Archive for July, 2009

What does it take to become a great entrepreneur?

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Good read: College Crunch lists 25 Skills and Classes Necessary to Become a Great Entrepreneur.

Interview with Jerry Reinsdorf

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Reinsdorf webJerry Reinsdorf is Chairman of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox, United Center, and U.S. Cellular Field. He is also a partner in Bojer Financial Ltd., a real estate investment company. We spoke with Mr. Reinsdorf to explore his thoughts on sports, the business of sports, and success in life.

Kaizen: You grew up in Brooklyn when the Dodgers were there. Were you a fan as a youth?

Reinsdorf: I was an avid Dodgers fan. Everybody in Brooklyn lived and died with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Kaizen: You went to college at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and then earned a law degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. Looking back, what was the most valuable business skill or knowledge you acquired while a student?

Reinsdorf: In college I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities—I was the business manager of the newspaper, business manager of the yearbook, and participated in many other activities. It gave me a start in trying to think like a businessman. I don’t think I learned anything in law school about business. I did learn one incredibly valuable thing in law school—I had a professor who taught us that if somebody asks you a question, your answer should be, “Why do you want to know?” Obviously that helps you frame the answer and puts everything in context.

Milestones in science and engineering

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Entrepreneurship and finding your passion in life sometimes happens from being inspired by great achievements by others. So check out this series of great science, engineering, and technology stories.