Posts Tagged ‘new york’

Bloomberg to be 2013 Commencement Speaker!

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Stanford may not be getting its campus in NYC, but we may have just gotten the next best thing: Mayor Michael Bloomberg for our 2013 Commencement Speaker.

For the second year in a row, Stanford’s senior class has pulled in a mayor from the Northeast with a national presence. In Bloomberg’s case, that presence is also global. Bloomberg has been mayor of New York City since 2001, presiding over a city that reeled from the wounds of 9/11, benefitted from a boom in financial services, and then reeled again from a financial crisis that set off the greatest recession in generations. He has been a passionate advocate for action on the defining issues of our day, including gun control, immigration reform, education reform, poverty, public health, and climate change. Furthermore, in an era of heightened partisanship, he has stood out as a cost-cutting moderate with a liberal streak.

Most of our readers likely know that Bloomberg went from a middle-class upbringing to becoming one of America’s richest men, an unabashed hero of capitalism at a time of increasing inequality and decreasing social mobility. However, he is also a noteworthy philanthropist, having pledged to give away his entire fortune to charity. He graduated with a B.A. in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins in 1964 and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1966. Over his wide-ranging career, he founded the technology and media company Bloomberg LP, which today has over 310,000 subscribers and 15,000 employees.

Bloomberg’s term in office ends this year. Thus, as this class of seniors leaps into the great abyss of the future, it will get a send-off from a self-made man who is also about to embark on his next great journey. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say, and to end my time at Stanford with a little of my native Northeast!

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

We at TUSB get a lot of strange requests, some good, some bad. Well, it looks like I have something good, as in less than 2 hours, I’m going to out and off to New York City to cover a press conference for Microsoft’s newest fancy, Windows Phone, and the following tech demo. Microsoft generously offered to cover travel costs for student bloggers to attend the event, and they must have recognized the great dedication, sincerity, and conscientiousness that is writing for The Unofficial Stanford Blog in giving me the opportunity to go.

My mind is still blown right now from our football team’s last-second win over USC, and I wasn’t planning on sleeping tonight at this point, so I’m currently less than coherent. Even so, expect to see some coverage over the next 2 days as TUSB hits the road to offer up something very different than I have ever seen. I will need a little help on 2 things, though.

First, if anyone knows anything I should do while in Manhattan, I should have some time to enjoy it. I’m mainly looking forward to the food, but we’ll see what happens.

Second, a few of us are also supposed to be interviewing Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. It suffices to say that I am not a journalist and have no idea how to interview someone. If there’s anything in particular you want to know, leave a comment, and I’ll add that to my notes.

I might also be tweeting about things to get out quicker updates on what happens, so follow me there if you wish. If not (recommended), keep your eyes open for something exciting!