“Did you just wake up one morning and ask yourself: What is possibly the hardest thing you can do?” Andreas Kraemer, '96 Tbird and TIAA member, says he gets that question a lot.
Guadalajara, Mexico, has long been considered the “Silicon Valley of Mexico”. Companies such as Oracle, IBM, Intel, Jabil, Bosch and Flextronics have established a presence here, some for over 15 years. Young companies such as Wizeline have large operations with over 200 software developers. That’s today. But of course, it’s easy to look at the present and forget that the road here had to be forged through unknown territory by brave explorers. Read the full story.
The specifics may vary, but I have no reason to doubt the general backstory of the stunner I'm holding: a weaver from deep within the Middle Atlas Mountains poured her hopes and dreams into this Moroccan rug design. Ismail Tazi, '11, now founder and CEO of Oum Rugs, comes from a family with generations of roots in Fes, the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities. His passion for his country and his work is utterly genuine. His Thunderbird certificate and collaboration with Bob Girvin, '13 and TIAA Premier member, and Abby DeLaney, '12 further validate his credentials. The elephant in the room, of course is that I personally have no way of proving the rug’s authenticity. My knowledge of Moroccan rugmaking will never equal Tazi’s. Whether perusing a souk in Marrakesh or visiting a rug store in an upscale western mall, how can I know a given carpet is the real thing? And why should I care? Read the full story.
The woman in the grocery line? She’s a freelance copywriter, substitute teacher and life coach. Your neighbor? He’s an independent management consultant who books gigs for his band. The comedian you’re watching on-stage has a CPA and a 5-star rating on Upwork. Your waiter works handyman gigs. And your Uber driver? She takes call-outs on weekends to pay off her MBA faster. John Bevell, ’12, has seen this workforce wave from afar and plans to ride it. How much of a role will the gig economy play in the future of work? Are you ready for this sea change? Read the full story.