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Coca-Keurig machine could spell end for bottlers

Well, it finally happened.  Keurig announced the arrival of the Keurig Kold machine (or the Coca-Keurig as I like to call it) to officially enter the cold beverage market.  It took almost six years and more than $1 billion but it’s finally here! Folks have asked lots of questions about the machine’s technical capabilities and whether…

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The Harvard i-Lab enables the Next Generation of Innovation

Scribbled across one of the whiteboard columns in the previous home of the WGBH-TV are the words once spoken by Ken Olsen, co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation — “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” These words as well as many other well-known erroneous predictions are written throughout the walls…

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Listen, Learn, Communicate, and Change: How My Employees and I Transformed Union Corrugating Company

In 1992, just after graduating from HBS, I became President of Union Corrugating Company, my family’s metal roofing manufacturing business.  The $9mm revenue company was in a severe state of decline replica breitling, facing operational red ink, the loss of a customer accounting for 25% of sales, outdated equipment, demoralized employees, and poor customer relationships,…

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Thinking with Our Stomachs

When I sat down for a Q/A session with Ferran Adria, head chef of the now closed renowned El Bulli restaurant, I thought I would experience a discourse on the culinary techniques and tastings that gained him recognition as the most influential chef in the world.  Though we were not treated to a deconstructed martini…

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Thank You, Steve Jobs

I found out late that Steve Jobs had died. By late, I mean about two hours after the news had first made its way on to the internet. The entrepreneur of the century, the greatest business mind of our time. Despite these abstract accolades, I personally care. I actually do. I feel a sadness I…

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Venture Corner: Warby Parker

Warby Parker is easily one of the hottest new e-commerce companies www.replicabestsale.co.uk. With stylish glasses priced at only $95 and the option to have pairs shipped to your home so you can try them on, I’m likely to buy two. But there is more to Warby Parker than just what meets the eye. Not only do they…

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Venture Corner: Vaiad, Part 2

As a refresher, what is your business? Vaiad is an automated self-serve platform that websites can use to sell ad space directly to advertisers. Currently, direct ad sales require a lot of back and forth by email or phone, which takes days or even weeks for each deal.  Vaiad instead provides a common interface, integrated…

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Open for Business: HBS’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Part 1

Entrepreneurs-in-residence (EiRs) are quite possibly the best resource HBS has to offer the budding entrepreneur.  With the patience of a FIN1 professor, the determination of an EC trying to get into Professor Malhotra’s Negotiation class, and knowledge equal to that of Dean Nitin Nohria himself, the EiRs come to HBS with one purpose: to help…

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Eric Ries and The Lean Startup

  On Wednesday, September 21, Eric Ries, an HBS entrepreneur-in-residence and author of the just-released book THE LEAN STARTUP, spoke at HBS and told would-be entrepreneurs to think fast. The author of the popular Startup Lessons Learned blog and co-founder of IMVU preaches the benefits of speed. How important is moving quickly, according to Ries? …

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My Summer at Innosight

What company were you working at? This summer, I worked at Innosight, LLC, an innovation strategy consulting firm co-founded by HBS Professor Clayton Christensen and located in nearby Watertown, MA.  Innosight was founded ten years ago to take Professor Christensen’s theories on disruptive innovation to the market and help companies learn to seize disruptive opportunities….

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Closing the Water Supply-Demand Gap

RC Team Represents HBS in Hult Global Case Challenge,Places Second in Eastern Region On March 5th, Robert Klaber (NJ), Prapti Mittal (NJ), Veronica Ng (NE), Nikita Singhal (NG), and Alpana Thapar (NB) represented HBS in the Hult Global Case Challenge, a competition in which teams around the world were given five hours to create an…

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HBS Announces Winners of Student Start-Up

Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship has announced nine winners of Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Funding, a new pilot program offering $50,000 in total awards to student entrepreneurs working on projects during the School’s winter term. Proposed by first-year MBA students Dan Rumennik, Jess Bloomgarden, and Andrew Rosenthal, and funded by the…

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Making a Real Difference

“I want to make a difference but I don’t want to leave my current career.” “I want to help people but I don’t know where to start.” “I want to work with non-profits but they require so much time.” We all hear these statements often. Some of us have said it aloud and many more…

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Reshaping Business Education at HBS

We are thrilled to publish a discussion we had with Dean Nitin Nohria and Professor Youngme Moon regarding upcoming changes in the HBS MBA curriculum. The Highlights On Wednesday, January 19th the HBS faculty voted on replica watches uk, and passed with enthusiasm, two motions that will affect the MBA curriculum beginning next Fall. 1.      …

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Robert S. Kapito

“The reason why ETFs are a phenomenal success is that they solved a lot of problems clients faced with mutual funds, namely surrounding transparency, liquidity, costs and tax-efficiency. Remember, we have been working on developing the ETFs for 15 years before it finally caught on and became popular. This alignment of securities features with client…

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Tammie on Start-ups

Have you ever had an idea for a product that you thought could be improved, but you did not know how to get it off the ground? Or perhaps you were frustrated by certain things and thought of a product that would solve the issue? For example: Why is there no flashlight on the iPhone…

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Immersion Experience – Reflections on the Silicon Valley IXP

The Silicon Valley IXP, Led by Professors Tom Eisenmann and Mike Roberts, brought fifty students with entrepreneurial ambitions to the Bay Area for six days in early January, to meet with the people and institutions that have led to the emergence of the region as the global leader in technological innovation and entrepreneurial success. Supplemented…

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Immersion Experience – 2009 HBS Israel IXP

Forty-two students converged in Israel on January 2, 2009 for the inaugural HBS Israel Immersion under the direction of Professor Dan Isenberg – uncertain of what to expect in the face of the ongoing Gaza operation. Perhaps because this conflict is decades-old, in this small country (approximately the size of New Jersey) day-to-day life continues…

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Republican vs. Democrat — Social Enterprise and the Common Good

Republican Justin Ferira (OI and MPA ’09), Contributing Writer An optimistic and enterprising spirit is at the heart of the overarching American ideal and the individual American dream. There is a sense of endless individual and collective potential in our population that drives innovation and the furtherance and growth of our country. The optimal approach…

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Bill Gates: The Power of Creative Capitalism & Innovation

Bill Gates, as Emeritus Professor James Cash pointed out in his opening, is well known enough that he no longer needs an introduction. And so Cash brought up on the large overhead a photo Gates rarely seen – his mug shot. A poignant reminder that the richest man in the world is human after all….

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What the Financial Crisis Means To HBS

“It is an anxious time. A worrisome time. Probably even a dangerous time. It’s a historic time. A time that we will be teaching about in our classrooms for some time.” And so began Dean Jay Light presenting to a packed Burden Auditorium on Tuesday, September 23 for “Turmoil on the Street: Fathoming the Financial…

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Hance Speaks on Innovations in Diabetes Management

Robert (Chip) Hance, President of Abbott Diabetes Care (ADC), addressed a group of MBA students on the topic of diabetes care and the blood glucose monitoring industry, speaking on a number of issues he and his industry face, such as how to balance marketing and R&D investment in a unique medical device space driven not…

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Faculty Perspectives

You will ascend in your careers at a time of generational transition similar to what is occurring now in U.S. politics. You will have the opportunity – if you choose to seize it – to redefine what it means to be a business leader by choosing to engage your talents in solving the large, complex,…

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India Unbound: A Perspective

After the extensive coverage of South-East Asia in the previous edition of The Harbus, I figured I’d push my luck with yet another article on India. Not quite a conference coverage article, not exactly reminiscences about a trek, but probably somewhere in between. (With due apologies to Gurcharan Das, author of “India Unbound”, a book…

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Marketing Club Kicks Off Distinguished Speakers Series with P&G CEO

What keeps A.G. Lafley, chairman and chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble, up at night? Growth. It is the toughest problem the largest companies, such as P&G, face today, explained Lafley to a packed audience in the Spangler auditorium on Friday, September 22. In fact, in order for P&G to achieve its stated growth…

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CFO of MGM Grand Speaks on Expansion Plans

The CFO of MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, John Shigley, visited HBS last Tuesday as the guest speaker in the EC course “Competing and Winning through Customer Information.” Shigley joined MGM Grand in 2005 after spending three years at the New York, New York Hotel and Casino. His prior experiences include executive positions at Caesars…

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Motorola CEO Ed Zander: Catching the Wave of Prosperity

The Globalization Club, formerly the GO Club, hosted Ed Zander, chairman and CEO of Motorola, on Wednesday, November 2 at Harvard Business School’s Burden Auditorium. Mr. Zander touched on several topics during his talk, including his career progress, Motorola’s turnaround and its future prospects, the wireless industry, and the impact of globalization. He also provided…

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HBS Marketing Conference 2005: Breakthrough Brands – Bring on the Revolution

The 3rd annual Marketing conference was held last weekend on the Harvard Business School campus, attracting approximately 300 MBA students, professionals, executives and scholars. This year’s theme was “Breakthrough Brands: Bring on the Revolution”, which emphasized the importance of evolution and innovation in the future of marketing. As expressed by the conference co-chairs, “the future…

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Michael Porter: Overhauling Health Care

University Professor Michael E. Porter laid out his long-anticipated evaluation of the ailing American health care system to an audience of students, scholars, and health care professionals at the Spangler auditorium on February 17th. Porter, whose new book Redefining Health Care: Creating Positive-Sum Competition to Deliver Value (coauthored by Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg) will be released…

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HBS Wins Third "Most Innovative Team" in the World

An EC team recently flew the HBS flag high by achieving the third “Most Innovative Team in the World” award at the Thunderbird Innovation Challenge, held on November 20-22 at the Thunderbird campus. The team – all section-mates from OG – was comprised of Kevin Barhydt, Sam Clemens, Guillermo Silberman, Dan Stone, and David Tom….

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