Monthly Archives: February 2013

Do you have a great new venture idea?

Diego Torero helps Prof. Mike Lawless and Dean Pyke spread the word about the USD V2 competition

Pitch your idea at the USD Venture Vetting (V2) competition and you could win up to $25,000 in prize money from angel investors.

I even had a photo-shoot with USD mascot, Diego Torero, this week to make sure all of our students know that this is a campus-wide entrepreneurship event. Great new business ideas can come from USD undergraduate or graduate students in any …Read Full Article


USD and TEDx AshokaU

Chris Crane, CEO, Edify Inc.

USD hosted a TEDx AshokaU event at the historic Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego on Friday night.  This event is patterned after the famous TED events – short presentations of new and innovative ideas.  An audience of about 1,000 students, faculty and guests filled the theatre to listen to seven speakers.  USD is an AshokaU Changemaker Campus, and this event was the culmination of three days of AshokaU Exchange activities at the university.

The first …Read Full Article


USD undergraduate business students consult with WD-40 China

USD business student consultants for WD-40 China

I keep hearing about all the great work our undergraduate business students did for international companies last month. Professor Carsten Zimmerman and student Alyssa Forester told me about the management consulting project that ten of our students did for WD-40 in Shanghai during January Intersession.

The student consulting team was tasked with making recommendations for WD-40 China to further monetize the industrial segment in different regions of mainland China. In meetings with the students, …Read Full Article


USD Toreros baseball has a new home and a new fan

Dean Pyke’s dog, Bunter, is a Toreros baseball fan

Take me out to the ballgame; take me out to the new Fowler Park!

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack; I’ll stay in the (state-of-the-art) clubhouse and not even bark!

I’m ready for Grand Opening Weekend. Maybe they’ll even interview me on the pre-game show tonight on Fox Sports San Diego.

And, the tryouts for Fowler Park mascot are when? (Click on this post for a few more fan photos.)

The game is …Read Full Article


USD alumni in Kuwait

SBA Dean Pyke with Salah Al Humaidhi at D’Lush in the Avenues Mall, Kuwait

I’m on my way to Dubai after several fascinating days in Kuwait. I am visiting our terrific alumni and finding San Diego connections in many places. In this photo, I’m with Salah Al Humaidhi, an investor in the San Diego-based luxury beverage company, D’Lush. The founder, Jeffery Adler, is a friend of mine and of USD.

Several USD alumni hosted me for dinner after I arrived Monday …Read Full Article


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