Finding Billion Dollar Startups: A Fireside Chat with Michael Baum and Andre Marquis

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Date(s) - 03/18/2014
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship in celebration of the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem at UC Berkeley where you will meet some of the most exciting entrepreneurs in the Berkeley-Haas community.

Enjoy the spectacular atrium of the Gap Inc. headquarters with Dean Lyons and other members of the Haas community. Cast your vote to select the most exciting UC Berkeley student and alumni startups. Learn what it takes to be a successful serial entrepreneur from guest speaker Michael Baum, CEO of

Michael Baum, founder and former CEO of Splunk, one of the most successful IPOs of 2012, and creator of sits down with Andre Marquis, Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship to talk about how entrepreneurship is changing and entrepreneurship education as a result. In this age of rapid technology adoption and the lean startup, students can do so much more to test the scalability of their ideas and gain entrepreneurial experience while in school. Berkeley-Haas and are driving students to question the status quo, leverage their ideas into billion dollar startups and thus transform the world around us.


Berkeley and Haas Alumni and Guests – $45 each
Current Berkeley and Haas Students and Guests – $25 each
Price includes event admittance, heavy hors d’oeuvres and hosted bar.

ATTIRE Business or Business Casual

RSVP BY Monday, March 10, 2014



Michael Baum

Michael Baum

Michael Baum is the Founder and CEO of, a foundation working with
leading colleges, universities and research institutes around the world to
advance student entrepreneurship.  Michael’s entrepreneurial journey has spanned 25 years, six start-ups, five acquisitions and the IPO of Splunk (SPLK). His entrepreneurial projects have created more than 3,000 jobs, over 150 millionaires and more than $8B in shareholder value. Michael is a Computer Science graduate from Drexel University with an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is still chasing big ideas with student entrepreneurs around the world.