A Great Presentation Wins Big

True Story: A Great Presentation Wins Big

by Tim Berry

Do great presentations launch businesses? Not always, perhaps, but sometimes, yes. And in this case, yes. Or maybe it’s just a great business. I was in Austin TX at the event last Saturday when NuMat Technologies, a startup launched at Northwestern, won the University of Texas’ Venture Labs Investment Competition.   I was also at Rice... Read More »

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Is it Possible That MBAs, Like Wine, Need Aging?

by Tim Berry

It occurs to me that I’ve had many good experiences, with hires and colleagues and business contacts, with people who had MBA degrees and years of experience. And I’ve had generally bad experiences with young MBAs fresh out of business school. You could guess the reasons. Arrogance and entitlement come to mind. Maybe it’s a... Read More »

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Is Education Missing its Target or Just Aiming at the Wrong Target?

by Tim Berry

I’d like to think that business education should be about education more than business. It should be about leadership, perspective, and vision, more than about analysis, buzzwords, jobs, and salaries. But is it? Or is that just the kind of high-sounding stuff we write when looking back, years later? I’ve seen two important pieces on... Read More »

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MBA or Start My Business?

by Tim Berry

Question: I’m 35. I feel like I hit the rock bottom in my career path and I’m totally lost. Some people I know recommended getting an MBA. Others say it is a waste of time and money, since I am too OLD by the time I get the degree, and no one would hire me.... Read More »

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Read This Before Getting an MBA Degree

by Tim Berry

Here I am, father of five grown-up children, 37 to 22 years old, all of them working in small high-tech companies, all of them college grads, two of them with graduate degrees. And, while my MBA studies were exactly what I wanted, and worked great for me, not one of my five kids has a... Read More »

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Note to MBAs: Drop the comma MBA, Please!

by Tim Berry

I just got another email from somebody whose email signature is “So-and-so, MBA.” Which reminds me of the business cards, and letters, and promotional material I see where people brandish those three letters after their name. I don’t think that “MBA” thing behind your name works out for you. Have you heard the joke about... Read More »

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One Problem with Entrepreurship Education

by Tim Berry

I’m not saying this is the only problem. And, by the way, I’m in favor of entrepreneurship education, when it’s done well. I think it helps … but that’s another post. It’s a simple story. It’s a real problem with business education concerning entrepreneurship in top institutions. It happens way too often. Not that it’s the... Read More »