Thursday, August 18, 2005

MBA Graduates Take Entrepreneurial Plunge

Earlier this year, business-school student Andy Mulkerin faced a tough choice: Take the safe route after graduation with a prestigious consulting job, or pursue a riskier path at a start-up with a friend. A heap of school-related debt valued at about $160,000, including undergraduate loans, didn't make the choice any easier.

The lure of the start-up was strong. "We make all our own decisions, we get to be as creative as we can be - that's attractive," Mr. Mulkerin said. But he worried about financial security. "That was one of the hardest parts," he recalls. "We don't know what our monthly paycheck will look like. There's the excitement and freedom you get from being able to plough your own course, but on the negative side, there are real bills to pay and the path to paying them is a lot less certain."

McKinsey offered more stability, but whenever he thought about not pursuing the start-up, he felt "pangs of disappointment." Furthermore, he knows that even with his loans, now may still be the best time to take a risk. He has a girlfriend, but isn't married, has no kids and no mortgage. Failure with the start-up might be tough on his own finances, but he wouldn't be risking his kids' college education.

In February, he turned down McKinsey. This month, he is in China scouting factories for clients. The company is called Nicobar Group; Mr. Comiskey's wife is the third founder

All this kind of stories can be read at here

At B-school, real estate is the new dot-com

M.B.A. interest in real estate is clearly hotter than ever.

About 200 of the 240 second-year M.B.A.s at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business signed up for the real-estate elective during the last school year, forcing Tuck to add more sections.
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania expects 4.5% of the class of 2005 to land jobs in real estate, up from 2.7% last year.
And at the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles, the real-estate club's membership has quadrupled to 125 since 2001.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Newsmap: Visual Google News

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator.

A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator.

Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap's objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe."

An absolutely stunning and innovative panorama of the news space as seen by an intelligent news aggregator.

Change your skyline by selecting areas of the world and news categories of interest.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Pour les entrepreneurs en technologies

Voici l'introduction du site d'OSEO (Rappel: il s'agit d'un organisme issu de la fusion de l'ANVAR et de la BDPME/Sofaris sous l'égide de la Caisse des Dépôts)

Les actualités et les services en ligne qui les intéressent, autour de six principales thématiques : créer, innover, financer son développement, gérer au quotidien, s'internationaliser, reprendre/transmettre.

Et puis OSEO accompagne les créateurs: "L'histoire commence toujours par une idée avec ce sentiment que c'est LA bonne idée. Mais au-delà de cette croyance forte, le projet ne peut être économiquement viable que s'il y a rencontre de l'idée et du marché." Là ca sent le Ricky Moore :-)

Bref, le site est pas mal et puis les liens sont plus étendus que l'APCE qui reste tout de même le site de référence pour les créateurs.

Vous trouverez ici la première newsletter d'OSEO.

Friday, July 29, 2005

NASA TV covers Discovery Mission

If you like space, starship missions ...
Here is a link to watch live NASA TV ... and enjoy watching live Discovery Shuttle Mission events.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Post your message link added

I have just added a 'Post your message' link on the right menu.

Hope it will simplify message posts.

Monday, July 25, 2005

The best gadgets in the world are here

This site is about gadgets, computers, electronics and high-tech in general.
"ÜberGizmo" means "SuperGadget". It even exists in French (

I adore all the gadgets, especially the lastest Sony Handheld Console (PSP) which now emulates a lot of old consoles (Sega Genesis, Master System, PC engine, MAME (Arcade) and more !!!)
Let's have a look here : where all the emulation engines are explained.

My favorite one is ScummVM which emulates old adventure games like Beneath a Steel Sky, and it runs now on the PSP :-)

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Un nouveau style d'interface graphique. Cocorico !!!

Ce sont des Toulousains qui ont trouvé ça:

Fold N' Drop User Interface for Windows.

Quirky desktop enhancements have remained in a niche of their own kind and are rarely useful, but the amazing Fold N’ Drop interface is something else entirely. Still under experimental stages, Pierre Dragicevic’s creation features a technique that allows the user to seamlessly drag overlapping windows across, as if they were stacks of paper.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Colin Powell en général de start-up

L’ex-secrétaire d’Etat américain Colin Powell n’a pas attendu longtemps avant de se remettre au travail. Il a choisi de mettre ses compétences de général au service de start-up prometteuses, en rejoignant la société de capital-risque californienne Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Cette dernière s’est notamment illustrée en investissant dans Google, Amazon, AOL, Sun et Compaq.

MENLO PARK , Calif. , July 13, 2005 – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) – an innovator in providing venture and relationship capital SM services to entrepreneurs – announced former Secretary of State Colin Powell has become a KPCB strategic limited partner.

General Powell said, “I’ve been privileged to work with good people on important missions, and have known KPCB entrepreneurs and partners for years. Those entrepreneurs have passion for clear missions — building innovative, global businesses that better the world. I welcome the opportunity to help develop global leaders who deliver powerful innovation where we need it most.”

"We are thrilled to welcome Colin to our team,” said John Doerr of KPCB. “He is passionate about innovations in communications, security, energy independence and health care. Colin is a gifted, ‘always-on’ communicator who loves technology. Secretary Powell offers entrepreneurs global strategic insights and wisdom about leadership. Colin is truly a great American, inspiring great American entrepreneurs, indeed, inspiring us all.”

Ray Lane of KPCB said, “General Powell is one of the most influential leaders of our time. His strategic guidance in global affairs is invaluable. In our ‘flat world’ of global markets, global connections, and global competition, Colin adds tremendous value.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

La Defense avec Google Maps

Voici le quartier de la Défense, à l'ouest de Paris où on peut trouver la Grande Arche et des gratte-ciels tout autour. On aperçoit également le centre commercial avec le toit blanc en forme de triangle.

La puissance de Google Maps

Geoblogging : Google Maps couplé à FlickR.Cartes du crime à Chicago, situation de biens immobiliers, carte du trafic routier américain, carte de tags urbains à New York, carte des stations d’essence les moins chères du pays, carte des crimes sexuels du Texas… c’est à croire que chacun peut faire les Google Maps de son choix. Comme l’explique Wired, il suffit de coupler la représentation graphique offerte par le web service de Google à une autre base de donnée (pour des détails plus pratiques sur le “comment faire", regardons plutôt par ici). Si leur utilisation nécessite quelques compétences, les applications sont innombrables, comme le pointe la Time Line d’Eric Baillargeon en recensant les nouveaux services qui ne cessent de paraître depuis le lancement des Google Maps. Comme c’est le cas encore de Geophotoblogging, un service qui permet d’ajouter des coordonnées géographiques à vos photos stockées sur FlickR, en y associant des balises (tags) spécifiques.

En attendant Google Earth (combinant les résultats des Google Maps avec les images satellites et de mapping 3D développés par Keyhole que la firme de Mountain View a récemment racheté), Google s’impose encore une fois dans un domaine où on ne l’attendait pas forcément : la cartographie en ligne. Comme Amazon, en partageant les outils qu’il développe pour ses propres besoins, et en les combinant à des web services, Google, continue d’étendre sa sphère d’influence en rendant possible le meilleur de ses avancées techniques à d’autres développeurs. Non seulement cela favorise l’appropriation de ses services, mais contribue à en démultiplier l’impact “écologique". Il y a là assurément, la marque d’un modèle Google, qui ne repose pas tant sur une technique irréprochable (bien que celle développée sur les Google Maps soit plutôt impressionnante), que sur une capacité sans égale à faire interagir les internautes via ses services.

Sans compter que la compétition qui bat son plein entre les grands acteurs (notamment Yahoo! et Microsoft), entraîne également ceux-ci sur ces nouveaux terrains… Microsoft vient ainsi d’annoncer le lancement prochain de “MSN Virtual Earth” permettant de combiner plusieurs calques de cartes (via John Battelle).

A moins, comme le soufflent d’autres observateurs, que cet éparpillement ne soit le signe avant-coureur d’une fin de règne…

(Lu dans Inernet Actu)

Friday, July 15, 2005

CEO MBA Rankings - A quand un classement identique en France ?

CEO MBA Rankings

Since the MBA applicant community loves to hear about rankings, we'd like to call your attention to the latest ranking that's been released by Chief Executive Magazine. As one might expect, this ranking focuses on the opinion of leading CEOs in America. Without further ado, here are the top 10, along with some information from the article that accompanied the ranking:

1. Harvard University (MA)
2. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
3. Stanford University (CA)
4. Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)
5. University of Chicago
6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
7. University of Michigan Ann Arbor (Ross)
8. Columbia University (NY)
9. Duke University (Fuqua) (NC)
10. Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)

"Chief Executive conducted supplementary polling this month to discover how education, training, and America's top business schools fit into the CEO equation. CEOs were asked to rank America's top business schools. Among the reasons they cited for their choices were the ability to teach "hands on," to manage people creatively and not just solve problems, and to instill an "entrepreneurial mindset," not the stereotypical "Nobel Prizes and published papers" that many schools like to advertise.

Additionally, CEOs were asked whether they use business schools to educate themselves and their management. According to their responses, approximately 56% of the CEO community actively seek business schools to enhance the skills of the top management of their companies. "CEOs in this country fully appreciate the investment of education," said Edward M. Kopko, CEO of Chief Executive Group. "Over half of CEOs seek the help of business schools to stay competitive, and we should be proud that our executives value education the way they do."

For the full PDF report:

MBA Blog Directory

En faisant quelques recherches ... Je suis tombé sur cette liste des blogs tenu par un ancien de Wharton: League of MBA Bloggers - A guide to the weblogs that are written by past, present, and future MBA students.

Ou on retrouvera quelques prestigieux MBA ...

Qui a dit que le Blog était un péché mignon français :-)
En tout y'a un tas de contacts là dedans.

J'ai déjà demandé à l'administrateur du site de nous référencer.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Le premier site de recherche d’emploi sous forme de blog

Le premier site de recherche d’emploi sous forme de blog - APEC

Merci à l’APEC pour cette citation dans sa rubrique actualité: est un site de recherche d’emploi et de stages nouvelle génération, spécialisé dans les métiers de la communication, des médias et du multimédia. Utilisé dans le domaine de la recherche d’emploi, l’avantage d’un blog est de s’inscrire davantage dans l’actualité des offres et de permettre aux internautes d’apporter leur point de vue ou d’autres informations sur le site. propose également des dossiers pratiques et différentes rubriques pour aider dans la recherche d’emploi.”

Pour en savoir plus :

France Telecom et les XMen ?

France Telecom’s wireless unit, Orange SA, will soon roll out a new mobile video service that will let cellular phone subscribers view TV, movies, photos and broadband Internet content with a big screen viewing effect using Kopin-enabled [head mounted displays]. Kopin Corp., the largest U.S. manufacturer of microdisplays for mobile consumer electronics and military applications, has received an order for CyberDisplay 230K microdisplays from MicroOptical for this application. Orange will bundle a MicroOptical binocular video eyewear with Samsung’s SGH-D600 cell phone as part of its new Orange World wireless multimedia service."

Kopin is already working on intergrating its displays into console gaming (press release).

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Merci Nicolas
j'espère que nous serons nombreux

Friday, July 08, 2005

Welcome to the EM Lyon MBA 2003 Alumni Team Blog

Dear EM Lyon MBA 2003 Alumni

It has been designed for free expression and communication.
Invite (and motivate) your MBA collegues to post messages and comments, this blog is our Blog !!!

Ce BLOG a été créé pour faciliter nos échanges.
Invitez vos collègues MBA de l'EM Lyon à se joindre à ce blog pour le faire vivre.
Il nous appartient à tous.

Ps: The design still need to be improved, send me your comments !!!


Et voici notre logo