MIT Sloan Fellows Blog

MIT Sloan Fellows, alumni, and faculty put themselves in situations around the world where they believe they can have the most impact—and dig in to uncover truth in uncertainty, reason in chaos, and tackle the tough challenges from refreshingly new vantages.

Leadership: It’s not who you are. It’s what you do.

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on November 10, 2018

Leader is not a word you hear bandied about at MIT. Like wireless Internet, it’s taken for granted on this campus. But more than that, for those immersed in intellectual pursuits, the term is often associated with ambition, self-promotion, and power-grabbing. Such is the insight expressed by Dava Newman, Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT and the former deputy administrator at NASA. In their recent article in strategy+business, MIT Sloan Professor Deborah Ancona and MIT Leadership Center…
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MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems are forging the future of energy

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on October 26, 2018

Fusion power is a carbon-free, combustion-free source of energy that uses fusion reactions to produce heat for electricity generation—and it may well be the way we power our future lives. Read about how it works. Although, it has been the dream of energy researchers for years, fusion power remained out of reach because of the investment necessary to develop it for practical use. MIT has just announced, however, that it is putting fusion power on the fast track. With $50 million…
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MIT unveils task force on the future of work

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on October 22, 2018

“We must proactively and thoughtfully reinvent the future of work,” MIT President Rafael Reif said in a recent op-ed piece in the Boston Globe. Soon after, he unveiled the Institute’s much-talked-about new working group—the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future—the Institute’s response to a driving societal challenge: how to harness technological innovations for social benefit. The MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future will investigate answers to three key questions: How are emerging technologies transforming…
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Innovation must be more innovative

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on September 28, 2018

“Innovation needs to become more innovative,” John Thornhill, wrote in the Financial Times not too long ago. Innovation editor at FT, Thornhill said he thought MIT had a good shot at achieving that goal with The Engine, the startup accelerator the Institute recently launched to support complex breakthrough technologies. MIT President Rafael Reif has called such complex technologies “tough-tech”—potentially significant innovations that aim to solve thorny challenges but have a longer road to market than, say, a customer-service app or…
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Starting a business? Build a team as unbeatable as your product

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on September 27, 2018

Snejina Zacharia, SFMBA’13, has channeled 20 years of experience in both the intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial trenches into the creation of Insurify, a virtual insurance agent powered by artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Insurify provides car, home, and life insurance quotes from all major carriers in under three minutes. As founder and CEO, Zacharia has propelled the business into entrepreneurial stardom in just five years. After a 250% growth spurt last year—and multiple innovation awards—Insurify is now the most comprehensive…
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Women entrepreneurs say #MeToo

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on September 27, 2018

One of the quieter voices of the #Me Too movement is beginning to find its voice—women entrepreneurs—and Ray Leach, SFMBA ’02, is eager to provide a megaphone. Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. The Cleveland, Ohio-based nonprofit venture development organization has earned a national best-in-class reputation for innovative economic development models. One of those models is creating support systems for women entrepreneurs. “It’s tough enough for any entrepreneur to raise capital,” Leach says. “For women, it’s even more…
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