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Demetrios Vakratsas

When one degree just isn’t enough

Thu, 2016-03-24 10:40

In 2010, after graduating from McGill University in Montreal with an undergraduate degree in engineering, Shawn Errunza co-founded a biomedical device company whose software-based tools help rehabilitate victims of strokes and other injuries.

But when the company, Jintronix, Inc., hit a rough patch, Mr. Errunza kept his options open by applying to medical school at McGill. “I realized I was building a virtual reality system for stroke victims but didn’t even know what a stroke was,” he says.

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Correcting for Misspecification in Parameter Dynamics to Improve Forecast Accuracy with Adaptively Estimated Models

Fri, 2015-04-17 15:34

Authors: Ceren Kolsarici and Demetrios Vakratsas

Publication: Management Science

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Laundry & lattés: Hybrid spaces and beautiful business friendships

Mon, 2014-09-22 14:41

Chaz Desousa is a young Montreal entrepreneur who already co-owns a restaurant and a food truck. But when he had the idea for his latest venture, a vintage-style laundromat with oversized washers and dryers, vending machines dispensing funky socks, and sofas for lounging, he went looking for a roommate.

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Oprah Gives a Shout Out to David's Tea

Mon, 2013-04-15 11:45

Imagine, if you can, America’s most influential celebrity telling the world that she loves you and she loves your product.
And all of this, at the low price of next-to-nothing.
... All in all, David’s Tea “hit the jackpot,” marketing expert Demetrios Vakratsas concluded Friday.
For any company, especially one that relies on word-of-mouth advertising — rather than paid advertising in traditional media — Oprah’s endorsement “is a dream placement,” the McGill University, Desautels faculty of management professor, said.

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