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- Revolution Foods in the 50 Most Innovative Companies List
Kirsten Tobey and Kristin Richmond-Groos, both MBA 06, won the GSVC Grand Prize in 2006 for their company which serves healthy and attractive lunches to school kids. Revolution Foods has now been named one of Fast Company’s 50 most innovative companies for 2015. Read more.
- Can Corporations Be Taught to Innovate Like Startups?
In their new book, Hypershift, Lester Center executive director Andre Marquis and Senior Fellow Manav Subodh share how big companies can tap the innovation secrets of Berkeley-Haas startups to enter new markets, establish brand leadership, and unlock value. Read more.
- Berkeley Founders Get Funded
Entrepreneurs with UC-Berkeley undergraduate degrees founded 284 companies that received $2.4 billion in VC financing from 2009 through August, 2014, according to PitchBook. UCB’s ranking was second only to Stanford and above that of MIT or Harvard. Read more.
- The Other “F” Word: Capitalizing on Failure
Haas faculty and Lester Center Senior Fellows John Danner and Mark Coopersmith have combined their years of experience as senior-level executives, advisors and thought leaders to offer a process for harnessing lessons learned to improve future outcomes in an upcoming book. Read more
- VCIC Berkeley Winners Announced
The 2015 Venture Capital Investment Competition took place on Friday, January 30, 2015. Six teams competed in the Berkeley round of the competition. Congratulations to the winning team, JTACK Ventures, who will move on to the Regional VCIC competition in Silicon Valley on February 6. Read more.
- Andreessen Horowitz Partner Scott Kupor Joins Haas
Scott Kupor, managing partner and COO at Andreessen Horowitz—the VC firm that’s invested in such social media powerhouses as Twitter and Facebook—joins Haas as an executive-in-residence. Scott is co-teaching the spring MBA Entrepreneurship class with Carl Nichols. Read more.
- LAUNCH Startup Accelerator Announces 2015 Participants
Today LAUNCH announced its 2015 participants: beginning in February, the 16 teams will work with a team of mentors and UC Berkeley faculty to bring their market-validated products to the next stage. Read more.
- Haas Alumni Firms on the Fast Track
New Avenue, founded by Kevin Casey (MBA 09), was one of five firms led by Haas alumni that recently made the San Francisco Business Times’ Fast 100 list of the Bay Area’s fastest growing companies. TubeMogul, Back to the Roots, Modify Watches, and cPrime were also honored. Read more.
- How Going Lean May Save Lives
Lester Center instructor Steve Blank is leading a pilot National Science Foundation/National Institutes of Health program to commercialize life science ideas—ranging from improved imaging for cancer surgery to drugs with fewer side effects. The goal of the program is to bring innovations to market “with lightning speed,” Blank says. Read more.