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Sep 11, 2017 by

Rady School Invests in an Alumnus’ Company Cloudbeds

Rady School Cloudbeds

The Rady School of Management at the University of San Diego is down to invest through its Rady Venture Fund. Sometimes, the San Diego-based school even invests in companies founded by graduates—like Richard Castle.

The 2013 alum co-founded Cloudbeds, a cloud-based hotel management software, alongside Adam Harris in 2012. This is the first time Rady’s invested in a company started by a graduate, according to a press release. The investment was part of Cloudbed’s Series B $9 million fundraising, which investment firm PeakSpan Capital led. This new development will help the company become more competitive as it provides services to hotels, beds and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. It currently employs 109 people in 22 countries with offices in San Diego, São Paulo, and Dublin. Its software, however, is used in more than 120 countries.

Castle started the company while still at Rady. He took part in its FlexMBA program, and he says his experience at the school greatly influenced him—and helped him succeed with Cloudbeds. “I chose to come to the Rady School for my MBA because I was drawn to starting a company, and Rady has a strong focus on entrepreneurship,” he said in the press release.

He’s not the only Rady man at the company either: The hotel and tech company hired 2006 graduate Colin Slade as its VP of Customer Success, 2013 graduate Matthew Parry for Director of Marketing, and 2009 graduates Andre Sovgir and Marshall Knauff as product managers.

The Rady Venture Fund invests money in “educational opportunities and hands-on learning experiences for Rady MBAs and other UC San Diego graduate students,” per the press release. The fund invests just one to two investments a year, led through Venture Capital Management courses MGT496A and MGT496B. There, students get to learn about the investment process hands on.

“We’re thrilled to have Cloudbeds as part of our investment portfolio,” said Lada Rasochova, Rady Venture Fund Managing Director, in the press release. “With Cloudbeds, we are not only investing in a great company with solid fundamentals, we are also investing in UC San Diego and the greater San Diego startup community.”

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Sep 11, 2017 by

Which 1-Year MBA Program in New York Is Right for You?

1-Year New York MBA

New Yorkers are always in a hurry. For those looking for that same speed with their MBA, they’re in luck. The city—home to eight million people—has five schools where candidates can graduate with an MBA or similar degree within a year.

What better place to build your business knowledge than New York City? Business people from around the world come to the city—but not you. You’d be living in it. Plus, major international companies are headquartered there. JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and IBM, for example.

Check out some of the best one-year MBA programs in the city that never sleeps.

Binghamton University School of Management

Binghamton University’s School of Management sits in Midtown New York City. Students will have easy access to Bryant Park, Penn Station, Grand Central Station, Port Authority, all the shopping they need—and the nearby beauty of Chelsea.

The school came to the area in 1970. Its Professional MBA is what sets Binghamton apart. It takes no more than a year, and students meet only on Saturdays. The curriculum does demand a full Saturday, but at least it wraps up in a year. And since it’s on the weekend, full-time working professionals are good to go, too. The school reports students can save $20,000-$50,000 compared to other MBA programs in New York City.

Zicklin School of Business – Baruch College

Baruch College formally created its Zicklin School of Business in 1998 after an endowment from an alumnus Lawrence Zicklin. But the MBA program has been offered since 1920.

Its one-year MBA program is fairly new. The first cohort enrolled this past summer. The program begins in June and takes 12 months. Applicants are expected to have two to five years experience. Given the program’s speed, the class schedule will be intense and build on already acquired knowledge. Students have the option to study abroad during the winter intersession.

Lubin School of Business – Pace University

The Lubin School of Business at Pace University has been around for more than 100 years. Since 1906, the school has been cranking out business graduates ready to take New York City by storm. It offers a unique one-year fast-track MBA—only in financial management.

This specialty in finance gives business students an edge. Graduates will walk away from Lubin knowing how to provide financial consultation to corporations. Lubin is sure to plug its students into any necessary resources for them to succeed. For example, MBA candidates can access the Bloomberg workstation and other financial databases. Classes are based in New York City and Westchester, a short train ride away.

Stern School of Business – New York University

New York University is one of New York City’s most well-known university, so the Stern School of Business is too, naturally. In the middle of Greenwich Village, students can occupy themselves with endless activities when they’re not in class.

However, the Stern School of Business doesn’t quite offer one-year MBAs. Its specialized one-year programs are for its MS in accounting, MS in business analytics, and an MS in global finance. These programs add an oomph to any business professional looking to build their expertise. Most of the programs include a global format, preparing graduates for a global field.

Lehigh University College of Business and Economics

Editor’s Note: As part of the Lehigh 1-MBA program enhancements, the internship component was replaced with a Consulting Practicum. Click here to learn more about the 1-MBA.


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Sep 11, 2017 by

DeGroote Professor Offers Critical Look into Corporate Bankruptcy

DeGroote Professor Corporate Bankruptcy

Professor Jiaping Qiu at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University specializes in corporate bankruptcy, and wants to know how that can impact a company’s employees and their future.

The Toronto-based professor has researched this with a team, per a press release. One study found that employees earn less when they’ve gone through corporate bankruptcy—and the impact can be long-term.

“Annual employee earnings deteriorate by 10 percent when a firm files for bankruptcy,” Qiu said in the press release. “Workers who are affected are likely to leave the firm, industry and even the local labor market. And it turns out those employee earnings remain below pre-bankruptcy earning for at least six years, which is surprising.”

Bankruptcy can impact employees’ earnings for their lifetime, according to Qiu’s research, so future MBA graduates should be careful about what companies they decide for which to work. They wouldn’t be alone: Qiu’s says that recent research shows that people do tend to care about a company’s financial well-being.

“If people get two job offers, all things being relatively equal, they are likely to accept the one from the firm that is more financially healthy,” Qiu added. “This means companies with worse credit ratings will have to pay more to attract the same quality of workers. The resulting higher wages paid to workers due to greater bankruptcy risk should be an important factor for a company to consider when it plans to increase its debt level.”

What attracts to the professor to this topic is knowing how intrinsically human capital is tied to a company. “That’s why this research is important: It has implications in how employees will invest their human capital in a company, and what, as a result, companies should consider when making corporate finance decisions,” he went on, in the press release.

Qiu has also researched the relationship between labor unions and creditors, as well as corporate innovation. Innovation is another aspect impacted when a company goes bankrupt. If finances impact an innovator, it is less likely to invest its human capital again.

However, major companies like Apple and Marvel Entertainment have filed for bankruptcy in the past though, so be careful about how you decide where to work for next.

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Sep 5, 2017 by

The New Faculty Joining NYU Stern This Fall

Faculty Joining NYU Stern

Seven new faculty members are joining New York University’s Stern School of Business this coming school year, according to a new press release from the school.

The 2017-18 academic school year will have two new tenure-track professors, two clinical professors, and three visiting professors. The tenure track professors include Joshua Loftus, Assistant Professor of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences, and Walker Hanlon, Assistant Professor of Economics. Clinical Associate Professor of Finance Kathleen DeRose and Clinical Professor of Marketing Paul Hardart join alongside the tenure track professors.

As for visiting professors, they are:

  • Bryan Hong – Visiting Assistant Professor of Management
  • Pricila Maziero – Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Ning Su – Visiting Associate Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences

DeRose, a financial technology expert, isn’t exactly new to the school, however, having been an adjunct since last year. Hong is interested in a business’ social responsibility. He’s currently studying how firms can deal with future disruptions. Hanlon will add an interesting variety to the school’s economics lessons. He studies the economy from a historical perspective. He’s currently looking at pollution, too, and its impacts on employment. Hanlon previously taught at Princeton University.

The business school already features a robust roster of faculty. These seven will only add to the school’s respected professors like Jennifer Carpenter and Nouriel Roubini.

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Sep 5, 2017 by

Rady Makes ‘Top 50 Best Value Big Data Graduate Programs’ List

uc san diego rady values college

Are you into big data? How about vivid sunsets? The Rady School of Management at the University of California at San Diego might be right for you, then. The school ranked 11th in the United States for Value Colleges‘ “Top 50 Best Value Big Data Graduate Programs” list.

The honor goes to Rady’s Master of Science in Business Analytics degree, in particular. Its first class graduated this year, so this ranking is also the program’s first, according to a press release. If you’re set on San Diego and data, Rady offers the only business analytics degree in the city.

Value Colleges writes:

Another of California’s Public Ivies, UC San Diego is a globally-respected research university with over $1 billion in research budget and faculty who have won every major academic award out there. Their computer science, engineering, and business graduate programs are recognized world-wide, as is their value. UCSD’s Rady School of Management offers a Master of Science in Business Analytics degree that focuses on data collection, analysis, and use for businesses of all kinds. Rady’s connections to the business world of San Diego can also be a major asset for graduates entering the job market.

Data experts are all the rage these days. Every successful business needs someone crunching the numbers and figuring out how to effectively communicate any patterns and outcomes. If trends continue, the numbers look bright: businesses will need 1.5 million more managers and business analytics by 2018, according to Rady reports.

Value Colleges says that big data is “the fastest growing job market you’ve never heard of.” It was sure to rank based on how the program balances technical computer skills, business and marketing knowledge, and statistical analysis. And of course, also on affordability and job marketability.

The universities included must be regionally accredited institutions with “proven reputations.” That’s UC San Diego, for ya’.

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Sep 5, 2017 by

Rotman Launching New MBA Program in Healthcare and Life Sciences

rotman healthcare life sciences mba

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto will begin offering a new Global Executive MBA program in healthcare and the life sciences.

The Toronto-based university created the 18-month program to keep up with the industry’s fast-changing ways, according to a recent press release. Rotman wants to create leaders in the sector by teaching them the management skills and technical skills necessary to succeed in the healthcare and life sciences field.

While this MBA is the school’s latest health-based degree, it’s certainly not the school’s first. MBA candidates already have the option to major in Health Sector Management. This program is more geared toward healthcare delivery systems and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

The new MBA, however, will begin this semester, breaking up into five portions. Three will take place in Toronto, but the other two will fall elsewhere—in San Francisco and Singapore. Students will get a front-row seat to how the healthcare industry operates on a global scale. Individuals from life science firms, service delivery organizations, and global agencies are encouraged to apply for the program. It’s best suited for those who want to build their career.

“The program will focus on the most effective ways of organizing industries, whether in the public sector or the private sector to deliver the best healthcare and to make it more affordable,” says Brian R. Golden, Vice Dean of MBA Programs, in the press release.

The program will work with the school’s Centre for Health Sector Strategy, which Golden leads, to build upon its offerings on the topic. The Centre, according to Rotman, is “Canada’s leading academic provider of healthcare executive programs.” An additional plus? The city’s medical discovery district is not far at all. Students will have quick and easy access to innovations as they see fit.

“The health and life sciences sector is the most important industry in the world,” said William Mitchell, a Co-Academic Director of the Program, added. “Globally it has a huge impact on economic development and a huge impact on human life. Our new program will teach general management and leadership skills, with direct application to people working in life sciences and healthcare.”

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