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Oxford University has produced more start-ups valued in excess of $1 billion than any other university in Europe over the past decade, a new study has revealed.Oxford alumni have founded eight such ‘unicorn’ companies in the last ten years, so named as they are exceedingly rare.The report, published by British software firm Sage Oxford, puts Oxford seventh globally, but firmly leading in Europe. Cambridge does not feature in the top fifteen.Oxford still has a long way to go before catching up with Harvard (51 billion-dollar companies) and Stanford (37).However, Oxford’s closest European rivals, French business-school INSEAD and German Management school WHU, lay claim to five unicorns each.Companies founded by Oxford alumni include Linkedin, created by former Wolfson college philosophy student Reid Hoffman, and ticketing platform Eventbrite launched by Kevin Hartz who read History at the University.Start-ups have gained increasing support from Oxford in the past few years. Last month Cherwell reported that Alex Snow, former chief executive of Lansdowne, had left the company to focus on his involvement with Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI).OSI, the University’s technology and research commercialisation company, has currently raised more than £580 million to support spinoff start-ups from the university.A spokesperson for OSI told Cherwell: “The news that Oxford University is leading in generating founders of billion-dollar companies in Europe is a strong testament to the teaching quality of Oxford.“The downside is that none of these companies continue to contribute to the Oxford tech cluster, and we must all do more to attract potential founders to remain in the area and engage with our innovation ecosystem.“Through our work in broadening our offer to Humanities and Social Sciences, our incubator’s increased activity, our partnership with Oxford Sciences Innovation, and more, OUI is continually enhancing the entrepreneurial offer of Oxford University.“But innovation works best when all parties collaborate, and we all need to pull together to ensure that the next billion-dollar startup founder knows that Oxford is the place to launch and grow their company.”Ukaire Onyinyechi, a visiting Biochemistry student from Tufts University, Massachusetts, said: “Oxford University doesn’t get enough credit for the fantastic work that it does in supporting technology start-ups creating meaningful change in the world.“I’d anticipate many more companies being launched over the next few years out of the university perhaps even rivalling the success on this list of top American universities”Maya Mobbs-Walton, a Law student at Worcester College, told Cherwell: “It’s great to see so many innovative companies coming out the university and it’s a testament to the support of organisations such as Oxford Entrepreneurs and Oxford University Innovation that so many great companies are being founded.” read more
Barça has bet strongly on Xavi because, if he gets a no, he will have left Valverde in a very delicate position. League champion the first two years he has trained Barça, and with the possibility of being with Guardiola the only coach who wins the League in his first three years as a Barca coach, the club has decided to do without him. And if it can be now, the better. A surprising decision, marked only by specific moments and not by the regularity that recalls other times of football in which the media pressure resembled the pressure that is lived today in social networks.In 1992, Ramón Mendoza dismissed Radomir Antic from Madrid after being a winter champion. Antic Madrid was accused of not playing well. Since then, there has been no case in which a winter champion of a League with the pressure of the Spanish is dismissed after being a winter champion. But that’s the way things are at Barça. Eric Abidal, sports director of Barcelona, and Oscar Grau, CEO of the Barca club, continue in Doha to try to close the signing of Xavi, which has an offer of two and a half seasons to become the coach of his life team , the Barca. This was confirmed by the RAC-1 station in information that consolidates all the inputs received in the last 48 hours.Barça already loves Xavi and for that he continues in Qatar. He will try to obtain the yes of the player and then, negotiate with Al Sadd the termination of the player. Al Sadd plays this afternoon match against Al Rayyan read more