Tony Wang '14 is working on a joint degree with the Fuqua School of Business. The schools’ entrepreneurship programs drew him to Duke.
1. Quick bio: Where is your hometown?
My parents live in San Ramon, CA, which is where I grew up, but I consider the entire San Francisco Bay area my hometown. I went to undergrad at Stanford and lived in San Francisco for three years afterwards. The weather there is unbeatable.
2. Why did you choose Duke Law?
As a joint degree candidate with Fuqua, I was drawn by both the law school and business school's strong programs in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. Next year, I plan to spend my summer at Gunderson Dettmer in New York, working with startups and venture capital funds.
3. What is your favorite Durham restaurant or activity and why?
There are so many good restaurants in Durham, I couldn't possibly choose only one! Guglhupf for brunch, Blu Seafood for seafood (obviously!), Blue Note Grill for burgers and fried chicken salad, Gregoria's Kitchen for Cuban, and Tyler's Taproom for their amazing free garlic fries when you check in on Foursquare, are at the top of my list. I've only been there once, but Mateo, a new tapas place brought to us by Matt Kelly from Vin Rouge, is really tasty as well.
In addition, Metro 8 has a pretty good hanger steak and Dale's has a good and extremely affordable lunch/brunch Indian buffet. Vin Rouge, Rue Cler, Watt's Grocery, G2B Gastropub, 604 at West Village, and Dame's Chicken and Waffles are also solid.
4. What’s the most recent book you read, and what did you think?
Some friends of mine from back home had forwarded along an op-ed by David Brooks in the NY Times about the shortcomings of idealists who refuse to get their hands dirty in the political process. In the op-ed, Brooks references the Maltese Falcon, so a few of us decided to read and discuss the book. I really like how the author portrayed Sam Spade, the main character, because he illustrates so well the morally ambiguous nature of the typical idealist; often times an idealist's choice is self-serving, and sometimes the rationally deduced "moral" decision doesn't feel all that right. I also highly recommend watching the film version - Humphrey Bogart is an amazing actor.
5. Tell us something about yourself that otherwise we wouldn't know or guess.
Most of my friends know this already, but I met my fiancée, Beatrice Hahn ('12), when we were in Off the Record, Duke Law's a cappella group! We got engaged on January 23 and are probably going to get married in New York sometime in October 2014, after I graduate.