Moving Up Podcast

Hear directly from business leaders. Secrets to success, struggles along the way, optimal career paths and life in general.

Moving Up Podcast

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About the Host

Alex began his career as an analyst at JPMorgan Private Bank. After completing the program, he moved into investment banking at Houlihan Lokey in their restructuring group. Alex went on to work at a pioneering digital media firm before getting his MBA at UCLA Anderson. Alex grew up in Park City, Utah and loves to ski and golf.

Sales & Trading vs. Investment Banking, but Now Hedge Funds

Hedge fund analyst discusses his transition from sales and trading to banking to hedge funds. What it's like working for Houlihan' s restructuring group, distressed debt investing and the hedge fund interview process.

Transitioning from a Pilot to a Private Equity Associate – Managing Director at Google

Darren and I talk about his career going from a pilot to PE associate to 15 years at McKinsey and now Google. Darren leads a team of 600 at Google. We discuss his advice on how to get to get there and the skills and attitude that will set you apart. We finish with how to find happiness in where you are now and what you need to do to get a job at McKinsey or Google.

Here is the complete transcript of the podcast.

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Becoming CEO – Mike Hopkins CEO of Hulu

Mike walks us through his career and tells us about the skills that got him to where he is today. Why he got an MBA while working at Fox, the future of Hulu and the media industry and if I can have a job when I graduate.

Don’t ask for permission just go make it happen (Professor and Entrepreneur)

We have a mind-opening chat with ex-investment banker Josh about the importance of gaining self-awareness and understanding who you are and how to do that. We discuss whether you should get an MBA and how to make a complete life.

How to make the most out of B-School – 2017 MBA Candidate

2nd year MBA student discusses why investment banking was not for him and how he found what was. What success means for him and how it has changed over time and what you can do in business school to get the most out of it.

2-3-2 – Moelis, Brentwood, MBA Candidate

John talks about the trade-off of working hundred hour weeks in investment banking but how they help you find a great job after. We discuss the PE recruiting process and why he chose to come to business school rather than staying with his fund. John interned in the strategy group at the Wonderful Company over the summer and we discuss how he thinks about what he wants to do now.

Trying to impress others vs. trying to do what’s right for me (Andres Engel, Strategy at MeUndies)

Andres Engel, strategy executive and HBS grad chats about his passion to work with people and empower teams, growing up in Chile and why LA reminds him of South America. His background in investment banking both before and after business school and why he didn't see himself as a banker long-term.

From Banking to Consulting and Back Again - Shahzad Khan VP Moelis

Shahzad Khan VP at Moelis discusses what is what like working for Bear Sterns during the crisis and how being persistent can set you apart. Shahzad tells us why he went from banking to consulting and then back to banking and the differences between the jobs and personalities. Also, what he looks for in hiring analysts and associates.

Leaving Finance to Start an Online Business - Patrick Curtis Founder Wall Street Oasis

The Chief monkey stops by to discuss his background, how he got a banking job after not having an internship and then getting fired from his private equity job 6 months in. Patrick talks about what working 100 hours a week teaches you about yourself and the value of his Wharton MBA. We end with how he started WSO and the future plans for the site.