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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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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – In Delhi, India, the Hope Foundation has recently been able to immunize thousands of children and treat an additional 100,000 patients thanks to strategically applied funds from Project Redwood, a new venture philanthropy fund created by members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Class of 1980. Closer to [...]

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In the world of sports television, the Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network, cofounded by Leo Hindery Jr., MBA ’71, is in a league of its own. Shown on cable and satellite in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and parts of Pennsylvania — and more widely on DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, and Verizon FiOS — it’s [...]

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There’s a new twist to the “How’s My Driving?” bumper sticker, and it’s called DriveCam — a small windshield-mounted digital recorder that concurrently films a driver and the road ahead. A built-in accelerometer triggers the cameras to save the 8 seconds leading to and the 4 seconds after sudden acceleration, deceleration, or lateral movement. That [...]

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When Oracle CFO Jeff Epstein, MBA ’79, graduated from business school, he hadn’t heard of the young company, only a mile from his first job, that would later become Oracle. His career path was circuitous, he told a Stanford Business School audience at the Arjay Miller Distinguished CFO Lecture in May, but it prepared him [...]

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Dr. Bruce Lee, MBA ’98, this past summer was building a sort of “SimCity” aimed at guarding people against the H1N1 virus. Lee, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh,  joined forces with his colleagues on a National Institutes of Health project called the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study, more commonly [...]

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Growing up, Jacques Littlefield, MBA ’73, spent countless hours building plastic models of tanks. By the time he entered business school, he had built two remote-controlled versions. One of them, a copy of a Russian T-34-85 that was made out of metal and wood, measured a few feet high, weighed about 100 pounds, and had [...]

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Maize is a staple food in Kenya, but farm families in the Kuria district are hard put to survive the months between harvests. Nuru International, a nonprofit cofounded by Jake Harriman, MBA ’08, introduced the area’s farmers to crop rotation and other modern methods in late 2008 and then offered them loans for fertilizer and [...]

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SunRun SunRun, cofounded by Lynn Jurich and Edward Fenster, both MBA ’07, leases solar panels to homeowners who find the upfront costs of solar prohibitive. SunRun pays for the panels and services them for 18 years. Homeowners pay SunRun for the installation of the panels and for the electricity generated by the panels but at [...]

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“In my career one thing leads to another,” said Nobel laureate Oliver Williamson, MBA ’60. He was reflecting back a half-century on how he happened to pursue an academic career that would lead to his being picked by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to share the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Now [...]

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