Top-Tier Finanical Analysts & GGU Community Discuss Amazon Stock at Special Event


Golden Gate University’s Investment Research Club hosted a special group discussion at its downtown San Francisco campus: Amazon: blockbuster or bubble?  Organized by GGU’s Investment Research Club, the event was attended by graduate students in the GGU’s master’s degree in Finance program, as well as professional asset managers from around the finance industry.  GGU students were able to participate in a group analysis of a stock and the professional back-and-forth that characterizes the varying orientations and opinions of top analysts.

David Kaczorowski
David Kaczorowski

The event kicked off with a presentation by GGU’s Prof. David Kaczorowski, who spent five years in the investment banking industry as an equity research associate, covering technology companies such as Cisco. Kaczorowski gave a comprehensive review of Amazon’s business strategy, which includes its core third-party platform business, Cloud Services, Amazon Marketplace, and Amazon Prime. The company’s  “land-and-expand” strategy with its third-party selling platform has been effective, despite its low profitability. However, Amazon is building on its platform with high margin services like Amazon Marketplace and Amazon Prime.

Kaczorowski continued, saying that the company will find new ways to be profitable and its stock will push higher. Although many believe Amazon’s stock price is peaking, he concluded that it had room to grow despite barriers internationally—such as the dominance of Alibaba in China and a possible protective stance of European countries.

Howard Aschwald
Howard Aschwald

The next presenter was Howard Aschwald, Chief Investment Officer at Quantum Capital Management. A GGU graduate (MBA, Finance & Financial Planning, ’85), he offered the opinion that Amazon stock is overvalued, although the company is strong and its stock had a more stable price during the crash than its competitors.  GGU’s Hank Pruden, onetime instructor of Aschwald at GGU, commented on the technical analysis issues of Amazon stock. In response to various perspective offered by attendees, Aschwald replied in an industry maxim: “You can torture the numbers until you get them to say what you want.”



The Investment Research Club’s meetings are open to students and the public. 
For more information contact Gannon Kim (MA Finance, ’17).

About the Investment Research Club

The GGU Investment Research Club is intended to allow students to participate in an enjoyable intellectual exercise while learning the time-honored and effective methods of the business. We are a group of students who have a passion for finance and investing. We meet regularly to collectively research, analyze, and value companies from an investor’s perspective. Through research, networking, and guest speakers, we will gain practical skills, industry knowledge, and connections to help each other increase our aptitude with investments. The Golden Gate University Investment Research Club consolidates University and member resources to develop an educational platform which strengthens our understanding of investment research and provide practical experience in company analysis.

What Makes for Quality Online Education?

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by Doug Geier, GGU’s Director of eLearning and Instructional Design

Online education is enormously popular, with the number of online students in the US growing to over 6 million in 2015. This is true at Golden Gate University, where many students get their degrees or certificates 100% or partially online. Online classes provide a way for many students to fit education into their daily lives, an opportunity that they may not have otherwise.

If you become a GGU student, you will soon realize that you are at a school that takes online education seriously – 94% of students who took 80% or more of their courses online favorably rated the overall quality of their education at GGU (2016-17 GGU Graduating Student Survey).

More than an Internet Connection

At GGU, we think online learning is more than a medium or a convenient way to learn. Quality online learning is built with many elements – not just an instructor and an Internet connection. Here are the features of GGU’s quality eLearning experience:

  • Faculty experience in an online environment
  • Opportunities for interaction among students and instructors
  • Stimulating and engaging eLearning
  • Integrated online learning platform for interaction, multimedia, and assignment submission
  • Dedicated eLearning department to ensure proper student and faculty proficiency
  • 24/7 support team for technical issues students may have
  • Curriculum that connects learning to the real world

Creating the GGU Online Experience: The eLearning Department

I have a passion for online learning because it provides an opportunity for all students to participate in course activities, contribute to the discussion, and engage with one another. (No one has a “back-row” seat in online learning.) It’s also a great supplement to classroom learning and provides a great deal of flexibility for the adult learner.

One of the building blocks of the GGU online experience is the eLearning Department, which I lead. The eLearning instructional designers have experience and training in both technology and education—and how the two come together for effective teaching and learning. Through GGU’s Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, the instructional design team supports faculty in the effective use of technology for education.


Golden Gate University has been recognized for excellence in online education for its MBA, Counseling Psychology, and graduate-level Accounting programs.
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Even though we have been offering online education for over 20 years, we are always seeking to improve the student experience. We stay on top of the latest trends and effective practices by monitoring educational blogs, publications, and sites related to technology, online learning, and higher education. Educause Learning Initiative, EdSurge HigherEd, the Online Learning Consortium, and WCET are all wonderful sources of information and inspiration. We also exchange ideas with others in the online education community through attendance at conferences and meetups. Most importantly, we listen to feedback from students and faculty and strive to continually improve the quality of online education at GGU.

My Experience as an Online Student

I hear positive feedback from our online students, but I also share this perspective as a fellow online student at GGU. I’ll be completing my MBA degree this year, most of which I have taken online. If the courses had not been challenging and provided the opportunity to interact with fellow students and the instructor, I wouldn’t have remained engaged and interested. As a working professional, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this if not for effective online courses.


About Doug Geier

Doug Geier is the Director of eLearning and Instructional Design at Golden Gate University where he oversees LMS support, instructional design, help desk and proctored testing services. He was a 2012 participant in the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning and continues to be an active member of the OLC community–serving as a volunteer, presenter, and conference track chair. Doug is also a member of the Substantive Change Committee with the WASC Senior College and University Commission and a part-time MBA student at GGU. In previous roles, Doug has held positions in educational software publishing and online learning as a producer, content developer, and instructional designer.


Golden Gate University Students Present Mobile Marketing Plan to the Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have won the 2017 NBA Championship! We’d like to take this opportunity to provide an example of the strong relationship between the Golden State Warriors and Golden Gate University – Proud University Partner of the Golden State Warriors.

In Spring Term of 2016, a team of GGU students taking a graduate-level Mobile Marketing class presented ideas to Warriors Leadership for improving the team’s mobile app (Android / iOS). The project included direct interaction with Warriors management who provided the students with an inside look at mobile marketing and the changes in the mobile technology landscape brought on by data and business analytics.

GGU instructor Goldie Aranha Viegas challenged students to develop ideas for an app based on the game-day journey of a fan – from download, to tip-off, to post-game. Like many instructors, Viegas works in the field as Senior Mobile Manager at VF Corporation: an apparel company that offers iconic brands such as Vans and Timberland. The project was a present-day scenario in which students had to provide ideas that were achievable and realistic.

“The people from the Golden State Warriors and GGU made this a journey to remember. This project got me closer to Dub Nation than I was before, and proved to be a great learning experience.”

—Farhad Kazi (MS Marketing, 2016)

Then student and now alumnus Farhad Kazi (MS Marketing, 2016) comments: “As in many GGU classes, our instructor was a working professional, which added important value by directing our project, providing mentorship, and creating an experience of real-world learning,”

The six-member team included students from China, India, Colombia, and the United States. The group had prior work experience in marketing which allowed them to create a solid marking plan in all aspects.

The group studied successful mobile campaigns launched by other companies and conducted a survey of Golden State Warriors fans. Social media features were an important consideration because Golden State Warrior fans are highly active and engaged on social platforms. The recommendation included social sharing, paid, unpaid and earned digital marketing tactics, app analytics, and fan behavior.

“Mobile Marketing had the elements of a real-world professional experience, as we had to follow a tight deadline and create a comprehensive plan,” says Kazi. “We not only had to convey information, but also give a live presentation intended to persuade a Golden State Warriors marketing executive to implement it.”

After graduation, Farhad Kazi found work as a Communication Analyst at Cisco. “The people from the Golden State Warriors and GGU made this a journey to remember. This project got me closer to Dub Nation than I was before, and proved to be a great learning experience.”

Farhad Kazi: My Experience in the Mobile Marketing Class

  • Team environment
  • Real-life challenge that is relevant to future work assignments
  • Diverse environment that helps generate ideas
  • Professional instructor providing an up-to date scenario
  • Assignments relevant to future work assignments
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Taking in to account the most recent developments in mobile marketing

Learn more about GGU’s Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications and Master of Science in Marketing programs.

What Matters Most In Public Administration: Ethics Or Loyalty?

By Joaquin Gonzales, Mayor George Christopher Professor of Public Administration at the Ageno School of Business of Golden Gate University

Loyalty in business is to the owner(s) of the company. Loyalty in government is to the U.S. Constitution and the American people. President Trump wanted the former when he invited the then FBI Director James Comey to the White House for a one-on-one dinner. Comey gave him the latter.

At Golden Gate University, we think that the most important duty of a public official is to be an ethical public servant. Unlike other universities that make ethics the last course in a Public Administration degree program, we put it first.

Almost all cities, states, and federal agencies make employees take an ethics training course prior to assuming office – just as it is mandatory for non-government employees to take sexual harassment training. At the training, public servants learn that loyalty in business is different from loyalty in government. For instance, at a restaurant or hotel, tipping is accepted for good service. At City Hall, you are not allowed to receive a tip for good service. In government, as a public servant you and your family are not supposed to bid for business contracts in the agency where you work. Whistleblowers are encouraged and protected by the law. If members of the public witness abuse of power or authority, it is their civic duty to report it.

From Trumps’ behavior, according to Comey’s testimony, President Trump and his team should have been given a public ethics training course!

Unlike other universities that make ethics the last course in a Public Administration degree program, we put it first.

When I was serving as commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco, I — along with my fellow public servants  had to sit down and participate in an ethics training class held by the City Attorney’s office. Corruption and ethical accountability is a key topic of discussion in GGU’s Executive Master of Public Administration classes, because the temptation to abuse power and steal from the public purse are great. Therefore, everyone from citizens to public employees should know the rules and be vigilant.

We had to attend ethics training every year as a public official or face consequences from the City’s Ethics Commission. As in my case, Trump is answerable to a number of government bodies, including the Congress and the Judiciary as co-equal bodies that checks and balances presidential power. That’s good because it shows the respect of the Constitution is alive and well somewhere.

For more about this issue, please see my recent interview: “BA’s Political Commentator on James Comey Testimony,” The Filipino Channel (TFC), ABS-CBN News, and KTSF Channel 26.


About Joaquin Jay Gonzalez

About Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, PhD, is Mayor George Christopher Professor of Public Administration at the Ageno School of Business of Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California. He has taught at the University of San Francisco, the National University of Singapore, and De La Salle University (Manila). He was Commissioner for Immigrant Rights for the City and County of San Francisco for close to a decade and has worked for the World Bank (Washington, DC) and the Institute On Governance (Canada). Jay is the author of more than a dozen books including Corruption and American Cities: Essays and Case Studies in Ethical Accountability.

GGU Professor Presents Social Media and Luxury Brands Research at the Mystique of Luxury Brands Conference

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Golden Gate University Assistant Professor Nabanita Talukdar recently traveled to Seoul, South Korea to present a luxury branding research paper at The Mystique of Luxury Brands Conference.  Dr. Talukdar’s paper, “Tweets, Retweets, and Luxury Connoisseurs: An Empirical Study of the Relationship between Tweet Volume and Stock Prices for Luxury Brands in the US,” is based on her Golden Gate University doctoral dissertation.  Dr. Talukdar’s focus area of research is primarily in the area of luxury brands’ online space, and her work integrates social media analytics, digital marketing, and marketing science.

The Mystic of Luxury Brands conference was organized by Australia’s Luxury Branding Research Cluster at Curtin University and the Korean Scholars of Marketing Science.  This two‑day conference forges links between industry and academia within the luxury brands industry and promotes academic and practitioner collaboration in the area of luxury branding. The conference attracted 120 industry and academic presenters from around the world and covered a wide range of luxury brand topics:  beauty and wellness, gastronomy, lifestyle and culture, social media, strategies against counterfeiting, marketing, and consumer behavior.

Dr. Talukdar’s paper was selected through a competitive, peer-review process and showcased her application of quantitative analysis of social media and firm financial performance metrics to U.S. luxury brands.

About Nabanita Talukdar

Nabanita Talukdar holds a DBA in Marketing (’16) and an MS in Finance (’09) from Golden Gate University. She also holds an MBA in Marketing and a BS in Geology, Physics & Math from universities in India. Her research interests include luxury brands and digital marketing, social media analytics and luxury marketing, and the use of marketing science in luxury marketing. She has presented her research in both domestic and international conferences.  Outside of academia, she has worked in industry — conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses for L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, First Republic Bank, and Actelion Pharmaceuticals. She enjoys swimming, traveling, and watching movies, and is involved with social causes dedicated to providing educational opportunities to underprivileged populations.

Going Back to School in your Mid-20s, 30s, or 40s–It’s Golden Gate University’s Specialty

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By Jelena Ristic Kelleher, JD
Interim Associate Dean and Director, Undergraduate Programs, Golden Gate University

The life of an 18-year-old and that of a working adult are very different. “Adult Learners” – usually defined as above 24 years old by national higher education statistics – have more real-world responsibilities. Choosing where to get an undergraduate degree takes place in a different life context. While young people might look forward to lounging on the grass at an ivy-draped campus, adults might not even notice the landscape while on their way to class, work, or home. Older students often must overcome many obstacles younger people do not — some tangible, some a matter of attitude or assumptions. Here are the main examples of how Golden Gate University undergraduate programs are the best fit in the United States for adults who want to complete a bachelor’s degree (BA, BS) or Associate of Arts (AA) degree.

I don’t have enough time to go back to school. 

For over 100 years, GGU has served the adult, professional student looking to change or move up in their career who was not able to put their life on hold to attend school full time. Pursuing an undergraduate degree when you are in your mid-20s or older does require a time commitment. We want students to have the shortest route possible to graduation. We actively help students to manage their time and schedule their classes. All students have a dedicated professional advisor who partners with them to create an individualized Path to Completion that fits their real-world commitments and keeps momentum toward graduation. The flexible schedule offering evening and weekend classes and different modes of course delivery — including online courses — makes it possible for students to incorporate education into their busy lives.


Golden Gate University was named the top university for adult learners
in the U.S. by Washington Monthly.


I once started a degree, but I won’t be able to use any of my past classes.

We want GGU’s Undergraduate Programs to be the last stop on a degree journey for our transfer students. Wherever possible, GGU eliminates the rehashing of prior education by accepting a generous amount of transfer credit for our AA, BA, BS, and Graduate programs.

I can’t afford to earn a degree that won’t add value to my life and career.

GGU makes the classroom experience relevant by integrating theory with real-world application. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with real, tangible skills that they can immediately use. About 80% of our instructors are current practitioners in their field who share their expertise and often become mentors and networking sources.

Adult education is different, and so is Golden Gate University. Throughout our history, we have designed programs, created policy, and streamlined process with the adult student in mind.

I will be the oldest person in class.
The average age of a GGU student is 35. We run our classes in a way that maximizes learning by integrating practical knowledge gained through prior life and work experience with academic theory. Combining prior learning, current learning at work and in life, and integrating those experiences as one can make school just one of the many activities that contribute to a student’s educational pursuit.

I don’t know how to choose a major or exactly what I’d want to do with my degree.

For adults, a college or university should be treated as something more than merely “a place you go to learn.” We make education ‘part of’ the plan, not “the” plan. Sometimes the initial concept of a new career or job does not turn out to be the best one. We help students identify their goal or series of goals early in the process. In UGP 10, the Gateway course, we take students through a curriculum specifically designed to identify the individual’s “sweet spot”: the intersection of their professional, personal, and educational goals. Ensuring alignment means the program is the right fit and students have a clear understanding of how their degree will help them get to what’s next. It is not just a matter of choosing an undergraduate business degree that focuses on management, accounting, finance, human resources, data analytics, psychology, information technology, or marketing; it is establishing the foundation for the next career step and coordinating the series of steps on the path to a dream job.

I am too old for financial aid.

There is no age limit for financial aid. There are various types of financial aid as well as scholarship opportunities available to GGU students. For federal aid, the adult student needs to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Additionally, GGU is proud to be an official Military Friendly institution and is in the top 15% nationwide of colleges and universities who have committed to a large dollar grant to the Yellow Ribbon Program for our country’s Veterans to start or complete their educational goals.

Defining Adult Learner vs. a Non-Traditional Student

The “adult learner” is gradually becoming known as the non-traditional learner because this term considers other factors besides age. Statistics on the non-traditional learner reveal that this group is growing at a higher rate than their counterparts.

Adult education is different.

Adult education is different, and so is Golden Gate University. Throughout our history, we have designed programs, created policy, and streamlined process with the adult student in mind.  We have a very strong identity in this area, and our organizational culture carries tremendous pride around helping adults meet their career and life goals.

The Best Choice for Adult Learners
Professional advisor to help schedule and navigate coursework
Average student age is 34
Skills-based education
“Path to Completion” advising
Special class to create a nexus of interests and goals
Help with administrative university tasks
Online education
80% of faculty members are working professionals
Networking events
Camaraderie and mutual learning among students

About Jelena Kelleher, JD

Jelena Ristic Kelleher began her career at Golden Gate University as a student assistant in the information kiosk while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree. Since that time, she has held numerous roles and is currently the Interim Associate Dean and Director of the Undergraduate Experience. Jelena has taught the Gateway to Success course since 2008 and also teaches the Prior Learning Assessment course and the Capstone courses for the AA degree and BA in Management. Throughout her various roles at GGU, her leadership and project management skills were instrumental in the development of curriculum and online tools for students. While working full time, Jelena also completed a Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University in the part-time evening program.

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Video: Advice from GGU Alumni on Careers in Tax

GGU’s Master of Science in Taxation program is ranked as the top tax program in the U.S. according to a 2017 report by TaxTalent.com. Our alumni go on to great careers at:

• “Big Four” accounting firms – Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG;
• Other public accounting firms (global, regional, and local) – BDO, Andersen Tax, Moss Adams, Marcum, and Eisner Amper;
• Private industry – Oracle and almost every publically traded technology company; and
• Government – IRS, Franchise Tax Board, and Board of Equalization.

This video features four GGU tax alumni who work at PwC, EY, Cisco Systems and Apercen Partners. They discuss how they chose their career path, give advice to prospective tax students, explain the many job skills that are required, and debunk stereotypes. They also explain how academics must be combined with real-world knowledge for professionals to succeed.

What Graduates Say

“I am a very proud of getting my degree at Golden Gate University…I used my school materials on the job to answer questions I had before meetings.”
Suzy Maalouf, Project Manager at Cisco Systems

“I had the flexibility to do online courses because I travel for work…Now I get to work with great tech companies in San Francisco like Uber, Zendesk, and Reddit”
Christopher Abad, Senior Tax Manager at Ernst & Young“I finished in 9 months and I met the firms and could network with companies and firms at GGU Lunch and Learn Sessions. When I had interviews, they recognized me and I recognized them.”
Daniel Sanchez, Tax Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers

“At GGU I learned how to do public speaking that is useful for talking to clients. Being able to come up with an idea and present to the client was huge.”
Wylan Lau, Tax Senior, Ernst & Young

“I was already working in the field for a number of years and was looking to ‘up my game.”
Charlotte Hoppe, Tax Manager, Apercen Partners


More about the Master of Science in Taxation program >>

Let’s Be Careful with All the Violence Threats by Public Officials


By Terry Connelly, Dean Emeritus of the Ageno School of Business

I once professed fright at the loose talk about assassination of President Obama among various far right zealots. This reached probably a “peak” (or low) when radio firebrand Michael Savage and major Trump supporter referred to the President as “a rabid dog that should be dealt with accordingly” – a direct quote which I personally heard. Somehow this felonious jerk was awarded a place in the National Radio Hall of Fame about the same time he said that.

It all reminded me of what many of us lived through during the JFK Administration: threats against President Kennedy emanating from the “alt-right:’ of those days, especially folks associated with the John Birch Society and General Edwin Walker. Citizens then got used to the talk, flyers and Kennedy hate signs at rallies, but it all culminated in the actual Presidential assassination of November 22, 1963 in the Birch/Walker hotbed of Texas, followed by a whole lot of short-lived hand-wringing about all the violent talk we had tolerated –- and two more major political assassinations of the President’s brother and Dr. Martin Luther King just a few years later.

Now the shoe seems to be on the other foot, as conservative political figures – egged-on by the same far-right advocates and radio hosts that called on folks to use their ‘second Amendment rights” against the Obama administration – are aiming their own assassination threats against members of the news media, and in one recent case actually taking violent action against an “irritating” reporter. Do we really want to go down this dangerous road again?

There were as we recall numerous threats and actions of violence against news media at Trump campaign rallies and even at media events: a well-known Univision anchor and reporter, Jorge Ramos, was physically removed from a press conference. An accredited reporter from a right-wing journal, Michelle Fields, was jostled a Trump campaign manager (and then disowned by her employer when she complained). News media were kept in a pen and routinely taunted and threatened by Trump supporters at rallies, with occasional encouragement from the candidate himself. The campaign passed these eye-witnessed events as fake news or just a kind of harmless fun, effectively trying to create a false equivalence with the sarcastic portrayals on Saturday Night Live of Trump, Clinton and lately Sean Spicer, the Press Secretary).

Much more recently, as leaks published in the media of aspects of the FBI’s investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election and possible Trump collusion in those efforts have enraged President Trump as well as his staff and supporters, a renewed pattern of purportedly “joking” threats of harm to members of the news media have emerged at the highest levels. The new Homeland Security Chief John Kelly was heard suggesting to the President that a ceremonial sword given to Trump at a Coast Guard graduation celebration be used on the press, with Trump audibly concurring. Then the Governor of Texas, a major Trump supporter, at a ceremony relating to that’s Sate’s decision to reduce the cost of gun carry permits from $70 to $40 brandished his own bullet-riddled gun target sheet and saying he would carry it around in case he meets up with reporters.. Recently, GOP candidate Greg Gianforte (pictured above) taking offense at an aggressive media question about health insurance policy at a campaign event and body-slamming the reporter to the ground, breaking his glasses and sending him to the hospital the day before election day.

The fact that he won anyway is neither surprising – given extensive early voting, or unexpected given the state strong GOP leanings. But the disturbing fact is that that some supporters in Montana and elsewhere praised Gianforte’s actions, suggesting he need not apologize, and that the newsperson seemed to have had it coming per Rush Limbaugh, who “condemned’ the attack tongue in cheek. So much for the First Amendment protection that makes you a living, Rush!

Likewise, even the respected conservative columnist David Brooks, chose to “give him a pass” for just apologizing (as Brooks shamefully did on PBS NewsHour on Friday, May 26). Is Brooks suggesting that there should be a double criminal law standard for assaulting reporters by white, rich Republicans – they get off with an apology, while a black man in America body-slams anybody in full view most likely will go to jail (at the very least). While this fact might suggest only that latent racism is surely a reality, David Brooks ought to know better. When he starts condoning violence against the media, we really are heading back down the slippery slope of that lead to the 60’s assassination of political figures. Recall all these actions occurred after our new President called the news media an “enemy of the people” .

And yes, it is appropriate to use the term “assassination” in respect to the threats against the news media, because assassinations are by definition politically motivated killings, and surely that shoe fits snugly in these recent cases – jokes or not jokes. It all started with jokes in the 60’s.


About Terry Connelly

Terry Connelly is an economic expert and Dean Emeritus of the Ageno School of Business at Golden Gate University. With more than 30 years experience in investment banking, law and corporate strategy on Wall Street and abroad, Terry analyses the impact of government politics and policies on local, national and international economies, examining the interaction of global financial markets, the U.S. banking industry (and all of its regulatory agencies), the Federal Reserve, domestic employment levels and consumer reactions to the changing economic tides. Terry holds a law degree from NYU School of Law and his professional history includes positions with Ernst & Young Australia, the Queensland University of Technology Graduate School of Business, New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore (corporate, securities and litigation practice in New York and London), global chief of staff at Salomon Brothers investment banking firm and Cowen & Company’s investments, where he served as CEO. In conjunction with Golden Gate University President Dan Angel, Terry co-authored Riptide: The New Normal In Higher Education (2011). Riptide deconstructs the changing landscape of higher education in the face of the for-profit debacle, graduation gridlock and staggering student debt, and asserts a new, sustainable model for progress. Terry is a board member of the the Public Religion Research Institute, a Washington, DC think tank and polling organization, and the Cardiac Therapy Foundation in Palo Alto, California. Terry lives in Palo Alto with his wife.

Special Event: Amazon–Blockbuster or Bubble?

Join Golden Gate University’s Investment Research Club for a special group discussion: Amazon: blockbuster or bubble? Participants in the meeting will include professional asset managers who hold Amazon in their institutional portfolios and will allow GGU students to participate in a real-world analysis of a stock—the way the pros do it. The event will include a presentation by Prof. David Kaczorowski, who spent five years in the investment banking industry as an equity research associate, covering technology companies.

Amazon is a member of what the investor community calls FANG: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google. These four stocks have been red hot over the last one-to-two years, and the number one driver of the market upturn. The professional investor community is in a fierce debate right now as to whether this huge rise constitutes a bubble.

This event is free and is open to the public—no registration required.

Join Us!

When: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 6pm

Location: Golden Gate University campus, Room 5208

For more information on the event and the Investment Research Club, contact Gannon Kim.

About the Investment Research Club

The GGU Investment Research Club is intended to allow students to participate in an enjoyable intellectual exercise while learning the time-honored and effective methods of the business. We are a group of students who have a passion for finance and investing. We meet regularly to collectively research, analyze, and value companies from an investor’s perspective. Through research, networking, and guest speakers, we will gain practical skills, industry knowledge, and connections to help each other increase our aptitude with investments. The Golden Gate University Investment Research Club consolidates University and member resources to develop an educational platform which strengthens our understanding of investment research and provide practical experience in company analysis.

International Student Update: New Transit Center and 4.5 Acre Park to Open next to GGU

International students are attracted to San Francisco for its diverse and welcoming environment, as well as job opportunities, but may not know Golden Gate University’s neighborhood.  The GGU campus is located downtown in the Financial District, and is within a block of three major development projects that are setting records in terms of scale, innovation, and service:

  • the new Salesforce Tower, a platinum-certified LEED building, and the tallest west of the Mississippi river,
  • the $300-million-dollar Oceanwide Center; future site of the city’s tallest residential building and a new Waldorf-Astoria Hotel; and
  • the Transbay Center, a visionary transportation, housing, and recreational project featuring a 5.4-acre, 1,400-foot-long elevated park.

The Transbay Center will be known as the “Grand Central Station of the West”  and be the destination of 11 transit systems throughout the Bay Area. For those preferring human-powered transportation, the Transbay Center will have storage for 600 bicycles. It’s going to be the best place to start or end a journey in the entire Bay Area.

The park will have an outdoor amphitheater and stage for concerts, along with quiet areas where the community – including GGU students – can come to relax. The “living green” roof will provide shade and biological habitat for flora and fauna, with botanic gardens, lily ponds, trails, and open grass areas. Planting on the green roof cools the surrounding environment and improves air quality, acting as a “carbon sink.”

Watch the video about the Transbay Center  >>

As we featured in our blog earlier, the GGU community knows about the many great places to eat the Financial District. You can also read blog posts by international students from China and India, who are starting careers and enjoying the best of what San Francisco has to offer.


Information for prospective international students >>