When conducting entrepreneurial research, one of the most important components is finding information on competitors, or competitive intelligence, as well as financing/funding information, usually in the form of private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) financing. Many times during this process it is discovered that information is needed on private companies. This is especially the case when entrepreneurs are interested in new, emerging, or niche markets. Private company information can be very difficult to obtain.
They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine
Growing older, taking care of an aging spouse, learning to live alone -- I don‚Äôt know how Cathleen Schine wrings humor from these experiences, but she does. They May Not Mean To, But They Do is filled with hilarious and very human details, and it is a novel I savored.
In mid November, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the merger between Mellon Institute of Industrial Research and Carnegie Institute of Technology by highlighting all the pioneering, creative and passionate individuals who have made CMU what it is today.
Professor Barbara Anderson‚Äôs house has seen its share of history. Nestled on a beautiful, tree-lined street in Pittsburgh, passersby would never know that it played a role in some of the best-known films made in the city. Barbara Anderson and her husband Cletus Anderson taught at the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University for more than 40 years, and they formed a professional partnership with one of the city‚Äôs favorite filmmakers, George A. Romero.
Mention the name of George Romero and ‚Äúzombies‚ÄĚ is the next word to pop into nearly anyone‚Äôs head.¬† It‚Äôs ironic then that the filmmaker frequently lamented that he was ‚Äústuck in this niche with horror‚ÄĚ and that his two favorite films were Martin (a vampire story) and his pseudo-Arthurian drama Knightriders.¬† Released in 1981, Knightriders is the major outlier of Romero‚Äôs career.¬† It‚Äôs his longest film, it includes no horror elements, and it was one of his least successful efforts at the box-office.¬† At the same time, however, it features some o
As Assistant Archivist for the university, I have the honor of conducting and recording oral histories with members of the CMU community. Carnegie Mellon is well-known for its creative and innovative talent, from the pioneering work of Herbert Simon and Allen Newell to the dramatic talent of student performers in Scotch ‚Äėn‚Äô Soda. We launched the Carnegie Mellon University Oral History Program early last year in hope of capturing first-hand the stories and experiences of students, faculty and alumni who lived historic moments‚ÄĒthink StoryCorps with an academic edge. We record these conversations and preserve them in the University Archives for future generations, and all of the recordings are openly available for anyone to research and study.
Whether satire, camp, or homage, the art of the remix has always been prevalent in American society. When Marcel Duchamp defaced the Moana Lisa by drawing a mustache on her upper lip, he helped to inspire a host of others to create works of parody. As new technologies have created greater opportunities for artistic and creative expression, Remix Culture and Creative Commons advocates such as Lawrence Lessig argue that appropriation and remixing are vital to advancing culture.
Happy Halloween!¬† Join the CMU International Film Fest as they screen Night of the Living Dead tonight in CMU‚Äôs McConomy Auditorium at 6pm!¬† ¬†Along with the screening of the film, viewers will enjoy a specially recorded¬†introduction from George‚Äôs wife, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, and a¬†costume¬†contest.