Carey places first at Amazon case competition
Five Carey Business School MBA students earned the top score from Amazon executives in a recent case competition.
The October 10 competition was one of many held during the annual Reaching Out MBA conference—the world's largest gathering of LGBTQ+ business school students and alumni.
Carey’s winning team five of MBA students—Francis Anthony, Elliott Campo, Will Dinneen, Ashley Johnston, and Gokul Raj—beat out 40 other teams, ahead of teams from universities that included Northwestern, Oxford-Cambridge, and Columbia.
The case competition, held virtually this year, was a “pop-up” event at the conference. The participants had only 48 hours to assemble their teams and submit an application to compete. They then had one week to find a solution to Amazon’s case, complete the financial modeling to show the viability of the solution, and present their proposal to Amazon executives.
The team’s winning proposal, which included a one-page press release titled “The doctor will see you now— Amazon acquires One Medical and integrates it with Alexa, PillPack, and the Halo wellness band” and a one-page FAQ, pitched the vertical integration of One Medical with Amazon’s lineup of products and services.
Outsmarting virtual barriers: Outpacing time zones
But the win wasn’t a lock. The team had to overcome virtual-world challenges. With team members spread across the West Coast, East Coast, and in India, the Carey group found that just arranging a time to meet was difficult.
The team started working on the case competition at 8 p.m. on a Friday and then worked in teams of two to three people overnight. As the clock would reach 2 a.m. or 4 a.m. in one time zone, another team member would just be waking up and tag in.
“We were literally following the sun,” said Anthony