Archive for October, 2012

Crimes and Misdemeanors Screening and Discussion November 8

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The Philosophy and Film Series presents the 1989 Woody Allen drama Crimes and Misdemeanors, starring Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, and Anjelica Houston. Professors Shawn Klein and Matt Flamm will host a screening of the film and a discussion of its philosophical themes.

Date: November 8

Place: Peterson Auditorium, Starr Science Building, Rockford University


Screening: 6 pm

Discussion: 8 pm

Avi Millman, Innovative Co-Founder of Stray Boots

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Entrepreneur interviews Avi Millman, co-founder of the startup Stray Boots. Stray Boots is an innovative service that turns your smartphone into an unconventional tour guide. This “gamification” of major cities sends users challenges and trivia questions that result in a self-paced, scavenger-hunt-like tour. Different teams can even compete to see who can finish the tour first.

Read the interview here.

Entrepreneurship in Africa

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

At, Jonathan Ortmans explores the conditions that are making Africa a great climate for entrepreneurship, including the rise of local investors, mobile banking, and planned tech cities. Ortmans concludes: “The next chapter in Africa’s history will be largely written by its new generation rather than by foreign aid organizations. More importantly, I expect Africa to lead in fresh thinking about problems and in producing world-class innovations that will benefit us all.”

Read the article here.

FindTheBest CEO Kevin O’Connor’s Reddit IAmA

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Last week, Kaizen interviewee Kevin O’Connor, former co-founder and CEO of DoubleClick and current CEO of FindTheBest, engaged in an extended question and answer session (“IAmA”) on the social news site Reddit. Here is Mr. O’Connor on internet ads:

“Yes, I’m fully aware people don’t like ads but they prefer free content even more. How do we know people like targeted ads? Because they vastly outperform untargeted ads.

Better performing ads->more revenue to publishers->better content->better user experience.

Without targeted ads, most publishers would die and the internet would be a really crappy or expensive place to be.”

Read the full IAMA here [occasional adult language from reddit users].

Junior Achievement Argentina Celebrates 21st Anniversary

Monday, October 15th, 2012

We congratulate Junior Achievement Argentina, founded by Kaizen interviewee Eduardo Marty, as it celebrates its 21st anniversary today!

Read more about JA Argentina and Eduardo Marty in our full-length interview here.

Who Wants to Marry an Entrepreneur?

Friday, October 12th, 2012

An interesting article from the New York Times Global Edition about the social stigma attached to entrepreneurship in India’s dating scene.

Read more here.

Call for Abstracts: 2013 Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium

Monday, October 8th, 2012

From Professor Shawn Klein’s Sports Ethicist blog:

Call for Abstracts

Fandom, Fantasy, and Fitness
The 2nd Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium
Date: April 19, 2013

Grace Roper Lounge
Rockford University
5050 E. State. St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Fans play a central role at all levels and within various aspects of sport, so any study of sport would do well to consider their influences in connection to fandom, fantasy, and fitness. A specific and growing area of fandom, fantasy sports, illustrates a concrete and complex way fans relate to and even affect sport. Moreover, the implicit and explicit connection of sport to fitness offers another important way that fans interact with sport. This year’s symposium seeks to explore and examine these aspects of the relationship between fan and sport.

We invite scholars from all disciplines to submit an abstract on these themes. This symposium will then bring together several panels of scholars to discuss these themes. The focus of each panel will depend, in part, on the submitted abstracts. Each presenter on a panel will have 20 minutes for their presentation. This will be followed by 30 minutes of a combined Q&A.

Abstract Submission:
Submissions are welcome on this theme of Fandom, Fantasy, and Fitness, or other related issues arising in the study of Sport. Abstract should be 300-500 words. Send via email (as PDF) to SSS13[at]

Deadline: Friday, January 25th, 2013.
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, February 4th, 2013.

If you have any questions, please email SSS13[at], contact Shawn Klein (Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department) at 815-226-4115, or Michael Perry (Assistant Professor, English Department) at 815-226-4098.

Blade Runner Screening and Discussion October 11

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Philosophy and Film Series presents the 1982 science fiction classic Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young. Professors Shawn Klein and Matt Flamm will host a screening of the film and a discussion of its philosophical themes.

Date: October 11

Place: Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall, Rockford University


Screening: 5pm

Discussion: 7 pm

Rockford University Students: See Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 — Free!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Rockford University students can see Atlas Shrugged: Part II on Friday, October 12 at 5:05 PM for free, courtesy of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship.

We are only covering the tickets, not concessions or transportation. 

The film is playing at AMC Rockford 16.

Please arrive by 4:45 PM. Look for Professor Shawn Klein.

Click here to see the theater’s location and to get directions.

Is There an MBA Application Drought?

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek reported last month that: “Full-time MBA applications have sunk at at least a dozen of the top 30 B-schools.” What factors are contributing to this drought?

Read the article here.

Related: our in-depth interview with Acton School of Business founder Jeff Sandefer.