Undergrads Win Case Competition in Hong Kong

A team of Haas undergraduates bested 17 other schools Oct. 27 to win the Citi International Case Competition at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

The Haas School team consisted of Sean Huang and Wei Li, both BS 09, and Sagar Gupta and Jimmy Shi, both BS 10. Gupta also received an outstanding speaker award during the competition.

"We are very proud that our students won this prestigious competition, which also was a fantastic experiential learning opportunity," says Erika Walker, executive director of the Undergraduate Program. "Their triumph is a huge coup for the Haas School's Undergraduate Program."

Other competing schools included Georgetown, University of Virginia, University of Southern California, and McGill University; National University of Singapore and Auckland University of Technology in the Asia-Pacific; and the Helsinki School of Economics and Lund University in Europe.

The 13 competition judges complimented the Haas School team's performance and depth of analysis, which was of such high caliber that they thought the team consisted of MBA students. The judges included senior leaders from Citi; HKUST; and Ocean Park Corp., an amusement park in Hong Kong, which was the subject of the case competition.

As part of the competition, held from Oct. 20 to Oct. 23, students visited Ocean Park, where they listened to a two-hour presentation by the general manager on the park's expansion plans, including additional rides, animals, and an exhibit with year-round snow.

Each team had 26 hours to conduct an in-depth analysis of the case and provide strategic recommendations to Ocean Park management. During that period, students could not contact colleagues at their home institution or their advisor, Janet Amador, the Haas Undergraduate Program's director of admissions and operations, who accompanied the students to Hong Kong.

The three other finalists in the competition were Simon Fraser University in Canada, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and the National University of Singapore.

The Citi International Case Competition is sponsored by the Citi Foundation and jointly organized by Citi and the HKUST's School of Business and Management.

For more information about the Citi International Case Competition in Hong Kong, visit http://www.bm.ust.hk/ug/CICC. To read more about Haas students' experience in the competition, see the Haas undergraduate students' blog at http://haasundergrad.blogspot.com/.


Citi International Case Competition winners

MBA Student Wins International Sales Competition

Satadip Dutta, a third-year student in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program, beat out competitors from 11 business schools to claim the $3,000 top prize at the International MBA Sales Competition hosted by MIT's Sloan School of Management.

The invitation-only competition aimed to challenge the managerial sales training of students from such schools as Harvard, Kellogg, Stanford, and Wharton. Students were put through their paces over the phone in a preliminary round, followed by individual and group presentations at the Oct. 18 finals. They had between 5 minutes and 25 minutes to seal the deal or get that next meeting as they pitched wealth management services to a Chilean entrepreneur in a cold call, persuaded a furniture retailer to accept American Express, and offered sales enablement solutions to Google.

The top three students from each school advanced to the final round. The Haas School was represented by Dutta, a senior product manager for Hewlett-Packard; second-year evening and weekend MBA student Colleen Varley, who placed in the top ten; and full-time Berkeley MBA student Naveed Makhani, MBA 10.

"This gave me an opportunity to see the level of on-your-feet thinking you have to do to gain credibility in a very short span of time when meeting with an executive team," says Dutta, who says he applied lessons from Lecturer Steve Martin's Sales Strategy and Management course in the competition.

"The collaborative Haas environment was also key," Dutta adds. "We are constantly in situations where we have to persuade each other."

Haas Alum Wins $275,000 Google Award

Chris Hulls

A startup company created by Chris Hulls, BS 06, has won a $275,000 Google software challenge award for a mobile application that will help families stay connected during emergencies.

Life360 is one of ten first-place winners in Google's $10 million Android Developer Challenge, created to encourage third parties to build applications for the search giant's new smart-phone platform. Life360's application solves the problem of voice channels becoming overloaded during earthquakes and other disasters by transferring voice information to data channels.

Hulls' idea for the company grew out of the widespread chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina. He first wrote his business plan for a web-based system to allow families to prepare for emergencies -- both big and small -- during a Haas entrepreneurship class. Hulls then developed the idea at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation's Berkeley Entrepreneurship Laboratory, a business incubator for startups created by Haas students and recent graduates.

"Long term, we are building applications that will help families connect during any emergency, no matter what their level of technology is," Hulls says.

The winning application is just one aspect of Life360's multi-pronged approach, which includes customized disaster kits, identification bracelets with a central phone number to notify families of toddlers lost at the mall, and even a GPS-based curfew monitoring system so parents can get a wake-up call if their teenager stays out too late.

Life360 now has seven full-time employees, including Chief Technology Officer Dilpreet Singh, MBA 09, a student in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program. Hulls hopes to launch the company in early 2009. He says Google award will help convince potential investors that the company technically viable.

For more information on the company, see http://www.life360.com.

Experts to Explore Financial Turmoil's Impact on Real Estate, Nov. 5

Four experts will examine how the current financial turmoil has affected the real estate industry in a panel discussion Nov. 5 hosted by the Undergraduate Real Estate Club and the Undergraduate Finance Association.

The panel will consist of Joe Cook, Northern California managing director of Cushman & Wakefield; Sean Flannery, Wells Fargo senior VP of real estate merchant banking; Dave White, director of acquisitions at Prudential Real Estate Investors; and Ezra Mersey, principal and founder of Jackson Pacific Ventures.

Robert Edelstein, co-chair of the Haas School's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, will be the moderator. Panelists will talk about how the financial turmoil has affected their industries, what they are doing to succeed, and what changes and opportunities they envision in the future.

The event is open to the public. It will begin with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Bank of America Forum, followed by the panel discussion and a question-and-answer session from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

To register, email urec@ocf.berkeley.edu. Attendees also can register at the event.

North Face CEO to Speak at Haas, Nov. 17

Steve Rendle

Steve Rendle, CEO of San Leandro-based outdoor clothing and equipment retailer The North Face, will speak at the Haas School at 7:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Wells Fargo Room.

Rendle will discuss the secrets to leading The North Face in this CEO Spotlight Event sponsored by the MBA General Management and Strategy Club. The series, which commenced last May with a talk by retired Dreyer's Ice Cream President Rick Cronk, gives students the opportunity to learn from executives who have become successful leaders while taking risks, making difficult decisions, and balancing work and family.

Rendle joined The North Face in 1999 and has been a key leader behind the successful growth of the business since its acquisition in 2000 by VF Corp., the world's largest clothing company, whose other brands include JanSport, Vans, Wrangler, and Nautica. He also helped develop The North Face's philanthropic expedition program, which provides aid and support to local communities that assist athletes in their quests to explore remote regions of the world.

Prior to joining The North Face, Rendle was director of North American sales and operations for the global apparel manufacturer, Youngone, and held a leadership position at W.L. Gore and Associates' Fabrics Division. He holds a BS from the University of Washington.

Rendle's lecture is open to all MBA students. The lecture is free for General Management and Strategy Club members and costs $10 for non-members. The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 6:00 p.m. for Rendle with General Management and Strategy Club members and invited Haas alumni.

For more information or club registration, contact gms@haas.berkeley.edu.

Research Spotlight: Prof. John Morgan Finds Mandatory Voting Reduces Electoral Corruption

As the 2008 presidential election reports record voter turnout, a new study by Haas School Professor John Morgan provides compelling evidence that mandatory voting may be the best way to reduce electoral corruption.

In their working paper, "Negative Vote Buying and the Secret Ballot," Morgan and co-author Felix Vardy, a senior economist at the World Bank, found that combining the present secret ballot with a requirement that every eligible American vote would remove the possibility of "vote buying" -- the act of bribing voters.

"Mandatory voting removes all scope for vote buying in our model," says Morgan, who holds the Gary and Sherron Kalbach Chair in Business Administration. "We must look at compulsory voting."

In their paper, Morgan and Vardy asked, "If you were interested in vote buying, how would you best do it? How do you know you got what you paid for?"

While many believe that the secret ballot offers an effective vote-buying deterrent, earlier studies suggested that its introduction in the late 1800s may have actually increased the practice of buying votes. The problem is that negative vote buying -- paying voters to abstain -- may be a viable way to swing an election.

Morgan and Vardy studied the effects of the secret ballot on both positive and negative vote buying in two-party elections by creating a theoretical model in which voters may choose not to vote, two interest groups exist, and both the open and closed ballots are studied

When votes are not secret, positive vote buying provides a powerful tool. Flipping an opposing voter to your side provides a two vote advantage -- subtracting one vote from the opposition while adding a vote to your tally. Paying an opposing voter to stay home only shifts the vote total by one.

Under a secret ballot, flipping an opposing voter is no longer guaranteed. The only foolproof way to influence the outcome is to get out the vote on your side and suppress turnout by the opposition. Negative vote buying -- paying the opposition to stay home -- becomes essential.

Surprisingly, the study finds that the use of the secret ballot can make it easier and cheaper for parties to exert influence than with an open ballot. Moreover, vote buying becomes more pervasive as both sides struggle to mobilize their supporters and suppress the opposition.

"Taken together, this suggests that the common intuition about the effectiveness of the secret ballot as a robust deterrent to electoral corruption needs to be revisited," Morgan concludes.

Morgan hopes his work paves the way for a new dual policy prescription of the secret ballot combined with mandatory voting. "If you have two types of vote buying, you need two instruments to discourage such corruption," Morgan says.

First, the secret ballot is essential to reduce vote buying. Potential buyers always take the risk that the paid voter doesn't vote as agreed. Second, compulsory voting makes it more difficult to pay a voter to abstain, thus combating negative vote buying.

Morgan believes such compulsory voting could be beneficial beyond election results. "If you have to be involved, maybe you will become more informed by necessity," Morgan adds.

Morgan is a professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group. He teaches game theory, contract theory, and strategy.

Intel+Berkeley Tech Challenge to Coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week

Eco-friendly musical instruments, climate-controlled clothing, and a mine monitoring system are among the two dozen eclectic business ideas from around the globe that will compete in the fourth annual Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The competition, sponsored by Intel Corp. and hosted by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will be held at the Haas School from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20. Final presentations will be given at the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum at 6:00 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium. The event is open to the public. Registration is required, at http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/bef/nov08forum.html.

The competition this year coincides with the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Week, from Nov. 17 to Nov. 23, which aims to unleash young people's enterprising ideas and address some of society's biggest issues, including poverty and climate change. The global event, co-founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign, has gained pledges of support and participation from 75 countries.

The Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge fosters innovative technologies with the potential to make a positive impact on society. It attracts teams from the world's premier business and engineering schools, who were selected as winners of 13 regional partner competitions, up from ten partners last year.

Teams from Japan and Chile will be competing for the first time this year. The competition also includes teams from Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, and the US. They span a wide range of industries, including mobile and wireless, energy, consumer software, nanotechnology, life sciences, and biotechnology.

The teams are vying for significant pots of prize money -- $25,000 for first place, $10,000 for second, and $5,000 each for the third-place team as well as the "people's choice" award selected by the audience. Perhaps more significantly, the aspiring entrepreneurs get an audience with the prominent venture capitalists who serve as judges.

For more information on the Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge, visit http://www.entrepreneurshipchallenge.org. For more information on Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit http://www.unleashingideas.org.

Lecturer Peter Goodson to Talk on "Great Crash of 2008," Nov. 4

Haas School Lecturer Peter Goodson will discuss the causes and effects of the "Great Crash of 2008" in a lecture from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Cheit Hall 110.

Goodson, who teaches the school's Mergers and Acquisitions course, is very familiar with the current economic crisis and the international players attempting to stem the panic. He will share his own assessment of the impacts of the new era of crisis policy-making.

Goodson was one of the five partners at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), a private equity firm that purchases and manages large industrial companies. Prior to joining CD&R, Mr. Goodson founded Kidder, Peabody’s mergers and acquisitions group at the age of 27. Under Goodson's direction, the M&A group advised on transactions totaling approximately $30 billion in value and he established himself as one of a few leading advisors in the field.

Goodson also headed Kidder, Peabody's investment banking practice, was a leader on the firm's governing committee, and represented the firm in its record-setting sale to General Electric.

Goodson's lecture on the financial crisis will be open to all Haas graduate students. The lecture was organized by the Haas Finance Club.

Panel to Discuss Sustainable Capitalism in Emerging Economies

A panel of experts will discuss the opportunities and constraints of sustainability in developing countries and business models to lift people out of poverty on Monday, Nov. 10.

The panel discussion, part of a year-long series of events called "Capital Next," is being presented by the Haas School; Net Impact Club; and the Sustainable Products and Solutions Program, a program created by the Haas School's Center for Responsible Business in collaboration with the UC Berkeley College of Chemistry.

The panel will feature Moses Lee, research associate, educational outreach, at the University of Michigan's William Davidson Institute, which develops and disseminates expertise on issues in emerging markets; Katie Schmitz, director of marketing, communications, and research at WaterHealth International, which has developed water purification and disinfection technology for remote, low-income rural communities; and Israel Moreno, founder and director of the CEMEX Patrimonio Hoy Program, which aims to reduce the housing deficit in Mexico for low-income families. Isha Ray, an assistant professor in the UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group, will moderate the discussion.

Mira Inbar, MBA 09, received a $40,000 grant from the Sustainable Products and Solutions Program to organize the Capital Next series, which explores whether capitalism can evolve toward genuine sustainability.

The discussion will be held in room 110 of Boalt Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To attend, RSVP at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB228EGUNKP5T.

Moskowitz Prize Winner Finds Positive Returns without "Sin" Stock Screens

The 2008 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing has been awarded to a new study that demonstrates that socially responsible investors can do both well and good without screening out "sin" stocks.

Meir Statman of Santa Clara University and Denys Glushkov of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School won the prize for their paper titled "The Wages of Social Responsibility." Their paper explores the return advantage for investors who tilt towards companies with high scores on social responsibility characteristics, but who refrain from a blanket exclusion of "sin" stocks, commonly defined as stocks in companies involved in alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.

The Moskowitz Prize was awarded Oct. 28 by the Haas School's Center for Responsible Business in cooperation with the Social Investment Forum. The prize promotes the concept, practice, and growth of socially responsible investing.

The study by Statman and Glushkove analyzed returns of stocks rated on social responsibility by KLD Research and Analytics, a provider of environmental, social, and governance research for institutional investors.

Their findings offer fresh evidence that investors who hope to use social research metrics to improve their returns may be on the right track. But to exploit this opportunity, a best-in-class approach might be needed, as opposed to the primarily exclusionary approach currently used by most US social investors.

"This is the first paper that shows that returns for the socially responsible investment (SRI) portfolios are helped by good SRI stocks and hurt by bad SRI stocks, with the sum being returns approximately equal to the S&P 500," says Brian Bruce, Moskowitz Prize judge and director of the ENCAP Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

More than 30 papers competed for the $5,000 prize. Honorable mention was also awarded to Javier Gil-Bazo, Pablo Ruiz-Verdu, and Andre A. P. Santos from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid for their paper "The Performance of Socially Responsible Mutual Funds: The Role of Fees and Management Companies."

The sponsors of the Moskowitz Prize are Calvert Group, First Affirmative Financial Network, KLD Research & Analytics Inc., Nelson Capital Management, Neuberger Berman, Rockefeller and Co., and Trillium Asset Management.

The Moskowitz Prize was launched in 1996 by the Social Investment Forum to recognize the best quantitative study of socially responsible investing and came under the umbrella of the Center for Responsible Business in 2005. For more information, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/responsiblebusiness/MoskowitzResearchProgram.html.

Financial Times Ranks Berkeley-Columbia EMBA #3

The Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program was ranked #3 among US programs, up from #5 last year, by the annual Financial Times executive MBA ranking, published Oct. 27.

In the worldwide ranking, the Berkeley-Columbia program ranked #16, up from #18 last year. The program also ranked #6 in "aims achieved," #9 in faculty research (for Haas and Columbia faculty combined), and #4 in doctoral rank, based on Ph.D. student placement for Haas and Columbia graduates combined.

The ranking is based on a survey of EMBA alumni of the class of 2005 and on data submitted by participating schools, with alumni responses accounting for 55percent of the final ranking.

For the complete report, go to http://www.ft.com/businesseducation/emba2008.

Haas in the News - As of 11/03/08

Laura Tyson, a professor in the Business and Public Policy Group, was featured for helping write "The Progressive Blueprint," which offers proposals to the new governmental administration, in an October 30 Seattle Pi article titled "Progressive think tank offers new plan for America."

Severin Borenstein, a professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was quoted about how lower gas prices might affect other energy issues in an October 30 San Francisco Chronicle article titled "A Silver Lining--Gas Prices in Free Fall."

Tyson was featured as a potential member of Obama's cabinet post in an October 29 Business Sheet article titled "Obama's Financial Dream Team." http://www.businesssheet.com/2008/10/obama-s-financial-dream-team

Thomas Davidoff, an assistant professor in the Haas Real Estate Group, was interviewed for a Q&A in an October 29 Sacramento Bee article titled "Q&A: Strip malls face challenges in a downturn."

Ken Rosen, co-chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted about the economic recession in an October 29 GlobeSt.com article titled "Looking Into a 'Tremendous Abyss.'"

Rosen was quoted about the acquisition of a significant interest in Rosen Real Estate Securities LLC by Deutsche Bank's RREEF in an October 29 MarketWatch article titled "Deutsche Bank's Alternative Investment Management Business, RREEF, Acquires Minority Interest in Rosen Real Estate Securities."

Borenstein was quoted about a safety valve mechanism to slow the reduction of greenhouse gases in an October 28 International Herald Tribune article titled "How US Candidates Differ on Energy Policy."

Jim Wilcox, a member of the Haas Finance Group and Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was interviewed about banks and lending in an October 28 KCBS radio interview.

Rosen was quoted about the economy and job losses in an Oct. 28 Wall Street Journal article titled "Bargain Hunters Help Shrink Housing Glut."

Borenstein was quoted on offshore oil drilling's tradeoff between environmental degradation and risk in an Oct. 28 Contra Costa Times article titled "Candidates Push Energy, Drilling Issues."

Dagmar Serota, MBA 94, was featured for winning the Jefferson Award for her contribution to the community in teaching young people to support Oakland charities in her organization, Good Cents for Oakland, in an Oct. 26 San Francisco Chronicle article titled "Full-time volunteer helps kids solve problems."

Borenstein was quoted on the presidential candidates' energy proposals in an Oct. 26 Cincinnati Enquirer article titled "Energy issues getting short shrift."

Jerry Engel, executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was quoted on his participation in the Haas School panel titled "The Current Economic Turmoil and the Entrepreneur: The Impact on New Venture Financing and Survival," in an Oct. 26 San Francisco Chronicle blog entry titled "No way out."

Haas Professor and Former Dean Tom Campbell was quoted on Apple's contribution against Proposition 8 and putting corporate funds towards social issues in an Oct. 25 Los Angeles Times article titled "Apple giving $100,000 to anti-Prop. 8 campaign."

Tyson was mentioned as a possible member of Obama's economic team in an Oct. 24 Huffington Post article titled "The Obama Test: Personnel is Policy."

Terrence Odean, a professor in the Haas Finance Group, was interviewed on CBS Evening News Oct. 24.

John Quigley, a professor in the Haas Real Estate Group, was an expert on a panel titled "Bay Area Real Estate" on Michael Krasny's KQED Forum program Oct. 23.

The Haas School's Center for Financial Reporting and Management's 19th Annual Conference on Financial Accounting on Oct. 23 featured Financial Accounting Standards Board Chairman Robert Herz, who was also interviewed by KPIX CBS5 in a segment titled "Honest Accounting Key in Solving Financial Mess."

Robert Edelstein, co-chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted on how credit tightening is affecting the downturn of the economy in an Oct. 23 Jewish Exponent article titled "Real Problems for Real Estate Investors Knocking at the Door."

Wilcox was quoted Oct. 23 about his participation in a Haas School panel addressing the credit crisis in a Binghamton University article titled "Economic Talk dissects nation's crisis."

Paul Gertler, professor of health services finance, was quoted about the monetary donations by UC Berkeley employees to political candidates in an Oct. 22 Daily Californian article titled "Campus Employees Show Strong Support for Obama."

Rosen was quoted about his hope for a moderate recession in an Oct. 22 San Francisco Chronicle article titled "Finance Group Predicts Housing Weakness."

Davidoff was quoted on the current state of buying homes in an Oct. 21 Los Angeles Times article titled "Southern California home prices continue to slide." http://www.latimes.com/news/local/crime/la-fi-homes21-2008oct21,0,2937666.story

Tyson was quoted about a spending plan to rebuild infrastructure and create jobs in an Oct. 21 Wall Street Journal article titled "Volcker Makes a Comback as Part of Obama Brain Trust."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122454498635252109.html (subscription required)

Tyson was mentioned as an economic adviser to presidential candidate Barack Obama in an Oct. 21 Politico article titled "Weak on economy, candidates lean on advisers." http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14758.html

Wilcox was interviewed about the new stimulus package on an Oct. 21 KPCC's "AirTalk with Larry Mantle" segment.

Campbell was mentioned as a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments of 2008 in an Oct. 17 San Jose Mercury News Docu-Drama blog entry titled "Former Silicon Valley (and GOP) congressman Tom Campbell joins plaintiffs in lawsuit challenging telecom immunity legislation."

Tyson's 2002 article "After Irrational Exuberance, Irrational Pessimism" was quoted in a reader-submitted Oct. 16 article titled "Free Markets, Crashes, and Other Parables" in The Desert Sun.

Nicole Gehrmann, assistant director of MBA recruiting, was quoted for her career counseling to recent graduates in an Oct. 8 MarketWatch article titled "B-School: Nervous Students and Case Studies."

Happening at Haas

Ronnie Lott and Harris Barton
Co-founders, HRJ Capital
Haas Diversity in Business Conference
Friday, Nov. 7
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
International House, UC Berkeley
Registration: http://diversity.haas.berkeley.edu/2008/registration.html

Biz Stone, Twitter Co-founder
Shane Kim, Corporate VP of Strategy and Business Development,
Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Division
>play Conference
Saturday, Nov. 15
8:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium

Rohit Bhagat, Global Chief Operating Officer
Barclays Global Investors
Berkeley Finance Conference
Friday, Nov. 21
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Haas School

John Chiang, California State Controller
Kenneth T. Rosen, Co-chairman
Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics
31st Annual Real Estate and Economics Symposium
Monday, Nov. 24
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

Asia Business Center Conference
Monday, Dec. 1
Ritz-Carlton, Singapore


Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series: Internet Marketing and Business Strategies
Tuesday, Nov. 18
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Stanley Hall, room 105
Open to the public.

Fourth Annual Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge (IBTEC)
Tuesday, Nov. 18, to Thursday, Nov. 20

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum: Technology Entrepreneurship on the Global Stage
Public presentations of the Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge finalist teams.
Thursday, Nov. 20
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium
For more information and to register: http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/bef/nov08forum.html

For more information, contact Donna Seaward at dseaward@haas.berkeley.edu.

Peter Jarnebrant, Columbia University
The Silver Lining Effect: Formal Analysis and Experiment
Thursday, Nov. 6
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250

Vishal Singh, New York University
Marketing of Religion
Thursday, Nov. 13
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250


Juan Carrillo, UC Berkeley Economics Department
Thursday, Nov. 6
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 325

Justin Wolfers, Wharton
Thursday, Nov. 13
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 325

For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

Joint Stanford-Berkeley Finance Seminar at Stanford
Jules van Binsbergen,Stanford University
Predictive Regressions: A Present-Value Approach
Nicolae Gârleanu, Haas School
The Demographics of Innovation and Asset Return
Thursday, Nov. 6
2:30 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Stanford Business School, Room S152

Hanno Lustig, UCLA
A Multiplier Approach to Understanding the Macro Implications of Household Finance
Thursday, Nov. 13
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Cheit Hall 210

For more information, contact Clifford Mak at cliff_mak@haas.berkeley.edu.

Violina Rindova, The McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
Wednesday, Nov. 5
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 330

Teresa Amabile, Harvard Business School
Wednesday, Nov. 12
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 330


Linus Dahlander, Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London,
Wednseday, Nov. 5
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hearst Mining and Minerals Building, Room 290


Lars Rabbe
Partner, The StrataFusion Group
Wednesday, Nov. 5
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 230

John S. Chen
Chairman, CEO, and President, Sybase Inc.
Wednesday, Nov. 12
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 230


Columbia Career Event: The Two-Minute Pitch: Cornerstone of Effective Career Development with Ellis Chase
Thursday, Nov. 6
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Registration: Go to http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/alumni and click on "Calendar."
For more information, contact Alexandra Dreyer at ad2115@columbia.edu

Private Equity: Good Guys After All?: Discussion with Marcus Alexander, Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategic and International Management
Thursday, Nov. 6
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
London Business School, Park Road, NW1 4 SA, London
RSVP: http://forms.london.edu/form.asp?id=9760. Please return the reservation form to alumnievents@london.edu
For questions, please contact alumnirelations@london.edu

Seventh Annual Haas Gala
Friday, Nov. 7
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
San Francisco Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton at California Street, San Francisco
Registration: http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/haasgala
Cost: Complimentary for 2007-2008 Haas Leadership Society members; $85 for recent grads (2004-2008); $135 general admission

Berkeley Annual Holiday Gala
Keynote: Dr. Dorodjatun Kuntijoro Tjaki, Former Ambassador to the US, and Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy
Friday, Nov. 7
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
JL. Lingkar Mega Kuningan Kav. E.1.1 NO.1, Mega Kuningan, Jakarta, Indonesia
Cost: $30

Tailgate at USC
Saturday, Nov. 8
E-mail raffi.aharonian@gmail.com

Second Annual Hong Kong Berkeley Charity Ball 2008
Sunday, Nov. 9
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
Registration: Amy Ambrose, (510) 642-2048
Cost: Single tickets are available at HK$1500

Reception in Honor of UCLA Chancellor Gene Block
Sunday, Nov. 9
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
La Casa de La Universidad de California en Mexico, Carmen #1, Chimalistac, Delegacion Alvaro Obregon CP 01070, Mexico
RSVP: events@ucop.edu (US email), ucmexhouse@prodigy.net.mx (Mexico email), or call (01-52-55)56-62-41-36; registration ends Nov. 7.

Reception in honor of Chancellor and Mrs. Birgeneau - hosted by the US Ambassador to Japan
Monday, Nov. 10
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Residence of the US Ambassador
Registration: Amy Ambrose, (510) 642-2048

Haas Venture Capital Alumni Dinner
Monday, Nov. 10
To RSVP contact: Alex Ortiz, MBA 07, alex.ortiz@mba.berkeley.edu or Nader Ghaffari, MBA 07, NetService Ventures Group, nader@nsv.com

Inaugural Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association (BREAA) Dinner
Tuesday, Nov. 11
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Perbacco, 230 California Street, San Francisco
RSVP: gherrick@tishmanspeyer.com
Cost: $85 includes a 3 course menu including limited beverages

Entertainment, Marketing, and New Media Supper Club
Tuesday, Nov. 11
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Kellari's Parea Greek Bistro, 36 East 20th Street, New York
RSVP: Daniel Fitzhugh, dfitzhugh@gmail.com, or call 347-231-6835
Cost: $50 per person

Career Branding Seminar, Personal Branding: Key to Career Management in Tough Times
Tuesday, Nov. 11
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Registration: http://haasla.com/pages/111108_CareerMgt.html
Cost: $35 early registration (before Nov. 4); $40 thereafter
For more information, contact Vivian Vanlier at vvanlier@aol.com

Berkeley-Columbia Monthly San Francisco Happy Hour
Thursday, Nov. 13
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Gordon Biersch, 2 Harrison Street, San Francisco
For more information, contact Frances Mendez Kloes at frances.mendez@gmail.com

Haas Bar of the Week
Thursday, Nov. 13
9:00 p.m. to midnight
Otis Lounge, 25 Maiden Lane, San Francisco
For more information, contact Nora Tucker at nora_tucker@mba.berkeley.edu

Just Add Sparks - Liberate Creativity Workshop with Adam Kingl
Thursday, Nov. 13
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
London Business School, Park Road, NW1 4 SA, London (Nearest tube: Baker Street)
RSVP: http://forms.london.edu/form.asp?id=9760. Please return the reservation form to alumnievents@london.edu

"Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine: Getting from the Laboratory Bench to the Bedside"
Thursday, Nov. 13
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
San Francisco Airport Marriott, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame
Registration: www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/hansb
Cost: $55 on site

US-China Green Energy Conference
Monday, Nov. 17, and Tuesday, Nov. 18
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
1 South ZhongGuanCun Street, Haidian District, Beijing
Registration: http://ucgef.org/en/activities/beijing08/registration
Cost: Regular rate until Nov. 10: $1,500 USD or $2,625 for both the Beijing Conference and Shanghai Summit
For more information, see the event homepage at http://ucgef.org/en/activities/beijing08/overview.

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