Stanford Business Magazine

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Some 140 years ago, Leland Stanford became intrigued by what seemed like a straightforward question but was a matter of real debate among horseracing enthusiasts: Does a running horse at some point in its gait maintain all four feet off the ground? To find out, Stanford invited the photographer Eadweard Muybridge to conduct a series of experiments. On what’s now part of Stanford University campus, he set up a series of cameras triggered by trip wires to snap a quick series of shots as Stanford’s...
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Experian MicroAnalytics: Accelerating the Development of Mobile Financial Services in Developing Markets

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As the world population exceeded 7 billion by the end of 2011, various agencies working to alleviate poverty had come to a general consensus that pure charity was not a sustainable solution. In the absence of venture capital and angel investors in developing markets, Microfinance (MF) was one of the most promising tools in the fight against poverty. MF institutions tended to focus on micro-lending, providing small loans to micro-entrepreneurs from which interest could be earned. This case det...
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Corporate Governance According to Charles T. Munger

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Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger is well known as the partner of CEO Warren Buffett and also for his advocacy of “multi-disciplinary thinking”—the application of fundamental concepts from across various academic disciplines to solve complex real-world problems. One problem that Munger has addressed over the years is the optimal system of corporate governance. Munger advocates that corporate governance systems become more simple, rather than more complex, and rely on trust rathe...
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Building the Next Generation Enterprise Software Company

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CEO Aaron Levie co-founded Box as a student at USC in 2004. Less than 10 years later, Box had become one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in Silicon Valley, serving more than 180,000 businesses including marquee customers such as Proctor and Gamble, Panasonic, and Avaya. Despite this success, Levie was concerned about the future. He and his leadership team would need to overcome significant hurdles to turn Box into one of the next great enterprise software companies. This ...
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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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