Fall – Finding your Focus

Summer was quick to come and go and I sit here now approaching the middle of the fall semester, trying to evaluate the journey thus far.

 

The one thing that has perhaps most surprised me is the opportunity to connect with industry. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised – after all, it IS MIT. So, what have these opportunities looked like?

 

Well, we have had multiple discussions with experts in blockchain through sessions hosted by Simon Johnson, Michael Casey and Brian Forde in Entrepreneurship Without Borders, in which they hosted an amazing line up of fascinating guests throughout the course. Equally, Matthew Rhodes-Kropf has brought through multiple start-ups and VCs across a broad range of fintech verticals in Fintech Ventures. David Shrier and Joost Bonsen have also been able to put together an enviable list of guest speakers and helped make connections in their Media Lab Future Commerce course.

 

I’m also fortunate to be working with a great team on a business idea that we hope can really make a strong social impact and fills a much needed gap in the small and medium sized business funding space whilst helping to improve employee well-being. The resources that have been made available to us at MIT are really quite incredible. Yes, it’s a labyrinth to navigate, but there are some great people out there who can help you get up to speed very quickly. More on this during my next blog-post.

 

Whilst Fall can be a busy semester, it is worth paying heed to the advice of Duncan Simester who finished up our core summer session on Marketing and Strategy with simple advice, “Focus. Less is more – you need time to think.” Learning opportunities abound and the desire to do as much as possible is alluring. At this stage in a Sloan Fellow’s career, however, I would argue that Duncan couldn’t be more correct. There is clear benefit to thinking clearly about where you want to be post the Program and what you need to focus on to get there. I’m not sure what side of the line I stand on but it’s worth also heeding Duncan’s other final comment, ‘No matter what I tell you, you will inevitable try and do too much!’

Sheinal Bhuralal

I have spent the majority of my career in finance and banking with the last 10-plus years dedicated to the Asian equity markets. During this time, I served as Country Head of Indonesia for one of the most well respected institutions in Asian Equities and was on the board of the local entity. I previously held a variety of roles in equity sales, credit, risk and corporate banking. I’m currently working with a great team on a business idea that we hope can really make a strong social impact and fills a much needed gap in the small and medium sized business funding space whilst helping to improve employee well-being.

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  1. This is probably the most important thing a student can hear.

    You must have an overall vision of where you want to go and not just mindlessly accomplish as much as you can.

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