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Entries from April 2007

One Week

April 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

And not to borrow from BNL here, but that’s about how much time we’ve left in our time in Curitiba, Brazil. By this point, I’m still able to complain really well in Portuguese, but now I can apparently communicate decently well with people. Its no so much that inasmuch as I’ve memorized how [...]

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Non ducor, duco

April 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Every job interview always asks what my biggest weakness is, or where I need the most improvement. I’ve always babbled my way through an answer but I’ve never had a strong response.
The one thing I got out of the Leadership and Ethics class I took is that I solidified my answer to this question. [...]

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The More Things Change…

April 13th, 2007 · No Comments

…the more they stay the same
One of the better aspects of this program is that we’re taking an MBA class with students in Brazil. One thing I’m finding interesting is the concept of Business School is a little different, most students work and come to class for 4-5 hours a night, twice a week. [...]

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Queen to Queen’s Level Three

April 13th, 2007 · No Comments

As I mentioned previously, we played a game in class the other night (sadly, it wasn’t global thermonuclear war). The game is thus: there are 10 gas stations competing for the top four spots in profitability. The COGS is 1, but no firm can sell for more than 10, which is the only [...]

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From FGV

April 11th, 2007 · No Comments

This is going to be an on-the-run post, I’m in the middle of class at Fundação Getulio Vargas. Its in Portuguese and this guy is flying, he somehow covered the Industrial Revolution while I was checking in on an internship possibility. Thankfully Adam Smith is homo economus in any language, and we just [...]

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I Broke Down Today

April 7th, 2007 · No Comments

A Big Mac costs R$9.60 and about $3.50. At R$2.03 to $1.00, at that rate, the Big Mac should cost R$7.10, but indicates an overvaluation of 25.98% Since the rate has declined from 2.10 to 2.02 in the last two months, perhaps it’s trending towards the Big Mac Equilibrium. But, how do [...]

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