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The following state-of-the-art learning experiences were developed at Columbia University by distinguished faculty members working closely with our skilled instructional technology staff. Three to five hours in length, these in-depth multimedia e-seminars are free to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

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Introduction to the Art of Venture Valuation
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Oren FuerstFor the valuation of publicly traded companies, the market price of similar companies can provide a reference point. The valuation of private companies, and particularly early-stage technology companies or projects, is more complicated. In this e-seminar, Professor Fuerst of Columbia Business School discusses the main methods of valuation and highlights some of the adjustments that are typically necessary for technology-related companies.

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Brand Leadership—A Series of Three E-Seminars
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Bernd H. SchmittIn the Brand Leadership series, Professor Bernd Schmitt explains the five key steps that companies must take to successfully manage their brands, argues that managers need to provide customers with five types of desirable "experiences," and discusses how to build a creative organization that will both foster and reinforce compelling branding campaigns.

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Brand Leadership—E-Seminar 1, Brand Identity and Strategy
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Bernd H. SchmittIn this e-seminar, Professor Bernd Schmitt of Columbia Business School explains the five key steps that companies must take to successfully manage their brands: brandCORE, brandID, brandEXECUTION, brandLEVERAGE, and brandSCORE. Using examples from Godiva, Cathay Pacific, and W Hotels, he emphasizes the importance of visual aesthetics and meaningful "themes" in creating a strong identity.

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Brand Leadership—E-Seminar 2, Experiential Branding
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Bernd H. SchmittIn this e-seminar, Professor Bernd Schmitt of Columbia Business School argues that it's not enough for marketers to promote the "features and benefits" of their brands. With so many products of similar purpose and quality on the market, managers need to provide customers with desirable "experiences."

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Brand Leadership—E-Seminar 3, Branding and the Creative Organization
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Bernd H. SchmittIn this e-seminar, Professor Bernd Schmitt of Columbia Business School discusses how to build a creative organization that will both foster and reinforce compelling branding campaigns. He introduces the concept of The Garage—a type of organization where work is fun. Using examples of cutting-edge advertising, he illustrates his perspective that in the new century, "there's no business that's not show business."

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Oil in the Arab-Persian Gulf
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Jean-Francois SeznecIn his e-seminar Oil in the Arab-Persian Gulf, Jean-Francois Seznec, Professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, examines the intricacies of the oil trade in the Arab-Persian Gulf and its global impact. In the course of looking at the interplay of oil and politics in the Gulf region as well as in Europe, Professor Seznec discusses new technologies being used to find and harvest oil, and goes on to consider the political fallout from the use of some of those technologies.

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Mathematics of Finance
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Mikhail SmirnovThis e-seminar is based on two sections of coursework offered in Columbia University's masters program in mathematics of finance. In these two sections, you will learn basic theories of probability and finance. These include explorations of derivatives, futures, contracts, and options, and the notions of volatility, arbitrage, and hedging.

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