Increasing representation is not a “women’s issue” or a “person of color’s issue.” It is a human issue and a business issue. Recent data show that minorities, women and other marginalized groups account for just a tiny fraction of today’s tech workforce. Despite efforts over the past few years to increase diversity, most companies have made…

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“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.” – Jeffrey Hammerbacher, Facebook Hammerbacher’s Lament Are we fated to suffer Hammerbacher’s Lament, with our best minds, and our best data, solely serving the gods of commerce?  What of serving mankind’s existential needs in an area as fundamental…

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This article is will be published in the 2017 Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology’s annual journal AIR (Applied Innovation Review) in June 2017. You can see the 2016 version here. Shomit Ghose is a UC Berkeley alum and mentor, venture capitalist, and partner at ONSET ventures. Cognitive Irredentists Arise! A dystopian world: sentient machines…

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This week, students in the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series had the distinct pleasure of hearing a fireside chat with Rob Solomon—a Cal grad and CEO of GoFundMe—moderated by UC Berkeley’s Chair of Industrial Engineering, Dr. Ken Goldberg. Both incredibly accomplished in their own rights, the two professionals created a timeline for Solomon’s experiences at…

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Another exciting week at the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series brought a panel of all-Cal-alumni speakers to Berkeley. These speakers—Jeff Huang (Facebook), Sanjay Jeyakumar (Twitter), and Padmini Pyapali (Uber)—shared their unique insights into entrepreneurship and technology. Moderated by Amit Kumar (Accel Partners), a familiar face for the series, the panelists spoke of their studies at…

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What’s it like keeping users safe on the world’s largest social media network? Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer at Facebook, joined The Sutardja Center’s Newton Lecture Series to discuss entrepreneurship and the modern challenges of cybersecurity in a fireside chat with UC Berkeley Professor Vern Paxson. Stamos, a Sacramento native, graduated from Berkeley with a…

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