Mobile MBA Toolkit

Last year I was approached by a Business School to discuss/support the deployment of a new Investment Center at the University — a showcase laboratory for use by B-School students to enhance their hands-on skills with financial tools and platforms used in the real world.

While I could immediately envision the transformation potential this center offered the faculty — I was not a fan of this idea as the right technological solution for students.  Its a mobile world, today’s student needs tools they can carry in their pockets and I feel the construction of a physical place is a race to catch up with yesterday.

Sure there are some economies of scale (eg., Bloomberg terminal subscriptions are financially out of  reach for each college student) and it would be a fabulous recruiting showcase — but if our goal is to teach students to immerse themselves in day-to-day use I suggest we develop a standard set of mobile apps that they should load and use on their iPhones (yes – they all use iPhones – get over it).

Here’s my list of Mandatory MBA Apps:

Stocks (installed by Apple on base iPhone) – build and track indexes and portfolios

HP12C Calculator ($14.99) – you already know why

eTrade Mobile Pro (free) – real time quotes and low cost trading platform

CNBC RT (free) – good intraday news source

Bloomberg (free) – tons of interesting articles about US and overseas markets and stocks

WSJ (free base edition – $100/year for full on-line access) – again you already know why

Currency (free) – FX exchange rate conversions

Amortize (free) – fast amortization calculations and schedules

FT Mobile (free) – the EU financial news source

Morningstar (free base edition – $179/year for full on-line access) – mutual fund info and reviews

LinkedIn (free) — yes they need a business profile and social network

Bump (free) – business card/contact info exchange program

Load these apps up — make students do exercises based on these apps (in and out of the classroom) — and you’ll be surprised at how good they get at using real world sources and tools (when they’re not on Facebook, Foursquare, Pandora, Groupon or IMDb).


About dougcurling

a compassionate capitalist
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