Innovation & Entrepreneurship News

Professors Carter Cast and Holly Raider discuss the value of seeking new intellectual challenges.

Holly Raider and Carter Cast

Videos: Career transitions and leadership agility

Staying open to change and recognizing new opportunities will keep your career path fresh

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Amazon Eyes Online Sales Boost Through ‘Fire’ Smartphone

06/19/14 – Financial Times
Reports on the unveiling of Amazon’s ‘Fire’, a smartphone designed to drive more online sales to the company’s website and broaden its distribution of digital content. Article quotes Professor Mohan Sawhney.

B-School Reading List: The Power of Questions

06/17/14 – BusinessWeek
Reviewer says Professor Mike Mazzeo’s book Roadside MBA is “refreshingly different” and “worth adding to the business school canon.”

The world struggles to keep up with the pace of change in science and technology

06/17/14 – Financial Times
Quotes Professor Benjamin Jones, who said, “Those who claim there are few options for important innovations strike me as suffering from a failure of imagination.” Also quotes Kellogg Chair in IT Shane Greenstein, who pointed out the incremental nature of many technology shifts both today and in the past.

Elaine Russell

Start Me Up: Elaine Russell '09

06/16/14 – Elaine Russell '09 demystifies jewelry buying with Heirlumé

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6 low-cost ways to market your new business

06/16/14 – Blue Sky Innovation
Quotes Professor Mohanbir Sawhney, who said finding partners with built-in audiences is “the fastest way to grow a startup’s customer base, particularly for business-to-business customers.”

Meet The Fashion-Forward MBAs

06/13/14 – Poets & Quants
Article includes interview with Sonali Lamba, a Kellogg graduate who founded online dress shop Brideside with another Kellogg MBA. “In true Kellogg form, I really approached the industry by seeking out the consumer pain point and where that is the biggest and where you can monetize it,” she said.

Innoblative

Beating the odds

06/12/14 – Innoblative is winning competitions — and possibly the fight against breast cancer

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The Coffee Machine that Almost ‘Killed’ Starbucks

06/12/14 – The Marker
Interview with Professor Lloyd Shefsky about his new book, Invent, Reinvent, Thrive: The Keys to Success for Any Start-Up, Entrepreneur, or Family Business, in which he speaks with 26 leaders of big companies like Starbucks, Costco, Staples and Hyatt. Original article is in Hebrew.

MeterGenius

Smart data, clean tech

06/10/14 – MeterGenius brings cleantech to electricity companies and the Midwest

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Page Vault's court evidence tool wins Northwestern's venture competition

06/09/14 – Built In Chicago
NUVC awarded a total of $170,000 in cash – the most it has offered in a single year – to Northwestern student startups. Quotes Professor Linda Darragh, who said, “When we start building teams here at Kellogg, they have to come in with a problem, not an idea.”

Can Your Organization Dance with StartUps?

06/08/14 – Innovation Excellence
Video interview with Lecturer Dean DeBiase on his experience bringing together multinational corporations with startups to accelerate their growth.

Page Vault leads the way at Northwestern University Venture Challenge

06/06/14 – Blue Sky Innovation
Quotes Professor Linda Darragh, who said that prize money is a nice way to help build a company but that Kellogg teaches students that “revenue is the best source of funding.”

KIN Global 2014

The multiplier effect

06/05/14 – Student teams explore how progress and change are scaled at this year's KIN Global conference

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Middle Market M&A Is Surging; Are Company Owners Prepared?

05/31/14 – Forbes
Quotes Professor John Ward, who said, “You’re seeing more and more private equity firms looking for family controlled companies in transition.” Private equity brings a rivalry of ideas to business continuity. The net effect of that is healthy.

Bucktown Mail Woes? Business Students Find Way to Keep Packages Safe

05/30/14 – DNAinfo Chicago
Article reports on DropSpot, a startup created by five Kellogg students as part of the New Venture Discovery course. DropSpot pairs people looking to pick up their packages with local businesses willing to receive them. The deal keeps packages safe until pickup and increases foot traffic for businesses.

Kellogg Wants To Be A Top Three Business School For Startups

05/29/14 – Poets & Quants
Article reports on Kellogg’s recent increased emphasis on entrepreneurship education. It highlights Professor Carter Cast’s New Venture Discovery course and includes a Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship video.

With an MBA, Students Build Search Funds to be Entrepreneurs

05/27/14 – US News & World Report
Article leads with the story of a Kellogg student who used a search fund to become a CEO. Quotes Professor William Sutter, Jr., who said, “It’s a terrific way to jump-start their career and get into a leadership position much, much faster.” Article also mentions Sutter’s course, "Private Equity: The Human Element."

Inside Blommer Chocolate: family & cocoa at 75

05/18/14 – Chicago Tribune

Article quoting Professor John Ward on the 75 years of the Blommer Chocolate Co.

A venture capitalist on the ratio that signals a good entrepreneur

05/09/14 – Blue Sky Innovation
Video interview with Professor Carter Cast, who discusses entrepreneurial traits, the importance of a good team and the significance of questions over statements.

G. Garvin Brown IV

Family spirits

05/08/14 – Kellogg Center for Family Enterprises honors distiller Brown-Forman

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