Author: Jo Tango

  • Commencement 2024

    Graduation was a blast! It has taken a few days to process such a regal and emotional day, and I am not sure I am there yet. It is hard to articulate how both fulfilling and wistful it was. Over just two years, you get to really know many students, giv…

  • River Mode and Graduation

    When my friend Jamie and I did our recent fishing trip on a long weekend, we talked about River Mode. The night before our trip, my mind eased into River Mode, a relaxed-and-anticipatory frame of mind. Work, chores, and family obligations faded, and I …

  • Parenting Gets Better

    When I was a much-younger Dad, I did a networking sesh with a prominent executive. I like meeting new people. He was older, about the age I am now, and he said something I have never forgotten: “Parenting gets better with each year.” I didn’t understan…

  • Bridges 2024 and Section F

    Today I was very fortunate to be part of a goodbye discussion with some of my students at Harvard Business School. They are about to graduate and for three days they go through a program called “Bridges.” Ideally, it is a way for students to process wh…

  • Spring Thaw and Section B

    Here in New England, spring has finally sprung. The weather has turned warmer, and the trees are starting to pop. I love spring: the earth renews itself, and everything starts to come back to life. For me, that means fly fishing (outings this past week…

  • The Role of University Trustees

    The much-discussed debate on free speech vs. hate speech has spilled over from the digital world to the off-line world. And, it’s not going to end any time soon. In a way, the debate about Twitter/X and Facebook is quite simple: they’re bus…

  • My Students

    It is one thing to read the news. It is an entirely other thing to know people directly affected by the news. For example: a former student of mine is Palestinian, and a friend’s two relatives (a mother and her 12 year-old daughter) were kidnapped when…

  • Angel Investment: Embrace.AI

    We’re happy to announce that our family angel program (back 80+ entrepreneurs over eight years and donate all gains to charity; details here) has invested in Embrace.AI. It’s our 29th investment (portfolio here), and we’re really exci…

  • Gen Z, Israel, Gaza, and Polls

    For “fun,” I follow politics, listen to podcasts, and read about current events. With the current conflagration in the Middle East, I’ve continued to do that. Two polls recently came out, and I’m honestly at a loss for words. I&…

  • Office Hours

    We do not have family in Gaza or Israel, but friends, colleagues, and some of my students do. When they suffer, I also suffer. A friend has two relatives who are hostages, one a 12 year-old girl. Another has a cardiologist who has lost 23 family member…