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Available Money and Billions of Internet Users Attract Venture Capitalists
The U.S. economy is still sluggish, but venture capitalists who spoke at Stanford said the outlook for investing is bullish.

Jack Ma mugChina's Alibaba Wants to Acquire Yahoo, Says Jack Ma
Jack Ma, chairman of China's Alibaba internet giant, told a Stanford audience his firm is "very interested" in acquiring Yahoo. Ma was one of the speakers at the "China 2.0" conference sponsored by the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Sept. 30.

Women Make Inroads in the World of Sports Management

Professional sports organizations offer brightened prospects for young women aiming for influential posts, agreed participants in the Women in Sports Symposium cosponsored by Stanford Graduate School of Business and the San Francisco 49ers.

Conference Focuses on IT Growth in Palestine

By capitalizing on its educated labor pool, proximity to Israel, and technical strength, information technology has become the fastest growing part of the Palestinian economy, speakers told a day-long conference co-sponsored by the MBA student Middle East and North Africa Club.

Valdis Dombrovskis photoBridging the Innovation Gap: From Latvia to Silicon Valley

How does innovation become part of local culture? Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis spoke at Stanford on Friday about the future of technological and entrepreneurial collaboration between Latvia and Silicon Valley.

Technology Is One Tool To Improve Education Levels Worldwide

As schools and colleges increase their investment in virtual classrooms, data analysis, and other cutting-edge tools to help students learn, educators are replacing "chalk talk" with technology and entering a new era agreed speakers at the Goldman Sachs/Stanford University Education Conference.

Stanford Finance Forum Debates Bank Capital and Equity Levels

Boston Fed CEO Eric Rosengren says money market mutual funds are vulnerable to the European debt crisis.

Conference Explores Innovations to Transform Health Across the Globe

A new generation of medical "rock stars" are blending cutting-edge technology with reams of old-fashioned data to help drive innovation, said Todd Park, chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and one of the participants in the 2001 Healthcare Summit held at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

"DC2VC" Event Connects Student Entrepreneurs with Government Representatives and Investors

Six teams of graduate student entrepreneurs spent a lunch hour with a panel of government representatives and investors describing their ideas and the barriers preventing them from bringing their cost-saving health care innovations to market.

TEDx Conference Attendees Explore the Future World of Data

Data, its uses, abuses, influence, and future possibilities—was the focus of attention for sold-out TEDx conference attendees who gathered at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jim Shelton photoShelton Challenges U.S. Business and Education Leaders to Transform Schools

Calling education "the most important problem that we have to solve in this country," an official of the U.S. Department of Education warned that other nations are doing a better job than the United States of educating their young people.

Successful Entrepreneurs Survive Being Told "No"

In the 1980s, John Paul DeJoria weathered 12% inflation and 18% interest rates. It was a tough path but he succeeded in founding John Paul Mitchell Systems, a hair care firm that registered $900 million in sales in 2010.

Africa, the Next Frontier for Entrepreneurs: Business Opportunities in the Neglected Continent

By 2040 Africa will have a larger workforce than China or India, speakers told a Stanford Africa Forum 2011 conference, exploring opportunities for business development in the 50-plus nations of that continent whose business opportunities are often overlooked.

Africa: A Good Investment, Say Experts

A shortage of middle management talent is slowing business development in Africa, but the continent still offers opportunities for entrepreneurs who recognize the differences between Nairobi and Silicon Valley, say business school conference speakers.

Industrial Organization Expert John Roberts Honored

Former students, colleagues, and fellow coauthors of John Roberts gathered in September to present reflections of how his work and mentorship affected both the course of economic research and their lives.

Conference Highlights Operations Research

Researchers exploring problems such as security, energy and environment, critical infrastructure, and health care, came together at a conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on Operations Research for the Public Interest. Most of the papers presented were written by collaborative teams of academics working with experts from government, non-governmental organizations, and international development organization.

Quality Education Is a Civil Rights and Economic Must-Have

Ensuring a quality education for all students is both "the number one civil rights issue of our time and the number one economic competitive issue of our time" according to Jonathan Schnur, education reformer and cofounder of the New Leaders for New Schools nonprofit group.

Being Shoved Out of Your Comfort Zone Can Have Advantages, says Zoe Cruz

Zoe Cruz, once one of the most powerful and highly paid women on Wall Street before her sudden ouster from investment bank Morgan Stanley in 2007, was jarred out of her comfort zone after 25 years with the firm. The experience helped her grow as a person, she told the Women in Management banquet audience.

Woodrow Myers Honored at 2010 BBSA Conference

Woodrow Myers, MBA '82, who has shaped attitudes toward some of the world's most perplexing health issues, urged MBA students to use their skills to meet today's hardest challenges. He was honored with the 2010 Black Business Students Association's outstanding alumni award.

Empowered Employees Make the Difference, Says Four Seasons CEO Sharp

Hiring people who embrace the hotel's customer-focused credo has made the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts chain a success, Founder Isadore Sharp told the Entrepreneurship Conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. And giving the firm's front-line employees power to make decisions has added to that.

Comparative Effectiveness Research Could Pose Barriers to Medical Development

The United States' commitment to comparative effectiveness research for medical treatments could hamper young companies and delay some products, but it also could create more value for successful early-stage companies, agreed speakers at a roundtable on biodesign held at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Terry Semel on the Future of Media

"The gatekeepers have lost their keys," former Yahoo! and Warner Brothers head Terry Semel told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience. Microsoft, Sony, Comcast, Time Warner, and other giants have all expanded into multiple business areas, while shifting and sorting their priorities.

Small Steps, Big Leaps For Social Causesphoto of Frank Flynn

Do you get a better response by describing the size of the Haitian earthquake disaster or focusing on one specific victim? Should you ask supporters of your cause to donate time or money? How will strangers respond to your request for help? These were some of the topics at a conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business that brought together business leaders and academics to examine the psychology of giving.

2010 Conference: Political Economy Research Conference
CGBE, the Stanford Center for International Development, the University of the West Indies, and the Caribbean Policy Research Institute hosted a political economy research conference in Kingston, Jamaica.

In Africa and at Home, Supply Chains Are Getting Kinder and Greener

Healthcare materials were not being delivered in parts of Africa because motorcycles had broken down sometimes because of a mere $3 oil filter. Solving problems like these were the topic of the Advancing Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains Conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Former Foes Unite to Bridge the K-12 Achievement Gap

Liberal and conservative groups are forming unprecedented alliances to improve K-12 education in the United States, sparked by a study from McKinsey & Co. that put a $700 billion price tag on the education achievement gap, Jonathan Schorr told the 2009 Stanford Business of Education Symposium.

Diagnostic Test Technology Will Change Medical Treatment

Of the $2.2 trillion spent on U.S. health care in 2008, diagnostic tests accounted for just 2 percent of total dollars spent. Yet the results of such tests drive 70 percent of treatment decisions, speakers told the Health Care Summit at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

There Is Still Money Out There, Speakers Tell
Entrepreneurship Conference

Starting a company is never easy. Today’s economic turmoil just makes it a little more interesting, entrepreneurs told the annual Graduate School of Business Entrepreneurship Conference.

The Stanford Black Business Students Association
Celebrates 25 Years of Growth

Since the mid-1980s, the Black Business Students Association has provided a network for personal and professional growth at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As it celebrates its 25th year, the BBSA continues to deal with the realities of today’s business world.

Understanding Investing is Key to Personal Success

The saving and investing disparity could be leading to “a crisis” in the black community in the future, Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, told members of the Black Business Students Association. Among workers with similar education, income and age, white workers have nearly twice the savings of their black counterparts, she said.

Hau Lee: Benefits of Social Responsibility

Businesses can make money while operating in socially responsible and environmentally friendly ways. It just takes what Stanford business school supply chain expert Hau Lee calls the Triple-A approach—having agility, adaptability, and alignment.
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Startups Learn to Roll With the Punches
Penchina Tells Entrepreneurs

Making mistakes doesn’t scare Gil Penchina, chief executive officer of Wikia. His company, which develops ‘wikis,’ has made plenty of missteps and is prepared to make more he told the 2008 Conference on Entrepreneurship.

Fasten Your Financial Seatbelt, Barrack Says; The Volatility Will Continue

The financial churning of the past several months will continue unabated predicts Thomas Barrack Jr., the founder, chairman, and chief executive office of the private equity firm Colony Capital. He was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Principal Investment Conference at the Graduate School of Business. (February 2008)

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Pondering the Ethics of Global Business

Ethical dilemmas such as selling other nations scanners that can tell the sex of an unborn child or kerosene heaters without safety features available in the United States were debated during a discussion on “Academic vs. Real World Ethics” led by Professor David Brady.

Good Scolding Can Save Natural Resources
An experiment showed that a stern scolding was effective in getting homeowners to curb energy use. It was one of the examples cited during a three-day conference on reducing the ecological footprint, sponsored by the Stanford Business School Alumni Association and the University’s Woods Institute for the Environment. View conference online

About Forty Years Until the Oil Runs Out
If the world had to rely on the United States for all of its oil, the supply wouldn’t last very long—one year to be exact, speakers told a conference titled “Reduce Your Ecological Footprint."
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Demand for Green Buildings Increases at Stanford
Buildings in the United States account for more than 40 percent of the nation’s carbon emissions and use three-fourths of all electricity the nation produces, speakers told an alumni conference. Stanford University is fighting back with plans for greener buildings.

Traits that Define Leadership

Taking risks, being fully engaged in the challenges of one’s organization, and being prepared to give up everything for one’s values and principles, are four traits that define leadership said speakers at the 2007 Stanford Sloan Master’s Program anniversary celebration. (September 2007)

Sloan Graduates Take the Road Less Traveled

The Sloan Master’s Program celebrated its 50th anniversary in September 2007, drawing hundreds of program alumni to campus, including some with rather untraditional career paths. (September 2007)

10 Ideas For Entrepreneurs Facing Personnel Issues
How do you hire, fire, and figure out what to pay the employees of your new startup firm? Irv Grousbeck of the Business School's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies has a list of 10 ideas. (May 2007)

Entrepreneurs Ponder What's Next
Selling your company for a hefty sum sounds like every entrepreneur's dream, but at a recent alumni gathering, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, attendees agreed it can be hard to figure out what to do next.(May 2007)

Don't Sell Yourself Short Advise Women in Management Banquet Speakers
Michelle Clayman created an asset management firm that invests $6 billion. Christiana Shi became a partner at McKinsey & Co. Their experiences were spotlighted at the 2007 Women in Management banquet. (May 2007)

Stanford Business School Conference Makes Case for Socially Responsible and Environmentally Sustainable Supply Chains
A conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business made the business case for environmentally sustainable and socially responsible supply chain networks. The conference gathered executives, academics, NGO and government leaders to share best practice and insights. It is one of several new initiatives around environmental sustainability at the Business School. (April 2007)


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For HP, Environmental Responsibility Is a Competitive Imperative
Hewlett-Packard is finding that taking responsibility for reducing the negative impacts on the environment of its entire supply chain is "proving right for the bottom line of our company and clients," an HP executive told a gathering of business, government, and academic leaders at a conference on building environmentally sustainable and socially responsible supply chain networks.

Wal-Mart's Earth-Friendly Policies Must Also Be People-Friendly
Businesses can work to make their operations less damaging to the environment, but they also face the dilemma of sometimes making life for the poor harder or more expensive as a result. A Wal-Mart executive discusses the need to work toward both socially and environmentally responsible supply chains.

Being Socially Responsible Offers Opportunities, Says Nike's Hannah Jones
Businesses can provide a source for massive social change, Nike VP Hannah Jones told a day-long conference. Finding solutions to social or environmental problems should be viewed as a business opportunity. (April 2007)

2007 International Development Conference: Energy in the Developing Countries Poses Global Challenges
China built enough power plants in 2006 to outstrip the total generating capacity of the United Kingdom. Keeping the lights burning in China and other nations around the world poses challenges to the world's health and natural resources, said speakers at the annual Stanford International Development Conference. (March 2007)

Future of Entertainment Conference: They Were Right about Dancing but the Jury is Out on YouTube
A reality TV show featuring samba-dancing celebrities and online services that may endanger the future of commercially-produced movie DVDs are just two of the issues that challenged GSB graduates who were keynote speakers at the 2007 Future of Entertainment Conference. (February 2007)
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