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I'm working with Rotman leadership to offer assistance to US based business students and scholars affected by the EO ban. If you know of anybody who would benefit from being able to visit as a scholar or student at the University of Toronto (in management or a related field), please ask them to contact me at joshua.gans@rotman.utoronto.ca. At this stage, we are trying to assess the volume of need to see if this is something we can do alone or requires coordination with other Canadian business schools.

The same goes for entrepreneurs running start-ups in the US. It is not clear what we can officially do there but I would be happy to hear from anyone for whom we might be able to help.

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Of Bat Mitzvah's and Such
It has been a while since I have published here but today was Child No.3's Bat Mitzvah and, by tradition, I post her speech and my speech here. (Here is Child No.1 and Child No.2 ). Child No.3's speech was light-hearted and focussed on her Torah portion. Th...

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[This post was first publishedin HBR Blogs] The auto industry is facing a trio of disruptive technologies: electric batteries, autonomous vehicles, and the mobile phone. The first two have been long-standing threats, relatively speaking, and are embodied…

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Last week, the Strategy Research Initiative organised a research seminar using Harvard Business School’s HBX platform. This is the same platform HBS now use to deliver online courses. It was an interesting experience but as is usually the case with these…

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[This post originally appeared in HBR Blogs] Facebook is Live. Will it get livelier? This week, Facebook rolled out its newest product, Facebook Live. Actually, “tool” is probably a better word. What it does is allow anybody to stream a video from their…

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[reposted from HBR Blogs] To this day, Microsoft Office remains the dominant office software suite, a position it has held since the 1990s. While competitors have emerged to appeal to different customer niches (Google Docs with collaboration or iWork for…

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I haven’t played Go but have been reading about it over the last little while since it turned out that an AI learned to beat the world champion in it. The significance of this is that those who knew the game of Go believed that it was out of a machine’s…

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I listened to a very interesting a16z podcast on disruption that involved a conversation with Clay Christensen and Marc Andreessen. They cover lots of topics but the part that interested me was when Andreessen was talking about what he perceived to be a…

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An interesting thesis has emerged about the rise of Donald Trump and it comes from Clay Shirky. For fun, he tweeted an entire essay about the subject and you can read those here. His argument is simple. Rather than the two parties deciding who will be…

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In the lead-up to the launch of The Disruption Dilemma (just one month away, pre-order here for hardcover, Kindle and audiobook), I wrote a couple of expository papers that have just been published in Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review.…
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