A woman whose passion for startups, change and growth is possibly second only to her favorite soccer team, Barcelona, Mar Hershenson, Founding and Managing Partner of Pear.vc is one of the leading women in venture capital in the Bay Area. With a strong background in design, automation & electrical engineering, Mar brings significant operational and…

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With 2016 fast coming to a close, many people are questioning where the largest proportion of fintech investments will lie heading into 2017. Whereas 2016 was the year of heavy VC investments in Blockchain, AI, Online Lending and a number of other sectors, funding is anticipated to cool down in 2017, given some sectors have…

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Laura Gómez’s journey to becoming one of leading voices of immigration, tech and workforce diversity is a beautiful one that teaches aspiring entrepreneurs the importance of the goal-oriented, altruistically driven hard work. Her passion and goals in business are dictated by a strong philosophy summed up best on her LinkedIn: “Idealistic as it may sound,…

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Having been a Silicon Valley entrepreneur for over 25 years, Mehdi is an expert when it comes to startup issues such as scaling teams, product strategy, corporate finance & development, partnerships, and building high velocity distribution models. These are only some of the skills that he has picked up on in an illustrious career that…

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Few are more qualified to gauge the growth of Fintech, or know more about the global financial industry than Anju Patwardhan. A globally recognized thought leader for banking and technology, an influencer and speaker at institutions like the UN and World Bank, and Chief Innovation Officer at Standard Chartered, Anju has dedicated her 17 years…

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The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is hosting a financial inclusion collider this semester. For further details on the project and logistics, click here. In an increasingly connected world, having financial services readily available is absolutely key to businesses being able to innovate, grow and sustain themselves in entrepreneurial environments. However, despite connectivity being…

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This article is the first in a series of articles where the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology takes a basic deep dive into an industry or topic that is at the forefront of startup ideas and opportunities today. This past week, Yahoo (now owned by Verizon after its highly awaited merger), announced that hackers…

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SecDB was for the longest time acknowledged as Goldman’s strongest weapon. It’s ‘Securities Database’ stores information on various new derivatives, calculates 23 billion prices across 2.8 million positions daily, and has over the years helped Goldman’s trading and investment banking division make billions of dollars in well-timed trades, as well as sidestep possibly massive losses…

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It’s been two years since Amazon’s Jeff Bezos exclaimed that Amazon would soon deliver packages by drones, and that though the concept of it ‘seem like science fiction,’ it actually isn’t. What was first believed to be a publicity stunt to get Christmas shoppers in 2014 to think about Amazon is now reality, with the…

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With Tesla’s self-driving cars having made the headlines these past few months (be it positive or negative press), the self-driving car topic has taken a different angle. Now that the Didi-Uber rivalry question has been answered, the sharing economy discussion has merged with that of the ‘connected’ car. As companies such as Uber and Lyft…

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