Of Mashups and Blaikus – Cambridge Judge Business School

I have always been enthralled by mashups of two different mediums, two diverse artists or apparently incompatible hardware or software.

When mashups are executed to perfection, they are impactful because they mix two distinct entities to form a new, richer entity. Take for example DJ Danger Mouse and his mashup classic, The Grey Album. I will rein in my inner nerd and avoid giving you the details, but in essence the DJ mixed rapper Jay-Z’s ‘The Black Album’ and the classic album ‘The Beatles’ (a.k.a The White Album). The results were spectacular.

Cambridge Judge Business School, in my opinion, is a well-executed mashup.

  • Consider the architecture; a classic façade outside and exciting shapes and bright colours inside.
  • Consider the location; right in the heart of one of the oldest universities and right next to the cutting edge entrepreneurial hub of the United Kingdom.
  • Consider the students chosen to be a part of the program; an older, experienced cohort, yet young enough to be curious (and knowing how to let their hair down after a busy week)

I will be shameless here and plug my own mashup, a Blaiku. Blaiku is a blog post in the Haiku form. The following Blaikus capture my honest perception of the Judge Business School ethos. (Disclaimer: Purists may wince about the missing ‘kigo’ or ‘kire’, but I will admit that my Blaiku skills are still a work in progress.)

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Collaboration

is the way of life at Judge

not just a buzz word

More lessons are learnt

in the cafeteria;

out-standing peers

Your learning is

limited by openness;

it is limitless

You are taught to fish

and cast the net deep enough

to trap the oysters

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Somesh DwivediSomesh Dwivedi

Somesh Dwivedi is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to the MBA, he worked for four and a half years at Google in strategy, sales & marketing, and data intelligence roles. He's a three-time winner of Google's gold award, the highest award handed out at the tech firm for outstanding contribution to incremental revenue gains. He also worked briefly on Google Ventures, the in-house venture capital division of Google. He closely follows developments in technology, space travel and equity markets.

Dipika SawhneyDipika Sawhney

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Neil DubeyNeil Dubey

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Hui Lynn TanHui Lynn Tan

Hui Lynn Tan is currently a student on the MBA (class of 2015/16). She is originally from Malaysia and holds an LLB from Cardiff University.

Simone GoldsteinSimone Goldstein

Simone is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to the MBA she worked in Strategy at the media agency MEC, on the travel accounts Marriott International and United Airlines. A native New Yorker, she attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine where she received a BA in Art History and Anthropology.

Songya KeslerSongya Kesler

Songya Kesler, currently pursuing an MBA at the Judge Business School, is a two-time entrepreneur and People Architect. She ran operations, marketing, and partnerships at her latest startup. As a People Architect, she supports the next generation of game-changers in developing greater emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and leadership skills so that they can be the best version of themselves. At Cambridge, she holds weekly meditations, is Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurship SIG, a rep for Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, and on the rowing team at Jesus College.

Christina MackayChristina Mackay

Christina is a 2015-16 MBA student. Prior to Cambridge she worked as a management consultant for eight years living in London and New York and working with clients across Europe, America, China and Oceania. Her passion is entrepreneurship and she intends to start her own business post-MBA. In her spare time she plays netball for her college, runs along the river Cam and has joined the Whiskey society.

Prasad NaikPrasad Naik

Prasad Naik is a 2015/2016 MBA Student. Prior to the MBA, he worked for six years as a corporate finance advisor in the technology sector, focused on ecommerce and digital media. He holds a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Warwick. He loves learning about technology and attending thought-provoking debates at the Student Union.

Jonathan KungJonathan Kung

Jonathan is a MBA 2015/16 student. Prior to his MBA, Jonathan has worked extensively in China, as Project Manager then Vice General Manager of a real-estate development company, where he oversaw a project valued at $150m. At Cambridge, he is the captain of the MBA and Malaysian Society basketball teams, and keenly follows the entrepreneurial scene.

Julia NelsonJulia Nelson

Julia Nelson is a 2015-16 MBA student. Trained as an anthropologist, she has spent the last 10 years working in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania as a social “intrapreneur”, making energy and mining companies more responsible and sustainable. She is passionate about learning new approaches to social innovation, and plans to return to the field after her MBA. In her spare time, she rows for Darwin College, practices Spanish on her classmates, and is on a mission to find the best Szechuanese food in the UK.