Thursday, June 28, 2007

My First Earthquake

Today, Chile was hit by a 5.6 earthquake. It originated 118 miles north of Santiago. At first I thought that somebody was working on the building and thought the coworkers were kidding when they told me it was a "terremoto." Don't worry. No major damage here and I still had to finish my work day.

Upon a visit to Wikipedia, I found that the strongest earth quake in recorded history originated from Chile only 50 years ago. Of course, I learn about this after I am living here.....

Monday, June 18, 2007

Gringo Dancers

Monday, June 11, 2007

Views of Santiago

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Out apartment is near downtown Santiago. We are a 5 minute walk to the nearest Metro making the entire city convenient to us. Our building is at the center of this photo behind the red and green building.


The view of the city from Cerro San Cristobal. The haze in the photo is smog.

As is usual in cities, Santiago has lots of spray painted tags. Many have a political bend and are mostly anti-US, anti-globalization or pro-revolution. In Mexico, there were many anti-Bush tags, but I have not seen many here in Santiago. Here we see an opinion to the cause of 9/11 painted on a sidewalk.

We went just outside Santiago for this picture. We are far from the pollution so the photos are better.

Dan, Brendan and Ernesto enjoying beer and the view.

The three housemates, Brendan, Dan and Anandha.


Thursday, June 07, 2007

For Shame Nevada!

How dare you steal Toughie University of Nevada, Reno! We will let you use the Wolf Pack name, but using our mascot takes it too far.

circa 198?Trademark 1984
I have nothing to say to you Wisconsin...good day.

circa 1972circa 1940

NC State and the UNR are talking about their blatant rip off of the NCSU's Toughie. Wisconsin fans remind us that Toughie looks like their mascot. But hey, ours is clearly a wolf and theirs is clearly a Badger. So what if they dress the same...

NCSU to Nevada Reno: Give us Toughie back

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

sobre me

Soy estudiante en maestría en administración internacional de la escuela de Moore de la Universidad de Carolina del Sur (Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina). Este otoño, me concentraré en finanzas y empresas pequeñas . Después de la graduación, espero encontrar un trabajo en capital privado. Antes de comenzar el MBA programe, yo estudie informática en la Universidad del Estado de Carolina del Norte (North Carolina State University) y trabaje para unas empresas. Mi currículum vitae incluye Instituto de SAS, Accenture y Marina de Estados Unidos. Durante mi estudios y trabajos, yo he vivido fuera de E.E.U.U. por un total de 18 meses en Australia, Reino Unido, México y ahora Chile. En mi tiempo libre, yo tengo licencia de piloto particular y disfruto leyendo.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Dan and SKM Seaprende

This was written for a paper due to Moore School. Sorry about the 3rd person talk but it give you a chance to see what I am doing here.

Dan will develop a business strategy for SKM Seaprende of Santiago, Chile. SKM provides knowledge management software to the Latin American market. Dan will assess all areas of the firm with a focus on marketing and technology. As the final product, Dan will create a strategy on how to take SKM from US$1 million in annual sales to US$10 million over 5 years.

Using US$100,000 in seed money, Max and Abishai founded SKM in 2000. By 2007, the firm reached $1 million in annual sales and had over 30 employees. SKM’s sells mainly to Chilean firms, but also has patrons in other Latin American countries. SKM’s products facilitate online course administration and SKM provides online classes too. The firm also has a novel format that allows drug companies to teach pharmacy sales people. This format turns into a “win-win” for both companies as this training leads to higher sales.

Like all companies, SKM always scans its situation. To this end, the owners hire interns each year from internationally recognized MBA programs. Interns bring fresh ideas and an objective eye to SKM.

Dan will work with Anandha, another Moore School intern. As a team, they will gather data, analyze current strategy and modify that strategy as needed. Each stage will require input from the owners, employees and clients. Many of these people only speak Spanish, so Spanish proficiency will be critical. The team will use other skills learned during the IMBA program like Porter’s four forces model, S.W.A.T. analysis and Gartner’s Hype Cycle. Due to his previous experience, SKM expects Dan to pay close attention to information technology during his internship.

Dan and Anandha will construct many documents for SKM. Deliverables will include financial analyses, marketing plans and client reports. Beyond written documents, the team will present their findings and the status of the project every Friday to the owners of SKM. The deliverables and presentations will culminate into a final ten-page strategy. SKM will use this roadmap strategy as it seeks to increase sales to US$10 million.