Archive for October, 2010

Banana Bread


  • 6 overly ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of softened butter or margarine
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cup of white sugar
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 2/3 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2 8″ cake pans.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas.  Mix in softened butter and eggs.  Add baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and mix thoroughly.  Add flour, sugar, and walnuts and stir until all lumps are gone.

Pour the dough into the cake bans.  Bake for 50-60 minutes.  If you stick the banana bread with a toothpick and it comes out clean, it is ready.  If the toothpick comes out gooey, cook for a few more minutes and test again.

Recipe makes 2 loaves of banana bread.


  • 1 1/2 cups rice (soaked in cold water for 15 min, then drained)
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbs garlic
  • 1/4 canned tomatoes (chopped finely)
  • 2 cups beef broth (not bullion)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, cloves, salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 cup pine nuts (toasted)
  • 1/8 cup chopped almonds (toasted)

Melt butter in a pan.  Saute onions and garlic.  Add canned tomatoes and let cook for 2 minutes.

Add beef broth.  When the broth begins to boil, add rice, raisins and spices.

Cover pan and reduce heat to low.  Cook for approximately 30 minutes.

Before serving mix in toasted nuts.

Facebook currently has over 500 million active users.  70% of those users live outside of the United States. There are currently 265 million Facebook users that play social games.  (Facebook Statistics, Facebook Game Statistics)

The new question is, can Facebook’s global network of gamers be harnessed to crowdsource solutions to global issues?

Global Mind Games is launching a new Facebook game during the 2010 Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov 15-21).  The new game GiG (Global Innovation Game) will center around global challenges such as world health care, sustainable energy, access to food and clean drinking water.  Players post evidence based solutions to the challenged posed and the community votes on the validity of those solutions.

GiG allows players to test out strategies and potential business ventures, learn how to position ideas to a global market, and showcase their talent within the technology, social start-up, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) spaces.  Much like innovation challenges and casing competitions GiG could be the next opportunity to raise visibility or clout with potential employers.  Moreover, as someone who has played quite a few Facebook games, I love the idea of a new Facebook game that involves more than clicking buttons!

Fall is the stressful time of year when MBA’s continue searching for a full-time job.  The search can be even more stressful for international students that need H-1B sponsorship.  MBA’s encounter many companies that ‘officially’ do not sponsor H-1B’s.  However, one of the best kept secrets is that a portion of those companies do “unofficially” sponsor H-1B’s.  The hard part is figuring out the difference between companies that say they don’t hire vs. companies that actually don’t hire.  Here is some help telling the difference between the two.

  1. Speak with your university career center.  Many times the career center will not disclose a list of companies that officially or unofficially hire international students, but it is the easiest path to try first.
  2. Reach out the leaders of your school’s International Business Club.  These students have a vested interest in knowing where international students can get hired.  Often the leaders of these clubs keep tabs on companies / positions in which they know recent hires have been sponsored regardless of what the official policy is.
  3. Check through the alumni database.  Search for people you know that were international students and look at where they are currently working.  Feel free to reach out to them about potential openings in their current company and also ask about other companies that match your interests.  Remember they have already been through the same job search process while filtering out non-sponsoring companies.

Finally, if you are really interested in a company that officially states (or hints) that they do not sponsor H-1B’s, read this article.  The article is based on a Wall Street Journal / Harris Interactive survey of corporate MBA recruiters.  It talks about the most common reasons that US employers have for not sponsoring and tips for getting around those concerns.

Check out “Why Some U.S. Companies Don’t Want to Hire International MBAs, and Others Do”:–Companies-Don%E2%80%99t-Want-to-Hire-Int-(1).aspx

by: Diana Nicholson


Finovate 2010 Best in Show winner PayNearMe offers cash based consumers a cool new way to purchase items online.  Consumers can now purchase an item online and print a receipt.  The consumer can bring that receipt to a 7 Eleven, present the receipt and pay in cash.  Once the payment is made the online retailer is alerted immediately and the purchase is finalized.

PayNearMe currently has partnerships with Amazon, Facebook, and multiple companies that focuses on the Hispanic consumer market, among others.

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