if you have a strong idea, a viable business plan, and a skilled, aligned team in an industry without many competitors and barriers to entry, there is a formula your company can follow to achieve success. This formula is a part of the business school’s DNA, taught to us in the form of cases that analyze thousands of companies in hundreds of industries over the course of the school’s 107-year history. The cases support an overarching theory and deepen […]

BREAKING ALL THE RULES AT HBS


Last week the WSA hosted 5 recent alums, from the MBA classes of ‘13, ‘14, ‘15. An enlightening discussion ensued, here we share our takeaways: 1. It’s fine to not know what you’re doing Much angst is spent on recruiting decisions, particularly for ECs planning their first post-MBA step. Recognize that this will be one of many steps. And importantly, while it feels like everyone else has worked out what they’re doing for their internship or post-MBA job – it’s not everyone. You are in the majority if you get to Spring semester and haven’t locked in a job. You […]

THE WISDOM OF ALUMS



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  By Angela Winkle, WSA Co-President Much is written about the detrimental effects of social media, from amplifying FOMO, to shifting social interactions online, to disrupting the news cycle to the point that political leaders are unable to make difficult decisions that are good in the long term. But what if our social media habits are actually changing our identities and leadership abilities too?   Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor and renowned media scholar, has recently published ‘Reclaiming Conversation’. The premise of Turkle’s book is that conversation – that most basic technology – is also the most important tool we have, […]

ON TALKING TO YOURSELF


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 Anne Fulton and Jo Mills, CEO and President (respectively) of Fuel 50, a world leading SaaS Career Pathing technology delivered by the Career Engagement Group. Fuel50 has gained traction in a new niche market segment in the enterprise HR market, addressing staff retention and engagement for large organizations. See below the interview for more information on Fuel50’s market and business model. How did you develop the idea for Fuel50? Anne: Fuel50 career pathing software has been a significant life’s work for Jo and I.  We both knew from our conversations with HR practitioners around […]

SERIES W TALKS TO FUEL50



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    This week EC and WSA VP of Entrepreneurship, Britt Danneman, shares her take on the other side of the entrepreneurship coin – early stage investing:   You’ve heard a lot from us in the WSA and in the media on female founders lately. We’re excited about the initiatives here on campus and we’re encouraged by the positive momentum in women-led companies both on and off campus. But we need to give equal attention to the other side of the entrepreneurship coin – early stage investing. Marie Claire recently wrote an article about the network of awesome women founders […]

CREATING THE VIRTUOUS CYCLE: CAPITAL FOR FEMALE-LED BUSINESSES


Welcome to the WSA blog! We’re very excited to start writing a short piece on something we find interesting or useful or that we just love each week. We’d love feedback, so please send us thoughts, feelings and better alternatives. This week, Melissa is writing about the comeback of news digest emails: In the non-stop break from reality that is #lifeathbs, I find news digest emails  painfully necessary in keeping up-to-date with what’s going on in the world. In my first couple of months at HBS, I had far too many conversations with friends and family that made me feel woefully […]

THERE’S A WORLD OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE…?


  Ange Winkle, Women’s’ Students Association President and Harbus Contributing Editor, answers your questions about the state of gender equality on campus, and how the WSA and all HBS students can get involved. Welcome to HBS! We are writing to introduce you to The Women’s Student Association, Manbassadors and what it means to be a woman or a gender equality ally at HBS. We thought a good way to do that would be to answer some of the questions you might be asking. Why is there a focus on women and diversity? Wasn’t all of this fixed in 2013/14? For […]

GENDER EQUALITY ON CAMPUS: WHAT YOU WANT, AND NEED TO KNOW