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Good news: More MBA students touring Boston companies

Posted by Scott Kirsner  January 19, 2010 07:45 AM

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I'm a big proponent of fostering more connections between students at Boston-area schools and the companies that make up our innovation economy. Unfortunately, many MBA students tend to have an opportunity to participate in "tech treks" to Silicon Valley, while they aren't as likely to spend time with interesting businesses a few miles from campus. 

MIT's Sloan School of Management is one of the few that has consistently given students a chance to visit local companies, but Harvard Business School is joining in this year. Fifty students are participating this week in an IXP ("Immersion Experience Program") that will take them to various Boston companies and venture capital firms. 

Today, they're visiting VC firms like Flybridge Capital Partners, General Catalyst, Atlas Venture, Spark Capital, and Highland Capital Partners. Tomorrow features tech and energy companies like 1366 Technologies, C12 Energy, Visible Measures, Shoebuy, and Brightcove. 

The new tour is being organized by HBS prof Joe Lassiter, along with Shikhar Ghosh and Jeffrey Bussgang; Ghosh is an entrepreneur now serving HBS as a lecturer in entrepreneurial management, and Bussgang is an entrepreneur-in-residence at HBS who also works as a partner at Flybridge Capital. Ghosh and Bussgang worked together at OpenMarket, the pioneering 1990s-era e-commerce company. 

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