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When a Founder Talks (or Acts) Out of School

Sydney Finkelstein comments on how Microsoft Corporation founder Bill Gates recently broke rank with the company he created as well as most of Silicon Valley on a major digital privacy issue. “It’s not that he’s a founder that’s an issue. It’s that the founder is still an integral part of the company that’s so unusual.”

Feb 24, 2016

Don’t Bother Hiring the ‘Perfect’ Candidate

Sydney Finkelstein discusses how the best bosses hire differently and in what way their unconventional hiring practices could make all the difference.

Feb 24, 2016

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

From the Campaign Trail, the Silence Is Deafening

Here in the United States, you might think that the continued turmoil in the presidential race would guide campaign-trail conversations toward the biggest, most important issues. You would be wrong. In fact, by our humble ears the virtual silence from the campaign trail is deafening regarding the latest sobering economic data that matters more for America’s economic future than any other.

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

Gordon Phillips is New Academic Director of Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship

On January 1st of this year, Gordon Phillips began his appointment as academic director of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship (CPEE) and the C.V. Starr Foundation Professor. In his role as the academic leader of the CPEE, Phillips succeeds Colin Blaydon, the founding academic director of the center and a former dean of Tuck.

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