Top 10: The most popular MIT Sloan news from 2015

Young innovators, billion-dollar valuations, and a course on poker and risk management led headlines in 2015

December 1, 2015

Take a look back at the most popular news articles from MIT Sloan in 2015.

MIT Sloan 30-Under-30 winners

1. Six MIT Sloan students and alumni were named to the Forbes 30-Under-30 lists, recognized for work in education, finance, retail, and venture capital.

MIT Sloan startup founders

2. A New York Times analysis of “unicorns,” or companies with potential $1 billion-plus valuations, found MIT Sloan alumni-led companies in the used car, identity management, and retail pharmacy industries.


Kevin Desmond

3. Master of Finance student Kevin Desmond taught Poker Theory and Analytics to 150 students during the January Independent Activities Period. Desmond graduated in June.

Spoiler Alert co-founders Ricky Ashenfelter and Emily Malina

4. Spoiler Alert, an app connecting holders of extra food with organizations in need, was built by 2015 MBA graduates Ricky Ashenfelter and Emily Malina. The app launched in November.


5. Can technology transform politics? Lisa Conn, MBA ’17, arrived at MIT Sloan to prepare for a career at organizations using technology to level the political playing field against moneyed interests.


6. Nine MIT Sloan MBA students were awarded scholarships for academic excellence and community leadership.

Raptor Maps’ drones provide analytics for crop management

7. From debit cards that work with multiple currencies to underwater robot swarms, the best of the MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem made their case at the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition finale. The winner was Raptor Maps, a company developing drones for crop analytics.

MIT Sloan Thinkers50 nominees

8. Nine MIT Sloan faculty and alumni were finalists for the biennial Thinkers50 awards. In all, six from MIT Sloan won awards, were named to the Thinkers50 list, or were celebrated for lifetime achievement.


9. Senior Lecturer Christopher Noe’s perennial fair value accounting lesson was featured in a documentary about the $2 bill.

Faculty Twitter feed

10. We rounded up the most popular MIT Sloan faculty members to follow on Twitter. Follow the full Twitter list of 54 faculty members.