Kellogg is a great school, the best business school in the world according to many sources. One of the things that set Kellogg apart from other business school is our GIM program. The Global Initiative in Management brings groups of Kellogg students to every corner of the planet for a student run and organized trip to learn about foreign economies from global leaders during spring break. Unlike the vast majority of my class I did not go on GIM.
Like anyone obsessed with Venture Capital, I spent the first week of spring break meeting with VCs on Sand Hill Road. Kellogg setup meetings between 9 VC students and Scott Barkley, David Hornik, Tim Draper, Rory O’Driscoll, Peter Sonsini, Eric Young, Tod Francis, Steve Jurvetson, Asheem Chandna, and Winston Fu along with a visit to the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab. I then spent the second week of spring break working with Tim Krauskopf on behalf of Merrick Ventures on his latest startup (its somewhat stealthy, hence the lack of details).
I have to admit that I had more fun this week than on any previous traditional vacation. There is something about the excitement of talking to potential customers, setting up phone lines, hiring developers, and adjusting business models that puts a grin on my face. The energy I got from the office during the day only made me more excited about returning to Houston where I am going to be working in this kind of an environment ful-time. My evenings this week were filled with setting up this blog, joining twitter, reviewing presentations from SaasCon, optimizing the web-apps on my blackberry, reviewing the various OpenID standards, getting familiar with the content on VUZE, rationalizing my widgets on iGoogle, applying Vista Service Pack 1, and doing my laundry. I think I am averaging 4 hours of sleep a night and loving every moment of it.
I am slightly bummed that school starts on Monday. I haven’t felt this productive since the early days at ICI when I was building my team, winning customers, and helping establish us in the marketplace. The early days of a startup are like the first days of a new relationship. You are learning wonderful new things every day and can’t put away the giddy smile on your face. That goofy grin is the reason why I am devoting my career to entrepreneurs, I can’t think of a better place to be.