Professor Badass? Bozoma Saint John to lead a Harvard B-School workshop on authenticity

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The Netflix CMO, who has become a notable personal brand in business after stints at Pepsi, Apple, Uber, and Endeavor, will share the secrets of her success. In addition to courses in finance, strategy, and marketing, Harvard Business School’s future captains of industry will have the chance to get introspective and “live every day with the urgency of now” in a workshop led by Netflix Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John and professors Frances Frei and Francesca Gino. Read Full Story

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Harvard researchers have calculated how many unnecessary deaths the Trump administration left behind

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Professors at Harvard Medical School and the University of California at San Francisco looked at the numbers. They’re gruesome. The Trump administration leaves a devastating health legacy far beyond COVID-19, according to a new study in The Lancet by 33 researchers, led by professors at Harvard Medical School and the University of California at San Francisco. Read Full Story

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Why do startups fail? This Harvard professor blames the ‘speed trap’

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Expanding at an unsustainable pace is one of the primary reasons why startups go out of business, writes Harvard Business School professor Tom Eisenmann. How fast is too fast? Fab.com cofounder and CEO Jason Goldberg learned the hard way. When it launched in 2011, Fab was a flash-sale site that curated distinctively designed consumer products and sold them at deeply discounted prices. It was an instant hit. Fab’s featured offers spread like wildfire through social media, so Fab didn’t have to spend any money on marketing—initially. The products were shipped directly to consumers by their designers, so Fab didn’t hold any inventory—initially. As a result, the fledgling venture had positive cash flow—temporarily. Read Full Story

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We need a COVID-19 D-Day—and the leadership to execute it

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Two Harvard Business School professors declare that the U.S. is losing the battle against the pandemic but describe how effective leadership could still win the war. On June 6, 1944, the United States and its allies launched the largest amphibious assault in world history. This was the result of an enormous logistical enterprise, involving millions of people and years of planning, organization, equipment production, recruiting and training, and mobilizing resources both for the invasion and its immediate follow-up. Much of the effort was voluntary. Massive as D-Day was, it was coordinated and organized, and unified within and across the participating allied countries. It was also the decisive factor in defeating Nazi Germany and its allies. Read Full Story

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Why the statue of Harvard’s first Black graduate could be a model for rethinking monuments

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As the country debates how to replace Confederate statues, the case of Richard T. Greener offers a way forward. Ever since the University of South Carolina put up a statue of Richard T. Greener —who in 1873 became the school’s first Black professor—one of my favorite things to do has been to eat lunch on a bench nearby to watch how people interact with it. Read Full Story

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