10
Aug

10 Common mistakes Entrepreneurs make and should avoid

Written on August 10, 2014 by irinadeneanu in IE News

AREA31 2014 134Entrepreneurship is risky, uncertain and exciting. But when you are pushing the limits it is easy to make mistakes or even fail. That´s normal life for entrepreneurs. Yet there is good news too, because mistakes can be a great opportunity to learn. However, there are some mistakes that are not helpful at all. They offer few learning benefits and can inflict significant damage. Therefore some mistakes are worth it, and others are not.

Join us for an interactive workshop with professor Peter Bryant where we will explore 10 of the common mistakes that entrepreneurs make and should avoid.

Peter Bryant is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Peter studied at the University of Sydney and earned his PhD in Management from Macquarie University in 2006. During the preceding fifteen years, he worked as a manager in the airline, banking, consulting and venture capital industries. In his academic career, Peter researches and teaches in the fields of entrepreneurial management and strategy, and their relationship to the evolution of organizational capabilities.

When? Thursday August 14th, 2014 @ 5,30 pm
Where? New South Innovations Level 2, Rupert Myers Building (South) UNSW Kensington Campus. Near Gate 14, Barker Street. Kensington 2052. Australia

29
May

IE Brown Executive MBA becomes joint degree

Written on May 29, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE Business School and Brown University announce a joint degree through the IE Brown Executive MBA. Students who enter the program in 2015 will be the first to earn the joint degree from these internationally top-ranked institutions.

The world-class IE Brown EMBA leverages the strengths of both schools. Launched in 2011 as a degree program at IE enriched by a partnership with Brown, the new joint degree program will expand the collaboration of the schools, deliver a well integrated curriculum, and inspire business leaders to build their competitive edge. With the joint degree, IE and Brown expand the global reach and impact of the IE Brown EMBA.

The IE Brown EMBA prepares reflective leaders by integrating management science with the humanities and social sciences, and by building their capacity for entrepreneurial action. This highly competitive program maximizes the advantages of the knowledge, pedagogies, and faculty from IE Business School and Brown University, and includes applied, experiential learning. Designed for executives who seek a unique perspective on management education, the IE Brown EMBA builds participants’ understanding of the cultural, social, and historical context, all critical for business success.

The image represents the student profile of the current IE Brown Executive MBA class!

27
May

A start-up that customizes gift giving by IE Entrepreneurs

Written on May 27, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Everybody knows the situation which happens every now and then: What gift shall I buy? Another perfume, a tie, some socks, a bag? Nowadays with all the technology around it shouldn’t be that difficult but it looks like that only some Indian entrepreneurs found the solution or at least an approximate solution to this real-life problem: Thank you!

Prateek Rathore, Master in Management September 2011 intake, is now a full-time entrepreneur as a co-founder of  Wishpicker.com, an online start-up in Greater Noida, INDIA. Wishpicker.com uses algorithms to customize gifting ideas for loved ones based on their personality and interests.

Take a look at the website of Wishpicker.com and find out more in the video.

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26
May

Toledo: a city of three cultures

Written on May 26, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in Live IE

The Other Side | By Felix Validvieso, Director of Communication, IE Business School

Operations and finance professor Alber Sabanoglu Segura comes from Turkey, and he is also a Sephardic Jew. Hence we decided that there was no better place to shoot this video than the ancient Jewish quarter in Toledo. When the Sephardic Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, they headed for many different countries, and his family ended up in Turkey.
What this basically means is that Prof. Sabanoglu Segura is a true world citizen. He was born in Turkey, lived in the States for a while, and now lives in Madrid. He is fluent in many languages, including Ladino, the old Spanish spoken by Sephardic Jews. Moreover, he is a critic and writer of short stories, not to mention the fact that he also sings in a group. I hope you enjoy his video, if only because he was such good company while we were shooting it!!!

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21
May

The Socratic value of MOOCs

Written on May 21, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

IE Focus | By Rolf Strom-Olsen. Academic Director of Humanities Studies at IE Humanities Center

The rise of MOOCs and the fact that they are open to all and free of charge has caused great consternation in the academic world. Socrates, however, would have approved.

In the brief introductory video of my MOOC (Critical Perspectives on Management) that we put together to walk through the class syllabus, I make the point that, as a Humanities course masquerading as a strategy class, the methodological inspiration derives from those two fundamental tenets of the Socratic imperative: that true wisdom consists in knowing you do not know and that the unexamined life is not worth living.

But while these two sentiments of the Socratic imperative are certainly the best known and serve as the fons et origo of humanist enquiry, there is a third, equally critical, part of the Socratic imperative that I had to leave out (since the video was testing weary viewers’ patience already).

It’s this bit, from the Apology. Read more…

19
May

IE through the eyes of a Chinese student

Written on May 19, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Interview between two Chinese students of IE, Shanshan, who studies the Master in Corporate Communication at IE School of Communication and Cindy, who studies the International MBA at IE Business School. Listen to what they have to say about studying at IE and living in Madrid.

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14
May

Only two days

Written on May 14, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in Live IE

The Other Side | By Felix Valdivieso, Director of Communication, IE Business School

Some say imagine how bad work is that they have to pay you to do it… But joking aside, the good news is that at times there are things you do at work, and people you meet, that you would anyway, just for the sheer pleasure of it. Shooting this video, and meeting IE Law School Intellectual Property Prof. Pedro Letai, was one of those times.

I don’t know how good a professor he is, but I heard his students love him, and I can also say I thoroughly enjoyed reading his poetry book “The Great Buffalo”. The book is in Spanish, but we’ve translated a couple of poems just to give you a taste. Expect more surprises in the video! Prof. Letai is also a literary critic, columnist, and novelist. His first novel is coming out any day now. As a matter of fact the day of the shooting he was expecting his editor to send him the first copies, so I’ll keep you posted!

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12
May

What is it like graduating from university?

Written on May 12, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

Probably 99% university graduates are only graduating once from university… it’s a once-in-a-life experience and definitely a memorable moment. Find out how it is like graduating from IE University and see our students from the first graduating batch ever! Receiving your diploma in a former church from the 13th century monastery is truly unique – just right for the university’s motto: REDEFINING UNIQUENESS!

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8
May

Hot Market Dog

Written on May 8, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in Live IE

The Other Side | By Felix Valdivieso, Director of Communication, IE Business School

Marketing Prof. Martin Boehm is not a market dog himself, but he loves hot dogs. In this video he explains how the market works while enjoying a hot dog in New York.

Playing a sort of devil’s advocate, he proposes that we stop for a moment to try to understand the forces that drive the market. He uses a Sanskrit concept, “Samsara,” to convey the idea that the market is just an endless cycle of desire for things we feel we need and which we think will improve our lives somehow. It would appear that the market moves at the same speed as Prof. Boehm at the wheel of an Oranke Skualo, and that both are unstoppable…

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5
May

Google: Was Motorola a bad deal?

Written on May 5, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

IE Focus | By Enrique Dans, Professor at IE Business School

Google bought Motorola for 12.5 billion dollars, invested in it to make it competitive and then sold it for  2.91 million, keeping its patent portfolio. A tale of success or failure?

Google has sold its Motorola mobile phone business to Lenovo for 2.91 billion dollars, thereby demonstrating that hardware, although it plays a crucial role in strategy development, is seen by the company as being a factor that is somewhere between marginal and accidental.

Google’s acquisition of Motorola was one of the biggest surprises of the summer of 2011. Google paid 12.5 billion for a legendary manufacturer that had come down in the world, but which had a massive portfolio of patents that could be fundamental in navigating the complex scenario of litigations the company was thinking of launching at the time.

Moreover, the acquisition posed a problem. If Google’s strategy with Android was to make itself attractive to all  Smartphone producers, how would said producers feel about the fact that the company that was selling them something as vital as an operating system would also be competing against them through its own newly acquired handset manufacturer? Becoming a mobile phone manufacturer was a dangerously incoherent move by Google. Read more…

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