Monday, December 15, 2008

Final Exams This Week

So this week I commence my final exams (Tuesday and Thursday respectively), and I feel alright...still need to do more studying, but better off now, having studied over the weekend, rather than putting it off last minute like some of my classmates.

Fortunately I have a lot of vacation time that needs to be burned, so I am taking these next three days off to study and better prepare myself. The exams are for Managerial Economics & Public Policy and Leadership & Managing Human Capital.

Overall I am looking forward to taking a break from the semester, and catching up on items that have been slightly neglected, but definitely looking forward to Spring semester, which should be a lot of fun!

Before I close out...I'd like to show below an interesting question on Game Theory (a topic learned this semester and see what answers you might come up with?

1. Golden Cones and Sara's Ice Cream are both trying to decide what kind of ma-
chines to purchase. The profits earned by the two firms in each possible outcome
are listed below with Golden's profits listed first in each cell. Golden is the "row
player" and Sara's is the "column player." G denotes purchase of a gelato machine,
while Y denotes purchase of a yogurt machine.

G 150, 0 150, 300
Y 400, 150 50, 50
Figure 1: Payoff matrix (payoffs are profits in US dollars ($ 1,000))

(a) True or False: G is a dominant strategy for Golden.

(b) True or False: Y is a dominant strategy for Sara.

(c) Suppose the two players make simultaneous purchases. The Nash equilibrium
points of the game are:
i. (G, G) only
ii. (G, Y) only
iii. (Y, G) only
iv. (Y, Y) only
v. (G, Y) and (Y, G)
vi. (G, G) and (Y, Y)

(d) Now suppose that Golden moves first. Golden's equilibrium payoffs will be:

(e) Suppose Golden continues to have the first move. But before their move, they
get a phone call from the management at Sara's who announce that they plan
on purchasing Yogurt machines no matter what.
True or False: Golden should now choose to install a Gelato machine.

(f) Suppose that before Golden moves, the owner of Sara's rearranges his physical
plant in a way that makes the installation of Gelato machines more costly. In
particular, let's assume that Sara's profits from installing Gelato machines fall
by $125,000 due to this maneuver.
True or False: Golden should now choose to install a Gelato machine.


Monday, December 1, 2008

China...Post Trip Reflection

Some of you may have heard through the grapevine that I was selected to represent the Smith School of Business-University of Maryland's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Delegation to China (Whew...what a mouthful).

Below is a writeup I composed (for the center) regarding my thoughts on the experience...
as well I have included an actual press release link and you-tube video link highlighting the trip...


The Communist China as we thought we knew it... is "dead".

Standing in Tiananmen Square, the site of the 1989 Student Protests, it was amazing to see the portrait of Mao Ze Dong hanging across the street of the entrance to Forbidden City, amongst a sea of people dressed in fashionable western attire from Armani or Gucci clothing to Dolce and Gabana HandBags. You might ask yourself how is this possible? The year was 1979 and Deng Xiaoping, then leader of the People's Republic of China famously quipped " is glorious to be rich", pursued a capitalist open-market policy to help initiate China's rise as an economic power-house and leader in the global market-place.

As a part-time MBA student, I was priveleged with the opportunity to represent the Smith School of Business's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship to help assist with the annual China Business Plan Competition (at Beida University) and learn more about the cultural, trade, and intellectual partnerships between the United States and China. Our agenda was jam-packed with various business meetings and tours of companies in Beijing and Dalian. We met some of the top business leaders of China in Beijing from Bensom Tam of Fidelity Investures to Matthew Estes of BabyCare Co, as well met with Diplomat Conrad Wong, Intellectual Property Rights Attache, of the United States Government/Department of Commerce. Also we scored a very cool tour of the Lenovo Manufacturing facilities, unfortunately we were unable to receive a free laptop, but as a constellation prize we did see and hold an Olympic torch from the 2008 Summer Games.

One fascinating highlight of the trip was a visit to a "tech-focused" high-school where bright and eager teenager students from impoverished areas of China are able to receive an education in a specfic trade, helping them learn useful skills and pursue a career in job opportunities that would have otherwise been unavailable to them. Smith Alumnus and former Dell CEO, Kevin Rollins helped contribute to the students intellectual development by donating money and Dell PC's for their educational benefit.

During some of our down-time we were able to visit the Great Wall, the Bird's Nest and Water Cube Olympic venues, and utilize our bargaining skills at the Silk and Dirt Markets. The students were provided the opportunity to interact not only with each other but also with the Dingman Center Staff (Asher Epstein, Melissa Carrier, Sarah Moon), the Entrepreneurs in Residence (Paul Bowen, John Lapides, Neil Selvin, Tien Wong, and Steven Roth) and Associate Dean Bob Krapfel learning so much from their insights and experiences in both the academic and applied business worlds.

Although we had to be up bright and early each day, and generally not able to go to bed till midnight usually, the excitement and opportunity to learn more about international business and seeing first hand the transformational changes occuring to China was well worth lack of "shut-eye". I highly recommend Smith School of Business students to take advantage of this opportunity and be ready to immerse yourself in an intense week of business learning and cultural immersion for what will be an amazing experience.

Friday, September 19, 2008


So from the previous post, I noted that I was pursuing my MBA Part-time this fall.

This Semester I am taking 3 classes, 2 of which are half term and one that is full term. To adequately prepare the B-School student with the rudimentary basics of "Business", it is best to have an Introduction to Financial Accounting Course.

Now mind you the textbook's title is Introduction to Financial Accounting in an Economic Context, which begs to question where was this textbook hiding, given the current Wall Street crisis, in the fat cat's bookshelves?

Our class has begun to explore Financial accounting techniques when drafting up Statement of Cash Flows, Income Statements, Balance Sheets...etc.... What is interesting is that there is a "Direct" and "Indirect" method for drafting a Statement of Cash Flows. Take a guess which method many American accounting firms tend to use compare to the rest of the world?

You guessed it..."indirect"'s a recommendation to Hank Paulson and "W"....stop talking the talk and actually propose that all American corporate institutions to begin preparing their documents via the "Direct" method...maybe...just maybe....there might be an easier means for oversight and data collection to crack down on incompetence accounting and spending??

For all you non-business's the eqn to know...

Assets = Liabilities + Shareholder's Equity....

There has to be a balance to the system when everyone wants a piece of the pie...

My money on Lehman Bros and Merrill Lynch's downfall...someone did not follow the rule and ensure that A = L + SE with all the revenues and expenses coming and going...that and someone probably messed up the numerical calculation when using a T-Account...


Friday, August 22, 2008

8 Months Later Update and B-School

Last posting was in January discussing my plans to venture to the land down under...

All I can really say is that the trip was an amazing adventure...traveling from the Opera House of Sydney to the massive city of Melbourne to the amazing spiritual outback of Uluru and Ayers Rock to the beautiful yet fragile Great Barrier Reef of Cairns to wrapping up to the modest and simple yet peaceful city of Brisbane....

Olisa and I are in the talks of taking on Greece and Turkey next year....we'll see what ends up occurring...but what a trip....

Beyond that massive trek, little projects and travels were undertakend here and there... From the West Coast Adventure of California and Oregon to the mid-west rendezvous with Chicago and of course a pit-stop to the folks home in Albany, NY.

All of this before...the next biggest project I undertake....B-School and my agenda to obtain my MBA from the University of Maryland.

For the next 2-3 years...I will be busy but I think I am going to start pursuing this blog further from a perspective of a part-time Business School Student and the juggling and time management one undergoes working full-time and obtaining another shiny piece of paper in order to help beef up credentials and open up new doors of opportunities...

Until next time....Peace out and be good....


Sunday, January 13, 2008

"I'm Goin Goin Back Back to Cali Cali..."

Such a rad hypnotic lyrical run of words... I know you are thinking "What is this kid talking about?" "For Real he's mesmerized by Notorious BIG?"

Are you done being the snarky punk you are as you listen to your parent's LP of Grateful Dead? Not a diss to the "Dead" I dig their music, I just don't dig alot of the condenscending pricks who call themselves "Dead heads" and decidely jump on "Phish" bandwagon as they sip their latte's wearing LL Bean gear and birkenstocks feeling like the ultimate hippy-wannabe as they cruise in their Mommy and Daddy bought Jeep Cherokee...

Whew now that is out of my system...

I'm actually going to Australia for 3-peat guy trip with my Nigerian buddy Olisa. He and I took on Tateyama, Tokyo, Kyoto, JAPAN in March '06 like we were Godzilla and Mecha-Godzilla. We then took on the Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and even tiny soverign Luxembourg in March '07.

So now we are hitting up Australia this ambitious adventure that I am totally stoked about!

So why the Cali quote?

Because I fly through LAX to hit up the country down under. I'm figuring on my return to rendezvous with the girl in LA and see our friend B, and basically take in some Cali vibes. Then maybe swing up to Portland, Oregon to see my sister, bro-in law, and cute baby nephew Thorin.

Awesome-O! Alright back to B-School apps for moi...peace out...


Friday, January 11, 2008

Wow I have become what I always thought was a silly hobby...A Blogger...

Welcome... to the domain of ApuTao...

I figured this would be a nice way to connect my thoughts and reflections to the world... Albeit that I actually have a personal old fashion mole-skin journal, primarily used for penning my thoughts during my international traveling adventures. I figured I try this thing called "Blogging"...

My first introduction to the world of Blogs was either the Maddox link a friend sent me on the Hiearchy of Nerds or that Jeff Gannon White House Press story fiasco...happened around the same time...

Thus to say not the best introduction to the uniqueness of "Blogs"...

Anyhoot let us see how long I keep this personal bet is maybe 1-2 weeks...who knows...