What business topics or issues are most challenging to you right now?

The everlasting crisis and its impact on EU

In Europe, we are living challenging times and seem not to see the end. Greece has "gone down", as may Italy, and other countries. As a global world, what happens in Europe impacts the rest of the world. To what extent? What are potential solutions? How can businesses and entrepreneurs survive in these times?

Also related... the 99% or indignado movements that are now global... will they make a change? Are banks reacting? How is this all shaping banks, crisis, and the idea that things can no longer go as they have before.

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Getting Funded

How does one navigate the fickle and often black box world of venture capital? Especially now as early stage consumer deals are getting funded relatively quickly by angels and corporate VCs are playing an ever bigger role, how should an entrepreneur think through the fundraising process and approach it smartly, methodically, and efficiently.

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What societal challenges could be improved by the Wharton alumni network?

Building the Wharton entrepreneurial brand

Entrepreneurship is back in vogue. Almost 10% of the WG '11 class decided to start their own company after Wharton. Although Wharton has a strong legacy and track record in entrepreneurship, it is not something that we publicize well and the resources for Wharton entrepreneurs are not in place as efficiently and they should. We need to find ways to help alumni entrepreneurs connect, promote our companies, provide resources and mentoring to alumni and student entrepreneurs, etc, in order to continue to build our brand and help our alumni that decide to venture on their own.

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Historical Perspective on the Long View

Arguably the most pressing societal challenge today is the threat to the natural environment. Humans have been on the planet for a blink of the eye, and we aren't likely to last much longer at the rate we are destroying our ecosystems and consuming our resources. Here's the question: Is there any historical precedent for a society marshalling the will to take actions that will hurt the current generation but benefit future generations? I'm not optimistic...but I'd be very interested in some historical perspective.

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Talent retention in professional services

Professional services businesses live and die by client service, but that approach can also "burn out" some of the firm's best people quickly. Firms struggle with how to make the job "sustainable" and make sure the current selection and rewards systems select for those who are best suited for the job.

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Parallel Industries

Background:

- when recruiting people, many companies try to select from within the Industry or look for similar experiences

- whenever strategic decisions need to be made, people try to drive inspiration and knowledge from every possible source

- even during the MBA studies, there is – rightfully so – a tendency to link what is being learnt to the contingent working experience.

- Engineers used fluid analogies to describe the electric “current”…

- We are looking for life on other planets…

The question then arises: are there industries or markets that present surprising similarities between each other?

Wouldn’t it be interesting to know if there is another industry that, mutatis mutandis, has faced a very similar situation?

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What do you most need to learn to be an even more effective leader?

Got Mentor? Will Succeed!

Either in a corporate structure or in entrepreneurship, mentoring can be an essential tool for which many have not had the benefit of its gifts. Career or new business advice, sourcing help, investment opportunities, counselor or just a soundboard. How does one seek, build and retain a business mentorship today? How can the Wharton alumni network foster these important relationships?

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