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New ‘Off-the-Record’ Course Aims to Give Entrepreneurs the Chance to Speak More Candidly About their Startup Experience

This fall semester, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley will offer a small, selective course that will focus on some of the less glamorous elements of creating a company. The course will feature a speaker series of entrepreneurs and innovators who will share intimate details of their…

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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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