MBA: Stanford or Harvard?
Hi folks. I was lucky enough to have been accepted to both the Harvard and Stanford MBA programs. I would really appreciate any advice/thoughts on things I should consider while making this decision.
Here is some potentially relevant information/questions:
(1) My intention is to build a start-up upon graduation. Stanford is near Silicon Valley, but is geographical proximity such a big factor (just a plane ride away... and lots going on in Boston anyway)? Also, HBS has been investing a lot in entrepreneurship. Finally, I know that Stanford has a "start-up culture". Is this a positive or a negative? Getting exposed to different ideas might be more useful. Thoughts?
(2) My undergrad has no strong brand value. If I decide during the MBA to do something a bit more traditional, is one program more advantageous than the other?
(3) The Harvard brand is generally stronger, but is it stronger among those in the upper ranks (who know about these MBA programs well) too?