Archive for February, 2010

Motherhood and Entrepreneurship

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Motherhood brings many joys and challenges, but some mothers also “struggle with giving up their adult identity, the ability to interact with other adults on an intellectual, problem-solving level,” says mother and entrepreneur Sara Sutton Fell. In a profile by Sramana Mitra, Ms. Fell describes how entrepreneurship helped her to regain the values she had been missing as a stay-at-home mom.

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Read the article at Forbes.

Ms. Mitra also has a longer interview with Ms. Fell at her website.

February 2010 Issue of Kaizen

Monday, February 15th, 2010

In our latest issue of Kaizen we feature an interview with Judy Estrin, CEO of JLabs, co-founder of seven technology companies, and author of Closing the Innovation Gap.

In this issue we also feature guest speakers Joshua Hall and Jerry Kirkpatrick and student essay contest winners Erin Filak, Kristy Luck, and Elliot Welsh.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Ms. Estrin.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at] Rockford.edu.

“Microsoft’s Creative Destruction”

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Microsoft was working on e-books and tablet PCs a decade ago. So why did it never get around to releasing them? Why, with so many intelligent and talented employees, is it falling behind Apple in innovation? Dick Brass, who was a Microsoft vice president for seven years, explains how Microsoft’s lack of systems that support innovation lead to risk-avoidance and internal struggles that crush great ideas before they ever make it into the marketplace.

Read the article at the New York Times.

Interview with Ray Stata

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Ray Stata is co-founder of Analog Devices, Inc., based in Norwood, Massachusetts. As of 2009, ADI serves over 60,000 customers, has 9,000 employees and a market capitalization of over $6 billion. Mr. Stata received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. He served as ADI’s CEO from 1971 to 1996 and is currently chairman of the board. We met with Mr. Stata in Norwood to explore his thoughts on bootstrapping a start-up, leadership in innovative companies, and the challenges and opportunities of globalization.

Kaizen: You were injured playing basketball in high school in Pennsylvania, and that led to your going to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

Stata: Right. It was quite fortuitous that I jammed myself in a wall and injured my neck. So I ended up in a hospital for several days—in traction. Next to me there was an elderly gentleman who had spent his career as an engineer. By that time, as a sophomore in high school, I already was thinking about engineering as a career. I didn’t know much about engineering or anything about engineering schools. So I used this opportunity to quiz this guy. He told me a lot about what engineers do and about the best engineering schools.

What came out loud and clear was, “If you want to become an engineer and get an engineering education, there’s really only one place to consider, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” He said, “Just focus on MIT and go there; it’s the best.” I had never heard of MIT, but when I returned home, I started reading up on MIT and set my sights on going there.
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Watch TEN9EIGHT on BET this Sunday!

Friday, February 5th, 2010

From the press release: “Don’t miss this compelling documentary from award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, which chronicles the inspirational stories of several teens from low-income communities as they compete in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s [founded by Kaizen interviewee Steve Mariotti] national business plan competition. What they learn along the way profoundly changes their lives and destinies.”

The film will be shown this Sunday, February 7 at 11 am Central.

Performance-Enhancing Technology and Sports Ethics

Friday, February 5th, 2010

An article in The Sacramento Bee explores the line between ethical and unethical uses of performance-enhancing technology in sports, focusing on the recent controversy over pro golfer Phil Mickelson’s wedge choice at Torrey Pines. The article features a quote from CEE Professor Shawn Klein on the issue.

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Read the article here.

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And, watch Professor Klein talk about his popular Sports Ethics course in the video below:

Hurricane Katrina and the Marketplace

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The Mercatus Institute, “a university-based research center [that] works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives,” has a web page devoted to research on Hurricane Katrina. Questions explored by the Mercatus researchers include: How did New Orleans communities that have recovered since Katrina do so? What effect did social entrepreneurship have on their recovery? What kinds of government policies could facilitate a quicker recovery from future disasters? Among the experts featured are two CEE Guest Speakers, Emily Chamlee-Wright and Steven Horwitz.

Watch our video interview with Dr. Chamlee-Wright in which she talks about her research on some of the above issues.

Also, watch our interview with Dr. Horwitz on the role of Wal-Mart in New Orleans’ recovery.

Finally, explore Mercatus’ fascinating website here.