Shelly Mod Hoyal with her iAngels co-founder, Mor Assia.
Israel has more startups per capita than any other country, yet the thriving startup scene, sometimes referred to as Silicone Wadi, has less venture capitalists and angel investors than its American, European and Asian counterparts.
Shelly Hod Moyal ’13 (Kellogg-Recanati), co-founder of equity crowdfunding platform (next generation VC) iAngels, is on a mission to change that. Continue Reading
By Carter Cast and David Schonthal
Organic growth has softened. Purchase frequency has slowed. What to do? When pressed to innovate, many corporations have the same knee-jerk reaction: to hire people and spend money. They create cross-functional task-force teams and launch expensive, time-consuming market research studies, generating mounds of data, but to little effect.
Instead of helping a company bring new ideas to market, these efforts at spurring innovation often lead to counterproductive results, distancing the firm from the very group it wants to serve: their buying public. Instead of observing customers first-hand and drawing insights from their behavior, the company’s innovation teams becomes bogged down and bleary-eyed, managing task force meeting calendars and wading through reams of purchase rate propensities and lifetime value projections. Process gets in the way of progress. Company decision-makers find themselves staring at well-constructed PowerPoint decks and Excel models but are no closer to uncovering the searing insights that will translate into highly desired new products and services.
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Guagnelli in his Lake Zurich, Ill. shop.
Designed in Argentina, printed in 3D in Belgium and produced outside of Chicago, Ill., the Corvi Wine Cooler is not your average chardonnay chiller.
Founder Mario Guagnelli ’15 (EMP 96) knows a good product, and he isn’t afraid to extend his reach far to source the absolute best talent.
A student on the Evanston campus, Guagnelli used his diverse background in IT and manufacturing, passion for Scandinavian design and Kellogg connections to his advantage when starting IntoConcrete. Founded on the concept that products can be beautiful, innovative and sustainable, IntoConcrete brings timeless contemporary concrete designs to market. The Corvi Wine Cooler is just one of many of their concrete-based products to receive critical acclaim from the media and fashion industry.
Guagnelli shared more about his business venture. Continue Reading
Executive MBA students bring years of rich work experience that shape classroom discussions. In the case of Anna Kan ’15, her background now serves as conversational fodder for both her classmates and future EMBA students.
Kan was taking Marketing Strategy with Professor Alexander Chernev when she first mentioned some of the challenges she faced as CEO of Golden Island Jerky Company. As she shared her experiences in running a family-owned business, determining product placement and pricing and setting the company’s strategic direction, Chernev decided that Kan’s story would be an ideal choice for a new case. Continue Reading
Madukar Manpuria, co-founder of MyNewCar.in, on his graduation day from the Kellogg-WHU Otto Bersheim Executive MBA Program.
Regardless of industry or career goals, getting an MBA serves up one universal benefit for students: momentum. For Madhukar Manpuria, Jürgen Thom and Christoph Behrendt, the momentum they found from the Kellogg-WHU Otto Beisheim Executive MBA Program encouraged them to finally follow their entrepreneurial aspirations and launch a new business. Continue Reading
Stephen G. Hushek, PhD, presented “Nobody Knows Anything,” to the EMP 100 class on Nov. 15. Hushek is the first speaker in an Entrepreneur Education series hosted by the Kellogg School of Management and EMP 100’s Entrepreneurial Committee. Continue Reading