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Christine Su | Courtesy of Pasturemap
May 8, 2018
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PastureMap: Creating a More Sustainable Steak

This app helps ranchers manage their land while improving the environment.

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Nate Mazonson | Photo by Drew Kelly
May 8, 2018
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Plenty: Towers of Kale Growing Outside Your City

This vertical farming startup plans to reimagine farming.

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Sky Kurtz and fellow founders of Pure Harvest | Photo by Siddharth Siva
May 8, 2018
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Pure Harvest: A Smarter Greenhouse Brings Fresh Produce to the Desert

Fifty miles outside of Abu Dhabi, startup Pure Harvest plans to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in an inhospitable climate.

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A worker at a factory in Kfar Saba near Tel Aviv cuts fabric printed with U.S. flags. | Reuters/Nir Elias
May 7, 2018
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Do You Discriminate Along Party Lines?

A Stanford study hints at the broad consequences of political polarization.

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Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego | Reuters/Mike Blake
May 2, 2018
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How Risk-Proof Is Your Company?

Political risk can blindside a poorly prepared manager.

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Valeant CEO Michael Pearson, former CFO Howard Schiller, and Pershing Square Capital Management CEO Bill Ackman | Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
May 4, 2018
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It’s Time to Value Stakeholders over Shareholders

Why corporations need metrics that quantify how decisions affect things beyond the bottom line.

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A woman smiles and dances as she listens to music | iStock/NKS_Imagery
May 1, 2018
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How Spotify Broadens Your Musical Tastes

New research shows that streaming music subscribers listen to a more diverse array of artists — and more music in general — on digital platforms.

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Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix. | Reuters/Mike Blake
May 2, 2018
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Another Netflix Disruption: A Transparent Board

How the company that overhauled the entertainment industry created a new model of corporate governance.
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Events and readings from experts in finance, business, law, and policy, gathered to help develop a more complete picture of the effects of corporations in the world.

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Jeffrey Pfeffer: Power (and How to Get More of It)

A professor of organizational behavior describes how you can increase your influence at work.
March 18, 2015
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How a Bit of Play Might Lead to Better Work

The CEO of Badgeville says companies that “gamify” their workplaces could see more engagement and productivity.
March 18, 2015
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Renee Bowen: How a Twist to Mandatory Spending Could Reduce Gridlock

A Stanford economist shows how warring political parties could get better results by building some flexibility into mandatory spending programs.
March 17, 2015
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Neil Malhotra: Debunking the Myth of the Liberal Supreme Court

A political economist looks at the relationship between public opinion and the high court.
March 16, 2015
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Ann Scott-Plante: “My Advice Is to Just Take the Leap”

A cofounder of Wello says entrepreneurs need the confidence to be comfortable with uncertainty.
March 16, 2015
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Leslie Silverglide: “You Have to Embrace Ambiguity and Love Suspense”

A cofounder of Wello says entrepreneurs should create an environment where people are encouraged to grow.
March 11, 2015
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How to Preserve a Startup Culture as a Company Grows

The intense atmosphere at startups can make conflicts difficult to resolve.
March 11, 2015
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Renee Bowen: How Voters Can Beat Special Interest Groups

More protests and political competition help, but surprisingly, so does elected officials’ salaries.
March 10, 2015
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What We Can Learn from Ancient Athens’ Manufacturing Industry

A former vice president at Boston Consulting Group analyzes an ancient sector and how it parallels changes in today’s economy.
March 2, 2015
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Matt Abrahams: Tips and Techniques for More Confident and Compelling Presentations

A Stanford lecturer explains key ways you can better plan, practice, and present your next talk.