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The Harvard Business School Association of Northern California is excited to announce the 2018 New Venture Competition and invite all HBS alumni working on an early-stage startup to join us for the upcoming competition and Entrepreneurship Summit!

This year, we have expanded the New Venture Competition - the entire Harvard alumni community is encouraged to compete for a variety of amazing benefits, click here to see prizes and for more information. All companies will compete on an equal playing field to determine the top early-stage startup in the Bay Area. Additional prizes will be provided for the competition winner. HBS alumni companies will automatically be entered into the Global HBS NVC. Only the top placing HBS alumni companies will be eligible to continue on to the Global HBS Competition... Click here for more details.

Nov 30th is the New Venture Competition Early Application Deadline. Apply here.
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Learnings from my discussion with Eric S. Yuan, CEO and founder of Zoom      By: JP Marcos, MBA 2001
I was extremely fortunate to animate a fireside chat with Eric S. Yuan recently, in front of an audience of Harvard Business School and Harvard University Alumni, as part of the CEO series of the HBSANC and Harvard Club SF.  What a fantastic evening that was: Eric is really charismatic, fun and an incredible and original thought leader.  It was a very entertaining evening for everyone, packed with business learnings and life lessons.  The story behind Zoom is fascinating and I personally very much enjoyed conversing and hearing firsthand the advice from a great entrepreneur, who happens to also be a very humble person. In this post, I wanted to share just a few learnings from the 90mn discussion with Eric, illustrated by his actual answers. I hope that you will like my selection and will be encouraged to attend the next CEO series event. 

Can large companies foster disruptive innovation to their own businesses from within?

Eric was instrumental in building WebEx into the $1B+ business it is already today.  Yet he started Zoom out of frustration for what he perceived were the frictions and inefficiencies of the WebEx model, as well as the fact that it left out a large segment of the population.  Zoom initially addressed the SMB space, where WebEx did not compete, but the company has now become very directly competitive in the Enterprise segment with a disruptive service that is more affordable and simpler to use than WebEx.  It is another example of The Innovator’s Dilemma phenomenon and I asked Eric whether he thinks that large companies can find a way to harness the innovation that comes from within, instead of seeing their business being disrupted from the outside.  Eric’s answer is very categorical, he thinks that it is very hard to innovate inside corporate cultures that are resistant to change.  The segment captures his full view on the topic, preceded by the story of how the idea for Zoom came about.

Upcoming Events

HBS Professor Nancy Koehn - Tickets Added
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Tue 28 Nov 2017 Featured Event
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NEW VENTURE COMPETITION - Early Application Deadline is Nov 30
Night at the Opera
6:00 PM to 10:30 PM Sat 02 Dec 2017 Featured Event
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Preparing Your Children For Middle/High School, College, and Personal Life Success
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sun 03 Dec 2017 Featured Event
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Entering 43rd Year

Our club is entering its 43nd year, where we serve over 5,600 HBS graduates in Northern California. We allow members to stay in contact with fellow alumni, further their professional training, and participate in community partners programs. We’re continuing to explore new initiatives and add new activities to remain on the leading edge of innovation and impact across the global alumni community.

If you are not yet a member, please visit our membership page as well as our program overview to get a sense of membership opportunities. For new arrivals to the Bay Area, especially our recent Graduates, welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

Attend an Event

There’s no better way to engage with the Club and members then through our events. We have many upcoming events, including some great experiences with professional sports teams.


If you are not yet a member, please visit our membership page as well as our program overview to get a sense of membership opportunities. For new arrivals to the Bay Area, especially our recent Graduates, welcome and we look forward to seeing you.