Sorry — no pictures, quotes, or other shenanigans on this page. Just cold, hard information.
First things first, my name's Rit. I'm a co-president at Harvard College Ventures and a senior in Cabot House studying Economics and Computer Science (indeed a cliché so far, but trust me, it ends around there).
Why do you need to know me? Because I'm the HV comp director for Fall 2018.
Let's start with basics for those of you who might not know (looking at you, class of 2022):
A "comp" is simply a "prolonged application" to a campus organization at Harvard. The term probably came from the word competition or competence, but either way, you'll probably participate in a lot of them during your time here to get involved extracurricularly. There's a Crimson article on it if you want to learn more.
This being said, the HV comp is unlike most. Though it is absolutely the most rigorous and "comp"rehensive introduction to venture capital and entrepreneurship education on campus, we stress our compers ability to lead, collaborate, and take group initiative. Therefore, though we are not a social club (and I take great disdain in calling us a "pre-professional" group), we are social. Because we need to be. Great ideas do not get executed if they stay in your head, and teammates are only relevant if they provide value (and do not wallow in silence). Now that I've covered the fluff, onto the actual reason you're on this page.
- You can approach us at the Extraccuricular Fair. We'll have a table and a signup google sheet. Nothing fancy since we have an information session coming up and we're pro-minimalism.
- You can show up at our annual "Startups and Mocktails" event which we hold sometime in the beginning of September to talk to you guys and answer some questions. This event will be taking place September 9th from 12-1PM EST in the Adams House Senior Common Room. Ask around and make friends for directions. The event fills up, so be prompt.
- You can refer to our FAQ page.
- As a final resort, for those of you with more specific questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We meet for 1 hour and change in Emerson on Fridays from 4:07-5:07 PM. This date/time *may* change upon popular request, and you will be informed if it does. There is no homework, though I will recommend several readings and thought exercises for those of you who wish to excel. We do make cuts, but if you participate, provide some insights, and genuinely show us that you want to be in this club, you should have no problem. The comp is divided into three 3-week tracks on Founding, Investing (Venture Capital), and Business Development. Now, a few aspects which make HV comp different — the material is cutting-edge, interesting, and contentious. I guarantee that you will find it difficult to be bored. It is not all tech. The meetings are necessarily socratic — I won't be "lecturing" so much as you will be hearing/debating with the expertise and opinions of your peers and future co-founders. We emphasize and encourage friendship amongst our comp class. That is all I can tell you for now; if you are interested in learning more refer to the above and come to our first meeting. If it's not for you, you'll know immediately. But from my experience, you likely won't regret showing up.
*We will be holding a makeup time for comp TBD, exclusively for Harvard College Varsity Athletes who have an immutable conflict. Please reach out to me if you are interested in this option.