Thursday, April 03, 2008

Announcing AskTheHarvardMBA.com

Ever wanted to benefit from my so-called expertise?

I'm launching a new site (don't worry, this one isn't going anywhere) called Ask The Harvard MBA.

Each week, I'll answer one reader-submitted question. It'll probably be a business question, but it could be about anything that I find interesting/entertaining/salacious.

If there's enough demand, I'll be adding a second weekly feature, where people can bid on eBay to make sure that I answer their particular question on the blog. (Or they can simply bid for a private answer--I'm a capitalist, after all!)

So if you've ever wanted my advice, check out the site, and send in your questions!

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Q: Are you actually a Harvard MBA?
A: Yes, though we prefer the term HBS grad.

Q: Can I really ask you anything?
A: Sure, but remember that I don’t promise to answer every question.

Q: Why are you doing this?
A: I like answering questions. I do it all the time anyways, so I figured I might as well get a blog out of it.

Q: No really, why are you doing this?
A: For the money, of course. I figure that if I give good answers to the questions I pick each week, there will be other folks who will pay to either 1) bribe me to answer their question publicly, or 2) bribe me with an even larger amount to answer their question privately.

Q: How much do you charge?
A: How much you got? I’ll also point out that no matter how ridiculous the amount I charge, it will still be a bargain in comparison to McKinsey. And probably funnier too.

Q: Are you at least donating the proceeds to starving children?
A: Heck no! I’ve got my own set of mouths to feed. Every cent you pay me goes straight into my pocket (though it would be more accurate to simply funnel the money to my daycare center, and eliminate the middleman).

Q: Seriously, you can’t possibly expect to make money off this blog, can you?
A: Au contraire mon frere, if the Internet has taught us anything, it’s that no one has any idea what will make money. Just look at Scoble. It’s probable that this site will just be a fun little hobby, but it’s also possible that it will lead to a book deal and a badly executed reality TV series on a basic cable channel.

Q: Why now?
A: Because I had lunch with my friends Jackie Danicki and Hillary Johnson, and after listening to me dispense all sorts of advice on every imaginable topic (including many I knew nothing about), they suggested that I start a blog to do the same thing on the Internet. Since I’m incredibly lazy, it should have stopped there, but Hillary created this blog and the design, and I couldn’t very well let it go to waste. That would be like nibbling lightly at an all-you-can-eat buffet. A *free* all-you-can-eat buffet.

On a more serious note, if you are looking to get a blog designed, go talk with Hillary. She rocks.

2 comments:

Alexandra Levit said...

I love it!

Especially the eBay component.

paul said...

What a great idea! And I can certainly vouch for your answers as you've been more than candid in your answers towards the (sometimes) stupid questions I ask. I actually might even come over and ask one more from you just to see the process.

Make money, feed the family.