MBA students make a Tech Trek to the NW — Nick Del Vecchio

MIT Sloan MBA Candidate Nick Del Vecchio

MIT Sloan MBA Candidate Nick Del Vecchio

From Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Prior to MIT Sloan’s Tech Trek to Seattle, I was only peripherally familiar with the city’s major tourist attractions, employers and weather patterns, so I was excited to see the city in person for the first time.

Having spent the previous four years in Denver, it sounded like a place with a similar urban lifestyle, access to the great outdoors, and tech community. As I am planning to transition from the energy sector to tech, I ultimately wanted to know if I could see myself relocating from Boston to the Pacific Northwest.

Making my way from the airport terminal to the Link light rail, I was admittedly surprised to see snow falling in Seattle. I wasn’t perturbed by the snow so much as the fact that I had only packed a raincoat for my week on the West Coast. Thankfully, the snow eventually turned to rain, but the rain continued for the entirety of our visit.

I was repeatedly assured, however, that the picturesque Seattle summer makes up for the remaining months’ ongoing precipitation.

We spent our first afternoon touring the Seattle sights — the Farmers Market, gum wall, Chihuly Museum — and began the trek the following morning.

Our agenda included visits to Tableau, Amazon, Disney Interactive and Microsoft. All of those companies had hosted MIT Sloan MBA students on past treks except for Tableau, which students had previously visited at its location in San Francisco. I was excited to see these companies’ campuses in person, get a sense of their cultures and learn about career opportunities for MBA students.

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From Airbnb to Uber: An MIT Sloan tour of Bay Area tech — Nilanjana Bhattacharyya

MIT Sloan MBA Candidate Nilanjana Bhattacharyya

MIT Sloan MBA Candidate Nilanjana Bhattacharyya

From Xconomy

I’ve always been curious about the West Coast, especially San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Growing up in India and then working in the oil & gas industry in Latin America and Texas, I didn’t have much opportunity (or reason) to visit the Bay Area.

Now that I’m an MBA student at MIT Sloan, I want to explore the tech sector as a possible career path. So when I heard about the annual “Tech Trek” to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, I jumped at the chance. Not only could I finally check out the West Coast, I also could check out tech companies – including several that don’t recruit on the MIT campus – and see if they might be a good fit for me.

Throughout the week, our group of 30 MBA students visited a mix of large and mid-sized companies in the hardware, software, and consulting areas. While they were all quite different, a common theme seemed to be an appreciation for being “scrappy.” In reality, some companies were scrappier than others, but it’s interesting that most tech companies embrace the concept of “all hands on deck” these days, especially since many have incredibly high valuations and in theory could afford an army of people in different functions.

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Here’s what Seattle looks like to some MBA students on a high-tech field trip — Lakshmi Kannan

Lakshmi Kannan, MIT Sloan MBA '16

Lakshmi Kannan, MIT Sloan MBA ’16

From Daily Journal of Commerce

I recently joined 25 of my MIT classmates on an MIT Sloan Technology Trek to Seattle.

Technology is a hot area at MIT Sloan — 26 percent of the graduating class last year went into high technology jobs — so technology treks are very popular.

They are an important tool for students to learn about company cultures. However, we’re not just looking at how many hours we’ll work or how comfortable the lifestyle is. We want to feel like we’re making an impact on others in real ways, and we want to know that our MBA education is truly adding value at the organization.

Treks are a unique opportunity to ask questions and learn from employees, who are frequently alumni.

In addition to learning more about the roles of MBA grads, I also wanted to see if I could deal with Seattle’s climate. Growing up in India and living in New England for the last nine years, I knew that the Northwest would be quite different.

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MIT MBA students tour Silicon Valley as tech campuses expand — Shany Alon

MIT Sloan MBA '16 Shany Alon

MIT Sloan MBA ’16, Shany Alon

From Xconomy

It’s easy to catch the technology bug. After all, tech companies are pretty much everywhere. I became hooked when I worked as an IT consultant at Accenture after college, and plan to work at a technology company after I finish my MBA. So when I had the opportunity to participate in a Technology Trek at MIT, I jumped at the chance of visiting some of the leading market players recognized globally for their entrepreneurial and technological innovation.

I was very curious about what it’s like to work at a larger technology company, especially big ones with more resources like Facebook and Google. What is their culture really like? What kind of impact can a recent MBA graduate make? During our Technology Trek last week with 27 other MIT Sloan MBA students, I was able to get some answers.

First up was Google’s Mountain View campus. I had never seen it before, and was taken by the size of campus, the people I met, and the general atmosphere. In addition to the famous Google bikes that employees use to get around, we also saw the Wellness Center complete with nap rooms, yoga studios, and a juice bar. During our tour, we learned that Google is opening new offices just a few miles away. It’s pretty big now, but soon it will double in size!

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An ‘unrecognizable’ Seattle: One MIT geek’s take on the ‘rainy’ city — Philip Simko, MBA ’14

Philip Simko, MBA ’14

From GeekWire

Having grown up in Portland, I didn’t really think anything would come as much of a surprise during my career trek to Seattle with MIT Sloan’s Tech Club. After all, I had visited Seattle many times with my family over the years.

While some of my classmates were shocked at things like the weather (yes, the sun does shine here), the silent traffic (no horns!), and the abundance of coffee shops, I knew to expect these things.

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Philip Simko is a first-year student in MIT Sloan’s MBA program and vice president of treks for MIT Sloan’s High Tech Club. He is currently working as an intern at Wellframe in Boston, and is interested in working in the high-tech field