A great view of my home base, Hong Kong.  This was an amazing evening in June when we gathered to celebrate the refer.me beta go-live.  Hong Kong has some spectacular views, and great photographers are really able to find some magic.  This image was captured by leading sports architect (famous for the Watercube in Beijing and Copper Box in London) and good friend John Pauline.  ( And on a cheap camera he tells me! )

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Startup kick start, the alumni effect

I was thinking about which specific course from the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program helped me the most with getting my Internet startup off the ground, and it proved a difficult choice. Many subjects together with inspirational professors came to mind, such as the Venture Capital elective held in Tel Aviv University, Israel, and the Entrepreneurial Finance elective held at the Kellogg campus in Florida, as well as some great core subjects taught in Hong Kong.

However, I could not pinpoint a single course that was more beneficial to me than the impact of the alumni network. For me, in the startup business, connections, strategy advice, honest feedback, inspiration and support are critical components of finding a winning business model and building a new business. These things can all come from an excellent alumni network.  Read more at Education Post…

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From Fortune 100 to an Internet startup: How my Executive MBA prepared me

I blog for Education Post, part of South China Morning Post.

I was fortunate to attend the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program from 2010 to 2011. At the time I was an Executive Director at a top investment bank where I had worked for 12 years. A large part of choosing to study an Executive MBA was to help me figure out the next steps in my career and life.

In hindsight, the decision to take the EMBA program could not have been better. In many ways, the course helped me to decide what I wanted to do professionally, and ultimately take the plunge and start my own business.   Read more at Education Post…