Alexander Straub, the 27-year-old co-founder of e-business Mondus.com, squeezes the most out of his summers. The year he turned 20, he honed his competitive edge by sailing for his native Germany in the Barcelona Olympic Games. Later, while he was pursuing advanced degrees at Cornell University and Stanford University, he put in a summer stint at McKinsey & Co. Then, as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, a summer job in London at Goldman Sachs International helped him get a grip on finance. It was while he was at Goldman that he and his Iranian-born classmate Rouzbeh Pirouz drew up plans for Mondus.com.
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