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How many case studies should I do?

Anonymous A asked on Apr 28, 2017

What's the minimum amount of case studies you would consider necessary to practise to be successful at the actual interview?

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Current partner @ Andreessen Horowitz (VC firm). Ex-Mckinsey, ex- strategy guy at Google.
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Quality > Quantity. Focus on:

1. finding the right partner, and / or expert to work with.

2. focusing on your negatives maniacally and not making those mistakes again

3. read through as many generic (tier-2) cases as you can to build a mental database of what to do when, and then try to start solving the tier-1, more difficult cases

4. Typically I see good case solvers once they've done anywhere between 20-40 solid, difficult cases covering a range of industries and business problems

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