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Haas NewsWire, November 6, 2000

"Electricity Summit: Deregulation Or Re-regulation"
Third Annual UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition Launches Wednesday
Speakers Brings Real World Experience to Haas at WIL Conference
MBAA Elections: MBA Students Make a Grab for Power
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California's electricity market has been big news this year, and figuring out how to avoid the pitfalls of deregulation that Southern California experienced has been the topic of much debate. Next week, members of the UC Berkeley campus community will have a chance to hear the most up-to-date thinking on the California electricity market at the "Electricity Summit: Deregulation or Re-regulation" which is scheduled for Monday, November 13, at the Clark Kerr Conference Center on Warring Street near Dwight Way.

UC Berkeley students are invited to attend free of charge, but they are asked to RSVP in advance to hcameron@uclink.berkeley.edu. Faculty and staff admission is $20. Registration information is available at http://gspp.berkeley.edu/events/electricity_summit_conference.htm.

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration and the director of the University of California Energy Institute, is working with Carl Shapiro, the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy and director of the Institute of Business and Economics Research (IBER), and Lee Friedman, professor of public policy, to organize this roundtable discussion.

Panelists will debate the potential efficiency and consumer benefits of deregulation, and what policy options will best steer a restructured industry away from current high prices and reliability risks. The attendees will include industry representatives, policy makers, consumers representatives, legislators, and researchers. Speakers include Richard Glick, senior policy advisor on electricity and energy efficiency with the US Energy Department, and Stephen Littleschild, England's former energy supply director general. Dean Laura Tyson will serve as one of the moderators.

The event is cosponsored by the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, the UC Energy Institute, and the Competition Policy Center (located in IBER).

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Haas MBA student organizers are gearing up for one of the nation's leading business plan competitions, the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition. This year's competition launches on November 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium. The event is open to the public.

The 2000 competition attracted 182 registrations and the support of over 60 leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs serving as mentors and judges. Teams from the first two competitions have raised a total of $91.85 million dollars.

Last year's winner, Skyflow, which provides hosted ASP (application service provider) services to portals, was founded by Nibha Aggarwal, MBA 91, and Anthony Joseph, assistant professor at the College of Engineering. Skyflow received seed funding shortly after the competition and has since secured an additional $3.5 million round of investment led by Information Technology University Ventures (ITU).

Finalists from the inaugural 1999 competition who top the list in terms of funding include: AudioBasket, which creates customized audio content -- $29 million, ZipRealty, the first nationwide full-service online real estate agency -- $27.7 million, Alloptic, creator of high-speed fiber optic solutions -- $19.7 million.

The 2001 competition will award $90,000 in prize money: $50,000 first prize, $25,000 second prize, $10,000 third prize, and $5,000 for the People's Choice award. Sponsors supporting the 2001 competition include Commerce.net, IBM, campsix, Sevin Rosin, ComVentures, Motorola, Skyflow, and Electronic Advisor.

At Wednesday's launch event, judges, sponsors, and previous competition participants will introduce those interested in participating to the do's and don'ts of the competition. The event is followed by a networking reception, allowing entrepreneurial hopefuls to match up with business plan teams or identify additional talent for their ventures.

The competition is open to students and alumni of the UC Berkeley as well as to members of the public, as long as one member of the team is a university student or graduate. To enter the competition, teams must register and submit an executive summary no later than January 22, 2001. Final business plans must be submitted by April 3. Finalist teams will give presentations on their business plans and winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 25, 2001

For more information, please visit the competition web site at http://bplan.berkeley.edu.

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"Options on Your Future" is the theme for this year's Women in Leadership Conference, and true to its name, this conference is full of options. There are three sessions during the day, each with four to six concurrent panel discussions. In addition, workshops of negotiation and self-promotion are also offered during the sessions.

The 5th annual WIL conference takes place on Saturday, November 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.wilconference.org/. The keynote speakers for the event are Pat House, co-founder & executive vice president of Siebel Systems, and Judy Lichtman, president, National Partnership for Women & Families. Two of the high points will be panels on Haas entrepreneurs and women venture capitalists.

"Growing as a Bear: Haas Entrepreneurs Carve Their Own Path" focuses on Haas graduates who have founded successful companies. This panel offers a chance to speak with female CEO's about how they handled the constant challenges of running their own business - from the formation of their ideas to changing market conditions to balancing work with their family life and children.

The panel is moderated by Melissa Daniels, MBA 00, now at Morgan Stanley Venture Partners. Panelists include: Kim Fisher, MBA 94, cofounder and CEO of AudioBasket; Beth Scanlan, MBA 00, founder and CEO of ElectronicAdvisor.com; and Punita Pandey, MBA 91, founder and CEO of NetCustomer.com. "I have been consistently impressed with the energy, focus, and drive of the founders on this panel," says Christine Mar, organizer of the panel. "In each of my interactions with them, their dedication and spirit make them fantastic role models and mentors."

"Funding the Future: Women in Venture Capital" features four female venture capitalists to share their experiences in the VC world. Adele Oliva, partner at Patricof Ventures, mainly invests in e-health, diagnostics, and device companies in life sciences; Jennifer Gil-Roberts, general partner at Sevin Rosen, invests in high tech; Janice Roberts, general partner at Mayfield, invests in communications and Internet infrastructure; and Anita Stephens, from Opportunity Capital, invests in socially responsible ventures.

Organizer Nalini Murtder commented, "We are pleased and excited to have such a prominent and diverse group of women venture capitalists from Silicon Valley. Our panel will aim to learn more about how and why they went into VC, unexpected learnings along the way, what they would do differently if they had to do it all over again, and advice they would give women interested in VC." This year's conference is sponsored by FORTUNE magazine, Andersen Consulting, Ford Motor Company, Johnson & Johnson, PG&E Coporation, and others. Tickets for the conference are available at the WIL Conference web site http://www.wilconference.org/. The tickets are $30 for faculty, students, and staff, and $40 for the general public.

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Since the presidential election will be over, MBA students can now focus on choosing leadership a little closer to home. On Wednesday, November 8, in the Bank of America Forum, the MBAA candidates will give their campaign speeches over lunch. The elections will take place online from Wednesday, November 8, to Sunday, November 12.

The candidates are:

PRESIDENT: Jim Bobowski, Hans Grande, and Nate Kraft
VP ACADEMIC: Brad Johnson, Chris Mills, Doug Park, and Jarrod Yahes
VP ADMISSIONS: Aaron Duran and Sara Smolek
VP ALUMNI: Phil Robinson, Joe Schock, and Betty Yee
VP CAREER: Seth Halpern, Teresa Hegdahl
VP CLUBS: Becky Frank and Linda Ng
VP COMMUNICATIONS : Dennis Cox, Leila Djavaheri, Jason Kruska, and Ben Soccorsy
VP FINANCE: Raj Chaudhary and Chad Nokleby
VP INTERNATIONAL: Lorenzo D'Ambra, Joakim Johansson, Yili Liu, and Miguel Villa
VP SOCIAL: Will Birdsey, Paul Dyson, and Inder Grewal
VP TECHNOLOGY: Aaron McNally, Marcelo Vasquez, and Karim Khiar

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Tannwen Mount, assistant director of reunion programs and the annual fund, received the William C. Van Siclen '43 Award for Service to Princeton from the Princeton Club of Northern California. Tannwen was recognized for years of volunteer work, espically as the Young Alumni Coordinator for the Princeton Club Executive Committee and as the communications director for the Princeton Club of Northern California.

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Scott Kucirek, MBA 99, president of zipRealty, was pictured on the cover of the business section in the Sunday, November 5, San Francisco Chronicle. Kucirek announced at a digital real estate conference that zipRealty is making a profit in the San Francisco real estate market, and is on track to be profitable in its other markets during the first and second quarters of 2001. Read the article at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/examiner/archive/2000/11/05/REAL7669.dtl&type=printable.

Hal Varian, professor in the Haas Manufacturing and Information Technology Group and dean of the School of Information Management and Systems, was mentioned in an article in the San Francisco Examiner on November 5, on his recent research attempting to quantify the amount of information on the Internet. Read the article at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/examiner/hotnews/stories/05/Binternetsun.dtl.

The Haas School's conference on financial reporting was mentioned in the Contra Costa Times on November 5, in connection with a speech by Edmund Jenkins, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Read the article at http://www.contracostatimes.com/biztech/stories_business/oaccountants_20001104.htm.

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration and the director of the University of California Energy Institute, was quoted on the California electricity market extensively in the past week. On November 1, the Contra Costa Times quoted him on what the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission might say in its report on the California electricity market to be released on Nov 1. He was again in the Contra Costa Times and Sacramento Bee on November 2 commenting on what the FERC said in its report on the California electricity market. He said that it was reassuring to see that the FERC recognized there are problems in the market, but that they had focused too much on the market design and not enough on the market power of some of the larger generators. He was interviewed on November 1 on KGO radio on the FERC report. On November 3, Reuters quoted him in a story on California electricity saying that we need more generating plants built and more real-time demand responsiveness.

Dean Laura Tyson was mentioned in the Guardian of London on October 30, for giving the Economic and Social Research Council's annual lecture.

Varian was mentioned in BusinessWeek on October 30, for his research into the amount of information being created every day.

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