This lecture series recognizes the entrepreneurial vision of A. Richard Newton, Dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering from 2000 to 2007, by inviting distinguished innovators to share lessons from their own successes and failures. Hosted by the Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, the lectures take place at UC Berkeley on Tuesday evenings, 5pm – 6:30pm in Sibley Auditorium/Bechtel Hall. Syllabus and course information available on bcourses. See a PDF of speakers – Newton Lecture Series – 3-2

Click here to view speakers from Fall 2015’s Richard Newton Lecture Series

Lectures from Fall 2005 – Spring 2015 can be found on the Newton Lecture Series Archive Page. 

Tuesday, January 17th, 5pm



Cal Grad, Komal Ahmad, founder and CEO, Copia. Social Entrepreneurship. SEE LECTURE

Tuesday January 24th, 5pm



Victoria Howell, associate instructor, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology @howellvhowell






Ama Marston, global strategy and leadership expert and author, Transformative Resilience



Ikhlaq Sidhu, founding director and chief scientist, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, and IEOR Emerging Industry Professor @IkhlaqSidhu. SEE LECTURE

Tuesday January 31st, 5pm

Tuesday February 7th, 5pm



Cal Grad, Amit Kumar, Accel Partners and cofounder CardSpring (acquired by Twitter). SEE LECTURE

Wednesday February 8th, 5pm

Film Screening of award winning, She Started It, featuring female entrepreneurs.

View the trailer for the film here.

Tuesday February 14th, 5pm



Alan Amron, entrepreneur and inventor of press-on memo, today known as Post-it note by 3M. Hardware. SEE LECTURE

Tuesday February 21st, 5pm



Cal Grad, David Friedberg , Founder, The Climate Corporation, Founder and Chairman, Metromile & Founder and Chairman, eatsa. Topic: Digital Agriculture. SEE LECTURE

Tuesday February 28th, 5pm






Brienne Ghafourifar Alston Ghafourifar, co-founders Entefy (featured in She Started It documentary) on Digital Interaction.

March 7th, March 21st, April 4th & April 11th To Be Announced

CAL Student Founders Panel w/ Travis Brashears, Directed Energy; Nathan Jin,; Divy Shrivastava, Paladin Drones; and Sahar Yousef, cognitive research

Tuesday March 14th, 5pm



Cal Grad, Jason Creadore, cofounder, Civil Maps. Artificial Intelligence.SEE LECTURE

Tuesday March 21st, 5pm


CAL Engineering Leader Panel moderated by Amit Kumar, Partner, Accel and  featuring Padmini Pyapali, Uber; Jeff Huang, Facebook; Sanjay Jeyakumar, Twitter.

Tuesday April 4th, 5pm



Rob Solomon, CEO GoFundMe, COO Groupon and Venture Partner, Accel. Fireside chat with Ken Goldberg, Professor & Chair of IEOR Department.

Tuesday April 18th, 5pm



Amy Herr, Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley and recently recognized with the 2016 Mid-Career Achievement Award from the American Electrophoresis Society (AES). Bioengineering. SEE LECTURE

Tuesday April 25th, 5pm






Cal Grad, John Hanke, founder and CEO, Niantic Labs (creator of Google Maps and Pokemon Go) in conversation with Bjoern Hartmann, associate professor and UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute Director. Digital Mapping and Digital Intelligence.