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the ‘Gupta theory’ on mba placements stands validated …

Posted by nixbert on March 29, 2007

…another factoid which supports the ‘Gupta theory’ (read one of my previous posts on ISB if you are wondering what this theory is)

This is from BusinessWeek forums. I happened to read an interesting post from an alum of Ross UMBS. It is pasted below verbatim

As my name implies, I’m a Michigan MBA. Anyway, while the number of students going to a particular firm (or type of firm) is relevant, there are a few issues:
1) Chicago, Kellogg, HBS (and some others) have a lot of sponsored students and these sponsored students go into that count. You would need to remove those students from ones that are actually applying to these firms

2)Desire of the stdent base. At Michigan (as at many schools), for example, many people do not want to go into consulting. While recruiting at Michigan (for one of the top 3 consulting firms) many of our top targets were not interested in consulting (anywhere), so we didn’t hire as many as we wanted.

3)Size of the student population. Obvious, but needs to be stated.

Hope this helps.

This set me thinking on point number two. So i posted back to him asking for some more info … (my post below)

Honest question for you letsgoblue05 –

you said — “2)Desire of the stdent base. At Michigan (as at many schools), for example, many people do not want to go into consulting. While recruiting at Michigan (for one of the top 3 consulting firms) many of our top targets were not interested in consulting (anywhere), so we didn’t hire as many as we wanted.”

If someone was not interested in consulting then he/she probably would not have applied to your organisation when you visited UMBS. How did you, in such a scenario, determine that those were indeed your ‘top targets’? Do you download student profiles before visiting the school and thus you already have an idea on who you want to hire? If so, How common is this practice?

…… and guess what he replied? 🙂 wellll….it should be fairly easy to anticipate. Here goes

You are right. Sometimes they don’t apply, especially for full time if the person has an offer to return to a company in another industry.

The way we determine is just looking at resumes (including summer experience) and look for exceptional resumes (great undergrad institution/ GPA, internship, work experience…). We get these from the career office. Then we target these high potential candidates by calling or emailing. Usually there is a target dinner sometime for these people.

I think it’s fairly common. At my company we do this for all target schools, other than that, I’m not sure who else does this.

Ha!! I knew that.

This does worry me a bit though.


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some thoughts on Dell’s Linux move …

Posted by nixbert on March 29, 2007

While reading the DELL Ideas-In-action section one thing stuck me as little special.

Here’s the nugget – “Majority of survey respondents said that existing community-based support forums would meet their technical support needs for a tested and validated Linux operating system on a Dell system.

Well I also took part in the survey and I remember voting for the same as well. There are two things this could mean –

  1. Those who voted were mostly people who know their way around techy stuff and if necessary have the ability to seek information out and work on it.
  2. A case could be made that the ‘poll’ mobilised the open-source community and a significant number voted.

On the face of it, above means that Dell is looking at a niche market and sales could be lower than anticipated.

In any case I am fully expecting the Linux-Dell to be priced a little more than similarly spec-ed windows box even though Linux is ‘free’. This because, a number of vendors like Norton, McAfee, AOL etc etc indirectly subsidised windows box by paying Dell to load trial versions of their softwares on machines shipped to home users. (I cannot believe any reasonable business would want any of that crapware on their machines). This obviously is not going to be case with a linux installation. However, I am not aware of ratio of business to home machines that Dell ships. So this impact could turn out to be minimal if this ratio is skewed towards the biz side.

In any case it is heartning to see Dell acting constructively on the inputs of the survey.

Power to the People!!

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my old frustations with linux on laptop

Posted by nixbert on March 29, 2007

With recent development on Dell-Linux front (see post below) I can’t help but remember the considerable time and effort I spent in getting my laptop to run linux 2 years back.

This because my laptop (Inspiron 9100) had top of the line (at that time) ati radeon 256 meg video card which delivered 1680×1050 widescreen resolution. Now I am not sure why but somehow card on my machine just refused to work with Linux ATI radeon drivers. This despite the fact that I downloaded the official driver from ATI website and then spent considerable time and effort to get it going. In fact I ended up blowing my LCD screen’s backlight. 😦 Then I had to connect an external monitor (effectively blind), back up my data and send the laptop to dell for repairs!

I am glad that now Dell has taken initiative to ship linux. Now the hardware vendors will have to make sure that their products don’t act snooty with open source world. Good news indeed.

In fact i recall reading somewhere that even HP ships machines with pre-installed linux if someone requests machines in bulk!! Fantastic development!

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Dell to offer machines with preinstalled Linux

Posted by nixbert on March 29, 2007

YyyeeeSsssss !!

If you remember, I had vowed never to pay a single dime to MS for Windows Vista as far as my personal use is concerned. Well my task has been made that much easier!

Very soon Dell is going to start offering machines with Linux pre-installed.

This essentially means that Dell will now start shipping hardware which is compatible with one or more of the popular distributions. While this does not end the need for configuring your machines (for those who are so inclined) yet it is significant development because it is now almost guaranteed that such efforts will not be futile because of hardware vendors not playing ball.

Here is the link to the news – Link (This may be slashdotted at the moment)

More info on official Dell Site

and finally Dell Blog

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little update on ISB

Posted by nixbert on March 27, 2007

Class of 2007 will bid adieu to ISB on 7th April. I am sure new admits cannot wait to join the spectacular campus and rewrite the records again. Few pointers though (coming from someone who was dinged, do take it with a whole shaker of salt)

– Do start in earnest right from the start, if you plan to switch careers. Specially those om non-IIT or non-CA background (assuming Fin and Consultancy is what you are planning on). Time is going to be at a premium.

–  Networking is important. In some cases more than raw gpa.

– This year about 27 (or may be 28)  top students got scholarship worth about 2L INR. So you could keep that as one of you aim if you are so inclined.

– Retail is beginning to show all signs of the next big thing. Do evaluate opportunities and see if it floats your boat.

Lastly, I think I missed Tishman Speyer, last year’s crorepati maker, from the placement stats.  Well it picked up couple of people again with similar salaries.

And finally you should see official ISB stats soon now that the class of ’07 is few days away from leaving the campus.

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the GMAT conundrum

Posted by nixbert on March 27, 2007

One thing we Indians seem to have done quite well is undermine the credibility of GMAT. There’s just so many of us who score so damn well on the test that its not even funny!

My sorry ar$e managed to score only 700 (Q – 47, V – 40) last year. In ideal circumstances this should not worry me too much but well …. I am an Indian IT male .. aint I? No Sir. You ought to know better. Since your brethren score by the bucketloads so you are condemned to sitting your ass down and study some more.

I know all those stories about gmat being just one data point and its all about your essays and overall app etc etc. But who the hell cares? Fact of the matter is that GMAT is probably the only factor in the entire app process which is well within complete control of an applicant. So it does makes sense to do as well as one can.

So … to make a long story short. I am just venting steam because I can’t believe I may have to deal with all that sentence correction nonsense again. Even though quite inexplicably Quant remains my weak point. I am an engineer by profession you know. Howz that for breaking the stereotype?

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you heard it here first ..

Posted by nixbert on March 18, 2007

if you remember I was cribbing about media combining names of a couple to create a single annoying word! e.g. brangelina, billary etc.

I was also wondering how long before abhishek and aishwarya will meet the same fate. Well you only have to turn to Times Of India of 17th March to find the word Abhiash!

Here’s the link if anyone is interested. But then again why would you be interested? Go away I hate you.

Sigh !!

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Posted by nixbert on March 18, 2007

.. thats the only word to describe performance of our batsmen!

We lost to Bangladesh. Again !!

I think that now India is the only test-playing team which has lost to  Bangladesh twice in ODIs!

I was ridiculing a pakistani (well, pakistani origin brit) friend about their performance in WC. The loss to bangaldesh has taken a considerable edge off. I am not liking it at all.

Hope we are able to qualify to the next stage unlike pakistan.

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