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MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson to deliver keynote at big data conference
August 15, 2013

The MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation today announced that MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, will deliver the keynote address at the forum’s conference, Big Data in Manufacturing, held Sept. 17 at the MIT Media Lab.

Why entrepreneurship can be taught, and why it works at MIT: A Q&A with Bill Aulet
August 5, 2013

A successful startup is an enigma, at once simple "I should have thought of that!" and mysterious "How did they make that work".

But the secret may be out. Entrepreneurship is not magic. It is work. It is a process. And a process can be taught.

This is the optimal number of apps you should create to land a killer app
July 22, 2013

Say you’re a mobile app developer trying to maximize your chances of striking gold with that one killer app. How many apps should you make? Four? Six? A dozen? The answer—if you’re making a non-game app—is: one. If you’re making a mobile game, however, you should make a lot more than that.

Six whopping lies told about entrepreneurs ... sometimes by entrepreneurs themselves
July 10, 2013

As more people aspire to become entrepreneurs, it is important to dispel many of the misperceptions about this species. Here are six big ones that even some entrepreneurs believe.

The accidental entrepreneurs
July 1, 2013

Although many entrepreneurs go to school with the intention of starting a business, for some, the fact that they end up starting companies comes as something of a surprise.

How to tell what patents are worth
June 25, 2013

In Forbes, Senior lecturer Joseph Hadzima examines the ins and outs of patent valuation.

MIT Sloan professor Arnoldo Hax honored for service to Chile
June 17, 2013

The president of Chile awarded the country’s honor for meritorious service to MIT Sloan professor Arnoldo Hax in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.

Three questions: Fiona Murray on female entrepreneurship
June 12, 2013

Last week, the United States topped Dell’s first-ever Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index, a study of the best countries for female entrepreneurship. While this is a feather in America’s cap, women entrepreneurs across the nation still face many challenges. 

Is technology destroying jobs?
June 12, 2013

Given his calm and reasoned academic demeanor, it is easy to miss just how provocative Erik Brynjolfsson’s contention really is. ­Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his collaborator and coauthor Andrew McAfee have been arguing for the last year and a half that impressive advances in computer technology—from improved industrial robotics to automated translation services—are largely behind the sluggish employment growth of the last 10 to 15 years. Even more ominous for workers, the MIT academics foresee dismal prospects for many types of jobs as these powerful new technologies are increasingly adopted not only in manufacturing, clerical, and retail work but in professions such as law, financial services, education, and medicine.

Think speculators cause high oil prices? Don't bet on it.
May 30, 2013

Americans are spending more money at the pump than ever before. According to a recent estimate by the Energy Department, the average U.S. household spent nearly $3,000 on gasoline last year. Earlier this month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecast that the price for regular gasoline will average $3.63 a gallon this summer — a slight decline from last summer, not far from the record levels set in 2008. Why do oil prices remain so stubbornly high?

Helping the world accelerate support for entrepreneurship
May 29, 2013

Policymakers, university and private sector leaders, and entrepreneurs from seven regions around the world are coming together to accelerate their regions' entrepreneurial ecosystems, thanks to the pilot cohort of the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP).