Opinion: After a recent visit to Seattle, one MIT MBA student impressed by our startups and football — Brendan Mackoff

MIT Sloan MBA Student Brendan Mackoff

Brendan Mackoff, MBA ’16

From the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

During my recent visit to Seattle with MIT Sloan’s Technology Club, the city impressed me as a vibrant, outdoorsy town with a dynamic technological ecosystem. And man, do Seattleites love their teams.

As a native of Boston — a city famous for its rabid sports culture — I have to hand it to Seattle, whose fans regularly cause earthquakes by cheering for their football team. (According to seismologists, Seahawks fans shook the ground under CenturyLink Field during the recent playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, causing the second Seattle fan-generated earthquake in three years.) Respect.

Fervent fans aside, what I found most striking about the city was its entrepreneurial spirit. Sure, I knew about the creative work done by Seattle’s blue chip behemoths: Microsoft and Amazon. But I hadn’t appreciated the city’s thriving startup culture.

I visited Seattle as part of MIT Sloan’s trek program, which offers informal, student-organized trips to cities and countries around the world. Treks — which involve company visits and networking opportunities with alumni and others — aim to give students an in-depth look at the city and the employment opportunities there. Recent treks have taken place in Japan, New York, Korea, Las Vegas, India, Silicon Valley and Turkey.

Read the full post at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.  

Brendan Mackoff is a first-year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is pursuing a career in the tech industry. He recently visited Seattle with the school’s Technology Club.

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