Ice Cream Wins Wars

In business and in war, logistics crowns the victor. And sometimes, logistics comes in the form of ice cream! Back in WWII’s Pacific Theater, intrepid US soldiers used high-altitude flights to transform rations into delicious ice cream. The recipe was simple: attach small propellers to ice cream cans for “churning”, load them up with canned … More Ice Cream Wins Wars

What’s in a (college) name?

Whether it’s private institutions like the “Ivy Plus” elite (Ivy League, Stanford, UChicago, etc.), powerful public schools (e.g. the University of California system), or those in secondary echelons of selectivity, millions of students dream of one day calling a top institution their alma mater. What makes these name-brand schools so interesting goes beyond education — … More What’s in a (college) name?

How to Attract Employees Back to the Office

After more than 2 years of remote-first work, many companies are calling their white-collar employees back to the office. Tech giants Google and Apple are ramping up to full hybrid schedules (3 days in-office, 2 days flexible), while Investment Banking heavyweights like Goldman Sachs are already back in person, although not without rising discontent among … More How to Attract Employees Back to the Office

Bad Startups, Part 2 (Good in Hindsight)

I’ve previously written about some objectively bad startups. This time, I want to highlight some startups whose models were unintuitive at best, and how they overcame status quo perceptions in their journey to success. Cam Boys Here’s the investor pitch: we’re going to create a 24/7 livestream of one of our founders, who’s not particularly … More Bad Startups, Part 2 (Good in Hindsight)

The Art of (Little) Acquisitions

Have you made a PowerPoint presentation recently, or perhaps opened up Google Maps to figure out how to get to a destination? Silicon Valley is rife with discussions about “acquihires”, overvalued purchases, and even allegations of anti-competitive “buy and kill” behavior: purchasing competitors before they can become a bigger threat. For all the negatives we … More The Art of (Little) Acquisitions

Lessons Learned from Management Consulting at ZS

I’ve passed the 2-year mark at ZS, and I’m thankful for getting to learn and grow from various colleagues and projects. At my work-from-home setup, in the offices and client sites, and on the top floor of the famous Skokie DoubleTree, I’ve have the opportunity to make things happen at the intersection of analytics and … More Lessons Learned from Management Consulting at ZS

One solution to “upskilling” roadblocks

The proliferation of knowledge in the online age is vast and wonderful. Narrowing down all the possibilities into curated curricula, on the other hand, remains difficult. Even within dedicated online learning platforms, so many offerings are presented that the casual learner can easily get overwhelmed. Online learning platforms can reduce choice overload by organizing various … More One solution to “upskilling” roadblocks