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Tales From the Dotcom Darkside

Harvard's Class of 2000 had the world in its hands.for a while. But what was it like to <I>work</I> at a dotcom--not start one--during the Net's heyday? HBS grads dish the dirt.

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This story appears in the July 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Coveted by Fortune 500 behemoths and courted literally from their first steps on campus, the graduates of the Harvard Business School have historically enjoyed the dizzying spoils that come from earning a spot in the nation's most prestigious MBA program. Matriculation at HBS has historically been the gateway to high-profile positions in investment banking and consulting.

It's a de facto farm system for producing talent that top firms court the way a professional sports team trades up in the draft order to grab an all-American. Contact between those in the program and potential employers and recruiters is closely regulated, and the Fortune 500 have traditionally enjoyed the advantage of name recognition and deep pockets in landing HBS graduates upon graduation.

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