Five Questions with Susan Athey, Microsoft
Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz (Moderator)
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Dr. Susan Athey is a Professor of Economics at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She received her BA from Duke University in economics, mathematics, and computer science, and her PhD in economics from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She’s consulted for Microsoft Corporation since 2007, focusing on online services. Her current research covers the economics of the digital markets, including the design of auction-based marketplaces, internet search, online advertising, the news media, virtual currencies, and the statistical analysis of big data. Susan received the John Bates Clark Medal, which is awarded to the American economist under 40 judged to have made the most significant contribution to economics.
Kevin J. Delaney
Kevin Delaney is editor in chief and president of Quartz. He was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between hardship postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering Internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook for the Journal, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He returned to New York and became managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Susan Athey, professor of economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, says that figuring out ways to take advantage of underused resources is the key to building business models aimed at the emerging internet consumer market.