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Ajay Kapoor
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Attended University of Michigan
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"Online platforms for education have the potential to revolutionize the idea of continuous learning for executives. The MOOC model is ripe for adaptation to deliver structured courses to business leaders, helping them to think about potentially transformational combinations of ideas at the periphery of their industries."
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"What we are seeing now is likely the tip of the iceberg; who knows what other capital lies dormant and how entrepreneurs may find ways to use it. Next month marks 15 years since the Berkeley’s Space Science Laboratory released SETI@Home to take advantage of the spare CPU cycles of home computers to crunch radio telescope data in the search for extraterrestrial life. The concept has since been expanded to everything from biomedical research to climate modeling. If we can figure out ways to take spare clock cycles and donate them—or in the case of Bitcoin mining, monetize them—there are undoubtedly any number of other commodities from which we can extract wealth."
In much of the world, capital is dead because of informal titles, uncertainty of ownership, or dysfunctional financial institutions. In America, it's because we never thought of it as capital in th...
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Crazy article, yet all I could think of was Elon and how he managed his way out of some significant pitfalls in Tesla. The man needs to write a book on leadership.
With almost $1billion in funding and ambitions to replace petroleum-based cars with a network of cheap electrics, Shai Agassis Better Place was...
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The General Motors market share in the US fell from 62.6% to 19.8% between 1980 and 2009, noticed Susan Helper and Rebecca Henderson. Helper is now the chief economist at the US commerce department, and Henderson is a management professor at Harvard.

They concluded that “the conventional explanations for GM's decline are seriously incomplete”. Their alternatives: GM’s market share suffered from the same issues as its old rivals, “including a failure to understand the nature of the competition they faced and an inability to respond effectively once they did.”
Heidi Moore: The bailout was a false narrative. The research never showed a 'new' GM. Oh, and 6m cars didn't work. Saying sorry to Congress won't cut it
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"Which goes to the final point – think long-term and ignore the bankers. When Palmisano realized the company had to evolve or die, back in 2006, he decided to take a radical step and refuse to issue quarterly earnings guidance to the Street. “I knew we had a good plan, but I also knew we needed time to execute it, and it was going to be tough to have the operational flexibility we needed,” with Wall Street analysts watching for an earnings bump every few months. The long-term thinking paid off – two years later the stock soared. Palmisano believes more companies, particularly high performing ones, should make the same decision. “If you are trying to squeeze a few more cents out every quarter, it can be hard to make the best long term decisions.”"
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“If you have audacity and take on a risk, it means you don’t know what you’re getting into; you’re walking through a door, into a dark room, with no idea what’s there. If you have courage, it means that you know exactly what’s behind that door; there’s something dangerous, hard, and it’s going to make you really uncomfortable.”
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Five years ago, a team of researchers from Google announced a remarkable achievement in one of the world’s top scientific journals, Nature. Without needing the results of a single medical check-up, they were nevertheless able to track the spread of
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Absolutely love what GOOG has done. They have set up their company not to be strong armed by large institutional investors, and to drive the company to the overall mission/vision.

"This is not a new thing, of course. Google laid out the details of its share structure in its offering prospectus in 2004, and was clear about why it wanted to organize the company in that way: because Page and Brin believed they were embarked on a multi-decade journey to create a new kind of company, and didn’t want to be bogged down by the short-term interests of investors."
Summary: Google has issued new non-voting shares that help consolidate power in the hands of its co-founders, in the same way Mark Zuckerberg controls Facebook. But just because you happen to like the dictator doesn’t mean you aren’t living in a dictatorship
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  • University of Michigan
  • Startup Leadership Program
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  • Startup America Partnership
    SUMI Board of Directors, 2011 - present
    Focusing on providing private sector resources throughout the startup communities across the United States. Functioning in developing Startup Michigan in assisting entrepreneurs succeed. Key Accomplishments: - Launch of SUMI with Scott Case (Founding CTO, Priceline.com). - Sent Steven Robert (CIO of BillHighway) to the White House for the JOBS Act Bill signing. - Hosted Steve Blank while visiting Michigan and set up GrowDetroit fireside chat with him. Event sold-out in under 48 hours with standing room only (175+ attendees). - SUMI-executed event at Steelcase (JOBS Act Summit), keynoted by Scott Case and was attended by the majority of the Michigan investment community.
  • GrowDetroit
    Co-Founder, 2011 - present
    Inspired to turn Detroit into a vibrant startup community like Boston, Boulder, and NYC, GrowDetroit is a community of ambitious young entrepreneurs and professionals in Southeast Michigan (Greater Detroit + Ann Arbor regions). Grow hosts events and promotes news with the goal of helping start-ups grow and thrive in Southeast Michigan. Started by a group of local Entrepreneurs, the group also publishes “Grown in the D,” the leading directory of Detroit Start-Ups, Michigan Incubators, Groups & Meetups, and Michigan Venture Firms. With press mentions in The Daily Beast, Dbusiness, Forbes, The Huffington Post, StartupDigest, TechCrunch, Techonomy, TheNextWeb, and XConomy, Grow Detroit has become one of the leading resources for young entrepreneurs to connect in Michigan. Key Accomplishments: - Organized a Y-Combinator/TechStars panel along with NxMW event with the University of Michigan (MPowered). Well over 400 students in attendance. - Sponsorship of Startup Weekend Detroit and arranged keynote speaker (Ryan Blair, Founder/CEO of ViSalus). - Directly assisted NYT best-selling author David Kirkpatrick and Techonomy team with execution of Techonomy Detroit 2012. Noteworthy guests included Jack Dorsey, Tim Draper, Steve Case, Dan Gilbert and others.
  • Awesome Foundation
    Trustee, 2012 - present
    We award $1,000 grants every month, no strings attached, in the name of forwarding the interest of 'Awesome' in the universe. Founded in Boston, Awesome Foundation chapters are sprouting up around the world, including Providence, New York City, San Francisco, London and Ottawa. I focus on Awesome News Task Force - supported directly by the Knight Foundation.
  • Startup Leadership Program
    Executive Team, 2011 - present
    Selected to the Executive Team based on leadership performance; Assisted in program expansion in Beijing and Chicago. Also, led the initial creation of SLP-Speaker Series (e.g. Brad Feld, Vivek Wadhwa, etc.) for keynotes to the global SLP-Fellow group. Core focus on developing SLP-Capital; a streamlined approach to assist Fellows throughout the world in their fundraising process through maintaining relationships with angels and VCs and providing an internal feedback system for Fellows. SLP-Fellows have raised in excess of $300MM in financing.
  • World Economic Forum
    Global Shapers, 2012 - present
    World Economic Forum's newest community, a network of city Hubs around the world through which 20-30 years old can network, generate insight and have local impact in their communities. The Global Shapers Community was created to provide youth with a comprehensive platform to shape the future, integrating the personal, community and global dimension. It will catalyze fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
  • Startup Leadership Program
    Fellow, 2010 - 2011
    - Chosen for 9-month highly selective global program and network for startup CEOs consisting of 200+ founders with 100+ startups - Attended classroom sessions; Organized cases, simulations, panel discussions talks by luminaries and evaluation sessions with leading entrepreneurs and VCs
  • TiE ENTER
    Founding Team, 2009 - 2011
    ENTER is a not-for-profit activity designed to promote and support first-time entrepreneurs, esp at colleges and universities. Events at local colleges and universities connect Boston area students and young entrepreneurs with VCs and successful entrepreneur CEOs/CTOs for mentoring, coaching, and networking.
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