alumni stories

Why Diversity Matters in Storytelling

Last week, alum Marissa Louie (‘05 Interdisciplinary Studies — Business, Economics, & IEOR) visited the Sutardja Center’s product design course to talk about storytelling for designers and why diversity is the cornerstone of her brand. After graduating from Cal, Marissa founded three companies, was an art director at Apple, and principal designer at Yahoo. She…

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Alums partner with Mayo Clinic to develop ML algorithms to detect heart disease

SCET alums at Eko, a healthcare device company, have recently partnered with the Mayo Clinic to develop technology that uses machine-learning to help physicians better detect easily-missed heart diseases in patients. According to AI in Healthcare: Through the collaboration, the companies hope to create and commercialize a machine-learning based algorithm, which along with a smart digital…

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UC Berkeley Class Helps Students Launch Their Startup: The Winning Team Gets $15K of Initial Investment Sponsored by Mehdi Maghsoodnia

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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Alum Builds the Supermarket of the Future

At $6 trillion, the global food retail market is one of the world’s largest industries — but one that has not yet been substantially disrupted by online marketplaces, which have otherwise effectively changed the way many people buy books, clothes, electronics, and almost anything else. In an age where durable goods may soon be delivered…

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Alums create world’s first stick and shoot camera

Tired of being left out of the picture when snapping a photo of a loved one?  Don’t want to wield an awkward selfie stick to get a pic with your friends?  UC Berkeley alums Eddie Lee (Haas / SCET certificate ’11), Samuel Pullman (EECS ’12), and Jae Choi (Econ ’13) have created Podo, a new kind…

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BMoE Bootcamp Feature: Thomas Jacobson, Ironfire Ventures Fellow

How Thomas Jacobson, MBA Candidate at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, utilized his BMoE Bootcamp experience to earn a fellowship at Ironfire Ventures firm. Last August, Thomas moved from Germany to pursue his path in entrepreneurship. He wanted to relocate to San Francisco, specifically to interact with our diverse and thriving ecosystem. Prior his admittance…

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BMoE Bootcamp Feature: Victor Umunze, Turbla CEO & Co-Founder

Victor Umunze, recent Cal alumnus and Haas graduate (class of 2016), would never have seen himself growing in the Bay Area’s tech and start-up ecosystem. When Umunze still attended Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria five years ago, he was on track to become a premed student. However, it didn’t take long for him to realize that…

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Startup Helping Pro Athletes Improve Surgical Outcomes with PreHab

Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common in the US with more than 1 million Americans undergoing the operation each year. Recent evidence suggests that surgical outcomes for this common operation and many others can improve when patients undergo pre-habilitation (or ‘PreHab’) in the weeks leading up to surgery. For example, a PreHab program…

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