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Bias-Busting Algorithms: Can AI Help VCs Diversify their Deals?

Studies show that gender bias in the venture capital (VC) industry hurts both female founders and has negative financial consequences for VC firms. Darden Professors Morela Hernandez and Roshni Raveendhran show how algorithm-aided, data-driven approaches can help investors mitigate bias and make better and more equitable funding decisions.

The Chinese Economy: Regulation vs. Shadow Banking

Shadow banking is on the rise in China. This begs some important questions. Among them: Why? How is the shadow banking scene different in China vs. the U.S.? Do government regulations do what they intend to? Given the nature of shadow banking and the importance of the Chinese economy to the global economy, the situation bears examination. 

Enjoyment and Memory in Concert: The Ideal Set List

The psychology of the set list: How can we increase enjoyment of an experience in the moment and in our memories? And how can this be used in business? After all, memory drives good reviews, return business and lasting satisfaction. Luckily, there’s a mathematical model for it.

UVA Football: Fanning the Flames for Fans

Football is typically a major source of revenue for university athletics departments — so when game attendance shrinks, money’s left on the table. In this case in point, Professors Sean Martin and Jim Detert discuss ideas UVA explored to energize the fan base, as well as tenets of any strategic turnaround.

How Is Technology Transforming Humanity? Q&A with Darden Professor Roshni Raveendhran

Technology is reshaping the way we live, work, play and interact. Darden Professor Roshni Raveendhran, whose research sits at the intersection of psychology and technology, shares her insights about the opportunities novel technologies, such as artificial intelligence, create for humanity and the risks they pose.

Lean Hospitals? How Lessons from Manufacturing Can Improve Health Care

Despite its origins in manufacturing, lean thinking has shown the potential to transform other process-oriented industries, including healthcare. According to Darden Professor Elliott N. Weiss, when it comes to process improvement and eliminating waste, lean is as effective in the hospital as it is on the factory floor.

Health Care in the United States: 5 Big Questions on Its Pricey Present, Uncertain Future

Health care in the United State is wildly complicated and remarkably expensive. Paul Matherne (EMBA ’10), a Darden lecturer, pediatric cardiologist and acting chief medical officer of UVA Health, looks at the misaligned incentives at the heart of U.S. health care system.

Areas of Opportunity in Opportunity Zones

Opportunity zones offer investors the chance to reduce capital gains taxes by investing in areas high in poverty. But the legislation came with a small window of opportunity, and critics see a lack of visible development thus far. What’s the greatest chance of success for residents and investors? How can the challenges be overcome?