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Last Updated Sep 29, 2016 by

UC Irvine’s Merage School Shoots Up 19 Spots in Latest Forbes Report

Forbes researchers ranked UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business  42nd in the country as part of its biennial ranking of MBA programs based their return on investment (ROI). Merage catapulted 19 spots above its 2013 ranking and came in 20th among public institutions. To compile its rankings, Forbes surveyed the alumni of full-time MBA programs who graduated in 2010. To determine ROI, Forbes assessed total alumni compensation, including salary, bonuses and exercised stock options for their first five years out of school as compared to the cost of tuition, required fees and foregone compensation for the two years spent in business school. In a press... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 13, 2016 by

Robin Chase, MIT Sloan Grad and Visionary of the Sharing Economy

Robin Chase, MIT Sloan Graduate School of Management MBA (1986) and co-founder of Zipcar, is a visionary in the brave new world of the sharing economy and peer-to-peer technology. It’s easy to take for granted the omnipresence of the sharing economy in our everyday lives. For some millennials, it’s hard to recall that there was ever a time before they could walk outside, wave a gadget to a car windshield, and go on an unexpected road trip. Robin Chase’s Zipcar gave birth to a phenomenon. A Global Upbringing A childhood spent in the Middle East (her father was an American diplomat) provided... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 by

UCLA’s Anderson School Hosts Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for U.S. Veterans

This month, more than eighty post-9/11 veterans with disabilities will gather on various campuses, including at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, to pursue entrepreneurship opportunities. From July 9th through 17th, they will channel their military experience into the business world during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). Other participating b-schools are the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Comprised of three phases, the EBV offers vets an eight-day residency on campus where they will learn from like-minded entrepreneurs and instructors. Past graduates have gone on to such ventures as Fidelis Solutions, a career placement... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 1, 2016 by

Wharton School of Business Announces Groundbreaking Budget Model Tool

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s Public Policy Initiative has announced the launch of a breakthrough budget modeling tool. The Penn Wharton Budget Model Tool aims to allow transparent access to ongoing budget decisions. Accessible online, the tool is free of cost to the public and to those involved in legislation. A team of tech leaders and former government economists from the Treasury Department and the Congressional Budget Office developed the model. Each of the team’s members believes that transparency is the key to effective policy. For the public, using the tool will allow not only an active... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 2, 2016 by

Stanford University MBA Applies Peer-to-Peer Model to Small Business Lending

A Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) MBA saw a great opportunity to apply the efficiency of the sharing economy to an area into which it hadn’t yet emerged—small business lending—through Funding Circle. Sam Hodges, along with a group of Oxford University grads, teamed up to form the company in 2010. Funding Circle has expanded from the United States to Europe, with business now thriving in Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. By rapidly matching borrowers directly with lenders online, Funding Circle relieves the consumer of the burden and risk of dealing one-on-one with banks. The company has facilitated more than $2... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 13, 2016 by

Profile: UCLA Anderson School Alum and Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. The omnipresence of video on demand is easy to take for granted. It can be difficult for some of us to recall a time before there were countless forms of digital media available at our fingertips. UCLA Anderson School of Management alum and Hulu CEO Michael Hopkins (MBA, ’01), is among the leaders in this ever-expanding world. Under his leadership the company has become a top competitor in the on-demand media market. A veteran of the media industry, Hopkins formerly served as president of affiliate sales and marketing... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 11, 2016 by

USC Marshall Students Win Global Consulting Challenge

The following post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. A team of MBAs from the USC Marshall School of Business recently won both the overall challenge and company segment of the 2016 Global Consulting Challenge (GCC), held March 3rd and 4th at Google Inc.’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Now in its 14th year, the GCC is an invitation-only case competition consisting of four weeks of preparation that culminate in the two-day-long competition. Teams were presented with complex hypothetical data sets from Google during the preparation of their cases. The USC Marshall team won out over the other eight invited participants with its... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 15, 2016 by

Professors Address Cuban American Relations at Merage School

Newly forming Cuban American business relations were aided by a collaboration between UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business (Merage School) faculty and Cuban professionals during a recent two-day program held on February 15-16, 2016. The workshop addressed issues of negotiation, encompassing differences in economic thinking between the countries, in addition to communication styles which are embedded within each culture. Professor William Hernández Requejo from the Merage School said, “In everyday talk, Cubans interrupt one another frequently. Americans, not so much. Interruptions are off-putting to Americans and limit the information that can be gathered by Cuban negotiators in face-to-face bargaining. Hernández and fellow... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 29, 2016 by

USC Marshall Hosts Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem

The following post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. The USC Marshall School of Business’ Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies recently hosted author, activist and American icon Gloria Steinem for a talk as part of Professor David Belasco’s course “Entrepreneurial Mindset: Taking the Leap.” Belasco, who is an adjunct professor and the executive director of the Lloyd Greif Center, said: “You might ask why this guest is being hosted by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Marshall School of Business…We study thought leaders and entrepreneurs and disruptors. Who is a more disruptive and effective... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 23, 2016 by

UCLA Anderson’s Dean’s Speaker Series Hosts YouTube CEO

The following post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. One of technology’s most influential leaders was the guest of honor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series on February 11, 2016. Dean Judy Olian hosted Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, who is a 1998 graduate of the Anderson School. Wojcicki was an early champion of online video, and she foresaw the power in the medium long before it became the pervasive outlet that it is today. She played an integral part in the acquisition of YouTube by Google in 2006 and... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 by

Haas School of Business Grants Seed Money to MBA Student Entrepreneurs

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com.  UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business awarded the first round of grants in a new program that intends to inspire MBA student entrepreneurs to grow early stage startups. The Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship Program (BHEP) awarded these first ten grants in December 2015, and the next round will be bestowed in April 2016. “We’re off to a great start with these ideas that attack pain points in industries ranging from agriculture to healthcare,” BHEP Director Rhonda Shrader said in a statement. “Our student teams are so excited to begin... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 1, 2016 by

UCLA Anderson School of Management Launches Venture Accelerator

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. On Monday, January 25th, the UCLA Anderson School of Management made a great stride in entrepreneurship education through its launch of the Anderson Venture Accelerator Program. The program will provide a venue for collaboration between students and professionals, and it will serve as an incubator for innovation not only at the university, but in the global marketplace as well. The Venture Accelerator Program will bring students, faculty, researchers and members of the business community together in a co-working environment, located within the school’s Rosenfeld Library. It provides room for 45... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 30, 2016 by

UCI Merage School of Business Alumna Offers Pledge for Growing Campus

The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (UCI Merage School of Business) recently announced a $1.5 million dollar pledge from Kristen S. Monson, an alumna of the college. Monson’s gift will go toward naming the Grand Terrace in the Merage School’s new building. Dean Eric Spangenberg said, “Kristen’s significant investment is exciting for all of us in the Merage School… Her gift represents the single largest philanthropic commitment to date toward our new building; it is particularly noteworthy to come from a member of the strong alumni network established by the School. It is our collective pleasure to... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 19, 2016 by

Stanford to Offer LGBT Executive Program to Business Leaders

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com.  Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) has announced that it will offer an LGBT Executive Program. Beginning in late July 2016, the week-long program is described as the first of its kind. The program is designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered leaders who are seeking to rise to the C-suite level in their careers. Participants will receive assessments of their leadership skills along with training in management strategies, offered in the form of an abbreviated version of the school’s “Acting with Power” course. The program is co-directed... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 13, 2016 by

Wharton Professors Examine What Makes MBAs Happy

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. Professors Matthew Bidwell and Ethan Mollick of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania were recently acknowledged for their historic study on the happiness of entrepreneurs. The team discovered, after surveying 11,000 MBA graduates over a span of years, that those who ended up running their own businesses ranked themselves happiest. A recent article by Martin Zwilling in Forbes noted the professors’ research, along with a list of tips for those entering the workplace as entrepreneurs. These pieces of advice include: do what you... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 12, 2016 by

Anderson MBAs Win Big in Renewable Energy Competition

This article has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. A team of MBA students from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management won first place last month in the Renewable Energy Case Competition (RECC) at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Competitors included MBA candidates from top schools in the United States and internationally. This year’s case study centered around an issue that is facing the renewable energy industry—that of the development of community solar projects. Community solar provides retailers and consumers with the opportunity to purchase a portion of a solar “garden” which is shared... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 by

UCLA Anderson MBA Grad Wins Award For Life-Changing Technology

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. A recent graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s MBA program won $150,000 in seed money during a recent competition to support innovation in life sciences technology. Derek Herrera, winner of the award, is the founder and CEO of Spinal Singularity. The company’s goal is to revolutionize the way in which people with paralysis, Alzheimer’s or dementia manage the side effect of neurogenic bladder dysfunction. Derek Herrera, UCLA Anderson MBA and founder and CEO of Spinal Singularity Herrera and his colleagues invented a product called The... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 5, 2016 by

USC Marshall MBA Students Team Up for Sports Business Training

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com.  USC Marshall School of Business MBA students recently got to explore the business side of the sports industry during a visit with executives from the Portland Trail Blazers. The students who made the trip are part of the school’s Marshall Sports Business Organization (MSBO). According to the club’s website, its “purpose is to act as a resource for students who want to network and learn about career opportunities in [sports].” The MSBO is part of the School of Business’ Sports Business Institute (SBI), which was created in... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 29, 2015 by

Saïd Business School Alum’s Venture Transforms How Companies Meet

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. An MBA alumnus from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School recently launched an innovative company that provides unique meeting spaces for businesses. Julian Jost founded Spacebase in early 2015, which he describes as “the first global peer-to-peer marketplace for workshop and meeting spaces.” The company is based in Berlin and provides meeting locations in Europe, as well as in cities such as Tel Aviv, Cape Town and Hong Kong. Jost and his partner and friend Jan Hoffman-Keining are former strategic consultants. They observed a trend in the business world... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 28, 2015 by

LBS Alum Explores the Next Frontier as Part of International Space Mission

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. A 2013 graduate from London Business School’s EMBA program blasted off on December 15, 2015, as part of the International Space Mission. Colonel Tim Kopra is a NASA astronaut whose path to business school was somewhat rocky. In 2011, he was training for an upcoming space mission when a biking accident thwarted his plans. With less than six weeks before his second trip to the International Space Station, he experienced a devastating fall during his usual Sunday morning bike ride. NASA bans astronauts from high-risk activities during their... Read more »

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