The Skandalaris Summer Friday series continues this week with a panel discussion on B2B software and services on June 27. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by a networking reception at 4 p.m. in McMillan Hall, room G052. Please register at in order to receive a free parking pass.

This week’s panel includes the following:
·         Jeff Linihan, CFO, Click with me Now
·         Paul Parham, Director of Business Development, Lumate
·         Matt Jeter, COO, Lean Media
·         Brian Slawin, Co-founder and President, BusyEvent

All four ventures represented on the panel are hosting a Skandalaris intern this summer, and the interns moderating this week’s discussion are Jessica Sun, sophomore in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, interning at EMC2 the World Globalwise Communities plus three juniors from the Olin Business School:  Sam Zhang, interning at Backyard Lifeguards; Nancy Chen, interning at EnTeam; and Jacob Mohrmann, interning at the Missouri Eating Disorders Association .

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Next week we take a break to celebrate Independence Day, then come back on July 11 for a very appropriate follow up topic:  Immigrant Entrepreneurship.  The July 11 Summer Friday activities will be off campus, at Nebula’s coworking space in the Cherokee neighborhood.  See the full schedule of Summer Friday topics at  If you register we will send a reminder and directions.

Please save the date for our Summer IdeaBounce® scheduled for Thursday, July 17.  The deadline to post your idea to be invited to pitch at that event is Monday, July 14.

Image: Click with Me Now website


Due to popular demand, the U.S. vs. Germany World Cup game today is being broadcast live on the big screen in the Frick Forum from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Futbol is the third major sport event to be shared with the community in the Frick Forum. We’ve already been treated to the opening game of the Cardinals’ season and the Final Four basketball tournament. Play on!


BLOOMBERG View, June 24, 2014. “Don’t Shortchange Short Sellers.” Prof. Matthew Ringgenberg’s research paper “Short Selling Risk” is discussed in a column by Noah Smith. Watch the video above of Prof. Ringgenberg talking about his paper “How Are Shorts Informed? Short Sellers, News, and Information” featured in Olin Praxis 2012.




It was a sunny, breezy Saturday in Kansas City and our Executive MBAs gathered to participate in the 10th annual Dragon Boat Races on June 14. Racing as the “Strokes of Genius,” our Executive MBA team kicked of a celebration marking our program’s five years in the Kansas City market.

Drawing on lessons learned in the Team Development course with Professor Bill Bottom, the “Strokes of Genius” raced in three races on Brush Creek that flows through K.C.’s famed Country Club Plaza. It was a day shared with family and friends, and one filled with laughs as our group of novice rowers (including me!), came together to better the time each race. Best of all, we kept the boat upright!

Participating in this Chinese tradition is especially meaningful for Olin Business School. Our top-ranked EMBA program in partnership with Fudan University in Shanghai was the first joint EMBA program recognized in mainland China in 2002. For their international residency, our students travel to Shanghai to engage with the Shanghai cohort in the classroom, in shared simulations, and case studies to truly experience doing business on a global platform.

The EMBA "Strokes of Genius" prepare for the start of a race.

The EMBA “Strokes of Genius” prepare for the start of a race.

Washington University’s Executive MBA program has been in Kansas City for five years and to commemorate this milestone, the “Strokes of Genius” team t-shirts boasted the line “5 Years Strong” underneath a Chinese character number 5.

The 5th Kansas City cohort includes leaders, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, industry leaders, lawyers, and physicians. The cohort will continue their studies through January before rejoining their colleagues in St. Louis for the second half of the Executive MBA curriculum, which includes the international residency in Shanghai.

Our next Kansas City cohort will begin in April 2015 and the “Strokes of Genius” will be back on Brush Creek next June!


St. Louis Post-Dispatch business columnists are back in the Atrium this week debating new legislation aimed at regulating high-interest, short-term loans offered by “payday lenders”.

bottom line.preview-300The Missouri Legislature passed a bill to tighten regulations on payday lenders, but critics have dismissed it as phony reform. Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus weigh in on the debate over how much payday lenders should be allowed to charge. Watch The Bottom Line video recorded at Olin.

Image: Payday loan shop. Dan Iggers, Flickr, Creative Commons