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Where tech leaders stand on the Apple vs. FBI debate

Paul Argenti comments on how the tech industry ranks highest among its peers in the Edelman Trust Barometer, a global survey of consumer opinion. As a result, in response to Bill Gates weighing in on the debate that's erupted between Apple and the FBI over user privacy, he said they have more to protect by speaking out.

Feb 24, 2016

Back Bay broker gets a tall task

Highlights Dana Ehrlich T'05, founder and CEO of the grass-fed beef company Verde Farms. Ehrlich launched Verde more than a decade ago during his days at Tuck, where he met his Verde Farms partner Pablo Garbarino T'04, as well as an important future customer: Boloco CEO John Pepper T'97. Verde Farms' revenue last year exceeded the $50 million mark, more than double 2013 levels.

Feb 23, 2016

These Six EdTech Ventures Are Deploying Big Data To Improve Digital Business Education

Highlights an edtech partnership between Tuck and Ashwin Damera, founder of Travelguru, which will help bring content further into the digital realm for better online learning. “A big difference is that we have a cohort-based approach. It’s not self-paced (learning). They (students) begin and finish together,” says Damera.

Feb 23, 2016

Government must link budget to its broader goals: Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan argues that India’s 2016 Union Budget will be a make or break budget for its government. “The time for India to find its rightful place in the world economic order has come. Failure to achieve this could turn India’s demographic dividend into a demographic disaster.”

Feb 23, 2016

A driver murders six people, and Uber has a crisis

Paul Argenti discusses how a company's reputation going into a crisis is very important for how easily they can emerge from it.

Feb 23, 2016

Billionaire bashing ignores economic reality, say class warfare critics

Sydney Finkelstein says, "If there is a CEO who creates value for shareholders and wealth for the economy, the value they create is so much greater than their compensation."

Feb 22, 2016

Decoding the FM’s dilemmas

Vijay Govindarajan comments on dilemmas that Arun Jaitley, the finance minister of India, may face as he presents the 2016 Union Budget on February 29. “This is a very important budget. The Modi government should get the resource allocation and execution right. It is almost two years into this government and it cannot be talk, talk and talk. You cannot blame the opposition for all the challenges.”

Feb 22, 2016

Four Mistakes Companies Make in Mergers—and How to Avoid Them

Sydney Finkelstein discusses the most common mistakes companies make during mergers and acquisitions, and what they can do to get it right.

Feb 22, 2016

Galvanizing action with storytelling: Jennifer Scott’s lessons from Makers Conference 2016

As a guest speaker at the Makers 2016 conference, Ella Bell Smith challenged the audience to create a personal action plan for gender equality using what they learned from the conference.

Feb 17, 2016

Bankruptcy and CEO compensation

Cites a new research paper co-authored by B. Espen Eckbo and Karin Thorburn on the impact of corporate bankruptcy on a CEO's personal career and wealth.

Feb 17, 2016

How To Build A ‘Make In India’ Revolution

Vijay Govindarajan says manufacturing companies should take advantage of the opportunity to make products in India, for India. In other words, “an opportunity to convert non-consumers to consumers.”

Feb 17, 2016

Vogel: Silence On Housing

John Vogel’s latest commentary for VPR focuses on homelessness and housing issues that Presidential candidates seem to be ignoring. Vogel says, “In my experience, issues like homelessness come in and out of fashion, and this year, it seems, the candidates would rather talk about immigration and healthcare.”

Feb 16, 2016

5 Leadership Lessons From Mark Zuckerberg and Other Top CEOs

An opinion piece by Sydney Finkelstein focusing on five factors that distinguish the most effective leaders.

Feb 15, 2016

Jim Kenyon: Having It Their Way on the Fast-Food Strip

Quotes Paul Wolfson, author of "What Does the Minimum Wage Do?," on the relationship between minimum wage jobs and the unemployment rate. “Any time you get under 4 percent, employers will have problems finding people,” says Wolfson.

Feb 15, 2016

Your Startup’s Funding May Depend on the Size of Your City’s Airport

Cites research by Richard Townsend, which showed that successful support of entrepreneurship in a city is directly related to the availability of direct flights which allow VCs to connect with startups more frequently.

Feb 15, 2016

Incumbents, dark arts and the opposite of innovation

Vijay Govindarajan comments on how Google's Alphabet revenues and the profits from Internet search can easily fuel its moonshots. “They’ve created teams around virtual reality, self-driving cars and so on, which are separate from box one, allowing box three [activities] to take root.”

Feb 15, 2016

The best bosses let their top talent leave

Five ways “superbosses” distinguish themselves and their ability to find and nurture talent.

Feb 12, 2016

Sexy Sharing Economy’s MBA Entrepreneurs Start To Emulate Uber’s Disruptive Success

Quotes Jonathan Masland in an article about MBA graduates seeking jobs at companies in the sharing economy—such as Uber and AirBNB, and how technology is allowing the industry to grow at a rapid pace.

Feb 11, 2016

This is What the Best Bosses are Really Made of

In his latest opinion piece for "Syd Weighs In," Sydney Finkelstein discusses how CEOs are built up to be “unfeeling technocrats,” but the reality is that they are humans too—with all the emotions and biases that come along with it.

Feb 11, 2016

Bain, Mckinsey, BCG Snap Up More INSEAD MBAs Amid Consultancy Hiring Spree

Continued coverage highlighting the elite consultancy trio—McKinsey, Bain, and BCG—hired 18% of the Tuck class of 2015.

Feb 10, 2016

Study: Entrepreneurs with direct flight access to venture capital backers are more likely to succeed

Continued coverage on a research paper, The Impact of Venture Capital Monitoring, co-authored by Richard Townsend that shows in cities that offer direct flights, venture capitalists are able to oversee operations of their startups more frequently—directly leading to greater success.

Feb 10, 2016

How to Hire Like a Superboss

An opinion piece by Sydney Finkelstein on his new book Superbosses: How exceptional leaders manage the flow of talent, focusing on how to hire and vet new employees. Finkelstein writes, “If the old methods are not working, maybe it is time to be more innovative and start hiring like a superboss.”

Feb 10, 2016

Pharma industry has more in common with Martin Shkreli than it likes to admit

Quotes Paul Argenti in an article on why it is difficult for the American public to differentiate between Martin Shkreli and other pharma companies. “Most people don’t differentiate between Shkreli and other companies. It’s not enough to say that he’s worse when your own prices and profits are going up. That argument isn’t working. Most people lump them together.”

Feb 09, 2016

How To Be A Great Boss

Continued coverage of Superbosses: How exceptional leaders manage the flow of talent written by Sydney Finkelstein highlighting three counter-intuitive ideas on what sets “superbosses” apart from others. The book is available today.

Feb 09, 2016

Texas’ grid of tomorrow may include batteries

Quotes Thad Hill T’95, CEO of Calpine, in an article on renewable power companies in Texas moving toward the use of lithium-ion battery systems. Hill says that he doesn’t see an immediate threat.

Feb 08, 2016

Fmr. N.H. Gov.: Cruz nomination “horrible” for GOP

As a guest on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," former New Hampshire Governor Judd Gregg discusses GOP candidates ahead of the NH primary.

Feb 08, 2016

Three Head Coaches, Not Two, At This Year’s Super Bowl

Sydney Finkelstein writes that both Super Bowl coaches—the Broncos' Gary Kubiak and the Panthers' Ron Rivera—indirectly owe their careers to Bill Walsh, the former head coach of the San Francisco '49ers.

Feb 08, 2016

Grad Students Battle for Left Bank Bordeaux Cup

Highlights a group of Tuck students who participated in the annual Left Bank Bordeaux Cup at the French Consulate in New York along with Yale, Wharton, and Cornell. All teams were judged on performance in multiple choice questionnaires, presentations and blind tastings.

Feb 05, 2016

Showtime promotes Tom Christie to chief operating officer

Showtime executive Tom Christie T’85 was promoted to chief operating officer. The Los Angeles Times writes, “Christie will continue to lead Showtime Networks’ distribution, sales, affiliate marketing, network operations and new business development teams, as well as the network’s streaming service product group. Christie will also continue to have oversight of future strategies and new business ventures.”

Feb 05, 2016

Goldman Sachs Names Jim Esposito as Securities Arm’s Strategy Chief

Announces that Jim Esposito T'95, co-head of the Wall Street firm’s financing group, was named chief strategy officer of the securities division. The Wall Street Journal writes, “The role is a new one for Goldman, whose trading business has been beset by a slew of new rules designed to rein in risks at the world’s biggest banks.”

Feb 05, 2016

Who are the “superbosses,” the 10 secrets of the brightest managers

Continued coverage of Superbosses: How exceptional leaders manage the flow of talent written by Sydney Finkelstein highlighting a handful of "glorious bastard" CEOs referenced in the book.

Feb 05, 2016

Do Venture Capitalists Matter?

Cites a research paper, The Impact of Venture Capital Monitoring, co-authored by Richard Townsend that showed venture capitalists do help startup firms by closely monitoring their development, and that the availability of direct airplane flights between the two parties helps improve that oversight.

Feb 05, 2016

Need to find, keep, and maximize talent today? Look to an old-school example, Gene Roberts

Sydney Finkelstein writes that Gene Roberts nurtured a generation of prominent journalists while reviving the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Feb 05, 2016

4 Questions to Ask About Business School Financial Aid

Quotes Philip DeGisi T'09, chief marketing officer at the student loan refinancing company CommonBond, regarding how it's important for accepted students to speak with financial aid experts about their options for paying for school as they make plans for where to attend.

Feb 04, 2016

Marshall Goldsmith: Employees should take more responsibility for their own engagement

Marshall Goldsmith says, "A hundred percent of employee engagement dialogue is focused on ‘what is the company doing to engage you?’" says Goldsmith. "There's nothing on what the employee needs to do to engage themselves. You are missing half of the equation. The difference is on the inside [of the individual]."

Feb 04, 2016

Looking for the Democratic nod for president? Let me introduce Mary Louise Hancock

Quotes John Lynch about New Hampshire's famous Democratic party supporter Mary Louise Hancock. The article mentions that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke about Hancock with Lynch when she visited Dartmouth as part of the "America's Economic Future" series hosted by Tuck.

Feb 04, 2016