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Entries from November 2009

Someone is watching you!

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

You just received your "LinkedIn Network Update" email. Your colleague, Mary Anne, had updated her LinkeIn profile, added 75 new connections, received 3 new recommendations, and joined 3 groups. What kind of intelligence can you infer from above information? Let me tell you something. There is a high probability that Mary Anne is looking for […]

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Tags: Tools & Tips

I’m going to retake the SAT

November 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Dear GeekMBA360, I’m 32 year old. I’m currently first-year student at a top MBA program. I got a 750 on GMAT. I’ve founded a non-profit organization.  I was promoted twice at work before I went back to school. I’m currently the president of a student club. But, I’m really depressed. As  you know, it’s really […]

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Tags: MBA · Recruiting & Job Hunting

Would you take a year off to start a business in a developing country?

November 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I had an interesting conversation with a friend this weekend. John has been working at a technology company for eight years. He absolutely hates his job now. In fact, he wanted to leave immediately. But, because of stock vesting schedule, he has to wait for a few months. This company’s stock has been performing well. […]

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Tags: Start-up Success

“I wish you enough”

November 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I heard this poem last night. I couldn’t wait to get home and search for the text online. It really resonated with me. I hope you like it, too. "I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the […]

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Tags: Work/Life Balance

Reader reported layoffs

November 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Blue Cross of Minnesota: “About 1 month after 100 were laid off in the Membership and Billing IT area, 90 were given their pink slips in the Claims IT area.   Blue Cross has decided to outsource the work to Cognizant and IBM who will offshore the work to India. The layoffs took place in the […]

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Tags: News

Are we heading to recession part II?

November 10th, 2009 · No Comments

The recent rising U.S. stock market does NOT make sense to me. Amazon.com stock is trading at $130.15/share this afternoon. Its P/E ratio is 76.74. Google’s P/E ratio is 36.56. Apple’s P/E ratio is 32.28. Given Amazon’s thin margin, its current stock price is absurd. It’s the kind of number we saw during the last […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Personal Finance

GeekMBA360.com Publishes How To Become A Product Manager

November 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’m pleased to announce that I just finished writing How to Become a Product Manager premium report. Why did I write this report? Because over the years I have met many people who were struggling to make a career transition to product management. It shouldn’t be that hard. This report tells you the good, bad, […]

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Tags: Career Transition · Product Management

Impressions and lessons from Taiwan trip

November 5th, 2009 · 7 Comments

I’m back from our two-and-half-week trip. We visited Taiwan. It is a beautiful, vibrant, and super friendly place. Here is a summary of what I did and learned. I visited Taipei 101, the world’s tallest completed skyscraper according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Habitat. It has the world’s fastest elevator at 55.22 ft/s. […]

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Tags: Work/Life Balance

Is it time to move out of the United States?

November 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

I know quite a few people who recently moved out of the United States or are considering moving. Many of my MBA classmates are now working in China. They feel that the United States is in decline, and the future is in somewhere else. Given how much debt the United States government owe, some folks […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · China