There’s no two ways about it, the last six weeks have been weird. A mysterious virus. Social distancing. Zoom classes, Zoom meetings, Zoom happy hours, Zoom everything.

It’s also been scary. Every day we are bombarded with some new, unprecedented, usually frightening statistic — 22 million Americans filing for unemployment, a contagion rate that might be twice what we previously thought, the fastest ever 30% decline in the stock market.

We will clearly be grappling with some very serious societal impacts for years to come. …

2018 has been an interesting year. In particular, it has been defined by two main elements: it’s the year I started living a bit healthier. I discovered a love of hiking and began exercising more; I am also cooking more frequently, eating cleaner, and drinking less. It is also a year during which my intellectual curiosity was re-ignited in a big way. I believe I can thank being back in an academic setting — I am getting my MBA at Yale SOM— for this.

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As a result of 2018 being defined by this new health kick and a renewed energy for learning, some of the typical go-to New Year’s resolutions are out the window. It would be pretty disingenuous to resolve to get in shape or read more. So instead, my New Year’s resolution is to channel this intellectual curiosity and love of learning in a new way: by writing more frequently. I want to write more about what I am learning in business school, the books and articles I am reading, and my thoughts on some of my areas of interest: how consumer product companies and consumer technologies grow, what makes entrepreneurs tick, and how to think through career transitions. …

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When you think of someone with the job title of Chief of Staff, I imagine the first people who come to mind are Rahm Emmanuel, John Kelly or Leo McGarry from the West Wing. The image of a Chief of Staff is someone walking around the halls of the White House or the U.S. Capitol, not someone working in an open office space with exposed brick, visible ductwork and lofted ceilings.

But these days the Chief of Staff title is no longer exclusive to politics and government. Chiefs of Staff can now be found at hundreds of tech companies across the country. I am a co-founder of the Chief of Staff Tech Network, which brings dozens of New York City’s tech chiefs together each month to discuss the do’s, don’ts, and best practices of the position. …


Max Dworin

Food, Bev, CPG, Startups. Launching a new alcohol brand soon. Pursuing my MBA @yalesom. Formerly @BoxedWholesale & @SenSchumer. @Mets fan & @JohnsHopkins alum

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