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CEO Tanya Maslach: Her Path to Entrepreneurship

by Danielle Berman, MBA ’12 Tanya Maslach is the founder and CEO of GOTRIbal, a unique organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women through endurance sports. She was recently nominated by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the “Most Admired CEOs.” It is easy to see why GOTRIbal, which launched in 2010, has since captured the hearts of women across the globe who are looking to build relationships through healthy, active lifestyles. As Maslach put it, GOTRIbal isn’t about “racing.” It’s about journeys that positively impact women, their families and their communities. Below, Maslach discusses her success as…

From Scientist to CEO

An Interview with Dr. Magda Marquet by William Seith, MBA ’13 From lab to market. From scientist to CEO. These terms represent the dreams of the students at the Rady School of Management, and they also describe the life of Dr. Magda Marquet. After receiving her Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from INSA/University of Toulouse, Marquet embarked on a 25-year career in the biotechnology industry. Among other things, she directed development at Vical Incorporated, patented novel methods for DNA production and, most notably, founded Althea Technologies. She was the winner of the 2005 Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year…

Markowitz and Timmermann: On Finance Today

by Michael Krause, MBA ’12 For many investors, this post-financial crisis period seems even more perilous than the meltdown itself, compelling us to re-examine the very basis of the investment strategies the professional money-management industry espouses. As such, in this article, two of the Rady School’s most accomplished professors of finance hashed out some issues related to this topic. Nobel Laureate Harry Markowitz (HM) provides valuable insights on finance and related matters, and Professor Allan Timmermann (AT) offers his views on the global economy as a result of recent instability in Europe. In addition, Timmermann makes some relevant points about…

Lessons Learned from the Financial Crisis

An interview with Nobel prize-winner Harry Markowitz by Zach Jackson In the early part of the 21st century, growth in unconventional financial activities such as over-the-counter trading, structured products and quantitative strategies were meant to increase market efficiency and cater to investor demand. Inherent in many of these activities were existing academic frameworks applied empirically. Since the second half of 2007, however, we have witnessed unprecedented volatility and subsequent decline in capital markets from excessive leverage and contextual abuse of some of these frameworks. Now that the dust has begun to settle, focus is on recovery and understanding the new…

The Value Investing Philosophy

An interview with Charles H. Brandes, Chairman of Brandes Investment Partners by Bosco Lujan Imagine someone giving you a formula for investing that has not only withstood the test of time, but that has also been the foundation around which Warren Buffet, one of the world’s savviest investors built his empire. Originally developed in the early 20th century by Benjamin Graham (Buffet’s mentor) and David L. Dodd, value investing is defined as buying shares of a company at a price that is substantially lower than the company’s fundamental or underlying value. The result is the margin of safety, which represents…

Perspectives on Risk

Nobel laureate and  industry expert offer their ideas on risk management, financial derivatives and the future of the economy. by Tony Cusano In recent years, it has become clear that the collapse of century old firms, including Lehman Brothers, was caused by a disregard for risk throughout the global financial system. As the dust settles, it is apparent that the events of 2008 to 2009 will likely become a chapter in the history books rather than just a few pages. Accordingly, we found it fitting to interview Harry Markowitz and Ross Valkanov, two Rady professors who have spent the majority…

The Future of Sony

A Conversation with Stan Glasgow by Juli Iacuaniello Sony has been a strong supporter of and key business partner to the Rady School since its inception. We thought it fitting, then, to interview Stan Glasgow, president and COO of Sony Electronics, not only for his commitment to the Rady School, but also because the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit at Sony complements the values espoused by the Rady School. In our interview, Stan discussed the industry, future innovations and how Sony is changing its strategy in response to the current economic situation. Stan’s perspective reflects his 30 years of experience working…

In Response – Harry Markowitz Comments on Business & Pscyhology

QUESTIONS DEVELOPED BY DANY KITISHIAN, FT ’09 IN COLLABORATION WITH CRAIG R.M. MCKENZIE Q. Are psychological factors currently important in explaining investors’ unwillingness to hold stocks? We know that many professional investors are sitting on piles of cash and are hesitant to dive into stocks at the moment. Are professional investors, like private equity or hedge funds, as affected by psychology as small investors are? A. Clearly investors are worried about the stock market, as is reasonable considering its recent declines and volatility, as well as the daily dose of bad news. This concern is translated into selling pressures which…

From The Editor

  America is in the midst of a transition. Though at press time, it is difficult to articulate exactly what we’re transitioning into. From this June vantage point, America’s economic, political and global evolutions are difficult to forecast. The Rady Business Journal seeks to be a source of relevant and insightful business ideas regardless of where we’ve been, where we are or where we’re going. In this issue, Professor Craig R.M. McKenzie explores how the field of judgment and decision making impacts all aspects of business. His article, “Business & Psychology,” investigates how people seek, interpret and combine information, as well…

A Conversation with Ernest Rady

by Juli Iacuaniello For the first issue of the Rady Business Journal, we thought it fitting to speak with Ernest Rady, life-long entrepreneur and one of the founding contributors to UCSD Rady School of Management. Ernest Rady’s initial $30 million gift bestowed confidence in the innovative model for business education led by Dean Robert Sullivan. The donation allowed UCSD to build the School’s initial facilities, attract a stellar faculty, and attract the inaugural class of students. We asked him about the keys to his success and lessons learned during his career which includes areas as diverse as real estate, oil…