UV Letters

Avoiding the Goat

Jul 12, 2013
Two years ago we published our first University Ventures Letter on "job jugglers" - underemployed recent graduates forced to take multiple part-time jobs in order to make ends meet. We discussed how starting salaries had declined in the recession and wondered whether...
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Help Wanted

Jun 28, 2013
Friday February 16, 2007 was the day I internalized the vital importance of management. My company, Wellspring, operated boarding schools and summer camps for treating childhood obesity. One of the schools, Wellspring Academy of California, was located...
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A Tale of Two Cities?

Jun 14, 2013
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... in short, the period was... like the present period..."
- Charles Dickens
If you thought the only way in which the French Revolution was...
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Bad Judgment Magazine

May 31, 2013
There was a popular saying at one of my prior companies. Whenever someone came up with an idea that was less than grand we'd say that person was a candidate to appear on the cover of Bad Judgment Magazine.
The company was the leading organization of summer camps and...
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From iPhone to iCollege (Achieving Apple-ish adoption and satisfaction in...

May 17, 2013
My first lesson about the importance of simplicity in higher education occurred in the early 1990s when Yale made a major investment in its telecommunications infrastructure. The grey-box security phones placed around campus at gates and outside residential colleges and classroom buildings...
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Fifty Shades of Distribution

May 3, 2013
Over the years, I've had some really bad ideas for things I might write. Lowlights include:
- The great American postal novel. The rags-to-riches story of a mailman who becomes a junk mail baron.
- A tale of a party planning firm that strikes...
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Arizona Breakfast Club

Apr 19, 2013
This week marked the fourth annual Education Innovation Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally a small conference that attracted a room full of friends who had been toiling for years to make the education private sector something more than an oxymoron, this year's...
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Jackpot

Apr 5, 2013
I had the pleasure of attending law school in New Haven right after legalized gambling was introduced to Puritan New England in the form of the giant Foxwoods Casino in nearby Ledyard, CT. During my first year of law school, I attended the opening of the rival Mohegan Sun...
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Hey MOOCs, Get Smarter

Mar 22, 2013
MOOC providers must have been singing along last week as the Democratic leader in the California State Senate introduced a measure that would require state-supported institutions to award credit for faculty-approved online courses taken by students unable to register...
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Where Stupidity is a Handicap

Mar 7, 2013
It was Napoleon who famously said "in politics, stupidity is not a handicap." This adage encapsulates much of what happens in Washington, DC, where a panoply of apolitical issues are bogged down in political gridlock. It's a natural result and desired goal of the...
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