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An Interview with Honorary Doctor – Reid Hoffman

An Interview with Honorary Doctor – Reid Hoffman

August 31, 2021

The guest of the 17th episode of An Interview with Honorary Doctor is an American internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author Reid Hoffman. He co-founded LinkedIn and is currently a partner at Greylock, one of the leading venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Hoffman is the co-author of three best-selling books: The Start-Up of You, The Alliance, and Blitzscaling. He is also the host of the podcast Masters of Scale.

In this interview we will get to know more closely the life and career of Reid Hoffman. As a huge science fiction fan, Hoffman started to reflect essential questions on humanity already in his childhood. He was interested in “who we are, who should we be and what role does technology play into that”. Curiosity for the humanity and human aspirations have been important driving forces in the successful career path of Hoffman.

During the interview Hoffman reveals his recipe for innovations and how he recognises where to invest. To be successful investor should recognise businesses that have possibilities to bring something fundamentally new to human life and society in global level. This was the case with Airbnb, one of the businesses in which Hoffman believed as an investor from the very beginning.

Reid Hoffman is interviewed by professor Harri Oinas-Kukkonen.

An Interview with Honorary Doctor is a podcast series, in which we will get to know the honorary doctors of the 11th Doctoral Conferment Ceremony. The conversations will cover interesting stories about the life and achievements of the guests and their connections to the University of Oulu.

Kunniatohtorit tutuksi – Tapani Mäkikyrö

Kunniatohtorit tutuksi – Tapani Mäkikyrö

August 17, 2021

Kunniatohtorit tutuksi -podcastin 16. jakson vieraana on diplomi-insinööri sekä rakennusalan aktiivinen ja palkittu toimija Tapani Mäkikyrö. Hänen asiantuntijatoimintansa on merkittävästi edesauttanut Oulun yliopiston rakennus- ja yhdyskuntatekniikan koulutusvastuun palauttamista sekä uuden DI-koulutuksen suunnittelua ja koulutuksen yhteiskuntasuhteiden kehittämistä.

Haastattelussa Mäkikyrö kertoo asiantuntija- ja selvitysmiestoiminnastaan rakennus- ja yhdyskuntatekniikan koulutusvastuun palauttamiseksi Oulun yliopistoon. Kuulemme myös, miten Pohjois-Suomen Rakennusklusteri ry:tä uudistettiin hänen johdollaan tehostamaan palautetun koulutuksen, elinkeinoelämän ja viranomaistahon uudenlaista yhteistyötä. Lisäksi Mäkikyrö avaa haastattelussa niin kutsuttua Oulun mallia, joka kehitettiin hänen toimiessaan kaupungin rakennusvalvonnan johtajana. Oulun mallin avulla rakennusvalvontatyöhön luotiin uudenlainen, asiakaslähtöinen toimintamalli, jossa rakentamisen laadunohjaus tuottaa lisäarvoa.

Kunniatohtorit tutuksi -podcastissa tutustutaan Oulun yliopiston 11. tohtoripromootiossa vihittäviin kunniatohtoreihin. Keskusteluissa kuullaan mielenkiintoisia tarinoita tulevien kunniatohtoreiden elämästä, saavutuksista ja yhteydestä Oulun yliopistoon.

An Interview with Honorary Doctor – Eli Amir

An Interview with Honorary Doctor – Eli Amir

August 4, 2021

In the 15th episode of An Interview with Honorary Doctor podcast, we get to know Eli Amir who acts as a Professor of Finance at the University of Tel Aviv. Amir is an internationally recognised researcher known for his contributions to the field of financial reporting and capital markets. His recent research has examined the precision of positive and negative information in daily stock returns, the capital market consequences of cyber-attacks, and the effect of criminal conviction on the decisions of external auditors and corporate executives.

In this interview, Eli Amir talks about his international academic career, research work, and plans for future. In addition, we hear about Amir's cooperation with accounting researchers of the University of Oulu and his experiences as a visiting professor at the Oulu Business School. Amir considers Oulu to be a relaxing place to which he always likes to return. He is especially attracted to Oulu's peaceful atmosphere, closeness to nature and nice and easy-going people.

An Interview with Honorary Doctor is a podcast series, in which we will get to know the honorary doctors of the 11th Doctoral Conferment Ceremony. The conversations will cover interesting stories about the life and achievements of the guests and their connections to the University of Oulu.

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