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Financial & Valuation Modeling Boot-Camp

Financial modeling is a skill that any investment banking analyst will have to master. Although the majority of investment banks and other financial firms now have formal training programs, many students and prospective finance professionals are choosing enroll in self-study financial modeling training programs to look more competitive to potential employers and position themselves as a valuable asset to the firm from Day 1.

Wall Street Oasis presents 35% off Wall Street Prep's popular 3-day Investment Banking Boot Camps. ***NOTE: When you register with a .edu address the discount will be applied upon checkout ...if you are a student without a .edu address please contact Wall Street Prep directly. Discounts do not apply to seminars run by CFA Societies.***

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Uber Gets a Makeover

Yesterday, Uber unveiled their "new & improved" logo-- and the results are mixed. CEO Travis Kalanick apparently had a big hand in the redesign, which is funny when you imagine the surprise of all of those internal and external design professionals who were brushed to the side by a micromanaging leader. Shalin Amin, who is Uber's design director, had this to say about his boss's help:

"Kalanick became engrossed, evaluating pixels and colors according to what he euphemistically calls his "unique" set of preferences. Light smirks ripple across the room. "I basically gave up understanding what your personal preference was," Shalin tells him. "I was like, 'he's got this pastel thing going with, like, bright colors.'"

So, opinions on the new design? I'm not a huge fan myself, but I am curious to see what they do with their "holiday stylings" that the new logo is so conducive for.

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Wharton MBA bound: things I wish I'd known during the app process

Hello all, I'm new to this forum but thought I'd kick things off by trying to offer any advice I can on aspiring b-school applicants preparing for the fall 2016-17 application cycle.


I did consulting at a boutique for several years, was dinged w no interview at HBS, and interviewed at Stanford and Wharton, ultimately getting dinged at Stanford as well. I'm Wharton bound this fall and can think back to this time last year when I was prepping for the GMAT and beginning to think about essay topics and recommendation writers. Some of these tips may be obvious but here's my $0.02

Impact Investing 101: Trainings I wish I had known about in Business School

I went to London Business School primarily to transition from working for the Clinton Foundation to a job in impact investing. At London Business School, I used a variety of resources at my disposal to improve my financial acumen. I built financial models for school assignments, enrolled in extra-curricular valuation courses run by Wall Street Prep, and participated in a school-wide private equity competition.

However, during my first year of business school I didn't find the companies or business models particularly interesting. That changed when I had to evaluate impact investments in my summer internship. While reviewing the financial projections for a network of private schools in South Africa and interviewing impact fund managers in Southeast Asia, I began to understand how the concepts I had studied could create social impact. My summer internship in investment advisory was my first exposure to impact investing and confirmed my interest in the sector.

Guide: Cold Contacting Investment Bankers For Non Targets

Hi Folks,

I posted a thread earlier in the month and there was a lot of interest in techniques and tips for cold contacting investment bankers so I thought I would share what I know.

First things first, I'm not an investment banker. I'm a data room sales rep with an extensive background in cold contacting (email/phone) investment bankers internationally. If you're working on M&A teams in North America there is a good chance I've called you. I've managed to create a pretty big network primarily from cold contacting so I'm here to offer basic sales tips and insights on methods that may work for you.

Note: I highly recommend reading the book How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It's a pretty quick read that will help you understand how people communicate and how to leverage it to your will.

Disclaimer: I know very little about the recruiting cycles in banking and less about what specific traits/achievements recruiters look for. If anyone who has been through the process wants to chime in I will be happy to edit this post to create a better resource.

Rewind - Developing a short thesis - Weight Watchers/WTW Stock + Q&A

In case you missed our January 5th webinar entitled Developing a short thesis - Weight Watchers/WTW Stock, have no fear. The full recording of the webinar will be available for free on the WSO homepage on this date: (free for only 24 hours and then it goes into our Video Library). Do you want to a 1 on 1 mentoring session with Ann? Click below:


To see the original event page with a description of the webinar and read more information about the presenter click here.

All rewinds will be available everyday at 8am ET.

And, as always, if you want to sign up to hear about upcoming webinars before they happen, sign up inside the post...

February 5, 2016 - 8:00am to February 6, 2016 - 8:00am
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Webinar: Consulting Case Walkthrough -- 5pm ET, 2/9/16


On Tuesday February 9th, 5pm ET Wall Street Mentor Steven will be hosting a webinar entitled "Consulting Case Walkthrough", with a q&a session to follow. Steven is an industry veteran with experience in consulting.


If you missed the webinar, it will be available on the homepage in exactly 1 month, for 24 hours March 9, 2016 before going into the WSO Video Library.

February 9, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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WSO Weekly Wrap-Up (1/30-2/5)

In case you missed them, here're some of last week's most popular topics:

Congratulations to the 2015 WSO Forum Member of the Year: DingDong08
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Mod Note (Andy): I am posting this post under DingDong08's account so that he can reap all the silver banana love :-) Winning by an astounding margin (33% of the votes vs 14% ), congratulations to WSO super user @Dingdong08 for winning the 2015 WSO Member of the Year vote.

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2015 Investment Banking Interview Prep Pack PLUS ...New updated version just released!

We are excited to announce a brand new new and improved 2015 investment banking interview Prep Pack, just in time for recruiting season!

As always, we keep improving our resources at least once a year to make sure we are staying on top of current trends. This version includes countless more investment banking related webinars in the WSO Video Library and thousands of more interview insights in the WSO Company Database...curious what's included in our new full "PLUS" package that can give you an edge?

LEARN MORE always, if you are a previous customer, to get the new version free all you have to do is e-mail and she'll send it your way :-)

Good luck this recruiting season!
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Join the WSO Resume Review Team

We are looking to add several Resume Reviewers to the WSO Resume Review team.


  • At least 1 year of professional experience in Investment Banking or other financial field, IB and/or PE background preferred
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    God and Money

    Matthew 6:24
    Jesus: "No one can serve two masters. If you try, you will wind up loving the first master and hating the second, or vice versa. People try to serve both God and money--but you can't. You must choose one or the other."

    Are you religious? If you are, do you still find time to go to church, and do you feel the need to reconcile your profession or lifestyle with your faith?

    I'm not that religious anymore, just curious about WSO

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