My Work

Graduate Work

Better NAICS Classifications with Text Mining of Public Business Data, U.S. Census Bureau Civic Digital Fellowship. Prototype ensemble classifier that assigns the correct NAICS classification (2-digit level) 79.6% of the time for business entities based on text and keyword features extracted from external data sources. (August 2017)

Creating a better revenue model for the MBTA, IACS Capstone Project, with Mali Akmanalp and Xinyuan Wang. Analyzed dataset of 275 million+ bus and subway transactions and built revenue attribution model for enhanced route planning and forecasting. Harvard SEAS article about this project. (May 2017)

Teleporting Parallel MCMC, Parallel Computing Final Project, with Laith Alhussein, Shawn Pan, Andrew Ross, and Rohan Thavaraj. Introduced a novel method for efficiently sampling from multi-modal distributions, analyzed its scaling properties, and presented our implementation using advanced parallel computing technologies. (May 2017)

The American Consumer -- Visualizing 30 Years Of Spending Trends with D3, Data Visualization Final Project, with Jeremy Clark and Bruno Carriere. (May 2016)

At HBS

In 2012 I was hired by HBS Professors Josh Lerner and Matthew Rhodes-Kropf to develop course materials for a private equity and venture capital course for second year MBA students. In this position, I developed algorithms and financial models for a venture capital and private equity market simulation, the first of its kind, that enables MBA students to play the role of a virtual private equity firm. Within the simulation, students raise funds, search for companies to invest in, complete deals, and manage a portfolio of companies across a number of simulated years.

HBS Case Studies

Joseph B. Fuller, Matthew Rhodes-Kropf and Nathaniel Burbank. "Saudi Aramco and Corporate Venture Capital." Harvard Business School Case 816-068, January 2016. (Revised October 2016.)

Lerner, Josh, and Nathaniel Burbank. "KKR, Ringier Digital, and the acquisition of Scout24 Switzerland." Harvard Business School Case 816-059, December 2015.

Rhodes-Kropf, Matthew, Ramana Nanda, and Nathaniel Burbank. "Founder Field Day." Harvard Business School Case 815-101, February 2015.

Rhodes-Kropf, Matthew, Luis M. Viceira, John Dionne, and Nathaniel Burbank. "Texas Teachers and the New Texas Way." Harvard Business School Case 214-091, April 2014. (Revised October 2015.)

Lerner, Josh, and Nathaniel Burbank. "ACA and the Union Bank Acquisition." Harvard Business School Case 814-080, March 2014. (Revised September 2015.)

Lerner, Josh, Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, and Nathaniel Burbank. "The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board: October 2012." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 814-085, March 2014.

Rhodes-Kropf, Matthew, and Nathaniel Burbank. "VCPE Strategy Vignettes I, II and 2012." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 814-086, March 2014.

Rhodes-Kropf, Matthew, and Nathaniel Burbank. "The Venture Capital and Private Equity Investing Simulation: The Concepts." Harvard Business School Module Note 814-083, March 2014.

Rhodes-Kropf, Matthew, and Nathaniel Burbank. "Brazos Partners and the Tri-Northern Exit." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 814-057, March 2014.

Rhodes-Kropf, Matthew, and Nathaniel Burbank. "Brazos Partners and the Tri-Northern Exit." Harvard Business School Case 813-157, March 2013. (Revised March 2014.)

Lerner, Josh, Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, and Nathaniel Burbank. "The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board: October 2012" Harvard Business School Case 813-103, October 2012. (Revised August 2014.)

Lerner, Josh, and Nathaniel Burbank. "Abraaj Capital and the Karachi Electric Supply Company (B)." Harvard Business School Supplement 814-045, November 2013.

Lerner, Josh, and Nathaniel Burbank. "Altoona State Investment Board: July 2012." Harvard Business School Case 813-100, October 2012. (Revised September 2015.)

Halaburda, Hanna, Nathaniel Burbank and Joshua Gans. "Developing an App for That: Mobile Application Strategy (Banking)," Harvard Business School Teaching Note 711‐535, August 2011.

Halaburda, Hanna, Nathaniel Burbank and Joshua Gans. "Developing an App for That: Mobile Application Strategy (Banking)," Harvard Business School Case 711‐415, August 2010.