Spring 2017- 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, 5pm - 6:30pm in Sibley Auditorium/Bechtel Hall. Syllabus and course information available on bcourses.

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 Page. 



Amit Kuma

Tuesday February 7th, 5pm

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

 Komal Ahmad


Tuesday, January 17th, 5pm

Cal Grad, Komal Ahmad, founder and CEO, Copia. Social Entrepreneurship. Find Lecture Here

Victoria Howell

Tuesday January 24th, 5pm

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

Ama Marston

Tuesday January 24th, 5pm

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

Ikhlaq Sidhu

Tuesday January 31st, 5pm

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



She Started It Film



Wednesday February 8th, 5pm

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

View the trailer for the film here.
Eventbrite: shestartedit-berkeley.eventbrite.com

Alan Amron

Tuesday February 14th, 5pm

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

David Friedberg

Tuesday February 21st, 5pm

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

Brienne Ghafourifar

Tuesday February 28th, 5pm

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

Link to Alston Ghafourifar's LinkedIn

Tuesday February 28th, 5pm

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


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March 7th, March 21st, April 4th & April 11th

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

Jason Creandore

Tuesday March 14th, 5pm

Cal Grad, Jason Creadore, cofounder, Civil Maps. Artificial Intelligence. Find Lecture Here

Image of Amit Kumar, Padmini Pyanpali, Jeff Huang, and Sanjay Jeyakumar


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. Find Lecture Here

Rob Solomon'

Tuesday April 4th, 5pm

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

Amy Herr

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. Find Lecture Here

John Hanke

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. Digital Mapping and Digital Intelligence.

Bioern Hartmann

Tuesday April 25th, 5pm

Bjoern Hartmann, associate professor and UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute Director in conversation with John Hanke. Digital Mapping and Digital Intelligence