A. Richard Newton Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series

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, 6:30pm - 8pm in Li Ka Shing Auditorium. Syllabus and course information available on bcourses. CLICK HERE to see the past speakers from previous semesters.


Tony Xu

Cofounder and CEO, DoorDash

Aug 28, 2018

Cal alum and cofounder and CEO, DoorDash. DoorDash is focused on being the restaurant industry’s “last-mile” solution and has grown into a $700 million leader in the on-demand space. Today, the company is also focusing efforts on an issue particularly important to Xu, using that same logistical expertise to reduce food waste with the recent launch of Project DASH

Victoria Howell

Associate Instructor

Sept 4, 2018

Jini Kim

CEO, Nuna

Sept 11, 2018

Cal alum and CEO, Nuna - Healthcare, MIT Innovators under 35, Marie Claire Female Visionaries. Nuna builds data solutions for healthcare payers and providers to measure and improve their cost and quality outcomes.

Alder Yarrow

Founder of Vinography and Chief Customer Experience Officer, CIBO

Sept 18, 2018

Chief Customer Experience Officer, CIBO and founder, Vinography. CIBO is a brand and customer experience agency dedicated to creating winning brands by applying design thinking to business.


Tae Hea Nahm

Founder of Airspace and Managing Director, Storm Ventures

Sept 25, 2018

Survival to Thrival coauthors, Tae Hea Nahm, managing director Storm Ventures and founder, Airspace (exit to Cisco for $450million) and Bob Tinker, cofounder and former CEO, MobileIron.


Bob Tinker

Cofounder and former CEO, MobileIron

Sept 25, 2018

Tanya Holland

Founder, chef, and author of Brown Sugar Kitchen

Oct 2, 2018

Author, chef and founder, Brown Sugar Kitchen. Under the umbrella of her new company, she’ll expand Brown Sugar to the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco by the end of summer, and to the former Picán space in Uptown Oakland soon after.

Steven Lam

Cofounder, GoGoVan

Oct 5, 2018

Cal alum and cofounder, GoGoVan, potentially HK’s 1 st unicorn in conversation with Ken Singer, Managing Director, SCET.

Adam Cheyer

Cofounder of Viv Labs and Siri Inc.

October 23, 2018

Cofounder and VP Engineering, Viv Labs (acquired by Samsung) and Siri Inc. (acquired by Apple).

Naomi Davidson

Founder of Trybe.ai

Oct 30, 2018

Cal alum and founder, Trybe.ai. Trybe is using data to make teams more productive and happier – now hiring!

Joey Zwillinger

Cofounder of Allbirds

Nov 13, 2018

Cal alum and cofounder, Allbirds, making sustainable and footwear. Time magazine called Allbirds “the world’s most comfortable shoes."

Ryan Panchadsaram

Cal grad, entrepreneur, former US Deputy Director of Technology and partner, Kleiner

Nov 27, 2018

Cal grad, entrepreneur, former US Deputy Director of Technology and partner, Kleiner.

Nicole Patrice De Member

Founder INDAIS

Nov 27, 2018

Entrepreneur, investor and Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund.

Bruce Aidells

Chef, author, and founder of Aidells Sausage Company

Dec 4, 2018

In conversation with Joanna Rees on the path and future of purpose-driven companies

Joanna Rees

Former SF mayoral candidate and Managing Partner, West

Dec 4, 2018

In conversation with Bruce Aidells on the path and future of purpose-driven companies


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