Overheard at MIT

SPRING 2017
Daniel
S.
Sloan School of Management

What if you could be a fly on the wall in the place where some of the most important things were invented?

Arriving to MIT Sloan as an MBA student, I was determined to be involved as much as I could in the MIT ecosystem and the Boston entrepreneurship scene. This enabled me to hear some magnificent, creative, and just funny stuff.

MIT Sloan is an 18-minute walk from my on-campus residence. During that time, I walk  through the Infinite Corridor[1], the longest hallway on campus that cuts through the main building, and I am always excited about the conversations that I usually overhear...

  • “How much radiation is too much radiation?”
     
  • A tour guide telling his group: “MIT is like a marathon – even though you should know that we don’t give sports scholarships.”
     
  • At MIT’s Starbucks: “I could add a sign with all the sub ingredients and their effects, could be fun!” 

Also, being a fellow in the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program, I have heard some interesting quotes from inspired entrepreneurs’ students across MIT:

  • “I am done with Drones. I am just going to Elon Musk[2] it, and develop a consumer facing app that everyone would use, make a ton of money and then, do something important!"
     
  • “I was asked in the interview what would I choose, being a McKinsey senior partner or the CEO of Facebook. To that I have answered, ‘I’ll found my own damn Facebook’”

And finally, in one of my first lectures, a slide had bullet points numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 6, to which the Professor commented:

  • “I see that we are still getting Harvard Students to build our slides” (ouch)

These are just some of the things I have heard during my first semester at Sloan.

I feel so lucky to be a student at a university where so many cool things are happening, and hope to hear your quote the next time I am passing by you around MIT!