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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This is the UT Austin program in Tom Friedman’s column

If you read Thomas Friedman’s column in the New York Times on Sunday (Nov. 6, 2011), you might have wondered about its reference to The University of Texas at Austin.

The reference was to a program that the university’s IC2 Institute operates to encourage and train entrepreneurs to develop businesses in India. It’s called the India Innovation Growth Program. IC2 operates similar programs in several countries, including South Korea and Kuwait.

Sid Burback, director of the IC2 Institute's Global Commercialization Group.

Sid Burback, director of the IC2 Institute’s Global Commercialization Group.

In working with Indian
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Protecting ideas with patents

Top patent officials from around the world gave an Austin audience insight into current intellectual property issues. They were James Pooley, deputy director of the World Intellectual Property Organization; Jerry Kappos, director of the United States Patent Office; and Lee Soowon, director of the Korean Intellectual Property Office. They talked with Richard Miller, chief commercialization officer of The University of Texas at Austin. Photo by Marsha Miller.

Top patent officials from around the world gave an Austin audience insight into current intellectual property issues. They were James Pooley, deputy director of the World Intellectual Property Organization; Jerry Kappos, director of the United States Patent Office; and Lee Soowon, director of the Korean Intellectual Property Office. They talked with Richard Miller, chief commercialization officer of The University of Texas at Austin. Photo by Marsha Miller.

Patent protection has gone global, according to David Kappos, the director of the United
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It adds up when the gift you buy is all about you

Susan Broniarczyk, McCombs School marketing professor, researched link between what we buy and who we are

Susan Broniarczyk, McCombs School faculty member,researched link between what we buy and who we are

The McCombs School of Business posts a timely story about shopping that can have an emotional and financial impact.

What happens when the perfect gift for a friend is just not you?

Two university researchers warn shoppers to beware of gifts that cause them to feel uncomfortable about their own identity (“I’ll give you this, but I don’t like it.”). Such purchases can spur gift givers to spend
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Monday, October 25, 2010

Triple Witching

triple-witchingTriple Witching” has nothing to do with Halloween not the Nov. 2 election, for that matter.

James Nolen, distinguished senior lecturer of finance in the McCombs School of Business, explains its meaning in the equally spooky world of business and finance in this post, which can be found on the McCombs Web site.

Four times a year, an unholy occurrence casts a spell over the stock market, stirring up mayhem and mischief most foul. On the third Friday of March, June, September
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Consumers are Wary of Green Products, but Unwilling to Admit It, Say Researchers

People say they want to buy 'green' products, but don't necessarily do it, Texas business professors found.

People say they want to buy ‘green’ products, but don’t necessarily do it, Texas business professors found.

I know I’ve done this:

I’ve looked at cleaning products on the shelf at Target or Walmart and seen the ones with natural ingredients. And I’ve wondered, “Can they really get the job done? Can they get stains out as well as chemicals engineered for that very purpose?”

I usually pull the usual “industry strength” cleanser off the shelf, put it in the cart and
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Profiting from IMBYs (people who Invest in My Back Yard)

Alok Kumar, finance professor

Alok Kumar, finance professor

The recession has been felt across the country, but some places have suffered more than others.

For example, Michigan’s 14.7 percent unemployment rate was the highest in the nation in March 2010. At 7.4 percent, Minnesota’s unemployment rate was high for the Land of 10,000 Lakes but still half of Michigan’s (click here for 10-year comparison).

Identifying those most-pained places could help investors make money, according to research from Alok Kumar, an assistant professor in the Department of Finance in the
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