Explore all of the stories from the Summer 2018 issue of Stanford Business magazine. The Future of Food These seven technologies are making farms smarter. 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. CATALYST Explore all of the stories from the Summer 2018 issue of Stanford Business magazine. Plenty: Towers of Kale Growing Outside Your City This vertical farming startup plans to reimagine farming. The Science Behind Cambridge Analytica: Does Psychological Profiling Work? The researchers who warned about abuses of Facebook data show how psychological profiling gets results. Inside the Secret World of Venture Capital The Stanford Venture Capital Initiative is quietly assembling a massive database from people who prefer to stay mum. The Power of a Free Popsicle A new book shows the value of memorable defining moments on customer and employee experiences. How to Flunk Retirement and Thrive A former marketing executive loves his unlikely third act as a prison-education reformer. 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. What’s Fueling Latino Entrepreneurship — and What’s Holding It Back Latinos are starting businesses at a higher rate than other ethnic groups, but scaling remains a challenge. Which Revolution Is More Historic: Industrial or Tech? A new big data analysis spanning 200 years of patents shows that innovation bursts in the 1800s had greater social impact. Are Influencers Overrated? A new study questions the effectiveness of targeting “hubs” at the center of social networks. Giving Credit to the Underserved Marla Blow knew her nascent credit card company would face an uphill climb. She did it anyway. Will “Opportunity Zones” Lift Neighborhoods Out of Poverty? Stanford’s Rebecca Lester teams up with two graduate students to find out. Voices Zoe Dunning MBA ’93 It takes tremendous time and energy and emotional toil to pretend you’re something you’re not. It takes tremendous time and energy and emotional toil to pretend you’re something you’re not. Zoe Dunning MBA ’93 Tawanda Mahere MBA ’19 I’d been in scrappy teams, in startup culture. I wanted to learn in a more structured way and be a more analytical thinker. I’d been in scrappy teams, in startup culture. I wanted to learn in a more structured way and be a more analytical thinker. Tawanda Mahere MBA ’19 The Secret Sauce in Workplace Training First-time workers do better when trainers focus on “unwritten skills,” such as how to talk to strangers. Scaling Up and Changing Lives in Africa How a Ghanaian entrepreneur stitched together a clothing company that employs and houses homeless women. Can Blockchain Be Used for Public Good? A new Stanford study looks beyond the hype to examine how decentralized transactions can solve social ills. What Makes a Community Resilient? A Stanford study explores how communities recover — or fail to recover — from disasters. Class Notes Discover what your classmates have been up to, both personally and professionally. Read the Print Magazineopen in new window Explore Previous Issues Related Reading What Does “Catalyst” Mean to You? Stanford GSB faculty suggest books and articles related to the theme.