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Justifying the Jump

by Erica Dawson I do not remember why I decided to jump out of a plane. But I had reserved a date, put down a sizeable – and nonrefundable – deposit, and, most significantly, bragged to everyone I knew that I was going to do it. There was no backing out, despite the fact that as the day neared I was growing increasingly doubtful. Maybe this was not a good idea. Perhaps, rather than being daring, it was just being dumb. To reassure myself, I took to the Internet. My Google search for “skydiving safe” returned a long list of…

Experiences at a San Diego Startup

by Andrew Ajello San Diego is at the forefront of development of new medical technologies in a time of vast change to the health care regulatory infrastructure. Demographic shifts in the U.S. population are adding more than 30 million people to a health care system already experiencing a shortage of health care providers. The Aff ordable Health Care for America Act has fundamentally altered the way health care works in America. With the purpose of making health care more aff ordable for everyone, some of the changes will significantly impact business locally. Currently some of the business problems that are most…

Urban Vibrancy

by Christopher Parsons, Faculty In his influential book “The World is Flat,” New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman credited technology with a “flattening” of the economic landscape. Innovations like the Internet were making it virtually costless to transmit information, allowing people located across the world to communicate as though they were across the room. This transformation, Friedman argues, would eventually render physical distance (if not borders) irrelevant and, in so doing, redefine the concept of location – one based less on geography and more by position in a global lattice of information. Perhaps the greatest strength of Friedman’s claim…

Is Algae Fuel a Viable Alternative to Petroleum?

The Navy flew a jet with algal oil. What can’t I buy it at the pump? by Jeff Sherin, MBA ’12 and Eric Norman, MBA ’12 Gas prices as high as $4.60 per gallon have driven U.S. drivers mad, inspiring consumers to wonder if there might be an easy-to-use, economical alternative to fuel. Could the answer lie in a simple marine plant that is abundant, cheap and carbon neutral, algae? In 2011, both a Navy F/A-18 fighter jet and a Continental Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft flew using biofuel made from algal oil mixed with standard jet fuel. The History of…

Banking on the Internet

by Mike Taylor, MBA ’13 Banking-business woes are as high as they’ve ever been. Bonuses at large Wall Street firms are plummeting as Occupy Wall Street protestors give voice to a profound public mistrust of financial institutions. Meanwhile, implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act contributes additional regulatory uncertainty. Amid all the turmoil, the Bank of Internet (BOFI) is thriving. Helmed by CEO Greg Garrabrants, BOFI is on an expansionist tear. The Internet banking firm has not reported a quarterly loss since November 2008. It currently employs more than 200 people, up from 90 in June…

It Pays to Play

The burgeoning video game industry in San Diego by Joe Dodson San Diego is known for its health care and defense industries, but perhaps its best kept secret is a thriving video game industry. From small independent studios to major publishers, San Diego has it all, as a closer look at two local video game companies proves. Meet The Behemoth: a small, independent developer that produces what it calls “hand-crafted” games. Their model of light, low cost production has perfectly overlapped the emergence of radical new gaming markets, leading to millions in sales. They’re doing big things with small games.…

Alternative TV

Innovation in the television industry creates uncertainty for content creators and distributors by Jarrod Hammes For many U.S. households, it is difficult to imagine a world without television. In fact, 115.9 million homes have at least one television, with an average of two-and-a-half per home. Broadcasters, content producers and distributors seek to satisfy Americans’ 35.6 hours per week consumption habit with an ever-growing array of channels and increasing diversity of programming. In 2009, TV industry analysts and advertising pundits noted signs of volatility as traditional advertising revenues began to detour to a variety of Internet video providers, including YouTube and…

The mHealth Revolution

Industry insiders offer their insight into the way new technologies will change how health care is delivered by Brad M. Pruitt, M.D.  Last year was considered the breakout year for wireless and mobile health, also known as “mHealth.” On Feb. 17, 2009, the Obama administration announced plans to incentivize health care providers with nearly $23 billion in grants to implement health information technology (IT) systems.1 There are now over 10,000 medica l applications for the iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm, Android and Nokia devices. According to McKinsey & Company, global mHealth market opportunities are estimated to be $50 billion in 2010. The CTIA,…

U.S. Export to India: Consumer Culture

by Richard Woodbridge Last summer the world’s largest retailer, Walmart Stores Inc., made its grand entry into the Indian market. In a joint venture with Indian telecom giant Bharti Enterprises Ltd., Walmart opened the doors to its first Indian retail supply store in the northern state of Punjab. Although Walmart has been sourcing products from India for years, this launch reflected a growing paradigm shift within one of the world’s fastest growing economies. India is becoming a global consumer. As the economic crisis tightened its grip on many Western economies, India’s $1.2 trillion gross domestic product was growing strong at…