Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up the pace.

More often than not the results of these acquisitions are disappointing.

What can companies learn from others’ failed efforts to integrate startups into large companies? The answer - there are two types … More >

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What happened in Chattanooga?

Vanhalo said:

Corker had no affect on the outcome of the UAW vote. We are not sheep in Chattanooga. Co-determination is not welcome in the south and is foreign to the spirit of individualism that has made America great.

Will smog in China spur climate solutions?

Catherine Wolfram

I have read a number of news stories about air pollution in the major Chinese cities recently. A soupy smog of particulates, ozone, sulfur and nitrogen oxides hangs over Beijing, Tianjin and other northern cities. The concentration of particulate matter (PM2.5) in Beijing recently registered at 501 μg/m3, more than 15 … More >

Campaign Finance and the Lessons of 1776

Mark Peterson

$1776. That’s the amount that Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon, the plaintiff in the campaign finance case recently decided by the Supreme Court, wanted to donate to every single political candidate he supported in the 2012 elections, but he was thwarted by then current limits on donations. The court decided in … More >

Ukraine’s path to oligarchy: Lessons for the U.S.?

Yuriy Gorodnichenko

The New York Times just posted a debate on whether there is oligarchy in the U.S. Because countries’ political systems tend to develop only gradually, it can be difficult to draw a hard line that identifies country X as a particular regime. There have, however, been some instances in which … More >

Raise taxes on companies with high CEO-to-worker pay ratios

Robert Reich

Until the 1980s, corporate CEOs were paid, on average, 30 times what their typical worker was paid. Since then, CEO pay has skyrocketed to 280 times the pay of a typical worker; in big companies, to 354 times.

Meanwhile, over the same thirty-year time span the median American worker has seen … More >

Seminal Entrepreneurship and Innovation Skills CAN IN FACT BE LEARNED

Ikhlaq Sidhu

New Ways to Learn Entrepreneurship

Posted by Ikhlaq Sidhu, April 22nd, 2014

 

You may already be aware that the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMofE, see link on our CET website - https://cet.berkeley.edu/curriculum/) is a unique teaching model for developing the entrepreneurial mindset, in addition to teaching tactics and providing infrastructure for the new venture … More >

Should the poor pay for the anxieties of the rich?

David Zilberman

In the last several weeks, I gave talks on sustainable development and technology in China as well as in several forums in the US. I stated my strong belief that the use of molecular and cell technologies in agriculture (one of their main applications is in genetically modified [GM] products) … More >

Minimum wage debate goes local

Annette Bernhardt

By Annette Bernhardt and Ken Jacobs

Judging by the past three months, 2014 is on track to become the year of local minimum wage laws. Campaigns are under way in Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland to join San Francisco and San Jose in setting a minimum wage higher than state law. These … More >

Does the Keystone XL pipeline matter?

Dan Farber

Many people who have studied the issue tell me that the Keystone XL issue is mostly symbolic, because the Alberta oil sands are going to be used one way or another.  But I’m having some second thoughts because of arguments made (here) by Berkeley economist Max Aufhammer. He’s a pretty hard-headed … More >