Monthly Archives: March 2019

Bowdoin CIO Art of Investing

To the uninitiated, investing seems like a lot of number crunching. But after enough time practicing it you realize that investing is more art than science. Fortunately for Bowdoin their endowment CIO came from the art world. Ms. [Paula] Volent...

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Commercializing Research at Harvard

The effort to commercialize research has a long, haphazard history in higher ed. But schools such as Harvard, Stanford, and MIT organize their commercialization efforts through one department. At Harvard that department is called the Office of...

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Trinity Church Real Estate Holdings

Unlike other places of worship in Manhattan that have to sell their air-rights to get by, Trinity Church has been well endowed since it was first chartered more than 300 years ago. It makes sense. If a founding father [Alexander Hamilton] can get...

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Buying Your Way into College

Warren Buffett once said that it takes 20 years to build a reputation and only 5 minutes to ruin it. But what most people don’t realize is that you can spend a lot of time and effort to enhance your brand and still have it tarnished by...

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Startup Culture at Stanford

“Some companies are born in the classroom. Terry Winograd looks like an academic, with bushy white hair and a mustache to rival Einstein’s. When the former computer science professor first went to work at Stanford in 1973, his intentions...

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Texas Endowment Described

“The majority of UT System’s endowment is separated into two funds — the Permanent University Fund [PUF] and the Long Term Fund. The remaining funds are divided into the Permanent Health Fund, the General Endowment Fund and Separately...

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Harvard Vineyards Environmental Review

“Harvard’s foray into wine country is part of a broader shift in the Central Coast of California toward large investors and new crops. The Cuyama Valley was a major oil-producing region for decades before eventually shifting to a mix of...

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Yale Venture Capital Program

“Yale’s venture capital program, one of the first of its kind, is regarded as among the best in the institutional investment community; the University is frequently cited as a role model by other investors. Yale’s venture capital managers...

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