News Coverage: 2008
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The Syracuse Post-Standard
Power to Change the World
Rick Moriarty
January 10, 2008

This article details a lecture given by author Rod Beckstrom at the latest installment of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES), a speaking series designed to help foster the entrepreneurial spirit in Central New York. Beckstrom, co-author of the bestseller, "The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations,” discussed how decentralized networks – the Internet being the biggest – are transforming the world, allowing large numbers of people and groups to compete in areas formerly reserved for very traditional, highly structured companies. In addition to being an author, Beckstrom started his first company, CAT-S Software Inc., when he was 24 in a garage apartment and grew it into a global enterprise with offices in eight cities around the world.

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard
Reducing Waste Aids Xerox
Rick Moriarty
May 2, 2008

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports on Xerox Chair and CEO Anne Mulcahy’s lecture at The Famous Entrepreneurs Series. During the discussion, Mulchay touched upon how a large portion of the company’s revenue can be traced back to the services it offers to customers to help them reduce paper use and digitize data to make it more useful and available. This is just one example of Xerox’s forward-thinking approach to the paper business that has allowed them to stay competitive. In addition to showing customers how to reduce their paper use, Xerox has worked with paper suppliers to promote recycling and paper production that uses more of a tree to reduce waste, Mulcahy said. When Mulcahy became chief executive officer in 2001 and chairman the following year, Xerox was a company laden with debt and on the brink of bankruptcy. During her seven-year tenure, she has transformed Xerox into a profitable and virtually debt-free company. Mulcahy’s lecture is the last in the Famous Entrepreneurs Series 2007 – 2008 season, a series of lectures designed to help foster the entrepreneurial spirit in Central New York.

 

The Central New York (CNY) Business Journal
Xerox CEO: Address Environmental Issues
Kevin Tampone
May 9, 2008

The CNY Business Journal details the final lecture in this year’s Famous Entrepreneurs Series, where Xerox Chair and CEO Anne Mulcahy served as the keynote. At the lecture, Mulcahy made the point that “Improving the environment and making money by embracing environmentally friendly business practices can go hand in hand.” Additionally, Mulcahy reflected on how Xerox has become a profitable, sustainable business, in part, because of its manufacturing operation – a venture in which the company found that they could refurbish and resell old copiers rather than discarding the machines into landfills. Mulcahy’s talk also focused on the importance of economic development in order to lift the world’s poor out of poverty. Companies should be aware, she said, that doing business in developed and developing international markets could mean varying product sets and different ways of doing business. She also stressed the importance of corporate philanthropy –investing in those areas and trying to become a part of communities.

 

The Central New York (CNY) Business Journal
Famous Entrepreneurs Series Season Begins with JetBlue CEO
Kevin Tampone
November 7, 2008

The CNY Business Journal announces that The Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES) will kick off its third season Nov. 12, 2008 with a talk by David Barger, founder, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of JetBlue Airways Corp. Barger will join the ranks of top CEOs and management thinkers who have come to Syracuse as part of the quarterly lecture series designed to encourage entrepreneurship in CNY. Barger’s talk will focus on his management theories, personal successes and failures and how to build great companies. Other speakers in this year’s FES season will include Founder, Chairman and CEO of LRN, Dov Seidman, Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership and the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-author, Ronald Heifetz and CEO of Eureka! Ranch and author Doug Hall.

 

WSYR-TV Channel 9 News
JetBlue CEO visits OCC for “Famous Entrepreneur” Series
November 12, 2008

WSYR-TV Channel 9 News reports that David Barger, the chief executive officer of JetBlue Airways Corp., spoke to business leaders and students at The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, the latest in a series of lectures designed to encourage entrepreneurship in Central New York, held at Onondaga Community College. Barger offered advice on how to run a successful business, as well as detailing how the airline industry is coping faring in today’s uncertain economy. Barger also noted that JetBlue was profitable in 2007, and although the airline posted a four-million dollar loss in 2008, the company is still performing better than some of its competitors.

 

The Central New York (CNY) Business Journal

JetBlue CEO Talks Syracuse flights, Airline Fees
Kevin Tampone
November 13, 2008

This article reports that JetBlue Airways Corp. CEO David Barger said he anticipates adding more flights from Syracuse in the future, during his talk at The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, the first in this season’s lectures aimed at sparking more entrepreneurship in the region this year. Barger also said that the rollout of new fees from airlines throughout the country is a signal of things to come. "We struggle with it," he stated of the fees. "An aviation ticket used to mean something a little different not that long ago."

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard
JetBlue CEO Speaks at OCC About Persistence and Creating Opportunities
Sarah Kestenbaum
November 13, 2008

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that Chief Executive Officer of JetBlue Airways David Barger stressed the importance of practicing persistence, particularly in light of the recent economic downtown which has adversely impacted JetBlue, among other airlines. Founded in 1998, JetBlue has traditionally been known as a low-fare airline. However, according to Barger, JetBlue prefers to be seen as a "value-based" airline. "The value space is a good space for us," he said. Barger also commented that the company would consider expanding its services in Syracuse if there were support from the community.

 

The Central New York (CNY) Business Journal
JetBlue CEO Provides Advice for Area Business Leaders
Kevin Tampone
November 21, 2008

The CNY Business Journal reports that several hundred people came out to hear JetBlue Airways Corp. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Barger speak on the “horrible” state of the airline industry and how his company is striving for success in spite of it. His topics of discussion included how the current state of the economy and rising oil prices have impacted the airline industry, as well as the negative sentiment that industry leaders experience because of an ongoing trend in increasing fees. In closing, Barger offered this advice to the audience: “A good succession plan is one of the most important things any organization can have,” referring to when he took over for JetBlue founder David Neeleman as CEO. Barger’s lecture kicks-off the third season of the Famous Entrepreneurs Series that brings top CEOs and management experts to the region to spark greater entrepreneurship.