Stanford Business Magazine Autumn 2013

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As usual, in this issue of Stanford Businesss we explore our theme from a variety of angles. For instance, we look at  how toe come up with breaktrough ideas, build more productive relationships with higher-ups in an organization, and explain an innovation that draws ideas from across categories. We examine how to overcome the limitations others impose on us — as well as those we put upon ourselves. And we discuss the theme from the perspectives of geography, ethnicity, and political identity. ...
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Stanford Business Magazine summer 2013

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It’s remarkable how often the theme of balance comes up at Stanford GSB — but not always where you might think. When Tony Blair visited last year, he described how he learned to weigh the day’s must-dos with the need to take time to think strategically. He got that advice, he said, from Bill Clinton, which suggests that the quest for balance in life challenges even those in the highest echelons of power. (You can find a video of the former prime minister discussing this, and many other videos, a...
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Stanford Business Magazine Spring 2013

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We reinvent ourselves in big and small ways all the time — new careers, new homes, and new ideas. From time to time even magazines need to take a step back and ask what needs refreshing. So over the last several months we have focused on one goal: fi nding out what you want from a magazine and delivering it to you. With assistance from colleagues throughout the school, we conducted surveys and focus groups, and reached out to dozens of you by email, by phone, and in person. Here’s what we learne...
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Acumen Fund and Embrace: From the Leading Edge of Social Venture Investing

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Jane Chen (GSB 08) and Brian Trelstad (GSB 99) had known one another for years. Trelstad, the chief investment officer of the nonprofit global venture fund Acumen Fund, had been a mentor to Chen and her colleagues as they worked to develop a low cost infant warmer to meet the needs of low birth-weight babies, their mothers, and healthcare providers in developing countries. Chen, who became the chief executive officer of Embrace Global, the nonprofit founded to achieve this objective, had come to...
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