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Successful Entrepreneurs from Haas and Berkeley
The Lester Center acknowledges the success of entrepreneurs from Haas and Berkeley in its Profiles of Successful Entrepreneurs – click on a link to learn more:

Technology & Energy Innovators Social Innovators Internet & Media Innovators
Technology & Energy Innovators

The Lester Center takes great pride in the accomplishments of its student entrepreneurs. Over the years dozens of ventures have been launched in the Lester Center’s courses and programs. Below are a few of these successful entrepreneurs.
To learn more, click on an image below or scroll down to see them all:

Greg Hildebrand

Andre Marquis

John Woolard
Thibaut Scholasch

Greg Hildebrand
MBA 96

Volterra

Andre Marquis
MBA96

Cybergold

John Woolard
MBA 97

BrightSource Energy

Thibaut Scholasch & Sébastien Payen

Fruition Sciences


Peter Fiske
Stephen Leeflang
Zach Gentry
Matt Caspari

Peter Fiske
MBA 02

RAPT Industries

Stephen Leeflang
MBA 04

Acumen Medical

Zach Gentry & Josh Mooney
MBA 05

Adura Technologies

Matt Caspari
MBA 06

Aurora Biofuels

 


Greg Hildebrand
Greg Hildebrand, MBA 96
, co-founded Volterra Semiconductor (http://www.volterra.com). From a business plan written in an entrepreneurship course, Volterra completed a successful IPO in 2004. The company designs, develops, and markets high-performance analog and mixed-signal power management semiconductors.

Volterra Semiconductor


Andre Marquis André Marquis, MBA 96, is currently Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Previously he was the CEO of Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, an early stage drug development company that creates improved small molecule drugs. Prior to Amplyx, André Marquis was the COO of Chorus — a group inside Eli Lilly that has dramatically increased the efficiency of the Pre-Clinical through Phase II drug development. Andre has a track record of starting successful technology-based companies. He was the CTO, Vice President of Marketing and a member of the initial management team at Internet Pictures Corp where he directed the company’s product development and business strategy. iPIX was the world’s largest manager of Internet visual content with partners including Microsoft and Yahoo!. Mr. Marquis was a founder and Vice President of Marketing at Emptor which became Accept.com, a Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital backed e-commerce company that was acquired by amazon.com. Prior to Emptor, he was at CyberGold where he directed marketing strategy and marketing programs for one of the 20 fastest growing sites on the Internet.

Cybergold


John Woolard John Woolard, MBA 97, is making an impact in energy. First, he launched Silicon Energy Corp. right after graduating from Haas. That business created software that enabled utilities, energy service providers, governments, and commercial and industrial energy users to optimize the delivery and use of energy to save money. The software filled a market niche and, in March 2003, Woolard and his partners sold Silicon Energy to Itron, the world’s largest wireless meter-reading company, for $71.2 million. His latest venture is BrightSource Energy (http://www.brightsourceenergy.com), which “develops utility-scale solar power projects that utilize its unique proprietary solar technology…to convert sunlight to electricity.” The venture has raised $160M in venture investments, and recently signed a 900-MW contract with PG&E, the largest utility deal of its kind in the history of the solar energy industry. He currently serves on the Lester Center’s Advisory Board.

BrightSource Energy


Andre Marquis Dr. Peter S. Fiske is Co-founder and VP Business Development at RAPT Industries. Prior to starting RAPT, Dr. Fiske led a research team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in condensed matter physics. His business plan for RAPT Industries won First Place at the 2001 U.C. Berkeley Business Plan Competition. He is the author of 20 technical articles in leading scientific journals including SCIENCE and 2 books. In 1996 Dr. Fiske was awarded a White House Fellowship and served in the Pentagon as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Special Projects. His other awards include an NSF Graduate Fellowship (1988-91), a STA Fellowship by the government of Japan (1995), the U.S. Department of Defense Outstanding Achievement Award (1997) and an Aspen Scholarship at the Aspen Institute in 2001. Dr. Fiske was CEO of the Company from May, 2001 to April, 2004. He holds an MBA from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Cybergold


Sébastien Payen Thibaut Scholasch (pictured) & Sébastien Payen, UCB-MSME 03,are commercializing a remote sensing technology developed in UC Berkeley’s Mechanical Engineering Department to improve vineyard yield and quality, based on advanced research in viticulture and sensing technologies. They were finalists in the 2007 UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition. Their firm is Fruition Sciences (http://www.fruitionsciences.com).

Fruition Sciences


Stephen Leeflang Steve Leeflang, MBA 04 is driving innovation in the medical device community. Steve is currently founder and principal of Atrevo, a medical device incubator specializing in minimally invasive treatment of cardiovascular disease. Steve also directs the IP prosecution and commercialization of ILH, a pioneer in hydrophilic and other biologic carriers for broad medical use, including Cardiac and Neuro Catheter delivery systems. Steve continues to serve on the Board of Directors at Acumen Medical which he co-founded while at Haas in 2002 and guided through commercialization of its core products relating to the treatment of Congestive Heart Failure. Steve secured purchase and completed manufacturing transfer in 2009 for two of these products to Medtronic where they have made a dramatic change in the way pace making leads are used. Steve continues to innovate at a rapid pace with 13 issued patents and over 40 pending.

Acumen Medical

 


Matthew Caspari Zach Gentry (pictured) and Josh Mooney, both MBA 05, are co-founders of Adura Technologies (http://www.aduratech.com/).As co-founders of San Francisco-based Adura Technology, Mooney and Gentry are manufacturing and marketing a wireless lighting control system that they say can save organizations thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. Adura installs a device the size of a small cell phone into existing light fixtures, which allows building operators to control it via a wireless mesh network. Gentry and Mooney learned about the combined technology, which was developed by UC Berkeley research specialist and lecturer Charlie Huizenga, thanks to an article in a school publication. The two approached Huizenga and created a business plan that helped them win the 2005 California Cleantech Open.

Aurora Biofules


Matthew Caspari Matt Caspari (pictured) and Guido Radaelli, both MBA 06, honed their venture in several Haas classes and later won the Berkeley Business Plan Competition in 2006. Aurora BioFuels (http://www.aurorabiofuels.com) is a renewable energy company exploring new sources of feedstock for the production of biofuels. In particular, Aurora utilizes microalgae to generate bio-oil, which can be converted into biodiesel. It has recently received $20M funding from Gabriel Venture Partners, Noventi and Oak Investment Partners.

Aurora Biofules


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Social Innovators

The Lester Center takes great pride in the accomplishments of its student entrepreneurs. Over the years dozens of ventures have been launched in the Lester Center’s courses and programs. Below are a few of these successful entrepreneurs.

To learn more, click on an image below or scroll down to see them all:

Patrick Awuah

James Hong

Priya Haji
Sarah Takesh
Patrick Awuah &
Nina Marini
MBA 99
Ashesi University

James Hong
MBA99

10over100

Priya Haji &
Siddarth Sanghvi

MBA03

World of Good

Sarah Takesh
MBA 03

Tarsian & Blinkley


Richmond & Tobey
Danae Ringelmann
Jeff Denby
Velez & Arora

Kristin Richmond & Kirsten Tobey
MBA 06

Revolution Foods

Danae Ringelmann
& Eric Schell

MBA 08

IndieGoGo

Jeff Denby & Jason Kibbey
MBA 08

PACT

Nikhil Arora & Alejandro Velez
BS 09

BTTR Ventures


Doreen Bloch

Mimi Frusha

Claire Kinlaw
Kelly Karns

Doreen Bloch
BS 10

Bare Magazine

Mimi Frusha
EWMBA10

Renewable Funding

Claire Kinlaw
EWMBA 10

Astia

Kelly Karns
UCB Bioengineering

AutoTB

 


James Hong Patrick Awuah and Nina Marini, both MBA 99, created Ashesi University in Ghana, one of the most intriguing startups by Berkeley MBA graduates. Ashesi is a private university offering undergraduate degrees in business and computer science that had its business beginnings as a student project at Haas. Awuah had enrolled at Haas because he realized that a top-notch business education would help his enterprise become successful and self-sustaining. Now president of Ashesi University, he still recalls the enthusiasm when he arrived at Haas. “Every time I told someone about my idea, they said ‘That’s awesome!’ There was just this sense that it could be done,” says Awuah. When his project was accepted for the International Business Development course, it so captivated fellow student Marini that she jumped on board. On Nov. 5, 2009, Awuah was awarded the Aspen Institute’s second annual John P. McNulty Prize, which recognizes extraordinary young leaders who are making creative, effective, and lasting contributions to their communities. Awuah was awarded the $100,000 prize in New York by a jury that included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Bill Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Awuah was selected among a pool of five finalists.

Ashesi University


James Hong James Hong, MBA 99, created the popular meeting website HOTorNOT, which has registered over seven million individuals as users of the site. Its success enabled him to create a philanthropy website, http://www.10over100.org, which encourages people to donate at least 10 percent of anything they earn over $100,000 annually.

10over100


Haji & Sanghvi Priya Haji and Siddarth Sanghvi, both MBA 03, shared a vision: change the world by building ethical shopping experiences with mainstream retail partners that would channel funds to artisans and craftworkers in over 70 countries. They co-founded
World of Good
, a company that distributes a retail line of globally sourced fair trade gifts and accessories. The World of Good won first place at the Global Social Venture Business Plan Competition in 2005 and also took 2nd place at the Berkeley Business Plan Competition. Since its launch in 2004, World of Good has built a diverse leadership team that includes MBAs, seasoned social entrepreneurs, retail industry veterans, engineers, musicians and Peace Corps alumni. They recently opened a worldwide shopping platform partnership with eBay and were featured on PBS’ The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

.World of Good


 Sarah Takesh Sarah Takesh, MBA 03, drawing on her previous experience in production and design with apparel startups in New York, developed a business plan for Tarsian & Blinkley with several of her Haas classmates They entered their plan in the National Social Venture Competition in 2003 and took first place. Takesh pays local women above-market wages to sew, embroider, and bead the “European minimalist” women’s clothing she designs using fabrics gathered from all over Asia. Currently, Tarsian & Blinkley designs are available via the Internet and select boutiques.

Tarsian & Blinkley


Richmond & Tobey Kirsten Tobey and Kristin Richmond-Groos, both MBA 06, recently co-founded
Revolution Foods
, which won the grand prize at the Global Social Venture Business Plan Competition in 2006. The mission of Revolution Foods is as simple as it is essential: “Building healthy bodies and minds, one healthy meal at a time.” They cooked up their idea for healthy lunches for school kids after meeting at Haas. During graduate school, the pair interviewed teachers, students, families and school leaders from over 40 Bay Area schools. They built a key partnership with Whole Foods, who believed in their mission of getting as much fresh, healthy food as they could to as many students as possible. From their original launch in three schools three years ago, their venture now serves over 100 education programs.

Revolution Foods


Danae Ringelmann Danae Ringelmann (pictured) and Eric Schell, both MBA 08, launched IndieGoGo with Eric’s former colleague, Slava Rubin, in 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival. IndieGoGo is a crowdfunding platform for all creative, cause, and entrepreneurial projects, from games and books to iPhone apps and charities. Anyone with an idea can raise money, offer perks and keep 100% ownership of their project.Since its launch, IndieGoGo has helped thousands of projects raise money across 114 countries. Read more about Ringelmann in Fast Company and CalBusiness.Danae was named by Fast Company as one of The Most Influential Women in Technology of 2010. Ringelmann was one of only eight women named in the category of “The Entrepreneurs.”

IndieGogo


Jeff Denby PACT, the brainchild of Jeff Denby (pictured) and Jason Kibbey (MBA 08) is an online apparel company offering responsibly manufactured, premium organic cotton underwear connected to powerful social and environmental causes. The purchase of PACT underwear is more than a transaction: it turns commerce into a social movement in support of the belief that everyday essentials communicate personal values. PACT’s motto is “Change Starts With Your Underwear.” PACT partners with nonprofits, including 826 Valencia, ForestEthics, and Oceana, and the mission of each partner organization inspires prints created by internationally recognized designers, led by internationally renowned designer Yves Behar of fuseproject. Both gifted and burdened with extreme tenacity, and despite the global recession, Jeff and Jason raised enough seed money to start PACT and spent the last year working with Yves Behar and his company, fuseproject to create the brand. PACT announces its launch on August 17, 2009 and is exclusively available at wearPACT.com.

10over100


Doreen Bloch Doreen Bloch (BS 10) editor, publisher and founder of Bare Magazine, has proven that fashion consciousness does coexist with Berkeley’s famous political consciousness. Bare – a word play on Cal’s mascot – is a standout among the 20-or-so campus publications. Its fourth issue — the first to be printed on Hewlett-Packard’s new Web-based MagCloud self-publishing service – was featured in the New York Times in March. Bloch oversees an army of about 100 students to produce it. The full-color quarterly’s slick photo spreads showcase a diverse array of student models posed in thrift-shop finds and local designers’ creations. Features explore eco-friendly clothing, global fashion, and budget beauty tips. The Bare blog (blog.baremagazine.org/) attracted 11,000 unique readers last month, magazine readership has reached 3,000, and the May issue will double in size.

Ashesi University


Mimi Frusha When Mimi Frusha (EWMBA 2010) met the founders of Renewable Funding in May 2008, they were two guys with an incredible idea that needed help with implementation. Mimi decided to join them on a temporary basis to help build their clean energy municipal financing concept, which essentially allows homeowners in participating cities to finance the cost of their clean energy project with municipal bonds and pay the debt back through property taxes over 20 years. While cities must sponsor the program, Renewable Funding plays a critical role by providing a turnkey solution that helps municipalities launch the program with minimal resources and staff. Following the initial collaboration, Mimi decided to stay with Renewable Funding to lead operations for the company’s first project BerkeleyFIRST (Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology). Since Berkeley launched its program in early November, the clean energy municipal financing concept – also known as CityFIRST – has gained momentum and is spreading across the state and nation. It has received significant press from the San Francisco Chronicle to the New York Times. Other California cities have announced the launch of their own programs including San Diego, San Francisco, Solana Beach, Sonoma County and Santa Monica. In addition, over 10 other states have introduced enabling legislation that would allow them to sponsor clean energy municipal financing programs like Berkeley.

World of Good


Nikhil & Alejandro Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez (BS 2009) recently launched BTTR Ventures, a firm dedicated to turning coffee grounds into a gourmet edible: specialty mushrooms. Arora and Velez walked away from job offers in investment banking and consulting in order to focus on making an impact in their community. Their firm’s name BTTR, pronounced “better,” stands for “back to the roots,” a phrase the pair chose to encompass their ideal of creating a company that stands for sustainability, progress, and social responsibility. BTTR Ventures won in the Partnerships for Social Innovation category of the UC Berkeley 2009 Bears Breaking Boundaries Social Venture Competition and has been using the $5,000 award money to help fund their initial operations. The firm launched in the Bay Area with offices and a mushroom growing facility in Emeryville, and already has begun laying the groundwork for expansion into the Los Angeles market. BTTR Ventures is the only US entry of 12 finalists in the World Challenge 09, at theworldchallenge.co.uk. The global competition seeks to identify and reward projects and businesses that bring economic, social, and environmental benefits to local communities through grass-roots solutions. BBC World News will profile each of the finalists, including BTTR Ventures on Oct. 10.

Tarsian & Blinkley


Claire Kinlaw Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Astia’s mission is to foster the full participation and leadership of women in entrepreneurship and as accelerators of high growth businesses by providing innovative programs that ensure companies gain access to capital, achieve and sustain high-growth, and develop the executive leadership of the founding team. Claire Kinlaw, EWMBA 2010, and PhD scientist and management consultant first got the “bug” for entrepreneurship while volunteering with Astia in 2005. Since then, Claire has been active on the life science track of Astia’s programs, volunteering with the Life Sciences committee to organize events and programs for entrepreneurs that help them grow their business. Her decision to come to Haas and pursue entrepreneurship was a direct result of the gratifying experience of working with entrepreneurs and investors through Astia. In the summer of 2009, Claire joined a biotech startup with nucleic acid detection technologies that is pursuing disease organism detection applications for the food and health care industries. “Being able to tap the Astia community for advice and resources continues to be invaluable for me as I work inside a startup.”

Astia


Kelly Karns Kelly Karns and her team at AutoTB won first place in the 2009 Berkeley Business Plan Competition. Founded in 2007, AutoTB is developing an innovative diagnostic test for tuberculosis for use in both developed and developing countries. More than one-third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis, and AutoTB’s automated sputum microscopy device improves upon current procedures by decreasing analysis time, increasing sensitivity and eliminating the human error present in current procedures. AutoTB has been successful in raising funds in several international business plan competitions and is in the process of advancing product development, securing IP and forming initial customer contacts. Kelly is also a graduate student in bioengineering at UC Berkeley where she is researching electrophoretic microfluidic systems that allow for rapid, analytical quantification of disease-specific biomarkers. Prior to graduate school at Berkeley, Kelly completed an MPhil in bioscience enterprise from the University of Cambridge where AutoTB was conceived and incubated.

AutoTB


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Internet & Media Innovators

The Lester Center takes great pride in the accomplishments of its student entrepreneurs. Over the years dozens of ventures have been launched in the Lester Center’s courses and programs. Below are a few of these successful entrepreneurs.

To learn more, click on an image below or scroll down to see them all:

Jim Williams
Pete Goettner
Kevin Brown

Noah Doyle

John Hanke
Jim Williams
BA 91
Letters & Arts
Pete Goettner
MBA92
DigitalThink

Kevin Brown
MBA96


Inktomi

Noah Doyle
MBA 96


MyPoints

John Hanke
MBA 96


Google Earth


Jed Katz

Andre Marquis

Trevor Traina
Andrew Laszlo
David Hehman

Jed Katz
MBA 96


RentNet

Andre Marquis
MBA96


Cybergold

Trevor Traina
MBA 96
DriverSide.com

Andrew Laszlo
MBA97

scanR

David Hehman
MBA 98
Spartina Ventures, LLC

James Hong

Einar Sigvaldason
Siddarth Sanghvi
Irv Remedios
Chris Hulls

James Hong
MBA99

Hot or Not

Einar Sigvaldason
MBA02

TellMeTwin

Siddarth Sanghvi
MBA 03

World of Good

Irv Remedios
MBA 05

Mozes

Chris Hulls
BS 06
& D. Singh, EWMBA 09

Life360


Peter Vlastelica
Alex Canasi
Brett Wilson
Danae Ringelmann
Tyler Elliston

Peter Vlastelica
MBA 06

Yardbarker

Alex Canasi &
Mark Schelbert

MBA 07

GPA Media

Brett Wilson,
John Hughes, &
Mark Rotblat

MBA 07

TubeMogul

Danae Ringelmann &
Eric Schell

MBA 08

IndieGoGo

Tyler Elliston &
Raif Barbaros

MBA 08

Carsala

 

 


Jim Williams Jim Williams (BA 91) started his first company, MarketHome, in the Haas incubator from 1998-1999, when it was sold to ClickAction. MarketHome was an email marketing pioneer that helped jumpstart the ecommerce efforts of large catalogs, including LL Bean, Brooks Brothers, and Coach. In 2002, Williams launched an internet incubator, Letters & Arts, specializing in digital and printed media tailored for vertical markets. To date, three businesses have emerged from the incubator as strong industry leaders. Elli is a design studio providing the highest quality printed stationery to the wedding, baby and holiday markets. Sharefaith provides worship media, videos and websites to churches worldwide. Must Have Menus provides a cloud-based menu management system for restaurants that enables them to design and print menus, as well as to promote menus to Facebook, restaurant websites and online guides. Williams is also an active angel investor, with current involvement in HotelTonight, Sitecheck, Let’s Go Learn, and others.

Letters & Arts


Pete Goettner Peter Goettner, MBA 92, was the founder and CEO of DigitalThink, an enterprise software-as-a-service company focusing on corporate e-learning. At DigitalThink, he led the company through a successful initial public offering, grew annual revenues to over $60 million in six years, and pioneered a hosted model for delivering corporate training content that revitalized the formerly stagnant industry. Before founding DigitalThink, Pete ran the marketing and business development groups at Knowledge Revolution (acquired by MSC Software) and Silicon Microstructures. Prior to this, he was a consultant in Accenture’s supply chain management group. Peter is currently General Partner at Worldview Technology Partners. He currently serves on the Lester Center’s Advisory Board.

DigitalThink

 


Kevin Brown Kevin Brown, MBA 96, has been instrumental in the development of 4 major technology companies. Kidaro, Inc. provided desktop virtualization solutions for deploying, managing, and securing virtualization across desktops and laptops. In 2008 Kidaro was sold to Microsoft Corporation. Decru, named as one of “12 Hot Startups” by Business 2.0 magazine, developed storage security solutions for enterprises and government, including privacy, secure information sharing, regulatory compliance, and secure outsourcing, and was sold to NetApp. Before joining Decru, Kevin Brown was a c-founder of Inktomi, a pioneering infrastructure software firm. During his seven years at Inktomi, he served in a number of executive positions and was a key architect of its marketing strategy and partner programs, which helped grow the company’s revenue to over $200 million. He is currently CEO of Coraid, and innovative data storage firm, and serves on the Lester Center’s Advisory Board.

Inktomi


Noah Doyle Noah Doyle, MBA 96, has been an entrepreneur and investor for over 20 years. As an angel investor, Noah has supported over a dozen start-ups including Keyhole (Google), Cantametrix (Gracenote), Amae Software (Verint), Nuvon, Aquea Scientific, Ritter Natural Sciences, Emdigo, Magnacash (Yaga), and i-mint India. Noah most recently directed the enterprise product line for Google’s geospatial products, Google Earth and Google Maps. Prior to Google, Noah managed the Sales and Corporate Development functions at Keyhole, Inc., the venture capital backed company that created the first Web hosted digital earth model and was acquired by Google in 2004. Prior to Keyhole, Noah helped establish the Internet loyalty rewards marketplace as a co-founder of MyPoints.com, the largest Internet loyalty program with over 6 million active members, where he led product management and business development functions from the company’s inception through an initial public offering and subsequent acquisition by United Airlines. Noah is now managing director at Javelin Venture Partners. Noah holds M.B.A. and B.A. Economics degrees, as well as certificates in Management of Technology and Global Management from University of California – Berkeley. He is currently Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners, and serves on the Lester Center’s Advisory Board.

MyPoints


John Hanke
John Hanke, MBA 96, put satellite imagery of the world at the fingertips of anyone with access to the Internet. As Vice President, Product Management, John leads product management for Google’s geo products, which include Maps, Earth, Local Search, Transit, Street View, SketchUp and special initiatives such as Google Ocean and Sky. He founded Keyhole in 2001, which delivered virtual models, including detailed satellite photographs, of nearly every square inch of the planet. The company was acquired by Google in 2004. Hanke previously founded Archetype Interactive and Big Network. He currently serves on the Lester Center’s Advisory Board.

Google Earth


Jed Katz Jed Katz, MBA 96. One of the pioneers of Internet commerce, Jed has spent his 15-year career developing, advising and investing in early stage technology ventures. Jed was the COO of Yamcon, the developer of the highly acclaimed “SkyScout”, one of the best selling astronomy products of all time. Prior to Yamcon, Jed was the COO and Founder of Rent Net, the Internet’s most-visited rental and relocation guide. Jed grew Rent Net from 2 to over 160 people and into one of the first profitable Internet companies. Rent Net was acquired by Cendant, and three years later, Jed used its infrastructure as the starting point for the formation of Move.com, one of the Internet’s largest real estate and relocation sites. Move.com grew to 360 employees and was acquired by Homestore for over $900 million. Jed is currently Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures. Jed holds a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley, where he was awarded the Price Fellowship from the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is currently Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners, and serves on the Lester Center’s Advisory Board.

RentNet


Andre Marquis André Marquis, MBA 96, is currently Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. Previously he was the CEO of Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, an early stage drug development company that creates improved small molecule drugs. Prior to Amplyx, André Marquis was the COO of Chorus — a group inside Eli Lilly that has dramatically increased the efficiency of the Pre-Clinical through Phase II drug development. Andre has a track record of starting successful technology-based companies. He was the CTO, Vice President of Marketing and a member of the initial management team at Internet Pictures Corp where he directed the company’s product development and business strategy. iPIX was the world’s largest manager of Internet visual content with partners including Microsoft and Yahoo!. Mr. Marquis was a founder and Vice President of Marketing at Emptor which became Accept.com, a Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital backed e-commerce company that was acquired by amazon.com. Prior to Emptor, he was at CyberGold where he directed marketing strategy and marketing programs for one of the 20 fastest growing sites on the Internet.

Cybergold


Trevor Traina Trevor Traina (MBA 96) has created a new way to get help with car maintenance and repairs: DriverSide.com (http://www.driverside.com/). For years, websites have helped consumers buy and sell cars. But DriverSide is designed to help drivers stay on top of maintenance after they buy their cars. The San Francisco company closed $5.3 million in funding in March. DriverSide users can email tricky questions to certified mechanics, determine what standard repairs should cost in their area, and find a mechanic from a directory of almost 250,000 shops. Registered users also can receive alerts on recalls and routine maintenance. Trevor is also Chairman and Founder of SchemaLogic, Inc., a venture-funded enterprise software pioneer in Business Semantics Management. Most recently he was Chairman of StepUp Commerce, an internet network for off-line retailers. (Sold to Intuit in September of 2006.) Trevor was also a Group Manager in Microsoft’s MSN Internet division. Prior to Microsoft, he was the President and Founder of CompareNet, Inc., the leading buyer’s guide on the Internet. (Sold to Microsoft in March of 1999.) He currently serves on the Lester Center’s Advisory Board.

DriverSide


Andrew Laszlo Andrew Laszlo (MBA 97) is Managing Director at Hercules Technology Growth Capital. Prior to joining Hercules, Mr. Laszlo actively founded, led and advised a series of venture-backed start-ups, including scanR, a company in the vanguard of mobile applications, Fishbowl, a leading SaaS provider delivering marketing services to the restaurant industry, and Internet Pictures Corporation f/k/a bamboo.com (IPIX). At IPIX, Mr. Laszlo played a principal role in building the company from the ground-up, ultimately taking the company public and spearheading a billion dollar merger between IPIX and bamboo.com. Mr. Laszlo’s venture finance background includes working as a Partner at VantagePoint Venture Partners, a $2.5 billion multi-stage technology venture fund, and as a Business Development Manager with Intel Capital where he focused on funding early and mid stage Internet services companies. Before moving to Silicon Valley, Mr. Laszlo practiced law as a corporate attorney for more than a decade. He received an MBA degree from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley; a JD degree, with high honors, from the George Washington University Law School; and a BA degree in English, with honors, from Wesleyan University. Mr. Laszlo currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business.

scanR


Matthew Caspari
David Hehman (MBA 98) is an entrepreneur and angel investor. David has co-founded and sold 5 technology businesses: HealthDesk (HDSK), GetawayZone (VacationSpot/EXPE), MarketHome (CLAC), EscapeHomes (Roost), Pagewise.com (DemandMedia). David is a Board Member of DealBase, FlexJobs, GoalTribe, LettersAndArts, Webvanta and Zero Link Markets, and a Co-founder of Spartina Ventures, LLC(http://www.spartina.com/), an angel fund for Internet start-ups. Selected past investments: MongoMusic (MSFT), OpenTable, Trails.com (DemandMedia), TravelPost (SideStep/Kayak) and ZipRealty (ZIPR). David also operates www.spartina.com. Mr. Hehman received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from University of California at Berkeley in December 1992, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business in 1998. In 2001, Mr. Hehman attended the PriceBabson@Berkeley symposium for Entrepreneurial Educators. Mr. Hehman was lecturer at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, and the Haas School of Business, in their entrepreneurship programs. Mr. hehman currently serves on the Lester Center’s Startup Board of Mentors.

Aurora Biofules


James Hong James Hong, MBA 99, created the popular meeting website HOTorNOT, which has registered over seven million individuals as users of the site. Its success enabled him to create a philanthropy website, http://www.10over100.org, which encourages people to donate at least 10 percent of anything they earn over $100,000 annually.

Hot or Not


Einar Sigvaldason
Einar Sigvaldason, MBA 02, created TellmeTwin.com, a people matching and recommendations website where users map their character by taking personality tests and rating anything they love or hate through user generated data. They find their personality “twins” – people who think like them – and use their profile to discover: paintings, movies, music, books, and more. TellmeTwin was named a winner of the Red Herring 100 Europe award, which the publication gives to the top 100 private technology companies based in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region each year. The idea behind the company first came to Sigvaldason during his time at the Haas School, when he realized he wanted to find his own “twin” to better pick out movies on Netflix. TellmeTwin was born in August 2007. In fall 2008, the company won the Rannis Grant of Excellence, the highest award from the Icelandic Centre for Research, which pays for the development of an innovative project.

TellMeTwin


Siddarth Sanghvi Siddarth Sanghvi (pictured) and Priya Haji , both MBA 03, shared a vision: change the world by building ethical shopping experiences with mainstream retail partners that would channel funds to artisans and craftworkers in over 70 countries. They co-founded
World of Good
, a company that distributes a retail line of globally sourced fair trade gifts and accessories. The World of Good won first place at the Global Social Venture Business Plan Competition in 2005 and also took 2nd place at the Berkeley Business Plan Competition. Since its launch in 2004, World of Good has built a diverse leadership team that includes MBAs, seasoned social entrepreneurs, retail industry veterans, engineers, musicians and Peace Corps alumni. They recently opened a worldwide shopping platform partnership with eBay and were featured on PBS’ The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

.World of Good


Irv Remedios Irv Remedios, MBA 05, reunited with a former colleague to join the early team at Mozes (http://www.mozes.com), which “connects you to the things you love through the mobile phone and the Web.” Initially focused on linking fans with the bands they love, the company – having raised $16.5M in venture backing – is now broadening its link to brand marketing across a wider array of products and services. Irv is Mozes’ Vice President, responsible for its overall platform.

Mozes


Chris Hulls Chris Hulls, BS 06, and Dilpreet Singh, EWMBA 09, are building a mobile platform, Life360 (http://www.life360.com) to help families put all the little safety-related things they worry about
out of mind so they can live confidently. With a single subscription, no specialized hardware, and in less than five minutes, families can have access to a tool that does everything from family GPS tracking, to document warehousing, disaster planning, and emergency messaging.

Life360


Pete Vlastelica Peter Vlastelica (pictured) and Jack Kloster, both MBA 06, have built one of the biggest sporting blog sites on the web. Yardbarker (http://www.yardbarker.com) aims to be the main social website for sports fans, players and others. The team also completed a $6M second round of funding, with Draper Fisher Jurvetson as lead and returning investors Russ Siegelman, Ronnie Lott, Jarl Mohn, Labrador Ventures and Baseline Ventures also participating.

Canasi & Schelbert Alex Canasi and Mark Schelbert, both MBA 07, started a company focused on advertiser-supported college marketing media. In their words, “While some ideas are hatched in the boardroom, others are born in the classroom. What began as a conversation in a class has grown into a leading non-traditional Out Of Home college media company that delivers more than 400,000 co-branded college notebooks per annum, resulting in more than 10 million impressions per month.” GPA Media (http://www.gpamedia.com) publishes free university co-branded notebooks with advertising and promotions inside. Students use the notebooks to take notes in class for 3 months, on average generating a minimum of 40 impressions per student and 97% ad recall rates.

GPA Media


Brett Wilson Brett Wilson (pictured), John Hughes, and Mark Rotblat, all MBA 07, developed their business concepts in several Haas classes, and won the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition in 2007. Their venture, TubeMogul (http://www.tubemogul.com), is a video advertising and analytics platform that connects advertisers with highly targeted audiences. TubeMogul’s advertising solution is powered by the company’s unprecedented data platform that tracks billions of video streams every month from the Internet’s top publishers. This unique technology enables TubeMogul to help advertisers find consumers who want to watch their videos – and watch them longer. Advertisers and marketers never again have to choose engagement and accountability over reach if they use TubeMogul’s video advertising and analytics platform. The venture has raised over $15 million from Trinity Ventures, Knights Bridge Capital Partners and Foundation Capital.Watch Brett Wilson talk about the importance of the Lester Center in TubeMogul’s success.

TubeMogul


Danae Ringelmann Danae Ringelmann (pictured) and Eric Schell, both MBA 08, launched IndieGoGo with Eric’s former colleague, Slava Rubin, in 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival. IndieGoGo is a crowdfunding platform for all creative, cause, and entrepreneurial projects, from games and books to iPhone apps and charities. Anyone with an idea can raise money, offer perks and keep 100% ownership of their project.Since its launch, IndieGoGo has helped thousands of projects raise money across 114 countries. Read more about Ringelmann in Fast Company and CalBusiness.Danae was named by Fast Company as one of The Most Influential Women in Technology of 2010. Ringelmann was one of only eight women named in the category of “The Entrepreneurs.”

IndieGogo


Tyler Elliston Tyler Elliston (pictured) and Raif Barbaros, both MBA 08, are trying to provide a good experience buying a used car, exactly the way you want it. Not many people have, despite the fact that over 44 million used cars are sold every year in the US. Their startup, Carsala (http://www.carsala.com/) just got its second infusion of angel funding to revolutionize the way people buy used cars. They tested the concept successfully on their Haas classmates. Now on to the mass market. Carsala

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