Olin’s most-read blog posts of 2019

It’s hard to believe another year has passed by at the headquarters of the Olin Blog, where we pride ourselves on keeping a finger on the heartbeat of the business school. During the lull in activity over the holidays, when the students have left and the pace is a bit slower, we try to look back at the stories that drew the most eyeballs.

Highlights ranged from a big exit for a student-founded company to looming nuptials for a celebrity student and her classmate. Here are the Top 10 Olin Blog stories from 2019 based on pageviews accumulated since they were published.

10. Schoology, founded at Olin, hits exit milestone

A company founded by students in Olin’s Hatchery course in 2009 reached a major milestone with the announcement that it will be acquired by a rival in the industry.

9. Family Business Center launches with Hamilton’s appointment

Nearly three years ago, Barton Hamilton was preparing to moderate a panel discussion at Olin’s first family business symposium. The family business program at Olin became a full-fledged center with his appointment as its first director.

8. Olin event: 60 leadership ideas from six top executives

Olin’s popular event—6/60/60—returned for another year in 2019. Six top leaders spanning industries including finance, pharmaceuticals, pet care, education and technology shared a lightning-round of leadership tips, 10 each in 60 minutes.

7. Jason Wilson: His values-based, data-driven decision

For a series of stories focused on tough decisions in a data-driven world, Jason Wilson, EMBA ’08, shared a tale of the failed north St. Louis coffee shop he spun off from his thriving Northwest Coffee Roasting Company.

6. Olin alum, serial startup founder fills faculty entrepreneurship post

Doug Villhard, EMBA ’14, began as Olin’s newest professor of practice in entrepreneurship and academic director for entrepreneurship for the business school after Clifford Holekamp, who originated the role, retired in July.

5. Building on Olin’s faculty strength

One of Dean Mark Taylor’s “Desk of the Dean” columns broke into the Top 10 as he shared his strategy for faculty hiring: Identifying gaps in research capabilities; expanding expertise in areas such as entrepreneurship, innovation, healthcare and business analytics; and driving diversity.

4. Olin tops new MBA entrepreneurship ranking

WashU Olin Business School placed first globally for its MBA entrepreneurship program, according to a first-ever ranking of such programs from leading business magazine, Inc., released on October 28.

3. Meet 17 new members of the Olin faculty

Meet the faculty members who joined WashU Olin Business School at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

2. WashU Olin sees upswing in numerous rankings

The work of building and improving the WashU business school had been rewarded with an uptick in most of our rankings throughout the 2018 ranking season, with rare exception.

1. They found love in a business place

Richa Gangopadhyay and Joe Langella (both MBA ’17) came to Olin by way of unique and nontraditional back-stories—and both hoped to get a business degree that would guide their career transitions. Along the way, they found each other.

What will make headlines from Olin in 2020? Don’t wait to find out: Follow us in real time on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn (and of course, submit to the Olin Blog). See you next year!

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One Response to "Olin’s most-read blog posts of 2019"

  1. avatar Shawon

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