2014 MBA Intern W1D3

Need to find time everyday to write something down, otherwise I would totally forgot, even it just happened yesterday. When I looked at my calendar and found that it was blank yesterday, I found myself hard to remember what I did at that time, but I am quite sure, at least, I didn’t just waste my time at the office. I should do something during that 8 hours.


– I had a conversation with Max, another guy who interned at Strategy team, and he would also cover the China market.  Need to align with each other.

– Arrange the meetings for W1D3.

-Satiya introduce me to two people in the company.

– Talked with Eric to schedule the time to talk this week.



It’s a quite long day today and felt tired after the last meeting.

Get rid of my bed at 6:30 and left home at 7:00. It took me almost 1 hour from north San Jose to Palo Alto office, but I didn’t blame the traffic or the time I spent on the way. It turned out that most time when I drove on the highway to office, I would think about lots of things, not only for work, but also would thinks about the things happened to me during the past year. At least, during the past three morning, those things rushed into my mind and just could stop thinking. Good things and bad things, especially things that I could do better or things or people I should forget, for my own sake.

Arrive at the parking lot at 8:00 and met my boss there. Charles, another MBA intern guy from Haas also join us a couple of minutes later. Dan guided me around the main building and the Executive Brief  Center, and told us the story about the tree inside the EBC center. The Palo Alto government asked the company to make sure the tree would be alive in the future before the company built those office building and the EBC. It turned out that the company spent more than 1m dollar for the tree and even now, there are people would take care of the tree regularly.  Why? Because the tree was planted by the one of the founder of the company.

At 9:00,Dan started to give the presentation to the customer in meeting room 3. He is a cool guy and graduated from Haas. I think he is good at public speaking, and how to engage his audience when he presented. Something I need to learn and improve.

Right after the meeting, I met with Kaye. She is now a MBA intern at HR team. Satiya introduced her to me as both of them are in MAP program. She was nice and warm, we had a nice conversation during the coffee time. 

Then I met Adeline. I just met her when I visited Kaye. Adeline was at her 2nd rotation location at her HR MAP program after he graduated from Tsinghua MBA program in China. We had lunch together at Palo Alto office, and it was so nice to know more people in the company.

I am always happy to know more people.Need to make a plan to know more related people in the company. Alumni first, maybe.

Back to Sunnyvale office at almost 1:30.

Have a meeting with Strategy team from 2:00-2:30. Dan, Manoj, Max and I just went through our own plan about what we will cover in our China market for the coming summer project. The meeting was quite brief, so we just make some main points and split between Max an I. 

Actually it was a little below my expectation. Maybe I need to figure out the detailed plan and what I should do step by step by myself. As I know, it seems that no one in the market team have deep into this before. So need to do lots of home work later after I made the plan.

Back home a little earlier than yesterday, but it still too late to avoid the traffic.

At 7:00PM, conduct a meeting with Steve, GM in China.

Well….I planed to hold a private meeting just with Steve,so we could talk about business in China and also get some feedback about what I could do for the project.  But there were too many people join the meeting. It seemed a business review meeting for Steve. Sorry for that.

The meeting ended at 7:40 as scheduled and I didn’t have any chance to talk with Steve and even the project we will do for China. Sometimes, you just couldn’t know what would come out for a meeting with people from different department.

Right after the meeting, I get the message from Steve, asking me to call him.

Cool! Then we continue the conversation and talked a little while on phone.

He is much busier now, as he also took over South Asia now.


Now I have a general idea about what I should do for my summer project, but still need some time to make a plan. A plan that would be more practical and actionable.

That’s the next step.

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