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From Dotcom Bust to Boom

Blogger Elise Bauer, Stanford MBA ’88, turned a series of mishaps into a hobby and then a career. In 2003, a victim of the dotcom bust and in ill health, Bauer went to live with Mom and Dad, where she watched them work in the kitchen. Bauer’s personal blog about her family’s recipes turned into [...]

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Google has threatened to move out of China in response to government censorship. But the cofounder and CEO of Youku, a Chinese online video site, defended his company’s decision to censor itself by removing sexual and politically sensitive content uploaded by its members. “Any country has its own rules and regulations for its development,” Victor [...]

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Most E-Mailed Articles

For more than six months, Jonah Berger, PhD ’07, an assistant professor at Wharton, and his colleague Katherine Milkman analyzed 750 of the most-emailed articles from the New York Times. They found that most popular were awe-inspiring articles, many of them connected to science. “We anticipated that people would share articles with practical information about [...]

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Cupid Data Analysis

Matchmaking sites offer users a series of questions to determine who meets a member’s criteria for a successful date. What distinguishes OkCupid from its rivals is the extraordinary number of questions it asks and the amount of data it retrieves from the answers. According to CEO and cofounder, Sam Yagan, MBA ’05, OkCupid users choose [...]

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QOTD: Switching Chairs at GM

“[When I run meetings] I always sit at a different chair. … When I was in different roles in this company, I saw a lot of leaders sit in the same chair, think the same way, and talk to the same people. And I said to myself: ‘When I become a leader, and I have [...]

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“There are always a few people more interested in citing their credentials than in getting the work done, and media people looking for the sensational angle, but they stood out in stark contrast to the dedicated and tireless people who rolled up their sleeves coming in and hugged going out. Take it from someone who [...]

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“One of our goals is to make this like the home pregnancy test.” –Ramji Srinivasan, MBA Class of 2008, CEO and cofounder of Counsyl, a Silicon Valley startup. Counsyl has developed a relatively inexpensive test that uses saliva to identify individuals who carry genes for any of 100 rare genetic diseases, including cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, [...]

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QOTD: The Verdict on Davos

“The mood at the Davos is certainly better than last year, when the world was ending, but it is worse than at the beginning of last week. Alessandro Profumo of Unicredit acutely observed that Davos is likely to accentuate whatever mood you arrived in. So those who arrived nervous about the economic prospects are leaving [...]

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Last year, Kenneth Coleman, MBA ’89, and fellow researcher Raymond Zilinskas tested whether militant groups could easily exploit the counterfeit Botox network to obtain materials for a bioterrorism attack. They found that a biologist with a master’s degree and $2,000 worth of equipment could easily make a gram of pure toxin, that could potentially kill thousands [...]

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“The first half of 2009 was the nuclear winter [for acquistions]. As we moved into the second half of the year, the world did start to settle and that was one of the driving factors to why Cisco really picked up its activity. “We usually look at about 100 companies for every 10 we get [...]

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