Haas NewsWire

Haas NewsWire, March 12, 2001

***John Doerr has canceled the lecture he was scheduled to give on March 21, 2001 at Haas.***


Six Teams Advance to the Final Round of the Haas Social Venture Competition
Arun Sarin, MBA 78, Named Haas Alumni Fellow
Haas Organizes the First UC Berkeley Symposium in Tokyo
MOT Students Volunteer as Judges at Silicon Valley Science Fair
Haas Co-sponsors New Media Panel Presentation with J-School
New Video Room on the Haas Web Site Features Best of Recent Speakers
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Recently-selected finalists in the Haas Social Venture Competition seek to salvage timber from the Amazon, turn ocean waves into electricity, use new technology to assist drug discovery, align personal values and financial goals, boost literacy with technology, and issue loans to developing world businesses.

The six ventures, whose plans offer both financial profits and social return on investment, are on their way to the final round of the Haas Social Venture Competition.

In its second year, the Haas Social Venture Competition attracted 33 participating teams from 15 business schools, including Cornell, Columbia, Kellogg, Michigan, Stanford, and Yale.

The competition judges evaluate plans based on their profit potential and on their quantifiable social or environmental bottom line. To compete successfully, a venture must show a demonstrably greater impact of its social return on investment than existing firms in the industry. "The first-round judges held the plans to extremely high standards in terms of both profit and social impact potential," said Josie Taylor, a competition organizer and first-year MBA student.

The six finalists are:

On April 14, the six finalists will present their business plans to the judges in the final round of the competition. The winner will be announced that same day at a final celebration dinner at the Claremont Hotel at 6:00 p.m. The winner will take $10,000 in prize money. Second- and third-place winners will each receive $2,000. All three ventures will have their plans circulated among the 150 social investors participating in the Investor's Circle. The competition judges include top venture capitalists, social venture investors, philanthropists, and social venture business leaders.

Competition sponsors are The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Juma Enterprise Center, Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Flatiron Foundation, Mitchell Kapor Foundation, The Price Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Calvert, Shorebank Corporation, Sustainable Jobs Fund, and Walden Asset Management. Honest Tea, Investors' Circle, and John Bishop contributed in-kind donations.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.haassocialventure.net.

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Arun Sarin, MBA 78, an industry leader in the area of wireless communication and international Internet technology, has been named a Haas Alumni Fellow for the Spring 2001 semester. The fellowship is intended to give the Haas School community the chance to engage in an extended dialogue with a distinguished alumnus.

Three events are planned for this semester:

Sarin's rapid rise to senior management followed early management consulting and corporate development experience including positions as vice president, general manager and chief financial officer at Pacific Bell and vice president of corporate strategy for Pacific Telesis Group. At 35, he was the youngest officer at Pacific Telesis Group. Sarin is the former chief executive officer of InfoSpace, Inc., the leading global Internet infrastructure company. He joined InfoSpace in May 2000 from Vodafone AirTouch, where he served as CEO of the US and Asia Pacific regions. A profile of Sarin from CalBusiness magazine can be found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/calbusiness/f99articles/f99.15.html.

Sarin received MBA and MS degrees from UC Berkeley and a BS in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. Currently he is a member of the boards of directors for Vodafone AirTouch, Charles Schwab Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., the World Affairs Council, The Asian Pacific Fund and The Asia Foundation. Sarin also serves on the Advisory Board of both the Haas School and Berkeley's International House.

Detailed information on Sarin's events will be available soon, and posted in the Haas NewsWire.

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UC Berkeley will be holding its first-ever educational and interactive symposium in Tokyo, Japan, drawing on the fields where Berkeley has led the world over the last 60 years: technology and entrepreneurship. Three units on the Berkeley campus -- the Haas School, the College of Engineering, and International House -- are partnering on the "21st Century Economy: Technology and Entrepreneurship" symposium in Tokyo from May 31 to June 2, 2001.

UC Berkeley alumni and members of the UC Berkeley community are invited to attend this special event. The symposium will bring together UC Berkeley faculty and alumni and corporate executives from Japan and throughout Asia to address technology, venture capital, marketing, and cross-cultural relationships in the 21st century. The symposium is geared to managers and executives in technology, manufacturing, investment, and trading companies seeking competitive advantage through new entrepreneurial strategies at their companies and entrepreneurs wishing to learn winning strategies for new technology venture creation.

"This symposium will bring together an exciting group of alumni and friends of the University of California," said Tenny Frost, director of alumni relations and the symposium's chief organizer. "Attendees of our past symposia have found these gatherings to be an incredibly rich resource for them personally and professionally: they are learning from world-class faculty and networking with business leaders from around the globe."

The symposium opens on Thursday, May 31, with an evening welcome reception for alumni hosted by the UC Japan Alumni Association. The all-day symposium and evening reception on Friday, June 1, is open to the public as well as Berkeley alumni. The symposium concludes on Saturday, June 2, with an alumni brunch and keynote address by Mr. Glen Fukushima, president, Arthur D. Little (Japan), Inc.

Speakers include Dean Laura D'Andrea Tyson; Dean A. Richard Newton, College of Engineering; Professor Jerry Engel, executive director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Andrew Isaacs, executive director, Management of Technology Program. Keynote presentations will be made by Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, president and CEO, NTT DoCoMo; Mr. Masayasu Kitagawa, governor of Mie Prefecture; and Dr. Hisashi Kaneko, counselor (former Chairman), NEC Corporation.

Confirmed industry speakers and panelists include Susumu Furukawa, senior vice president for Consumer Strategy, Microsoft; Dr. Hirotaka Takeuchi, MBA 71, Ph.D. 77, dean of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University; Ikuo Nishioka, president and CEO, Mobile Internet Capital; Hiroshi Mikitani, president and CEO, Rakuten Inc.; Dr. Sachio Semmoto, founder, chairman and CEO, eAccess, Ltd.; and Masao Tejima, special advisor, Director of the Board, Macromedia Japan K.K.

The Haas School has hosted international alumni events in Asia and Europe for the past 8 years as part of the school's global alumni relations outreach program. For symposium registration information or questions view http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/symposium/.

In addition to the symposium, there will be a two-day executive education seminar in Tokyo on "Technology and Entrepreneurship Management" on June 4 and 5, 2001.

This special program, offered for the first time in Japan, will examine and share UC Berkeley's most fundamental lessons on the creation of new technology ventures for the new century. The instructors for the program are Richard Newton, dean and professor, College of Engineering; Jerry Engel, executive director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Drew Isaacs, executive director, Management of Technology Program. Guest speakers for the program will be announced at a later date.

For more information, please send e-mail to exedev@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Several dozen MBA, engineering, and information management students will lend the next generation of scientists and technologists a helping hand as judges at an upcoming science and technology fair in Silicon Valley.

The Berkeley students, all enrolled in the interdisciplinary Management of Technology (MOT) program, will volunteer as judges for the roughly 1000 entrants from schools throughout Santa Clara County that have registered to participate.

This regional science fair, called Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship, takes place on March 16 and 17 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Grand prize winners will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose in May. The science fair is open to the public.

"The graduate students who volunteer in the science fair as mentors and judges come from a wide variety of backgrounds," said Andrew Isaacs, executive director of MOT, who encouraged his students to apply their skills as judges at the science fair. "What they all have in common, more than just an interest in science and technology, is a strong desire to help the next generation stick with their interest in the sciences and experience the joy that comes from understanding the world around us."

The Synopsys Outreach Foundation sponsors the Synopsys Science and Technology Championship as part of its effort to support technology and science education through project-based learning among students in the Silicon Valley. Synopsys is a Silicon Valley company that designs automation products for semiconductor, computer, communications, consumer electronics, and aerospace companies.

The Synopsys Outreach Foundation works collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and volunteers from the Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association (SCVSEFA), the nonprofit corporation that has organized the regional science fair for the past 40 years. The foundation also promotes high school student involvement in sciencepalooza!, a science project display for students in the East Side Union High School District, at which MOT students also volunteered as judges on March 3.

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Dean Laura Tyson will be joining UC Berkeley School of Journalism Dean Orville Schell on a panel to discuss the past and future of publishing in the New Economy on Friday, April 6. "Publishing in the New Economy: Past and Future" will take place in the Valley Life Sciences Building from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The panel will examine what lessons can be learned from the early days of publishing in the new economy and what the future holds in store. Appearing with the deans will be Louis Rossetto, co-founder of Wired magazine; Jane Metcalfe, co-founder of Wired magazine; and John Battelle, co-founder of Wired magazine, and CEO, The Industry Standard.

The panel is co-sponsored by the Haas School and the Graduate School of Journalism. This panel session is the opening event for the day-long New Media Conference taking place on Saturday, April 7. The New Media conference is over-booked at this point and no more registrations are being accepted, although there are spaces available for the Friday night panel. Contact newmedia@uclink.berkeley.edu for more information.

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For those of you who can't make it to hear every speaker who comes to Haas, the Haas web site now offers an alternative, according to Debra Goldentyer, web editor and member of the Haas Web Team. The Haas Video Room (http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/haas/video_room) connects you to the current line-up of video clips from recent speakers. Right now you can view selections from:

The contents of the Video Room will change as new clips are posted, so visit frequently. The Video Room was organized through the combined effort of the Web Team, Media Relations, and Haas Computing Services.

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New Alumni Relations Assistant

Andrea Hilkovitz joins the Alumni Relations team as their new administrative assistant. Andrea is a 1999 Rice University graduate who most recently taught French in the Oakland Unified School District through the Teach for America program. Andrea will be heading to graduate school this fall for a PhD in Comparative Literature, but in the interim has signed on to help the busy alumni relations office organize and plan events for alumni and students.

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Participate in the Haas alumni and Evening MBA Career Fairs on Monday April 9, 2001, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Forum. The event is free to all. This event is designed so the alumni job fair overlaps with the Evening MBA job fair, affording all of the companies and attendees an opportunity for networking. Most job openings will be for mid- to senior-level "experienced hire" positions.

Haas alumni will be hosting tables representing their companies during the entire job fair from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Students from the Evening MBA program will host tables representing their companies. The evening students will be in attendance during the evening MBA program's break from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Please contact John Morel to reserve a table at 510-642-7731 or morel@haas.berkeley.edu.


It's once again time for the Annual Haas Faculty/Staff vs. Student Softball Challenge. The game will be on Friday, April 6 at North Field (north of Hearst Gym and East of Barrows; the same place it was last year). Contact Coach Gundars "The Renegotiator" Strads at strads@haas.berkeley.edu to join up.

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David Aaker, professor emeritus of marketing, wrote an OpEd for the Wall Street Journal on March 12. "Manager's Journal: What Separate Web Winners from Losers," is about dot-com efforts at brand building and how to do it successfully.

Hal Varian, dean of the School of Information Management and Systems and a professor in the Haas Manufacturing and Information Technology Group, was quoted in the American, European, and Asian versions of the Wall Street Journal on March 9 in an article titled, "Dot-Com Post Mortem."

Aaker's book, Managing Brand Equity, was mentioned in the Philadelphia Daily Inquirer on March 9, in an article titled, "Promos: Creating an Image and Making Brands Stand Out."

Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration and the director of the University of California Energy Institute, appeared on NPR's Morning Edition on March 8 discussing the California energy crisis.

Carl Shapiro, the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy and the director of the Institute of Business and Economics Research, and coauthor Hal Varian's book, Information Rules, were mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald on March 7 in an article titled, "Down, But Not Out."

Borenstein was also quoted in the Los Angeles Times on March 6 in an article titled, "Real-Time Metering Explored as Spur to Energy Conservation." Borenstein was also quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune on March 3, the Capital Times on March 5, and the Journal Record on March 5. He also spoke on KQED's California Report on March 5.

The Center for Executive Development's Venture Capital Executive Program was mentioned in "Venture Capital: Is the US the Right Paradigm for Europe?" written by Manuel Iserloh, who was a visiting scholar at Haas in fall 2000. Read the full article at http://www.venturetimes.de/heads/iserloh.html.

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