Haas NewsWire


Haas NewsWire, January 23, 2006


Netflix Founder and CEO Reed Hastings to Speak at the Berkeley MBA Commencement
Former Dean Laura Tyson to Return to Haas School
Asia Business Conference to Address Opportunities in Asia and For Asia, Feb. 11
Get Ready for UniBears: New Voicemail System to be Activated, January 28
Entrepreneurs Forum Leads off Semester with Panel on Cross-Border Investing, Jan. 26
Publicizing an Event at Haas? Online Guide Provides Answers
Haas in the News
Happening at Haas


Netflix Founder and CEO Reed Hastings to Speak at the Berkeley MBA Commencement


Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix, the world’s largest online DVD movie rental service, will give the Commencement address to the graduating Berkeley MBAs of 2006 in the Full-time, Evening & Weekend, and Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA programs on Sunday, May 21, in the Greek Theatre.


Commencement for the Haas School Undergraduate Program will take place on Sunday, May 14 at 9:00 a.m. in the Greek Theatre. Commencement for the Ph.D. Program will take place on Saturday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the Wells Fargo Room. Details for these events will be announced later in the spring.


"We can all look forward to welcoming this high-tech visionary at our MBA Commencement," says Dean Tom Campbell. “His career embodies what the Haas School is about -- innovation, leadership, and giving back.”


Netflix Founder and CEO Reed Hastings

 



Hastings was inspired to found Netflix in 1997 after accruing $40 in late fees for an overdue copy of Apollo 13 he had rented from Blockbuster. Turning the standard video store rental model on its head, Netflix has no late fees and no due dates. Subscribers build their own queues of DVDs on the Netflix web site and receive the DVDs in the mail along with a postage-paid return envelope. Netflix offers its 3.5 million members access to 55,000 titles (on 42 million discs).


Hastings has focused Netflix's efforts on providing an exceptional customer experience – “one that puts the joy back in movie-watching and creates customers for life,” says Hastings on his company website. In the spring of 2005, Netflix was named the world's number one Internet site for customer satisfaction by ForeSee Results and FGI Research. In the fall of 2005, Netflix was also named the winner of Fast Company magazine's national Customers First Award.


Hastings came to his high-tech career via a circuitous route. After graduating from Bowdoin College in Maine, he joined the Peace Corps and taught math in Swaziland. He returned to California and became a computer programmer, eventually founding his first company, Pure Software, a maker of software development tools. Pure Software, which he built into one of the world's 50 largest public software companies, was acquired by Rational Software in 1997. Hastings headed back to school after the acquisition, earning a master's degree in computer science from Stanford University.


In addition to his successful tech ventures, Hastings has long been an advocate for education, championing charter public schools and local school bonds. He also served as president of the California State Board of Education and was a co-founder of Aspire Public Schools, NewSchools, and EdVoice.


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Former Dean Laura Tyson to Return to Haas School


Former Haas School Dean Laura D’Andrea Tyson, who has been on leave from her UC Berkeley faculty position since she left in 2002 to become the dean of the London Business School, will return to her faculty position at the Haas School in January 2007.


While details of her return are being finalized, she is expected to be back in the classroom teaching students soon after her return.


“Having Laura Tyson back at Haas will be great for the school, especially for the students who will be lucky to have her as a teacher,” said Dean Tom Campbell.


Tyson has been a professor at the Haas School since 1990, holding joint appointments with the Haas School and the Department of Economics. She was appointed as dean of the Haas School in 1998 and took a leave of absence in 2002 to accept the position of dean at the London Business School.


Tyson served as chairman of the National Economic Council in 1995-96 and as chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors in 1993-95 in President Clinton’s administration. She has written extensively on the national and international economies and on competition in high-tech industries. She contributes a regular column to BusinessWeek’s Economic Viewpoint.


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Asia Business Conference to Address Opportunities in Asia and For Asia, Feb. 11


Sybase CEO John Chen and Skhinder Singh Cassidy, vice president for Asia-Pacific & Latin America at Google, Inc., will be the keynote speakers for the sixth annual Asia Business Conference, "Assessing Strategic Initiatives in Asia," at the Haas School on Saturday, February 11.


Organized by full-time Berkeley MBA students of the Asia Business Conference Club, the conference will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. The keynotes will take place in Arthur Andersen Auditorium.


Throughout the day panel discussions will cover a broad spectrum of topics including marketing, investing, cultural issues, biotechnology, health care, and multimedia standards.


"Global companies face many challenges in opportunity recognition, market entry, and development when they try to expand into Asia," says Marcus Tan, Berkeley full-time MBA candidate 2006 and co-chair of the conference. "At the same time, Asian companies are exploring overseas markets for expansion. Our speakers and panels are designed to address both trends."


Tickets are $50 for the general public and $25 for students. Tickets are available at http://berkeleyabc.org/2006/index.html.


The conference is hosted by the Asian Business Conference Club in collaboration with the Management of Technology Program (MOT), the Clausen Center for International Business & Policy, and the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.


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Get Ready for UniBears: New Voicemail System to be Activated, January 28


The Haas School has arranged on-site training to help faculty and staff make the most of the upgraded voicemail system, UniBears, which will roll out across the Berkeley campus on Saturday, January 28.


All voicemail users must call 643-2929 to reset their passwords and to record a new name and greeting before the switchover to have continuous service. Voicemail messages, recorded names, recorded greetings, and passwords on the old system will not automatically migrate to the new system. Once the UniBears system is activated, the phone number to access voicemail will again be 643-5530.


Visit http://unibears.berkeley.edu for more information on changing over to the new system.


The new system will provide an enhanced level of service beyond the current voicemail, such as a web interface that allows users to change playback mode and how messages are counted and sorted. Most Haas School faculty and staff have the enhanced level of service and can find out how to use these new services by attending on-site training listed below:


Tuesday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. to noon (FULL)
Wednesday, February 15, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Please contact Jennifer Sullivan at jennifer@haas.berkeley.edu to sign up.


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Entrepreneurs Forum Leads off Semester with Panel on Cross-Border Investing, Jan. 26


The Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum will shine its light on Israel as a case study for cross-border investing at its first event of the year on Thursday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.


The Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum is hosted by the Haas School’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. It meets every third Thursday of the month, starting with a lively networking session at 6:30 p.m. followed by a speaker or panel discussion.


This Thursday’s event will look at the changing world of start-ups, in which even the youngest ventures look abroad for labor and funding sources, while venture capitalists are expanding their search for promising innovations from around the world. The panel will feature Isaac Applbaum, founding partner of Opus Capital; Steve Krausz, general partner of US Venture Partners; and Opher Kahane, vice president of Voice Technologies at Juniper Networks. David Akov, Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest, will give the opening remarks.


Additional Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum events this semester include:
+ February 23: Opportunity Identification in the Energy World
+ March 23: Presentation of the 2006 Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Award
+ April 27: Eigth Annual UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition Finalist Presentations and Awards Ceremony


For more information or to register, visit http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/jan06.asp.


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Publicizing an Event at Haas? Online Guide Provides Answers


Ever wonder how to get an event promoted to the greater UC Berkeley community, listed on the Haas School kiosks, or announced in the Haas NewsWire? These questions and more are answered by the Guide to Publicity at the Haas School available online.


This step-by-step guide to publicizing Haas events of all shapes and sizes provides not only the pertinent contact information, but also contains suggestions of other publications and websites to contact based on the size and type of event being planned. The full guide can be found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/haas/publicity.html. The form for posting an event on the Haas events calendar is at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/calendar.


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Haas in the News


David Charron, associate director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation , was mentioned in San Jose Business Journal article, titled “ New businesses continue to flourish in county ,” on January 16. For full article: http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2006/01/16/smallb2.html?jst=pn_pn_lk


Hal Varian , professor in the Haas Operations and Information Technology Management Group, was mentioned in a January 16 article in Daily Policy Digest titled “Americans Have the It Edge.” For full article: http://www.ncpa.org/newdpd/dpdarticle.php?article_id=2766


Varian was quoted in a January 16 article titled “ You Call Yourself a Manager? Well, You're Not Alone ,” in InformationWeek regarding the role of a project manager. For full article: http://www.informationweek.com/industries/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=177100274


Peter Sealey, adjunct professor in the Haas Marketing Group, was quoted in a January 15 USA Today article titled “ Truth falls to 'Pieces' after suspect memoir ,” regarding a non-fiction book with fabricated facts. For full article: http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2006-01-15-truth-debate_x.htm


Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? , the book by Philip Tetlock, Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair II in Leadership and Communication, was mentioned in publications around the world:
+ Swedish Newspaper Aftonbladet in an article titled “ Philip E Tetlock: EXPERT POLITICAL JUDGEMENT ­How good is it? How can we know? ”
+ The Wall Street Journal in a January 6 article titled “Evaluating Political Pundits.” For full article: http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB113631113499836645.html
+ The Boston Globe in a December 30 article titled “ Hedgehogs and Foxes .” For full article: http://nl.newsbank.com/cgi-bin/ngate/BG?ext_docid=10ED514492E24250& ext_hed=HEDGEHOGS/20AND/20FOXES&ext_theme=by&pubcode=BG (login required)
+ National Review Online in a December 20 article titled “Differently Clued.” For full article: http://www.nationalreview.com/derbyshire/derbyshire200512200830.asp


Hal Varian was mentioned in an eGov Monitor article, titled “International conference on the future Digital Economy – Rome,” on January 13. He will be one of the speakers at this conference. For full article: http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/4202


Terrance Odean, the Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair II in Leadership and Communication, was mentioned in various news outlets regarding how women save and invest their money:
+ Motley Fool article on January 13 titled “Money for Women.” For full article: http://www.fool.com/news/commentary/2006/commentary06011301.htm
+ Lexington Herald-Leader on December 31 titled “My Dumbest Investment.” For full article: http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/business/13521944.htm


Priya Raghubir, an associate professor in the Marketing Group, was mentioned on January 2 in the Telegraph article, titled “Glass short, high large. Next time, don’t be deceived by the size of the container.” For full article: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060102/asp/frontpage/story_5671656.asp


Jenny Chatman, the Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management, was quoted in a San Francisco Examiner article titled “ Employees feeling the squeeze” on January 2. For full article: http://www.sfexaminer.com/articles/2006/01/02/business/20050102_bu01_employ.txt


Sebastian Teunissen, executive director of the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy and adjunct professor was interviewed in the December issue of Viti Vini C c ultura regarding the potential for Chilean wines in Asia.


Severin Borenstein , the E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, was mentioned in a San Jose Mercury News article on December 31, titled “Gas, electric price increases to kick in.” For full article: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/13523137.htm


Jim Wilcox, Kruttschnitt Family Professor of Financial Institutions, was quoted in a December 30 article in the San Jose Business Journal titled “Banks finding unique ways to train consumers early in life.” For full article: http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2006/01/02/story8.html?t=printable


Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, was featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition in a piece about his work to found the first Ivy League-quality University in Ghana on December 30. His co-founder, Nina Marini, MBA 99, was also mentioned. For full story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5074440


Teunissen was interviewed on December 24 by El Mercurio regarding efforts to save the cultural heritage on Easter Island.


Teunissen was interviewed on ABC 7 News on December 14 regarding Intellectual Property Rights and counterfeiting issues in China . For full story: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=business&id=3726623


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Happening at Haas


UC BERKELEY ENTREPRENEURS FORUM
Cross Border Investing: Israel as a Case Study
Thursday, January 26
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium
The UC Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum begins the new year with a look at the changing world for start-ups, where even the youngest companies look to international markets for sources of labor and/or funding and where venture capitalists are equally willing to look across borders in their search for excellence. Panelists include Isaac Applbaum, founding partner of Opus Capital; Opher Kahane, vice president of voice technologies at Juniper Networks; Steve Krausz, general partner at USVP; and David Akov, consul general of Israel for the Pacific Northwest.
To register visit http://www.acteva.com/go/bef     


DEAN'S SPEAKER SERIES
Intel CEO and Haas Alumnus Paul Otellini, MBA 74
Wednesday, February 1
Wells Fargo Room
This event is part of the Dean's Speaker Series, and is free and open to the public. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Under Otellini's leadership, Intel has moved beyond microprocessors into platforms. In early 2005, Intel underwent a broad reorganization bringing all the major product groups in line with the company's strategy to drive development of complete technology platforms based on Intel ingredients. Intel created five new business units to support this change: the Mobility Group, the Digital Enterprise Group, the Digital Home Group, the Digital Health Group, and the Channel Products Group.
For more information, contact Ute Frey at 510-642-0342 or frey@haas.berkeley.edu.


DEAN'S SPEAKER SERIES
Chief of International Monetary Fund Rodrigo Rato, MBA 74
Friday, February 3
11:30 a.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium
The event is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series and is co-sponsored by the Haas School’s Clausen Center for International Business and Policy. It is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. At the IMF, Rato is redefining the IMF’s role to “ensure that the IMF can help all member countries face the challenge of integrating into the global economy,” he stated in a September 14, 2005, article in the Financial Times. His objectives include scaling back and streamlining some of the IMF’s activities and bringing a more focused approach on the IMF’s work in low-income countries. He also proposed reassessing the IMF’s governance to ensure fair representation of its member countries. He presided over the IMF’s approval of a 100 percent debt relief on $3.3 billion owed to the fund by 19 of the world’s poorest countries that was announced in December.
For more information on the event, contact Sarah Benson at 510-642-2734 or at benson@haas.berkeley.edu.


Seminars


SEMINAR IN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND POLICY
“A Theory of Fairness in Labor Markets” by Dan Benjamin, Harvard University
Wednesday, January 25
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250
For more information, contact Carol Chapman at cchapman@haas.berkeley.edu.


INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
"Emotional Activity Around Structural Holes" by Ron Burt, University of Chicago
Thursday, January 26
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
S480
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.


SHANSBY MARKETING SEMINAR SERIES
Aradhna Krishna, University of Michigan
Friday, January 27
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.


SEMINAR IN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND POLICY
“Capital Structure as a Strategic Variable: Evidence from Collective Bargaining" by David Matsa, MIT
Wednesday, February 1
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250
For more information, contact Carol Chapman at cchapman@haas.berkeley.edu.


INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
Paul Gertler, Haas School
Thursday, February 2
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 325
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.


SHANSBY MARKETING SEMINAR SERIES
Anja Lambrecht, UCLA
Friday, February 3
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.


SEMINAR IN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND POLICY
“ Information acquisition and flexible preferences in committees " by Santiago Oliveros , Wisconsin
Wednesday, February 8
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250
For more information, contact Carol Chapman at cchapman@haas.berkeley.edu.


INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
"Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship" by David Baron, Stanford University
Thursday, February 9
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 325
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.


SHANSBY MARKETING SEMINAR SERIES
Bob Zajonc, Stanford
Friday, February 10
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.


Alumni Events


SAN FRANCISCO ALUMNI
"Fourth Annual Haas Celebration in San Francisco: The Future of Energy in the United States"
Wednesday, January 25
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Gap Inc. Corporate Headquarters, Two Folsom Street, San Francisco
The San Francisco Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network and the Haas School of Business invite you to the Haas Celebration in San Francisco, an alumni networking event and presentation on "The Future of Energy in the United States." Please join David O'Reilly, chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation for a discussion of the future of energy production and use across the globe. He will be joined by Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School and director of the UC Energy Institute.
To register, go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=99864.
For more information, contact the Haas Alumni Relations office at alumni@haas.berkeley.edu.


SAN FRANCISCO ALUMNI
Bar of the Month: Haas Biotech & Healthcare Alumni
Tuesday, January 31
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Gordon Biersch Brewery, 2 Harrison Street, San Francisco
Join Haas biotech and healthcare alumni for happy hour at Gordon Biersch in San Francisco, courtesy of the Haas alumni office. It will be a fun evening of socializing and networking.
RSVP to Gerrit van Roekel at roekel@mba.berkeley.edu.


SOUTH BAY ALUMNI
Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament and Haas Fundraiser
Wednesday, February 1
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
UCSC Extension Campus, 1180 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale
Support Haas and have fun doing it! Please join us for our second annual South Bay Haas Alumni Network Poker Fundraiser – play Texas Hold 'em Poker and contribute to the Haas Fund. Last year the event sold out quickly, so don't delay, sign up now. In addition to a great night, we also have some big prizes from Haas, including free tickets to the faculty colloquium and other Haas events, in addition to great Haas Gear. And the grand prize will be a Haas School executive education class (Financial Analysis for Non-financial Executives), worth $1200.
Register each player at http://www.acteva.com/go/hansb. After you register, make your $50 donation directly to Haas at https://colt.berkeley.edu/urelgift/haas.html. Finally, be sure to print your receipt to bring to the event.
For more information, contact Victor Adint at Victor.Adint@morganstanley.com or 408-286-6060 office, 408-646-9469 cell.


LOS ANGELES ALUMNI
Panel Discussion, "Catch the China Wave: Get the Inside Story on Doing Business with China"
Thursday, February 2
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Jonathan Club, 545 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles
The Haas School of Business Los Angeles Alumni Chapter invites alumni to a panel discussion, "Catch the China Wave: Get the Inside Story on Doing Business with China" A panel of experts will provide you with a glimpse into how business is done between the US and China. The event is sponsored by HSBC, Alschuler, Grossman, Stein, and Kahan, LLP, and BDO Seidman LLP. The panel discussion is presented by the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter in association with the Wharton Club of Southern California and Stanford Business School Los Angeles Alumni Chapter.
To register, go to http://www.haasla.com/pages/020206_China.html.
For more information, contact Aaron Schechter at aaron@splusc.com or 310-477-6694.


NEW ENGLAND ALUMNI
Cross Business School Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 7
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Julien Bar and Lounge, Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin Street, Boston
Join alums from Wharton, Sloan (MIT), INSEAD, IMD, Stanford, Stern (NYU), Tuck (Dartmouth), SOM (Yale), London Business School, Johnson (Cornell), Fuqua (Duke), Harvard, and Columbia for the monthly Cross Business Happy Hour. It is a great way to meet and mingle with alums from Haas and other business schools.
For more information, contact Karen O'Brien at karen_obrien@usa.net.


SAN FRANCISCO ALUMNI
Haas Connections/Networking Evening: The State of Corporate Responsibility
Wednesday, February 8
7:00 p . m . to 10:00 p . m .
Varnish Art Gallery , 77 Natoma Street, San Francisco
SF alumni are invited to a joint social event with the Center for Responsible Business. Join the Center for Responsible Business, the Berkeley Net Impact Club, and the Haas Alumni Network San Francisco Chapter for a special evening of networking and discussion on: The State of Corporate Responsibility. Engage with other Haas alumni interested in corporate social responsibility. Connect with current Haas students dedicated to redefining the role of business in society. Learn about the Center for Responsible Business’s innovative activities and how you can get involved. Build on ways to use your business expertise to create positive impact.
For more information, contact Joanna Trammell at joannat@haas.berkeley.edu.


BAY AREA ALUMNI
Haas Celebration in Silicon Valley
Wednesday, February 15
6:00 p . m . to 8:00 p . m .
Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton
The South Bay Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network invites you to the Seventh Annual Haas Alumni Network Celebration in Silicon Valley. This always popular networking and speaker presentation event is not to be missed. Special keynote presentation on Leadership by Jeff Tedford, Cal’s football coach.
To register, go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=99865.
For information, contact the Haas Alumni Relations office at alumni@haas.berkeley.edu.


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