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A traffic jam in India
Stanford computer scientist Balaji Prabhakar was on his way to a routine business meeting in Bangalore, India, when his career took an interesting detour. “It was the winter of 2007,” he recalls. “I was being driven to Infosys, which has an IT services campus on the outskirts of the city, when...
General Stanley McChrystal
In 2003, Gen. Stanley McChrystal took command of the United States’ Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), an association of elite forces such as the Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, and Delta Force. His mission: to defeat al-Qaida in Iraq. JSOC had superior technology, skills, and resources. They were...
John Browne spent about 40 years at BP, 12 of them as its CEO, before leaving the company in 2007. He is now the managing director of Riverstone Holdings and chairman of Cuadrilla Resources, a gas and oil exploration company that has played a leading role in the drilling and/or hydraulic...
Brian Spaly
Brian Spaly is a serial entrepreneur who has founded two companies that sell clothing to men. With Andy Dunn in 2007, he co-founded Bonobos, a New York-based men’s apparel company that is best known for the flattering fit of its pants. Company lore says he sewed the prototype pants in...
A man casting a voting ballot
You would be hard-pressed to find a story about American politics today without the word “polarized” in it. Talk of greater partisan differences began in the 1980s, heated up after the contentious 2000 election, and continues: Consider media coverage of the deep ideological divisions surrounding...
You know how confident you are when you feel like you look good. A week of regular workouts and an application of the latest age-defying cream, and you're polished enough to take on the world. A hair mishap or a shaving blunder, on the other hand, can make you want to stay hidden behind your...
Amanda North in Bolivia
Sometimes it can take a traumatic event to spur a major change in life. That was the case for Amanda North, who, after graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1982, went into a career in corporate marketing. She was until recently a marketing executive at a technology firm in...
A couple sitting together on their porch
In the last 30 years, interracial marriage in the United States has more than doubled, from 6.7 percent in 1980 to just over 15 percent in 2010, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center report. Yet given that minorities comprise 37 percent of the U.S. population — and will exceed 50 percent by 2043...

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