I wrote an article the other day on Why San Francisco was the best decision of my life so I’m now dedicating a piece to Boston. Disclaimer: I was born (and currently reside) in Boston but have not gone to HBS (nor even applied yet — even though if I ever do decide to, HBS will be the only business school that I apply to).
Now I know what you’re thinking, why leave NYC for anything? Like seriously, all my friends are here, potentially even family, it’s the best place for my career, the staff @ Ruschmeyers knows me rather well by now…
Well let’s think again:
NYC: Stripes, Insight, Apollo, Blackstone, Carlyle, Trilantic, NMC, Veritas, Blackstone, Warburg, Fortress, CD&R, Columbia Business School
Boston: Audax, Berkshire, Advent, TA, Summit, F-Prime, M33, Spectrum, THL, Parthenon, Battery, Volition, Silversmith, ABRY, Harvard Business School
Call me out for this (and I’ll gladly chat further with you about this over the phone) but I have had MANY Columbia individuals reach out asking for insight on ‘how to break into VC/Growth Equity’ whereas we personally ASK HBS INDIVIDUALS to help us from their end with coaching… why is that?
(Another Disclaimer: I’ve heard Columbia is rather set up well for breaking into public equity, it’s just that we deal with most pursuing private equity roles).
You can take a look at a variety of rankings out there however the purpose of this newsletter isn’t to discuss business school rankings. The purpose is for you to rethink Boston when it comes to firms like ABRY, Parthenon, Audax, TA, Summit, THL because these are straight feeders into HBS. Literally, HBS comes to your offices (basically asking who is applying and how can they help).
You’ve got to think in terms of the future… sure you can think I want to go to a shop in NYC for a couple of years and then eventually business school however how many people have you come across that get Columbia paid for?
Personally, I’ve heard of MANY MORE going to HBS/GSB/WHARTON and getting those schools paid for and then ppl coming back as VPs… listen, this could be very well me being biased, loving HBS>All but tell me differently — I want to hear from you.
And if you’re interviewing at any of the shops above — highly recommend buying a package from here so we can help you over the next week or so because so many of those firms are interviewing right now.