Haas NewsWire, April 5, 1999
Zuckerman To Speak at Haas Commencement
Visionaries Debate New Economy at Cal
Haas Competition This Tuesday
Awards, Achievements & Announcements
Happening This Week
Haas NewsWire Archive
Contact Haas NewsWire
MORT ZUCKERMAN ANNOUNCED AS 1999 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Publisher and real-estate developer Mortimer B. Zuckerman has been named as speaker at the Haas School graduation ceremony on May 23rd at UC Berkeley's Greek Theater. Zuckerman publishes U.S. News & World Report, the New York Daily News, The Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company. He is editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report and the founder of the Real Estate Investment Trust Boston Properties, Inc. Zuckerman's impressive list of affiliations includes Memorial Sloan-Kettering, The Institute for Advanced Study, New York University, and WNET. He is on the board of the Chase Manhattan Corporation National Advisory Board, Snyder Communications, Applied Graphics Technologies and Loews Cineplex. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies.Zuckerman also makes occaisonal appearanced on the PBS television show, The McLaughlin Group.
Mr. Zuckerman is a graduate of McGill University, McGill Law School, the Wharton Graduate School of Business, and Harvard Law School. He also holds three honorary degrees.
[top of page]
VARIAN AND KELLEY DEBATE ECONOMICS OF E-COMMERCE
Haas Professor Hal Varian and former Wired Executive Editor Kevin Kelley discussed Internet commerce with the students and guests of the New Media Publishing course taught by Amy Shuen (Haas) and Paul Grabowitz (Journalism) last Tuesday, March 30th. Varian is the co-author (with Carl Shapiro) of the business bestseller Information Rules; Kevin Kelley is the author of a competing E-commerce book, New Rules for the New Economy.
Both authors agree that low replication costs on the web make strong brands more important than ever to online vendors. The low cost of doing business -- not counting expensive marketing efforts -- also affects the revenue stream. To stay in business vendors have to identify services that are difficult to replicate and decide for which services web customers are willing to pay. Survival strategies include bundling products, or making purchases from the same vendor easier than switching around, a process Varian and Shapiro call "lock-in." Another tactic for making money on the Internet is for companies to be bought out by a larger firm that wants to add services to its portfolio. "This is not the age of the Aquarius, it's the age of the Acquire-ius," said Varian.
Internet privacy is another hot topic. "I'm always in favor of more information," said Kelley, "You can have my phone number to call me if there is a problem with my order, not to make telemarketing calls to my home during my dinner hour." Varian agreed that consumers will face a cost to retain their privacy. Vendors are quickly finding ways to reward customers for giving up their private information with loyalty programs such as Safeway or Lucky's discount clubs, which gather information about shopping habits and in return yield lower prices.
[top of page]
20TH ANNUAL HAAS COMPETITION
Do corporate managers have a responsibility to extend help to their business partners and customers in times of regional economic crisis or natural disaster? This is the question to be answered in the 20th annual Haas Competition, during which three Haas MBAs will present their views at the annual event to be held in Levi Strauss Plaza this Tuesday. (See event listing in Happening This Week for address).
Finalists JB Galan, Brooks Mendell, and Nancy Reiter, all first-year MBAs, will deliver 15 minute speeches before a panel of distinguished judges including Harold Brooks, CEO, American Red Cross, Warren Hashagan, Senior VP & CFO, The Gap, Inc.; Satish Rishi, Assistant Treasurer, Intel Corporation, Luis Valencia, President of Schwab Int'l, Charles Schwab; and Jane Wales, President & CEO, World Affairs Council. Dean Tyson will preside as master of ceremonies at the competition. First prize is $2,000, second and third prize winners receive $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.
For the last 20 years the competition has been made possible by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Wine & hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5:30. The competition and awards ceremony begins at 6:30. The event is sold out.
[top of page]
AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
First-year MBAs Peter Cowing and Seyonne Kang are the new co-chairs of orientation for the class of 2001.
The financial aid office has moved from the recruiting center to the fourth floor of Student Services. The new room number is S-472; adjacent to the Evening MBA Program office.
[top of page]
HAPPENING THIS WEEK
- Tuesday 4/6/99 5:30-8:30 pm, HAAS COMPETITION. Levi Strauss Plaza main auditorium, 11655 Battery St., San Francisco. This year's topic is 'Do corporate managers have a responsibility to extend help to their business partners and customers in times of regional economic crisis or natural disaster?'
- Tuesday 4/6/99 7:00 pm, 'GAP IT' ITA CASE COMPETITION KICKOFF. Helzel Boardroom room F299. Co-sponsored by the GAP and ITA (Information Technology Association), modeled on the WWW Challenge run by Andersen Consulting but focused on IT. Sign up now for the competition by going to http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/ita/casecompetition.html. You may sign up as a full team or ask to be paired with others.
- Wednesday 4/7/99 7:00-8:30 pm, ADVANCED HTML WORKSHOP. Room S300T (Haas Computing Center). Attend the continuation of the Beginning HTML workshop and you'll be able to build upon the skills you gained earlier. This series of workshops will help you achieve the results you want in your webpages, and help you understand more advanced aspects of HTML. This workshop is free for ITA members, and $5 for non-members.
- Thursday 4/8/99 7:30 pm, 5TH ANNUAL AARON WILDAVSKY FORUM FOR PUBLIC POLICY. 105 North Gate Hall. "Policies to Foster Human Capital," by James J. Heckman, University of Chicago. This event is sponsored by Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy. To RSVP, please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org or 510/642-1303. More details about each event will follow.
- Friday 4/9/99 8:30 am, SILICON VALLEY TOUR AND SAN JOSE TECH MUSEUM VISIT. South Bay/San Jose (transportation provided by ITA) meeting location TBA. The Information Technology Association will be hosting a Silicon Valley Tour of IT companies in the Silicon Valley area and of the Tech Museum in San Jose. R.S.V.P. at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/ita/rsvp.html or e-mail I-Peh Chen at email@example.com.
- Friday 4/9/99, HAAS MBA C4C (CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY) ANNUAL TALENT SHOW. Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Watch the Haas MBAs shine (or embarrass themselves) as they show their true, and not so true talents at this entertaining annual charity event to raise much need funds for The Special Olympics. For more information, please contact Ruth Hwang, MBA 99, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Friday 4/9/99 8:30 pm, 5TH ANNUAL AARON WILDAVSKY FORUM FOR PUBLIC POLICY. GSPP Living Room. Post Forum Discussion; Speakers will include Richard Blundell, University College London, Department of Economics; Nada Eissa UC Berkeley, Department of Economics; Jonathan Leonard, Haas School of Business; John Quigley, Moderator UC Berkeley, GSPP & Department of Economics. These distinguished professors will comment on Dr. Heckman's presentation given the day before. To RSVP, please respond to email@example.com or 510/642-1303.
(Free and open to interested students and faculty)
- Monday,4/5/99 1:30-3:00 pm, BA298 REAL ESTATE. Room C250 Cheit. "Housing Price Cycles and Prepayment Rates of U.S. Mortgage Pools," by Dr. Nancy Wallace, Haas School of Business. For more information contact, Diane Doty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday, 4/7/99 4:00 pm, OBIR SEMINAR. Director's Room, Institute of Industrial Relations, 2521 Channing Way. "Learning in Dynamic Inter-firm Networks -- The Efficacy of Quasi-redundant Contacts," by JOHN HAGEDOORN, Maastricht University and UCB. For more information contact, Lorraine Seiji at email@example.com.
- Thursday 4/8/99 4:00-6:00 pm, IDS270 INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS SEMINAR. Room C325, Cheit Hall. "Legislative Organization with Informational Committees," by David Baron, Stanford University. For more information contact, Anita Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thursday 4/8/99 4:15-5:45 pm, FINANCE SEMINAR. Room C110, Cheit Hall. "Real Effects of Financial Market Trading: Market Crises and the Going Public Process," by Sheridan Titman, University of Texas-Austin. For more information contact, June Wong at email@example.com or visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/finance.
- Friday 4/9/99 3:30-5:00 pm, MARKETING SEMINAR. Room C250, Cheit Hall. "Markov Chain Monte Carlo and Models of Coupon Redemption and Demand," by Jeongwen Chiang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. For more information contact, Gwen Cheeseburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday 4/5/99 12:00-1:30 pm, SALT LAKE CITY: TOM STOCKHAM, GENERAL MANAGER OF UTAH CITYSEARCH. Alta Club 100 East South Temple (Corner of State & South Temple in Salt Lake City). An Internet Success Story in Salt Lake City and across the Country Lunch. Salt Lake Business Series Charter Membership: $10.00. RSVP by Thursday, April 1. For more information or to RSVP contact Linda Wells at phone: 801/501-8304, email: Wellslinda@aol.com, fax: 801/523-3916. Checks made payable to Salt Lake Business Series to: Linda Wells (Stanford MBA contact), 92 East Steep Mountain Drive, Draper, UT 84020
- Monday 4/5/99 5:30 pm, reception, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Dinner and Discussion SACRAMENTO CHAPTER "THE INTERNATIONAL CONTAGION: THE ECONOMY AND US REAL ESTATE." Capitol Club, Wells Fargo Builiding, 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 600, Sacramento. Guest speaker: Dr. Robert Edelstein, Co-Chairman, Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School. $30 per person. To RSVP or for more information, contact Mika Furukawa, BS91, at FurukawaJM@aol.com.
- Tuesday 4/6/99, TOKYO CHAPTER DINNER MEETING. Join your fellow alumni in Tokyo for an informal dinner and networking gathering. For location information, contact Mrs. Sachiko Furukawa at the UC Berkeley Asia Office phone: (03) 5489-5761, fax:(03) 5489-5762, email email@example.com.
- Wednesday 4/7/99 6:00-8:00 pm, NEW YORK CHAPTER "RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH." Gather with fellow New York Haas alumni for an evening of intelligent conversation, light fun, and intense networking at a great (and affordable) New York location. For more information, contact Thierry díAllant, MBA 87, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturday 4/10/99 11:00 am to sundowon, JAPAN PAC 4 CHARITY FLAG FOOTBALL EVENT. Toyota Sports Center in Fuchu City, Tokyo. Alumni from UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, and Stanford will gather with family and friends for a charity flag football event. The event will feature rival flag football games and a catered post-game party, with beverages donated by Suntory Corp. Proceeds raised will be donated to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for use in refugee relief programs. Winners of the championship game will be awarded the coveted 'PAC-4 JUDGMENT DAY CUP'. In addition, the Tokyo Stanford Ax will be awarded to the winner of the Cal-Stanford game. For more information, please contact Mark Shepard at 03-3588-8169.
- Sunday 4/10/99, NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER "PERSPECTIVES ON TRENDS SHAPING THE 21ST CENTURY." MIT, Wong Auditorium, MIT E51-115, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA. MIT Sloan School Alumni Club invites you to join fellow B-school alumni for a full day of lectures and lively discussion led by MIT faculty and the President of the Alumni Association. Speakers include: Prof. Richard Schmalensee 65, Dean of the School of Management; Prof. Andrew B. Lippman 71 EE, Associate Directorof the Media Laboratory; Prof. Henry Jenkins, Professor of Literature and Media Studies; Prof. Eric L. Grimson MA 80, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. RSVP by April 2. More information on-line at http://web.mit.edu/alum/ontheroad. For more information, contact Louis Alexander, MIT, w 617/253-8243 or email email@example.com.
The Haas NewsWire is the electronic news weekly for the Haas community published every Monday by the Marketing and Communications Office at the Haas School. Send your news, feedback, and suggestions to Haasnews@haas.berkeley.edu.
Archived issues of Haas NewsWire are available online at
To subscribe to Haas NewsWire, address e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; in the body of the message type "subscribe haasnewswire" in the first line, and "end" in the second line. To unsubscribe to HNW, type "unsubscribe haasnewswire" in the first line, and "end" in the second line.