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leadership | Jun 19th, 2011

From Zero to $9 Billion: Arkadi Kuhlmann's ING Direct Success

Last week, ING Direct USA—the U.S. wing of the online bank that Arkadi Kuhlmann built from scratch—was sold for a staggering nine billion dollars to Capital One. With this historic sale, it’s worth reflecting on how Kuhlmann, an unconventional business leader, created a bank and brought it from zero... Continue Reading →
griftopia | Jun 15th, 2011

Scathing, Quotable, and Necessary: Matt Taibbi Takes on Wall Street

Our newest speaker, Matt Taibbi, didn't become one of America's most illuminating experts on the recent economic crisis by donning kid gloves to handle Wall Street villains and their shills. Scathing, quotable, and evocative of Hunter S. Thompson, Taibbi's articles for Rolling Stone stir and... Continue Reading →
politics | Jun 14th, 2011

Rick Mercer: A Nation Worth Ranting About

Rick Mercer's a funny man, but underneath the hilarity is an ever-present keen ability to hold a mirror to the nation. In the past few weeks, with so much change coming to Canada's political landscape, Mercer has honed a new talk—“A Nation Worth Ranting About"—to address the years ahead. Mercer... Continue Reading →
economics | Jun 13th, 2011

Justin Fox: Cleaning Up the Three Types of Financial Bubbles

Fleet footed finance journalist Justin Fox knows whatever bubbles up, must come tumbling down. Writing in the Harvard Business Review this week, where he serves as editorial director, Fox floats some solid ideas on identifying and addressing financial bubbles. He notes that a statistical technique... Continue Reading →
foreign policy | Jun 12th, 2011

Obama's former Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, George Mitchell

Most recently serving as President Barack Obama's Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, George Mitchell is ready to engage audiences with customized talks shedding light on issues affecting foreign policy, major corporations, and the political climate of the U.S. leading into the pivotal 2012... Continue Reading →
consumer design | Jun 9th, 2011

Rob Walker: When Digital Icons Become Physical Artifacts

New York Times contributing writer Rob Walker is a keen observer of the intersection where consumerism, technology, and design meet. It only makes sense, then, that he's the newest voice at Design Observer, the world’s leading design blog. In his inaugural post, the lucid commentator on material... Continue Reading →
finance | Jun 8th, 2011

Roger Martin: To Fix Finance, Business, and Capitalism, Look to Sports

Appearing at Thompson Reuters this week, Roger Martin, visionary Dean of the Rotman School of Management, headed a provocative panel on his new book, Fixing the Game. In his talk, Martin borrowed plays from the National Football League, specifically one in which the league changes rules every time a... Continue Reading →
pop culture | Jun 8th, 2011

Chuck Klosterman at Grantland: On Watching Pre-Recorded Sports

Celebrated pop culture author Chuck Klosterman's life is broken into two parts: the first deals with unraveling universal mysteries around time and reality, and the other deals with scheduling when to watch sports. The two halves intersect in his sports columns. Writing for Bill Simmons'... Continue Reading →
race relations | Jun 6th, 2011

Randall Kennedy: A Major Survey of America's First Black Presidency

Two years into the first black presidency of the United States, Harvard professor Randall Kennedy is set to release a major academic analysis on how race has affected political culture in America during Obama’s run thus far. Kennedy, a public intellectual unafraid of hot-button issues, is releasing... Continue Reading →
foreign policy | Jun 5th, 2011

Seymour Hersh: What if Iran Isn't Making a Nuclear Bomb?

In a recent New Yorker article, legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh investigates whether rumors of nuclear weapons in Iran have been greatly exaggerated. It’s another in a series of remarkable reports that Hersh has produced on some of the major foreign policy issues of the... Continue Reading →
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