Sandra Kurtzig founded ASK Corp. almost 40 years ago. Now she’s taking the helm of a new start-up — and is amazed how few women leaders she sees in Silicon Valley. ”We tend to hire people like us,” explains Wendy Beecham, managing director of executive education at the Graduate School of Management, which publishes an annual Census of California Women Business Leaders. “If you’re a 50-year-old white guy, you tend to be more comfortable with 50-year-old white guys.”
Day traders generally trade too much and take too many risks.
This article cites a 2006 study led by Professor Brad Barber that analyzed the trading record for Taiwan’s stock exchange for four years in the 1990s. They found that, in a typical six-month period, “more than eight out of 10 day traders lose money” and that total losses were staggering: 2.2 percent of Taiwanese GDP annually.
In the rush to politicize the bankruptcy of Solyndra, potentially valuable lessons are being ignored. When the dust settles, says Professor Andrew Hargadon, we are left with the original challenge of how to best pursue innovative solutions to climate change and energy security.
Alumnus Tim Keller’s high-tech wine cap start-up is featured in this Sacramento Bee column. Keller founded the company while MBA student; it won the 2008 Big Bang! Business Plan Competition as Advance Enological Enclosures.
The sluggish economy and unusually cool weather have dramatically tightened the supply of wine grapes, a situation that will likely continue for several years, reports Professor Emeritus Robert Smiley. He presented findings from two recent surveys of wine industry professionals and executives at the 20th annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium in Napa, Calif.
Professor Emeritus Robert Smiley comments on his annual state of the wine business: “Going forward, consumers will likely see fewer wine discounts” on California wines because of the shortage in the crop. “If you don’t have enough product to meet demand, why cut price? You’re going to see the industry’s pricing tighten up.
The UC Davis MBA program was again ranked among top 10 percent worldwide for commitment to social, ethical and environmental issues in curriculum. Check out the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes rankings.
GSM alumni Jake Taylor and Lonnie Rush, lecturers who teach Value Investing, had students wrap up the course by submitting their top investment picks to a year-long portfolio contest. They found 512 stocks selling for less than net current asset value and 212 selling below ⅔ of net current asset value. Read more about this investing approach.
UPDATE: Andrew Barkett is leaving his post as senior engineer at Facebook to bring his decade of experience in Silicon Valley to become the first-ever chief technology officer for the Republican National Committee.The June 4 announcement has stirred a whirlwind of media coverage, including the Huffington Post and Washington Post.Bark
Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.