Student Perspectives

Student Perspective

Kas Farsad

Kas Farsad

EMBA 18

Partner, SV Ventures Inc.
Co-Founder, PetMio
Santa Clara, California

"I wanted to learn from people with an expertise in this region, because being in the Bay Area gives you such a cutting edge in technology—and in most fields. I knew Haas professors would be on the leading edge, and it would reflect in class content."

Strengthening startups by adding business skills to tech expertise

"I come from startup environments where I’ve contributed in any way possible. As technology I worked on matured, I began spending more time on the business side. I felt formalizing my business education was essential to performing on the technical side, contributing on the business side, and acting as a liaison between the two."

"Having a background in Materials Science, I’ve spent the majority of my career in the lab and presenting to technical audiences. Expanding into the business side is not only an entirely different language, but also a different audience. My work at Haas has helped me tailor how I communicate to different audiences."

Choosing Haas for its Bay Area ties, teachers, and classmates

"I wanted to learn from people with an expertise in this region, because being in the Bay Area gives you such a cutting edge in technology—and in most fields. I knew Haas professors would be on the leading edge, and it would reflect in class content."

"For me, the hardest part of being an entrepreneur is not coming up with a product, it's finding a partner with something to offer who is just as passionate as you. Haas has been a great source of extremely talented, motivated classmates that I can’t wait to engage for future projects."

Advancing your career and education at the same time with an EMBA

"A popular misconception is that you go back to school when you are in a lull in your career. What motivated me was exactly the opposite. I feel I reached a peak in my career and wanted add to my skills without leaving the industry. Technology evolves fast, and my fear was that if I went back to school full time, rather than part time, I would miss out on what is a thriving marketplace right now. This gave me the best of both worlds."

Bridging the gap between managing and leading

"What I needed the most from my MBA education was learning the language of business. In order to contribute in any environment, understanding the terms used is essential for having an efficient, effective conversation with your peers.
My biggest challenge prior to Haas was learning how to delegate efficiently. In the past, I always felt it would be quicker to do it myself. I am finally bridging the gap between managing and leading, and learning to distinguish between the two."

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