Marshall professor writes book on start-ups

first_imgNoam Wasserman, the Jorge Paulo and Susanna Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business, debuted his new book “Life is a Startup: What Founders Can Teach Us About Making Choices and Managing Change” last month. The book intends to educate readers about the basics of launching a successful start-up company. Since Tuesday, Wasserman has been traveling the West Coast on a book tour, speaking with founders, CEOs and executives about his research and tips for building a successful company. As the founding director of USC’s Founder Central Initiative, a business program for  entrepreneurial education, Wasserman has been dedicated to researching and writing about the characteristics of failed and successful companies.“Natural inclinations and the human biases are going to cause problems for [people] as they try to go through life,” Wasserman said. “At key inflection points, it’s important to have [people] tune into all of those ahead of time, so that they can be proactive.”Wasserman said the inspiration for his book came from a student he had when he was a professor at Harvard University, where he taught a course on the founder’s dilemma, a phenomenon in which entrepreneurs must decide to relinquish control of their company in order to attract investors. “[The student] said that as he was going through the founder’s dilemma course, he was seeing all the ways in which founders grapple with the same kinds of challenges … that he and his spouse were going through … and he was taking some of those best practices and bring them into the household,” Wasserman said. Upon hearing the student’s story, Wasserman realized that many of the problems business owners face are actually based on blind passion and inexperienced decision-making. He also realized these shortcomings are actually quite analogous to real-life situations.“When we look at the issues that we face in our lives … We don’t face them in the extreme that founders do. We can go and usually put Band-Aids on them,” Wasserman said. “Founders are dealing with the same human issues but much more frequently and much more intensely and it forces them to go and get beyond the band-aids to go and find real solutions.” USC Founder Central Initiative Executive Director Michael Rivera said the book covers many important questions aspiring business owners must consider when launching start-ups.“We cover many topics, for example, how do we network?” Rivera said. “How do we make friends in the professional setting within our company, within other companies to help set us up so that we have a beneficial professional network as well, all the way down to how do you negotiate?” As a former investor himself, Rivera said that his expertise, along with Wasserman’s, was crucial to the new perspectives the book addresses.“We both benefit from having been founders, having worked with founders in the real world and then transitioning into the academic,” Rivera said. “This influences how we speak to founders, and how we speak to students who are going to be founders.” Wasserman hopes his book will teach readers to balance their personal lives and entrepreneurial work in a healthy way.last_img read more

Josh Rosen is not to blame for Cardinals fallout, and Dolphins offer redemption

first_imgThat came a year after the Cardinals took Rosen with the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and Rosen said, “nine mistakes were made ahead of me.”  SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Live pick tracker | Day 1 winners & losers | Best availableYou could argue Rosen was the bad guy then, especially after a career at UCLA where he was known more for the hot tub in his dorm room and his opinions on politics, student athletes and everything in between. The Bruins had an 18-19 record in his three seasons on campus, and UCLA coach Jim Mora lost his job. Rosen had not proven anything up to that point.  It was fair to call Rosen the bad guy then because he had not proved anything at the next level.  The Cardinals did not give him that chance. Rosen started on 13 games on a miserable team that had no chance of winning right away. He took 45 sacks and the three wins were not pretty.  Still better than Jared Goff, who was 0-7 as a rookie starter before taking off with Sean McVay. Rosen did not have the luxury to sit and learn like Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. Imagine if the Colts had ditched Peyton Manning after his rookie season, in which Indianapolis finished 3-13 and Manning finished with 26 TDs and a league-worst 28 interceptions.MORE: Cardinals set new NFL precedent in drafting Kyler MurrayThat is the precedent Arizona set with hiring Kliff Kingsbury and drafting Murray with the No. 1 pick. The second Kingsbury was hired, there was no chance that Rosen and Murray would co-exist on the same roster.  Still, Rosen was made out to be the bad guy this time.  Why? He stopped following the team on Twitter and Instagram? The Cardinal sin, right? Nobody should care about that, but they do. NFL Network’s Steve Smith launched into Rosen with a heated rant Friday afternoon and asked the question, “You’re mad that they brought some competition in here?” Smith also said Rosen brought the stigma with him from UCLA into the NFL. Goodness… Steve Smith just UNLOADED on Josh Rosen. pic.twitter.com/8mCrb9yoxx— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) April 26, 2019Smith has a point, but name a No. 1 pick that doesn’t get the starting job at some point. Dating back to Manning, that just does not happen. Rosen could compete for the starting job, but he was never going to win that with Kingsbury and Murray on board. Not a chance.  Rosen is a quarterback, not a receiver, and this was an organizational decision made without him as part of the future. Arizona ran a bunch of draft smokescreens, failed to trade Rosen before the NFL Draft and let his value sink to a second-round pick. It is almost a disservice to Rosen, who had more long-term value than New York’s Daniel Jones and is not that much different than Washington’s Dwayne Haskins, the other first-round quarterback in this year’s draft. Imagine if the Redskins ditch Haskins for Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa next season. Somebody will ditch their quarterback for Trevor Lawrence in 2021.  Josh Rosen is not the bad guy this time.  That won’t stop the effort after Arizona traded Rosen a day after selecting Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Rosen is headed to the Miami Dolphins, who traded the No. 62 pick in the second round to land a potential franchise quarterback.   That is the precedent the Cardinals have set with ditching their top-10 pick after just one season. It’s an offshoot of the college football quarterback carousel, which has become more active than ever with the transfer portal.  Rosen isn’t the first quarterback this happened to, and he won’t be the last. That comes with another chapter, too.  Miami offers perhaps the first chance for Rosen to prove it after he was told he’s not good enough. That didn’t happen at UCLA, where he had moments of brilliance, like the time he led the Bruins to a 34-point comeback in a 45-44 victory against Texas A&M. That didn’t happen at Arizona, which moved in a different direction and is entitled to that with the Kingsbury-Murray connection. Everybody wants to see if that works.  center_img Rosen will get his chance in Miami with first-year coach Brian Flores at a place that has been looking for its franchise quarterback since Dan Marino — who had a then-record 48 TDs in his second season. Perhaps it’s Rosen who can finally pick up where Marino left off and prove there were “nine mistakes” one year and one more the next.  Rosen can be the good guy this time.  He’ll find out it’s a lot easier to be one of those, too.last_img read more

Mash Chutney Dance explodes with brilliance

first_imgColourful, captivating and spectacular were just some of the words used to describe this year’s Mashramani Chutney Dance Competition.With 15 competitors, all bringing their ‘A’ games, the Leonora Track and Field Stadium was overwhelmed with brilliance.To usher in the night, the exciting sounds of Tassa drumming orbited the dark cloudy skies on Saturday, February 9, 2019.As the drums dulled, the event’s emcee, Ms Surida Nagreadi, emerged on stage to a cheering crowd. Her wit and ability to capture the audience’s attention set the stage for a fabulous night.Winner of the Individual category of the Mashramani Chutney Dance Competition, Kimberly of the Kimberly and Shelita Dance TroupeWith breathtaking costumes and amazing choreographies, it was difficult for the audience to even attempt to guess who were going to cop the coveted titles of champions.It was an impressive show and the judges had the unenviable task of selecting the best among the performers. Luckily, they were guided by rules and guidelines that helped them to name Ms Kimberly of the Kimberly and Shelita Dance Troupe as the winner of the “Individual” category.Decked beautifully in Guyana’s national colours, the young woman was able to perfectly execute a brilliant choreography. This earned her the prize money of GYD$100,000.She was followed by two other amazing performances by Adrian Lochan and Razia Rafeek who secured second and third places respectively.In the “Group” category, the competition’s defending champions, Berbice Delights, reclaimed their crown and took home the prize money of GYD$300,000.Their performance was an excellent way to bring the curtain down on an exciting activity. During the intermissions, Reigning Chutney Monarch, Bunty Singh serenaded the crowd with a dynamic performance.last_img read more