Working for a big company might seem like a dream job, but it wasn’t his dream. Early in his career, the engineer Michael Baum discovered that he wanted to work for small startups. So he did. His entrepreneurial journey has spanned “25 years, 6 companies, 5 acquisitions, 1 IPO, 3,500 jobs, 150 millionaires and more…

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They are not only colleagues and partners, but also friends. Richard Din (’08), Shawn Tsao (’11), Jason Wang (’09) and Andy Zhang (’14), came back to Cal as founders of the restaurant delivery platform Caviar. Last Tuesday, they sat on the Sibley Auditorium stage to share their experience of running a startup that has been…

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“I’m glad to be back,” said Kathy Glaub as soon as she stepped on stage. Glaub is the CEO of Afferent Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. “Cal is the best university in the world,” she added. And she has gone to many universities; “I know a little about this,” she said. The advisor and investor…

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When he was 15, his parents used to drive him to work. He was a programmer at eBay. By then, Darian Shirazi had already discovered his salesman spirit and was managing his own small business from home, reselling electronic imported products in the U.S. He earned enough money to buy a car. Shirazi, who is…

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  Vinod Dham, known internationally as the “Father of the Pentium Chip,” was this week’s speaker at the Newton Lecture Series, where he discussed his experience in the business and entrepreneurial worlds, his steps in the technology industry, and his thoughts about the future. Dham, who believes that “it takes about 10 years to be…

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Newton Lecture Series: Dean Drako

“How many of you are interested in starting a company?” Dean Drako asked the audience filling the auditorium. From diverse programs, countries and cultures, most of the students raised their hands, and the lecture started. This was the beginning of the Newton Lecture Series, where Drako, who is currently cofounder, president and CEO of Eagle…

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The famed venture capitalist’s lecture included how to recognize “The Next Big Thing,” the present and future of green technology, pointing out the flaws in the American education and health systems, the importance of networking and how to search for inspiration

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