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Conventional wisdom holds that gossip and social exclusion are always malicious, undermining trust and morale in groups. But that is not always true, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. Robb Willer, an associate professor of sociology, explored the nature of...
Customer with a new iPhone outside of an Apple store
In 2007, 10,000 people around the globe were asked about portable digital devices. It was part of a study conducted by the global media company Universal McCann. One of the hottest topics at the time was the first iPhone, which was announced but hadn’t yet been released. Once researchers tallied...
Stanford GSB MOOC Symposium Presentations
The top performers out of 44,000 participants in the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by Stanford Graduate School of Business converged at Stanford on Friday, January 24, 2014, to present during a live symposium titled “Innovative Ideas for the Future of U.S. Public Sector Pensions...
Shan-Lyn Ma
Shan-Lyn Ma is CEO and a co-founder of Zola, a new website for wedding registries that was launched in 2013. Ma, as well as her co-founders and much of the early team at Zola, hails from Gilt Groupe, a New York-based website that made online flash sales fashionable. Ma was the creator and general...
Sam Yagan
Sam Yagan is the CEO of Match.com and a co-founder of OKCupid, which Match acquired in 2011. Now part of IAC, the company operates 40 dating sites around the world, reaching 15 million active users and 3 million subscribers per month. Yagan estimates that at least 10% of all marriages in the U.S....
U.S. Social Security checks
To fiscal hawks, and some political centrists, “mandatory’’ entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security are at the heart of unsustainable, out-of-control federal spending. Mandatory programs, unlike “discretionary” programs, continue year after year and essentially run on autopilot...
Steve Jurvetson
Steve Jurvetson has spent the better part of the last two decades identifying and investing in some of the world’s foremost entrepreneurial ventures. In his time off, he does something quite different: He heads out to California’s Central Valley, Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and other less...
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For nearly his entire life, Peter Georgescu has been obsessed with the struggle of good versus evil in human nature. “Why is it possible for people, most of whom can also be loving and compassionate, to do terrible things?” wonders Georgescu, author of The Constant Choice: An Everyday Journey from...
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Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me. Napoleon Bonaparte, 1804 Research over the past two decades has established the panoptic effect of power on people. Put simply: Power changes people. People who rise to the tops of companies and...

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