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.

MITii’s New Proto Ventures Program Puts the Problem First

Posted by Belen Zuniga on April 16, 2019

The MIT Innovation Initiative—often referred to as MITii—is launching a Proto Ventures Program to generate pioneering new companies using a process unlike anything else in higher education. Program leaders will recruit subject experts to explore transformational technologies and the resulting business opportunities that follow. “Turning ideas into impact is a really big part of MIT,” says MIT Sloan professor Fiona Murray, MITii codirector. “Enabling our community to do that more effectively has always been the core of the Innovation Initiative.” The guiding…
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Leading the Smarter Enterprise: The Upcoming MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

Posted by Belen Zuniga on March 26, 2019

How smart is your enterprise? Or maybe you don’t feel you are in a position to know. That’s what the annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is all about. The one-day think tank brings to the MIT campus global CEOs, CIOs, senior IT executives, and academic thought leaders to explore late-breaking technological innovations. The 2019 symposium takes place Wednesday, May 22 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. Senior business executives from around the world will discover how leading-edge academic research and innovative technologies…
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Blockchain as a Force Multiplier in Smart Cities and Beyond

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 4, 2019

Arwen COO David Fragale SF ’15 has spent the last several years advising governments, financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, and startups about blockchain technologies. As cofounder of Atonomi, Fragale helped launch an Ethereum-based platform that provides trusted interoperability for internet-of-things (IoT) devices. “We registered the identity and reputations of devices on an immutable blockchain ledger,” he says. “By working with device manufacturers and infrastructure stakeholders, we were helping to create a universal trust environment that enables interoperability of billions of devices…
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Bridging the Gap Between Farming and Finance

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 4, 2019

When conceiving their new AI-powered agriculture financing venture Traive, cofounders Aline Oliveira Pezente SFMBA ’18 and Fabricio Pezente SFMBA ’18 were motivated by a startling fact. Global food demand will increase 70% in the next 30 years, with annual investments of at least $80 billion needed to keep up with the demand (according to a World Bank study). Much of the burden—and many of the opportunities for investment—lies with mid-range farming operations. Aline Pezente, who has spent her career in…
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Global Blockchain Hackathons

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 4, 2019

The spinoff effect of MIT research into blockchain technology is already influencing the development of new ventures. The Blockchain Challenge (TBC), cofounded by CTO Natalie Gil SF ’17 and CEO Silvana Lopez SF ’16, was inspired by both Gil’s independent research project under MIT Sloan Professor Simon Johnson during her year in the MIT Sloan Fellows MBA program and Lopez’ desire to go beyond the hype. Launched in 2018, TBC unites global interdisciplinary teams—entrepreneurs, programmers, psychologists, economists, and others—to build…
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Blockchain Hype: Irrational Exuberance Redux

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 4, 2019

MIT Sloan Professor Stuart Madnick is not necessarily predicting a repeat of the dot-com bubble. He is concerned, however, that the proliferation of blockchain hype obscures some serious weaknesses in the technology and makes entrepreneurs overeager to adopt it. Madnick is only half joking when he says that the easiest ways to make money with a startup in the current climate is to put “blockchain” in the company name. Bloomberg.com reported on a version of this phenomenon in October 2017,…
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