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Alberto Vitale was running Bantam Books, the world leader in paperbacks, when the Newhouse family recruited him to become the COO of Random House. In that role, and later as the CEO of one of the world's top publishing firms, Vitale oversaw huge changes in the publishing industry. In this interview with Stephen J. Kobrin, publisher and executive director of Wharton Digital Press, and Knowledge@Wharton, Vitale discusses the rise of digital publishing, the future of bookstores and the globalization of copyright, among other issues.
Within the next year, Facebook is expected to follow LinkedIn's lead and become a public company. Beyond speculation about what LinkedIn's recent successful IPO means for Facebook or other social media companies like Zynga, Groupon and Twitter, experts wonder whether going public will require a level of transparency from Facebook that could expose its weaknesses.
The use of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to organize protests roiling the Arab world has been widely acknowledged. Researchers at the Dubai School of Government have now published research showing why social media played such a crucial role in helping catalyze popular anger that toppled two regimes in the Middle East and continues to rock others.
Feeling blue or apprehensive? U.S.-based entrepreneur Vinay Gidwaney and his brother Veer, who have been forming software companies since high school, may have a solution for you -- right at your fingertips. Their latest venture, Energy Inside, which the brothers co-founded in 2009, focuses on health and well-being. In this discussion with India Knowledge@Wharton, Vinay Gidwaney spoke about the intersection of the Internet and personal well-being, and about his company's future plans.
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women
program for Mexico and Central America is the only one to teach its scholars through an online platform. Faculty members at University Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico are in the process of choosing 100 women business entrepreneurs to participate in the online training, scheduled to begin in October 2010.
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