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Robot democracy: how smart media can save America

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked…”

– Allen Ginsberg, 1955

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.”

– Jeffrey Hammerbacher, 2011

“We don’t care if you watch the show, we just want you to watch the commercials.”

– some VP on the A+E Networks trek, 2017

Nationalism isn’t a new idea. It’s back in vogue these days, but even the laziest of Google searches will tell you its roots stretch back, at the very least, to 19th century Europe. In the early 20th, President Woodrow Wilson became its most prominent American booster, advocating against 19th century imperialism and for the right of self-determination.…

The Problem with Stern’s New Infrastructure Initiative

Paul Tice’s Dilemma

Stern is building a new program focused on infrastructure, but it will fail if it continues on its current path.

The nascent initiative is an exciting development for Stern. Infrastructure investment will be massive in the coming decades: McKinsey estimates that $49.1 trillion will be invested between now and 2030 as developing economies grow and infrastructure in developed economies ages. Power plants and the electric grid, the largest category, make up one-third of this investment, while highways and roads, airports, rail, and telecom and water infrastructure make up the rest.

Ensuring that the correct water infrastructure is in place is fundamental, despite the fact that this is sometimes an overlooked part of the development process.…

The B-School Pipeline Problem

Women and the Uphill Battle to Reach the C-Suite

As of International Women’s Day 2017, only 21 Fortune 500 companies had female CEOs—down 12 percent from 2015’s numbers, as reported by the Independent. According to a report released on March 7 by the GMAC (the organization that designs and administers the GMAT exam), women make up 47 percent of individuals receiving graduate business degrees.

In a world where women are getting non-MBA business degrees (Master of Finance, Management, etc.) at the same rate as men, women are only receiving 36 percent of MBAs. Combine that with the fact that the number of CEOs in the Fortune 500 with MBAs has been steadily growing, and it becomes clear: we have a pipeline problem that could make it hard for women to make it into the c-suite.…

A Few Thoughts on SXSW 2017

Through a B-School Student Lens, It Almost Writes Itself

Each year, thousands of people gather in Austin for one of the year’s highlight events for techie and creative types alike–and there’s no shortage of business insight for a Sternie to find in the shuffle. Here are a few points I couldn’t ignore:

SXSW was more of a logistic nightmare than it usually is.

In case Twitter hasn’t already made this apparent through one meme too many, people were panicking in Austin when they opened their Uber and Lyft apps to get around for SXSW. Austin voted to increase regulation on background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers in May 2016.…

Freud: A Local Gem

Freud: A Local Gem

From Schnitz’wich to Cocktails, the Austrian–Viennese Experience in Greenwich Village

Jonathan Koo, AVP of Advertising and MBA Class of 2018

Freud, a quaint, understated restaurant, is located on La Guardia Place in the heart of Greenwich Village. Its cuisine, a contemporary take on Austrian-Viennese classics, includes authentic dishes such as Wiener Schnitzel and Octopus Gulasch. The chef boasts Michelin-starred credentials. On Sundays, they feature live jazz during brunch.

I popped in for a quick bite and a quiet space to study for my Global Economy midterm on a Tuesday evening during happy hour (seemed like the logical thing to do after hearing Scott Galloway rant about his AMEX Black Card for 3 hours straight).…

Why a Women’s Scholarship Matters

Why a Women’s Scholarship Matters

By Julianne Helinek, MBA Class of 2017

Stern announced a new scholarship for women earlier this month. The Advancing Women in Business scholarships will cover one year of tuition and fees for select women in the Class of 2019, and the initial $1 million fund was made possible by a group of prominent female alumnae and board members.

This sounds like a great thing for Stern, and it is, but it’s much more than a feel-good nod to diversity on the part of the administration. One million extra dollars for women could make a tangible difference in the Stern community as early as this fall.…

The Odds of Impeachment

The Odds of Impeachment

Frank Polley, MBA Class of 2018


It’s a headline that many people want to wake up and see sprawled across the WSJ front page any day now. It’s also a headline that, based off the increasingly breathless and apocalyptic media coverage of the Trump administration, seems increasingly imminent to some. Wanting or even expecting something to happen, however, is a different enterprise than predicting exactly how likely it is to occur.

A quick Google search of “Donald Trump impeach” yields such results as “Will Donald Trump Get Impeached?…

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