More Women is Almost Always Good: Private Equity Edition

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On April 10th, The New York Times ran an article about Robert F. Smith, the founder of Vista Equity Partners. Vista is a Private Equity firm with over $8 billion …

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Wu-Tang Clan’s Renaissance Approach

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Robert “RZA” Diggs, longtime member of the Wu Tang Clan, recently announced a dramatic departure from customary marketing practice – only one copy of the group’s upcoming album Once Upon a …

Brazil’s Struggling Economy Fueling World Cup Protests

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June 12th will mark the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Brazil. One of the most anticipated and watched sporting events in the world, hundreds of thousands …

GrubHub Takes Another Step Towards (Take-Out) World Domination with IPO

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Following one of the biggest years for Internet IPOs since the dot-com boom, 2014 is shaping up to be even better, making many more tech entrepreneurs and investors rich in …

Rawls, The Internet, and Globalization

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The philosopher whom I have grown to respect the most is Jonathan Rawls. Rawlsian thought says that we should evaluate the question of justice under a “Veil of Ignorance.” The …

Ukraine’s Problems Go Beyond Putin and Crimea

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While it might seem like the situation in Ukraine is only a few weeks old, in fact, protests in the country began last November, right after the Ukrainian government gave …

Mad Scientist Musk Behind Tesla’s New “Gigafactory”

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Elon Musk is at it again. The billionaire mastermind behind Tesla Motors made headlines once again when he introduced plans to build Tesla’s new “gigafactory.” The planned gigafactory will house …

Tony Earley (’01) “Workin’ for Walgreens But Not in the Store, at the Head Office”

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Tony Earley left Northwestern similar to how he entered it — without knowing exactly what he wanted to do. After starting out with medical school in mind, he couldn’t exactly …

How Long Will China’s One-Party Politics Co-Exist with the Free Market?

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1978 was a pivotal year in Chinese history. After spending the country’s Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in political Siberia, Deng Xiaoping returned as the Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party to …

Shale Gas and the Global Political Economy

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Shale gas officially became a global issue in 2011 and 2012, even though as early as 2008, shale gas was restructuring the whole energy system of the United States. Indeed, …