Category Archives: Business/ Entrepreneurship

GMIX – The Intro

Over the next four weeks I will be living in Berlin  and working for Axel Springer AG as part of Stanford GSB’s GMIX (Global Management Immersion Experience) program.

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How’d you find us?

Since arriving in the US of A, I have obviously visited various  establishments such as restaurants, bars, hair salons, drycleaners and garment alters. During these  experiences, I have been stunned by the frequency at which I have been ask ‘How’d you find us?”.

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What’s in a name?

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Today we had a presentation from Alexandra Watkins of Eat my Words  about what makes a great company name? Here are some key points I jotted down:

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The great side of conflict

One of the biggest takeaways I had from my first quarter was a few ideas around conflict. We typically think conflict is a bad ingredient to have in a team situation. People end up fighting, feelings are hurt, team performance is effected, and the task grinds to a halt. However, conflict does have its place, it’s just not the interpersonal type. It is the type that challenges ideas, opinions and hypothesis.

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Design a business that learns

I came to the end of my Global Strategy class with Prof.Bill Barnett thinking,  what was my key takeaway? Whilst it was only a brief course, we discussed the global expansions (i.e.beyond export) of Facebook, CEMEX, Ebay and NetApp. Why did they win/lose in each geography they entered?

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