Technology Firm Leadership

INDENG 171 (3 units)

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Class Description

This course explores key leadership concepts relevant to the high-technology world in firms of all sizes from startups to large corporates. Topics include leadership traits and characteristics, leading through change / uncertainty / chaos, creating and leading teams, effective leadership communication, leading remote / distributed workforce, how to promote innovation, and leadership tools and techniques. Thought this course, you will learn who you are and how you can grow as a leader. This course prepares technical and business minded students to be leaders at any level of a technology organization. Instruction in this class takes many forms including individual learning through assigned reading, videos, case studies and self-assessments; and in-class learning with lectures, immersive activities and dynamic guest lecturers.

This course will immerse students in entrepreneurial leadership concepts, principles, mindsets, behaviors, and philosophies necessary to thrive in technology firms today. The course focuses on building skills such as leading effective teams, leading product decisions, leading in uncertainty, and effective communication. The class will explore leadership at all levels from individual contributor to founder and CEO, and students will examine techniques required for success in various entities. Students will get a sense of how leadership impacts an organization, and how they can lead, grow, and improve to ensure their organizations are effectively led. The goal is to arm students with specific knowledge for them to be effective leaders now and into the future. This is accomplished through experiential activities, group discussions, and individual and group assessments. Class attendance is necessary and required.


We will have more students who want to take this course than we can accommodate. In order to ensure we have a diverse, motivated, and exceptional class, we will have an application process to select the students who get a spot in the course.

The application for Spring 2022 is now closed. The first round of decisions will be sent out in early December and may continue through the start of the semester. Students will be notified via email once a decision has been made and if admitted, you will be given permission to enroll.


Carrie Requist is an entrepreneur who has worked at both startups and large corporates and as an educator at UC Berkeley and Penn State University. Carrie was co-founder and CEO of U Grok It, which was acquired in April '17 after raising two rounds of financing. She is co-creator of a US patent in RFID technology. She is passionate about educating and supporting entrepreneurs. She is the mother of three adult children and one fluffy dog, and an optimist who spends her free time kayaking and skiing. She received her MBA from the Penn State University in 2011 and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987.

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This case explores how Ryan Peterson, UC Berkeley and Columbia Business School graduate, built and scaled Flexport into one of the fastest growing companies in the US.

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