4th Eubank Conference on Real World Markets


Mar 23, 2013

Creating Growth, Entrepreneurship, and Analytics

March 23, 2013
Duncan Hall, Rice University

Hosted by:
Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES) 
Department of Statistics
George R. Brown School of Engineering
Jones Graduate School of Business
School of Social Sciences

Today's large corporations were themselves start-ups at one time. Further, the information-driven economy is being transformed by intelligent start-ups that make expert use of data and computing. In the 4th Eubank Conference on Real World Markets, we will hear from leading entrepreneurial faculty at Rice University on the process and secondary investing in these businesses. We will also hear from leading corporate quantitative scientists on the critical role that analytics plays in corporate success. A continuing conference theme is that the expert use of statistics and analytics is a key to success throughout the investment pipeline.    

Conference Agenda

September 23

8:00–9:00 am


Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am


Opening Remarks

9:15–10:30 am


The Entrepreneurial Process
H. Albert Napier Professor of Entrepreneurship and Psychology, Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University

10:30 am



10:45–11:45 am


Selling Closely Held Businesses
Edward E. Williams Professor of Entrepreneurship and Statistics, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University

11:45–1:00 pm


Lunch and Student Poster Session

1:00–1:45 pm


Using Analytics to Drive Enterprise Transformation
Bonnie K. Ray Director, Optimization Research, IBM T. J. Watson Research Lab

1:45–2:30 pm


Statistical Modeling of Publicly Available Health Care Data
Simon Sheather Professor and Department Head, Texas A&M University

2:30–3:00 pm


Open Source Opportunities for Finance with R
Garrett Grolemund, Master Instructor, RStudio, Inc.

3:00 pm



3:15–3:45 pm


Momentum and Stop-Losses: Strategies for Individual Investors
John A. Dobelman Professor in Practice, Department of Statistics, Rice University

3:45–4:15 pm


The Kennedy Tax Cuts
Brian Domitrovic Professor & Chair, Department of History, Sam Houston State University

4:15–5:00 pm


The Current State of the Economy and Its Relevance to the Fixed Income Portfolio Manager
William H. Sirakos Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Economist and Capital Markets Division Head, Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc.

5:00–6:00 pm



6:00–7:00 pm



7:00 pm


Exits on the Road to Serfdom
James R. Thompson Noah Harding Professor of Statistics, Rice University