Business & Economics

David Zilberman Beeronomics: I’ll drink to that

This past week I attended the fourth Beeronomics conference in Seattle. The conference brings together economists and other scientists who work on the economics of beer. The first three conferences were in Europe; this was the first U.S. conference.

I was excited about the conference first because of the location: I wanted to … More >

Steve Blank Hacking a corporate culture: Stories, heroes and rituals in startups and companies

I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. I’ve summarized my learnings in this blog post, and here, here and here and here and put it together in the presentation here.

One of the interesting innovation challenges I’ve encountered centers on a … More >

Alexandra Orsola-Vidal UC Berkeley and IDB partner to improve impact evaluation of projects

With over 3,743 investment projects approved during the last five years in Latin America, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the largest and oldest multilateral lender in the region. In order to address pressing development challenges within the 26 borrowing member countries, the IDB has invested billions in project design, implementation, … More >

David Roland-Holst Whither China’s currency?

While the floors of the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges were awash in red ink, much of the black stuff was being splashed on financial pages to divine the fate of China’s currency, the Renminbi (RMB). Outsiders might care about the currency because of international competitiveness. China cares about it as a matter … More >

Christina Maslach Is burnout the best business model?

By Christina Maslach and Cristina Banks

In the recent New York Times article “Inside Amazon,” Amazon claims that its culture is peculiar. Actually, it is peculiarly American. There is a long history, in many U.S. workplaces, of carving business success out of the dedication and self-sacrifice of workers. As practiced, this model reflects … More >

Karen Chapple Displacement: The misunderstood crisis

When we think of gentrification and displacement, we typically envision a hipster – young, professional, and probably white – in the Mission District or Brooklyn at the peak of the real estate boom. But this archetype, while not inaccurate, is just the tip of the iceberg.

Displacement, which is distinct from … More >

Steve Blank Why corporate entrepreneurs are extraordinary – the Rebel Alliance

I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. The biggest surprise for me was getting schooled on how extremely difficult it is to be an innovator inside a company of executors.
What Have We Lost?

I’ve been working with Richard, a mid-level executive … More >

Karen Chapple The future of displacement

The year is 2030. Protesters gather around yet another apartment building where long-term residents are being evicted to accommodate newcomers.

We must be in San Francisco. No, we’re in Oakland.

Guess again. It’s Hayward. Or, Concord. Or perhaps, Santa Rosa. In 2030, these and many other Bay Area communities may realize that … More >

Brad DeLong Is “secular stagnation” a monetary-financial problem or a fundamental technological problem?

Over at Equitable Growth: On about four of the seven days in a week, my view is that the problems lumped under the heading of “secular stagnation” are primarily monetary-financial problems. Now comes Barry Eichengreen to review the case that these problems are at their root instead of also technological-fundamental. … More >

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