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.

Anatomy of a Great Professor: Meet Jackson Lu

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on May 21, 2019

Jackson (Guannan) Lu, Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies at MIT Sloan, just made one of the most enviable honor rolls in academia—Poets & Quants “Best 40 under 40 Professors.” At 29, he is one of the youngest to make the list. Lu’s research focuses on the upsides and downsides of globalization for individuals, groups, and organizations. One of his projects focuses on astrological stereotypes and discrimination in China, where western astrological signs have become increasingly popular because of…
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Leaders Across the Sports Spectrum Connect at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on May 2, 2019

In just its 13th year, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) has grown to be the leading industry confab, attracting the most influential names in sports. In March, more than 3,500 participants attended the event, representing 44 states, 33 countries, 130 professional sports teams, and 200 universities. To accommodate its meteoric growth, the conference was moved from the MIT campus where it originated to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The packed roster of nearly 200 speakers featured writer and…
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MITii’s New Proto Ventures Program Puts the Problem First

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows 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 MIT Sloan Fellows 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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