True confessions of a Stern MBA at

Posted: June 26, 2011 by sljohnson81 in Uncategorized

Confession #1: Before I started my summer internship at, I was nervous that after five years of trading on the buy-side, I would it find it strange to leave work not knowing where the Dow Jones closed. Yet after three weeks at, I find it liberating to be connected to a different electronic marketplace.

Confession #2: resembles a technology start-up more than a traditional non-profit. For those who knows the organization this comes as no surprise since is an online platform connecting individual donors to classrooms in need. The online model provides individual donors with transparency, integrity and choice.  During the first two weeks in the office I felt the tech start-up vibe, but last week at the annual All Staff Conference this observation was confirmed. One of the conference highlights was an all-star panel featuring Jenn Hyman, Co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, Alex Rainert, Chief Product Officer at Foursquare and Kruti Patel Goyal, Director, Operations & Business Development of Etsy. The panelists discussed and shared insights about their innovative approaches to customer service, product & design and employee engagement.  Seeing the similarities between these leading technology companies and was amazing.

Confession #3: I knew was a notable organization, but I had no idea the extent of the distinct and remarkable work that 53 relentless full-time employees embark on everyday at was the only non-profit on Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2011, and it also became self-sustaining this year, which is truly incredible.

Stayed tuned for more confessions of a Stern MBA at as I embark on week 4.


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