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When Everybody’s Playing Moneyball

When Everybody’s Playing Moneyball, Nobody Is

Forecasting Nightmares May Muddle the Analytics Revolution

Keith Riegert, Co-Editor-in-Chief

BUSINESS ANALYTICS IS THE FUTURE. That’s the refrain I hear constantly, along with companies asking how they can “get analytics for [their] data?” The problem with today’s data trend is that if everyone is chasing the same signals in an industry, any statistically gleaned advantage washes away-but firms will spend a lot of time and money figuring that out. However, if you want to find out more about business analytics it is worth a look.

Companies today are swimming in numbers; there have been enterprises hailed as “the Moneyball of” investment banking, movies, publishing, health care, advertising, etc.…

Exploring China’s Economic Engine

Broadening Horizons in Hong Kong

Anne Gregory, Co-Editor-in-Chief

It is difficult in today’s world to discuss business without touching on the influence of globalization—we live in a hyper-connected world, and our ability (as soon-to-be business leaders) to acknowledge the diversity of environments is an invaluable skill that is extremely difficult to learn within the confines of a classroom. The DBi program opens doors for MBA students to experience a country’s culture, businesses and people in an authentic and immersive way—introducing the classes to opportunities that far transcend the insights one might gain from a textbook or online article.

DBi Hong Kong is perhaps one of the more important programs at NYU Stern, considering the focus of our studies was China: one of the most important economic powers in today’s world.…

One Week of Pura Vida

A Triple-Bottom-Line Education in San Jose

Keith Riegert, Co-Editor in Chief

In January, a couple dozen Sternies escaped the winter in New York City for a week long DBi course in sunny Costa Rica.  While there, we had the chance to study at one of Central America’s most prestigious business schools, INCAE. Over three days in the classroom, we learned about Costa Rica’s incredibly rich history and transformation into one of the planet’s leaders in conservation and sustainability. Since the 1980s, Costa Rica has pursued a long-term plan for reforestation and now runs almost entirely on renewable energy.

At a time when climate change and resource consumption are key concerns in the business world, we studied how a country roughly the size of West Virginia has managed to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in capitalism—namely, how to drive growth in a sustainable fashion.…

Rich History in the Start Up Nation

From New York to Tel Aviv

Dan Heinrich, Class of 2018

In January, an assortment of 40 full-time and part-time MBA students traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, in search of learning a little more about doing business in (DBi) another country. Israel is known as the “Start Up Nation,” so our program focused on startups and entrepreneurship and how a relatively small country like this could have such a disruptive impact on technology and the rest of the world. Thankfully, we weren’t disappointed!

We studied at the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University with classes focusing on creativity, innovation, intrapreneurship, and entrepreneurship in varying industries.…

Asia’s Island City

Two Weeks in Singapore

Danielle Purkiss, Class of 2017

As we sat in class on our first day at the National University of Singapore, Dr. Prem Shamdamsani—better known as Dr. Love by colleagues and students alike—asked us each a question: what is your first impression of Singapore? Most of the answers we provided were along the lines of three main observations: Singapore is very clean, very lush, and very flashy. Singapore is also home to the Avenue South Residence Location, an upcoming luxurious mixed development condominium in the Central region of Singapore.

Over the course of the two week Doing Business in Asia course, Singapore came to be so much more than our original observations.…

Why We Need a Good Laugh

The Renaissance of Comedy in Times of Political Uncertainty

Anne Gregory, Co-Editor in Chief

I had stopped watching Saturday Night Live. Not because I disliked the show, but it wasn’t as intriguing as some other entertainment options. A number of my friends had also tuned out, claiming the show had “passed its prime” and was on the decline. Then Alec Baldwin came, and I started it watching it again. And I’m not alone in this shift – NBC claims that SNL, now in its 42nd season, is enjoying its highest ratings and viewership of the past two decades.

Now this little vignette is an example of a behavior that is centuries-old, and is a phenomenon that almost always coincides with moments of political uncertainty.…

Cities of Protest

Stern Student Images from the Early Days of a New Presidency

The Senior Editorial Board

It is hard to recall a more tense start to a year around the world. Regardless of politics or views, it’s hard to disagree with the impression that this new administration has certainly come out swinging, leveling a bevy of executive orders and policy positions that is taking the United States in a markedly different direction.

The protests that have filled the streets near our campus highlight the unique demographic blend of our nation’s largest metro area, New York City.

In this issue, we are focusing on this monumental time in history by highlighting some of the First-Amendment responses that have sprung up around the country—captured by Stern photographers.…

Stern vs. Columbia

Stern Edges Columbia in Game at Barclays Center

NYU Stern defeated Columbia Business School 32-31 in a friendly exhibition game on February 8, 2017. This was the first annual competition between the two schools, as 15 members of the Stern community, including Dean Henry himself, played on the court. Over 100 NYU students cheered the team at the Barclays Center, which was held after a matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards. NYU jumped out to an early lead and controlled the game throughout; however, Columbia made a last second push, hitting two clutch 3 pointers, but ultimately coming up short by one point.…

How the Polls Failed

Presidential Election of 2016: A Statistical Quagmire

Professor Jeffrey Simonoff and Professor Aaron Tenenbein, NYU Stern IOMS Department

The presidential election of 2016 was one for the history books. It has been labelled as the greatest upset in election history. The Showtime cable program “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth” documents the election campaign of 2016 from its start at the Iowa Caucuses in January of 2016 to the last three days of the campaign plus Election Day. In the last episode, the three seasoned political commentators (Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, and Mark McKinnon) document the events on election night.…

Stern in a Time of Trump

A Visitor’s Perspective on November 8th

Sean Bellamy McNulty, Visiting Editor

Over the course of my exchange I have watched with fascination the American election process. It is one of the greatest shows on Earth, with high stakes, continuous drama and unpredictable outcomes. In the midst of the shocking election results, I have read with much interest my fellow Stern Oppy Editors’ thought-provoking analysis. This article is to contribute an outsider’s perspective to their analysis.

Those who have been following the Stern Oppy’s posts may have read in “The Bottom Line” that the charge of Stern students is to find ways to look beyond the promise of a fruitful future for yourselves, and to do your best to pursue one for everyone impacted by your decisions.…

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