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Minh Chau
Minh Chau is a vagabond and professed geek with a passion for technology, photography, and international exposure. Besides the Huffington Post, he also writes on VentureFizz, Blogger, Yelp, and other platforms. You can find his personal homepage here.

Minh is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, with a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School and a B.A. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Entries by Minh Chau

Running Fast and Slow on Intuition: Reflections of a Graduating MBA

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 6:50 PM


It's been two colorful autumns, two blistering winters, two breezy springs and one beautiful summer since I started on the bewildering journey of the mysterious "MBA." What do those letters stand for anyway?

With classes already ended and graduation looming, I wanted to...

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Personalizing the In-Store Experience -- Will Consumers Give Up Their Privacy?

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:56 PM

(This post is a summary of an independent project completed at Harvard Business School. Click here for the complete paper. The Burberry example is purely hypothetical.)

Apple's iBeacon, a location positioning system based on Bluetooth low energy technology, made the...

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Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Business

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 1:37 PM


This past weekend was the 20th Cyberposium, an annual conference bringing together CEOs, CTOs, founders, and entrepreneurs to drive forward the discussion on the intersection of technology and media with business and society. Few will deny that things move quickly in the world...

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10 Days in Zambia and South Africa

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 6:10 PM

With 10 days on the ground in southern Africa, we began our trip with a safari not in Chobe or Kruger, but in Zambia's South Luangwa. It's not the first place most people think of when they picture an African safari. Yet, it's home to a rich set of flora...

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Arbitrary Lessons I Learned on the Road

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Overdue haircut. Overdue shower. Overdue shave. Overdue laundered clothes. Backpackers don't always leave the best impression. Yet, they almost always leave people with a little bit of envy -- traveling around the world, meeting new people, learning new cultures, trying new foods, living...
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From FIELD to Field, Putting What I Learned at Harvard Business School Into Practice

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 12:11 PM


If you asked me two months ago whether I learned anything during my first year at Harvard Business School, my response would have been a resounding "Yes!" But, if you followed up by asking me for an example of how I applied the...

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Guatemala: A 22-Mile Trek to Lago Atitlan

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Quetzaltrekkers is a non-profit and an all volunteer-run group that seeks to build a sustainable way to improve the lives of Guatemalan street children and those at risk of becoming one. Working together with volunteers and highland communities, Quetzaltrekkers offers visitors half a dozen treks to explore Guatemala.


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Go Broke and Ignore Customer Feedback -- Succeeding in the Startup World

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 6:22 PM

What comes to mind when someone mentions "startups"? The archetypal image of two guys in a garage cranking out a tech-based, soon to be VC-backed startup in Silicon Valley is one of the many myths of the entrepreneurship world that drive away a lot of potential entrepreneurs.

It is apt...

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Break the Routine -- Be Deliberate

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Many of us go through our everyday lives like the shampoo mantra -- "rinse and repeat." Our lives go on autopilot and are dictated not by deliberate actions, but by short-term tradeoffs based on the immediate pressures we face. More often than not, we make decisions based on short-term thinking...

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Bend the Rules of the Game: Succeeding in the Startup World

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 1:38 PM


Three out of four startups fail. That is a statistic that should make every inspiring entrepreneur pause. Whether it is due to poor management, unfavorable macroeconomics, or simply bad luck, the reasons for failure span across a wide spectrum. However,...
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Five Must Do Adventures in Latin America (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 6:22 PM

Forget about sitting on a beach chair somewhere in the tropics. Bring out the adventurer in you and experience Latin America in a way that few other travelers do. Here are five ways to explore Latin America that will leave you wondering why you've waited so long.

Sail the...

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Explore the Lost City in Colombia (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 3:55 PM

Rain check Machu Picchu and challenge yourself this year with a trek to La Ciudad Perdida, The Lost City tucked inside the dense jungles of northern Colombia.

The combination of heat, humidity, and inclines will make the 4-6 day trek very uncomfortable, but rewarding. We started off in the...

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Quick Steps to Being Mosquito Free This Summer

(34) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 12:04 PM


In a couple of days I'll be kicking off 60-plus days of trekking through Central and South America. Unlike my trips through less tropical climates, I've placed more focus on decreasing the probability of coming back looking like a pin cushion for...
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4 Principles To Packing Smart

(5) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 7:00 AM

When I started consulting I found having to pack my suitcase every week to be a chore. It was a boring process that required packing my shirts and ties so they stayed wrinkle free while being jammed like sardines in a can. When I started going to the gym on...

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How to Plan Your Next Great Adventure - Part 2 of 2

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 6:41 PM


This is part two of "How to Plan for Your Next Great Adventure." Part one dealt with figuring out your itinerary and finding the right price. In this follow up, we'll take a look at other things to consider (travel insurance and...

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How to Plan Your Next Great Adventure - Part 1 of 2

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 12:08 PM


Old man winter is slowly creeping back into his cave. If you're starting to get the itch for summer travel, you're probably not alone. However, depending on how adventurous your itinerary is, planning for a trip can be frustrating and a deal breaker...

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How Your Desire for Control May Be Preventing You From Living in the Present

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 4:12 PM

The only moment that is guaranteed to us is now. This very second. Then why do we always find ourselves contemplating about a past that we cannot change or worrying about a future that may not happen? While each of us may have our own nuanced answer to this question,...

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A Closer Look at Google's Transparency Report

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 7:14 PM

In November, Google released the sixth edition of its Transparency Report. The report provides information on two important disclosures Google makes to governments, copyright owners, and courts. The first disclosure consists of "removal requests," which are requests from copyright owners or governments to have content removed from certain...

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Being Strategic With Social Media

(3) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 4:14 PM

In the last few years, social media has been the go-to solution for organizations seeking a quick fix for things from raising event attendance to publicizing their latest and greatest. Facebook this, tweet that, YouTube this. But, if the past failures of McDonald's, Kenneth Cole,

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48-Hour Experiment

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:39 PM

Fifteen minutes. Unless I'm sleeping, watching a movie, showering, etc. that's probably about as long as I've ever gone without plugging into the Internet -- whether it's to check my email, read the news, find out whether it's going to rain or not, or some other random thing.  It's incredible...

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