Posts Tagged ‘interview’

Steve Mariotti on NFTE Europe

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Kaizen interviewee Steve Mariotti writes about his Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship’s programs in Europe. “Youth unemployment,” he says, “Is one of the biggest problems in the world. Its impact is particularly evident in Europe, where in November youth unemployment rates hit 23.7 percent in the European Union, and a whopping 57.6 percent in Greece and 56.5 percent in Spain. I believe youth entrepreneurship education can bring these horrible unemployment rates down.”

Read the rest at Huffington Post.

Related: our in-depth interview with Steve Mariotti.

Actress-Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik on the Need for Science Education

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

At Take Part, Blossom and Big Bang Theory actress (and neuroscientist) Mayim Bialik talks about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.

Read the interview here.

Related: our interview with scientist R. Paul Drake on Entrepreneurial Research Science.

NFTE Celebrates its 25th Year

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Steve Mariotti, Kaizen interviewee and founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), looks back at 25 years of inspiring young people to become entrepreneurs. Congratulations to Mr. Mariotti and everyone at NFTE!

Read the article at Huffington Post.

Read our extended interview with Mr. Mariotti 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].

Interview with Chan Luu

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Chan Luu is CEO of Chan Luu, Inc. Born and raised in Vietnam, Luu came to the USA for college in Boston before launching herself as a designer of jewelry and clothing in Los Angeles. Her designs are now carried by stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Banana Republic, as well as in high-end stores in London and Japan. We met with Chan Luu in L.A. to discuss entrepreneurship in the design business, how she combines creativity with bottom-line thinking, and the challenges of maintaining a successful enterprise in the fashion world.

Kaizen: Your designs have been worn by many Hollywood celebrities—Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Janet Jackson, and many others.

Luu: It has been happening for a long time and, of course, it’s always exciting.

Kaizen: But your story starts in Vietnam, where you were born. Where in Vietnam did you grow up?

Luu: I was born and raised in South Vietnam, in Nha Trang. I don’t know if you know that town. It’s more toward the center. It’s a seaside town, very beautiful. I was born and raised there. But mom and dad had business in Saigon, so I did go back and forth.

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Mary Mazzio Profiled in Forbes

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Kaizen interviewee Mary Mazzio was profiled last month in Forbes. The piece covers her various careers: Olympian, lawyer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur.

Read the article here.

Read our in-depth interview with Ms. Mazzio here.

December 2011 Issue of Kaizen

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

In our latest issue of Kaizen we feature an interview with Chan Luu, CEO of Chan Luu, Inc. Born and raised in Vietnam, Luu came to the USA for college in Boston before launching herself as a designer of jewelry and clothing in Los Angeles.

Also featured in Kaizen are: student essay contest winners Farzaneh Farhangi, Kelly Foster, and Rebecca Robinson; Extreme Entrepreneurship Day; filmmaker Jeffrey Van Davis‘s discussion panel for his film Only A God Can Save Us; and guest speakers Douglas Den Uyl, who visited us from Indianapolis, and Federico Fernández and Martin Sarano, who visited us from Argentina.

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

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.

Professor Stephen Hicks Visits Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, was invited last month to the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala to give a series of lectures on business ethics and political economy. Here is a Spanish-language interview in Siglo 21, in which Dr. Hicks discusses business ethics and entrepreneurship. Below is a video interview with Dr. Hicks conducted by Luis Figueroa on corporate social responsibility:

CEE Interview with Phyllis Johnson

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, talks with Phyllis Johnson about entrepreneurship, coffee, and empowering women in Africa.

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For more information about the organizations Ms. Johnson works with, go to:

International Trade Center

Export Impact For Good YouTube Channel

International Women’s Coffee Alliance

CEE Interview with Alexei Marcoux

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s executive director, talks with guest speaker Alexei Marcoux about moral partiality in business practice.

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