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2018 Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief

BANI SAPRA

Publisher

ISABELLE HARRIS

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Dimitrius Keeler

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PEYTON AYERS

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IRIS FRANGOU

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Managing Editors

ANAMARIA LOPEZ

VIVIAN CASILLAS

AUDREY DEGUERRERA 

Copy Chief

DANIELA APODACA

Senior Editors

BENJAMIN SACHS

HANNAH WYATT

SHEENA QIAO

ALEX SIEGAL

JAKE TIBETTS

KINZA HAQ

CAROLINE KELLY

DIMITRI VALLEJO

HELEN SAYEGH

SANAM JALINOUS

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Copy Editors

SONIA MAHAJAN

HENRY FELDMAN

GRACE PROTASIEWICZ

 

Sunflower Economics

“Money should allow you freedom.” This was my friend Gentry’s advice to me over winter break. A 19-year old should-be college sophomore (he graduated a year early from high school at the top of his class), Gentry became disillusioned with studying for grades rather than knowledge. He gave up his Presidential Scholarship to Georgia Tech and decided to take a break from school. Since beginning his semester off, Gentry has started his own Limited Liability Corporation and now sells sunflower oil to hotel restaurants in Mauritius, an island 560 miles east of Madagascar. For Gentry, it was using the benefits of a globalized economy, the World Wide Web, and superb business skills that let him strike a small goldmine. Gentry’s unconventional success story astonishes everyone except him. Anyone can have “1000 dollar hours,” he tells me, you just have to maximize work efficiency and minimize the time in which you work. For instance, he found ways to do the least-profitable work more quickly, including hiring a secretary from India. How did Gentry discover that Madagascar needed sunflower oil and that he could have a secretary? The Internet. Gentry’s business is thus the model for the smart exploitation of the Internet.

While many find themselves in a 40-hour-a-week job, Gentry feels that the rhythm of a workweek is brought upon by societal standards. “We work 40 hours a week because we are told to,”he argues. His business philosophy—placing his focus on profitable activities with the utmost efficiency—has allowed him to work no more than three hours a week selling and exporting sunflower oil. Without ever touching or seeing the sunflower oil or working more than two hours a week, Gentry manages to make a hefty profit by using the resources of a globalized world and efficiently running a business.

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