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Gandaki - IESE MBA 2007's blogs: February 2006

Gandaki - IESE MBA 2007's blogs: February 2006

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

talk session with the founder of Loquo.com

This evening (technically yesterday as it is already past midnight), IESE High Tech club organized a talk session with the founder of Loquo.com Ubaldo Huerta. It was one of the best sessions I ever went to. He had this fantastic story to share with us, how he left his high paying job in Silicon Valley and moved with his savings to Barcelona to start a new life. After that, the idea of ​​Loquo.com was born. Similar to other great examples of how Microsoft and Google started, the work of Loquo.com basically started in his apartment. Until sometime back, he was actually hosting it from his apartment. He has been telling us about how his wife and most of his friends thought he was following a stupid idea and how often he wondered if they were right. I have warned you that our own company is basically deciding to be our own slave. Although you are not working for anyone, you can not afford to go on a beach because you feel the inward pressure from the things in the "to-do" list you have not completed yet. He also told us about the tough negotiation phase when he was approached by Ebay for the acquisition of the company. I could relate his experience of how to as a seller, I had to start with a maximum and then lower it down to some practice sessions in our negotiation class. A great success story indeed!

This weekend was a party weekend. As much as I wanted to study for my Spanish exam, the dinners were too fun to miss. First one was the one at my only Finnish friend Juha's place. His girlfriend Mari cooked wonderful Finnish food. Mari spent at least 3 hours to prepare the wonderful food. We were really lucky. I was always asking for "but" food. Before we left, we made sure we sang "kiiiiiiitos Mari". "Kiiiiiitos" means "Thank you" in Finnish. Here is the photo.
From the left, Madhur, Carol, Juha, Mari, Anosha, myself and Noshaba at Juha's place. My wife took the photo, so she is not there.

Then on Saturday we had a Japanese dinner at Dom and Atsushi's place. Dom, Ats and Kyoko had prepared at least 15 items, sushis, teriyaki and what not. Ats and Dom were in kitchen most of the time to make sure there were enough varieties of food on the table. To add to that, Satoshi brought some "saki" to make the perfect combination. I thought Saki had a high percentage of alcohol, only then I realized that it had "more or less" same percentage of alcohol as in wine. Later on we sang songs from different countries. I sang this Nepali song called "aama ra babu le rojeko" which everyone knows that it is the only song I know how to sing.
Japanese dinner: Thank you Dom, Atsushi and Kyoko!

And yesterday was my birthday. My wife gave me a pleasant surprise. Now I am also eligible to become a member of "golden club" in IESE. I will be playing bingos ... yeahhhhh !!!!

Today, we took a group photo of MBA 2007 Section A today. The main photograher was in the center but Misha who took the picture with my camera could not be in the center to take the picture. Here is the corner view:

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Friday, February 03, 2006 "P & L" preview of last week

Thanks god, its Friday. Second semester is really taking its toll. I have not been blogging lately. It has been exactly a week since I last wrote something. I do not really have any excuse.

Now that my internship is over, I'm thinking of getting active in different clubs. Theater Club is the one I think I will be joining soon. I also like to start my own Environment Club. I am hoping to start my fresh campaign in getting some initial core members next week.

I am also enjoying reading Financial Times these days. (We all get a "free" copy of Financial Times at IESE.) In the first semester, except for the political news, I did not use to understand much of the core Finance news. My friends now ask me why I am reading Financial Times I already have a banking internship. I will tell them that I just enjoy reading it. I have also joined a health club this time.

I have also joined a health club this time. Its 15 minutes walk from my house. These were a waiver of the "joining fee" of about 65 Euros if we signed up during January. It was a sweet deal and I did not waste any time in taking advantage of the offer. I mostly enjoy swimming. It helps me energize after a long day of class.

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