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From Stanford Business magazine STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Five years ago, public toilets in Naitobi, Kenya, were neither sanitary nor safe. “These toilets were places where gangs congregated,” said Amon Anderson, a portfolio associate in the Acumen Fund’s Nairobi office. “Beyond that, they were not the sort of place anybody would want to [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine, Winter, 2011 STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – A pair of 16-year-old best friends is enrolling in classes at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash., in the late 1990s. With strong backing from his mother, one teen decides to sign up for Advanced Placement courses with their rigorous workloads and the [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS - Bloom Energy, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, has developed an innovative fuel cell system that produces clean, reliable, and affordable energy. The head of the company, K.R. Sridar, a renowned aerospace and environmental scientist, is what author Greg McKeown Stanford MBA ’08,  calls a “multiplier”—a leader who uses [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – A novel about a mixed-race couple that adopts an Indian child has hovered near the top of Canada’s bestseller list for six months. Secret Daughter, by Toronto-born Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Stanford MBA ’96, was marketed in Canada as “uniquely Canadian,” according to the Globe and Mail. “I am the [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine, Autumn, 2010 Surrounded by photos of himself with presidents and foreign dignitaries and all manner of award plaques and commendations, Richard Fisher, MBA ’75, looks every bit the patrician banker sitting in his palatial office on the 14th floor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. But on this day, he [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — By integrating remote satellite imagery with revelations from door-to-door interviews, Stanford University geographer Eric Lambin and his colleagues are exploring the complex conditions that give rise to a broad range of land-use challenges – from the reforestation of Vietnam to the spread of Lyme disease in Belgium. For decades, orbiting satellites have [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — In 1972, Hau L. Lee, a Hong Kong University student and son of a construction foreman and a homemaker, won a scholarship for an unusual course of study. He would spend 4½ months on a passenger ship. On the World Campus Afloat, Lee and other [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – A social media campaign that goes viral, grabbing the attention of thousands or even millions of people at a very low cost, is the dream of many social entrepreneurs. But clearly not every Facebook page, website, or tweet succeeds in this way.  ”You can’t use [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Thomas Duff didn’t intend to build a huge criminal enterprise, even an imaginary one. But since joining Mafia Wars, the online game he and about 20 million other people play, he has assembled a mafia of 220 players, many of them his real-life friends. They [...]

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Through three decades of teaching and writing about power, Jeffrey Pfeffer has emphasized a pithy but potent concept: Politics often trumps performance. Pfeffer, the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, can tell countless stories of networkers and self-promoters who shot to the top while others went nowhere [...]

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