Weekly Roundup: Former Pepsi CEO on NC | Masters & MBA Applications | EdTech Masterclass and Fellowship | Business and Philosophy
What we learned together on Network Capital this week
Dear community members,
Hope you had a rejuvenating weekend. This is a quick overview of the week gone by on Network Capital. You can get access to all our offerings once you subscribe.
Firs things first
🚀We are stoked to host former Pepsi CEO and Amazon board member Indra Nooyi on Network Capital
🌎Our mission is to help all millennials, GenZs and school students on the planet built their category of one.
🧠Leaders like Indra help realize that vision by sharing their life lessons in our fellowships
❓Ask Indra a question on Network Capital TV. We will include the best ones in her masterclass. Submit here: https://lu.ma/indra-nooyi
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Quick snapshot of what lies ahead on this newsletter
🖇️ Masterclass Recommendation: Career Principles and EdTech Trends with Lightspeed Ventures Partner Mercedes Bent | Harvard and Stanford Grad | Diversity and Inclusion Champion
🧑🏻🏫 The Launch of Network Capital School and graduation talks of the Network Capital Summer School
Historically education was an amorphous bundle of core skills, soft skills, critical thinking, signaling value and networking (think of school as a place where kids go to socialize. What we are witnessing now is the great unbundling of education where different companies and communities are attempting to capture one part of the bundle. What that means is that education companies these days are fundamentally different than the educational institutions we are all familiar with.
In this 3 week-long fellowship, we will -
Unpack the trends in the Ed-Tech industry
Learn from insights the best Ed-Tech operators and investors
Help you build your Ed-Tech thesis
Masters & MBA Bootcamp
Over the last three years thousands of Network Capital subscribers have made it to the top schools around the world - INSEAD, Stanford, Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Columbia, Science Po and so on.
Through our MBA & Masters Bootcamp we help our subscribers craft their unique application and showcase their ‘Category of One’. As a part of this bootcamp we will be covering all aspects of the application process and host alums of these top schools to talk about their experience and application process.
Live sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 8pm IST. Sessions start August 4, 2021.
The Network Capital School designed to help students between the ages 8 to 18 build their category of one. Before we tell you more about the school, here are the graduating talks for the Network Capital Summer School students.
Our school will complement the ongoing education in schools and focus on 4 key aspects -
Powerful public speaking
Micro-experiments to figure your purpose in life
Mercedes’ path to VC is a true convergence of her life experiences — a childhood surrounded by inventors, studies at Harvard and Stanford, finance roles at the Federal Reserve and Goldman, and managing P&L at startups in VR and EdTech, and her long-term goal of empowering communities she cares about. She began her venture capital career at Owl Ventures before joining Lightspeed’s consumer investing team in 2019.
A member of Lightspeed’s consumer investing team, Mercedes is primarily focused on investing in edtech/future of work, fintech, and consumer products.
In today’s “breaking news” culture obsessed with dramatic success and failure stories, it helps to keep in mind that the most successful businessman in the world built his company step by step, ferociously. Success didn’t just happen. It took a whole long list of embarrassing failures. (Bezos and Elon Musk developed a healthy rivalry over the space mission and for the longest time Bezos kept losing… Until he didn’t)
When pursuing challenging missions - such as trying to build your category of one doing whatever you do - remember it will take effort, consistency and patience to flower.
Thomas Hobbes once said that life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. That isn’t the life in the 21st century. We still have big challenges to solve for but life today is community-driven, rich with abundance (on average), adventurous, unpredictable and long. If we want to thrive, we will need to reinvent ourselves multiple times and build a portfolio of curiosities, convictions and careers. Growth mindset and belief in the power of the possible will drive us forward. It won’t be smooth but no memorable adventure ever is.
The ultimate role of Aristotle is that of a life GPS. He has been giving us direction for more than two millennia and will continue to do so in the times to come. We just need to be intentional about carving the time and space for him.
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✍🏼 Read our founder Utkarsh Amitabh’s Harvard Business Review articles here Building Your Category of One,Should You Choose Passion Over Paycheck, How to Make Envy Work for You?, andThe Right Way to Make a Big Career Transition
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