Haas NewsWire

Haas NewsWire, May 3, 2005

Harmonic Devices Takes Top Prize at the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition

Business Plan Competition

Harmonic Devices, a team that developed a business plan based on technology from recent research breakthroughs developed at UC Berkeley, won the $25,000 grand prize at the seventh annual UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition at the Haas School of Business.

Harmonic Devices uses a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) to improve wireless communication devices. The MEMS technology is based on research breakthroughs achieved at the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) at UC Berkeley. It promises to improve component miniaturization, integration, and performance for wireless communication devices, enabling longer battery life, lower heat dissipation, and lower costs. Its initial target market will be mobile phones and other portable wireless handsets. The Harmonic Devices team members are: John Hwang, MBA 05, Kenneth Miller, MBA 05, Justin Black and Gianluca Piazza, both Ph.D. 05 in electrical engineering and computer science, and Philip Stephanou, Ph.D. 06 (mechanical engineering).

“Harmonic Devices exemplifies what is so great about so many of the plans this year: MBA students teaming up with engineers and scientists to bring forward valuable and viable new business ideas," says Jerome Engel, executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. "I predict that many of this year's finalists will secure the venture funding they need. Indeed, many of those conversations have started.”

Harmonic Devices had previously won the UC Berkeley Nanotech Challenge and the Elevator Pitch Challenge at the University of San Francisco's annual International Business Plan Competition in early 2005.

Second place went to World of Good, which was also voted the People's Choice Award winner. The team took home a total of $15,000 in prize money. World of Good also won the 2005 Global Social Venture Competition, held at the Haas School in April. World of Good distributes a line of globally sourced, fair trade gifts and accessories to the retail market and aims to generate sustainable livelihoods for thousands of artisans around the world. These products are sourced through a series of global partnerships and are marketed under one umbrella brand, World of Good, which embodies the values of ethical sourcing. The World of Good team members are: Priya Haji, MBA 03, Siddharth Sanghvi, MBA 03, David Guendelman, MBA 06, and Jonathan Klein, MBA 06.

The Helios team, which took both third place and the Technology Award, created a business plan based on breakthrough solar cell technology developed and patented by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with the University of California. The Technology Award recognizes the best new technology presented in the competition. The team took home $12,500 to help launch its business. The team members are Charles Haythornethwaite, MBA 06, Jeff Renaud, MBA 05, Krzysztof Kujawa, MBA 06, Zach Gentry, MBA 05, Sonny Li, Ph.D. 06 (materials science and education), and Dr. Anders Geertsen, MBA 06.

The competition is organized annually by Berkeley MBA students and hosted by the Haas School's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in collaboration with UC Berkeley's College of Engineering and School of Information Management and Systems, as well as UC San Francisco. This year's competition enjoyed the support of more than 80 judges from leading venture-capital firms and donations from 22 sponsors.

For more information on the competition, go to http://bplan.berkeley.edu.

Berkeley MBA Students Head Abroad to Tackle IBD Consulting Projects this Summer

Full-time Berkeley MBA students will be flying around the world later this month, to launch projects such as improving school lunch programs in Ghana and preserving forests in Bolivia, all as part of the Haas School’s International Business Development (IBD) course.

Divided into sixteen teams of four, the first-year MBA students will consult in 10 countries on five continents from May 21 to June 11. The teams have worked on these projects at Haas over the last semester and are now heading abroad to complete the on-site segments of their work. This year's client list includes a number of clients hosting IBD teams for the first time as well as those that have worked with IBD teams for years. Here is a summary of this year’s projects:

+ A team will work with the Sri Lankan relief organization Sewalanka to help establish micro-enterprises for villagers as a way of rebuilding the economy in the wake of the December 2004 tsunami.

+ As part of the United Nations’ Millennium project to eradicate hunger by 2015, a team will work to spread a model school lunch program, created in Ghana, throughout Africa.

+ Another team working in Africa for the UN Millennium project will study the development of nurseries in Kenya and Ethiopia to raise a variety of seed plants to aid farmers in diversifying their crops.

+ For the eighth time, a team will travel to Ghana’s Ashesi University, this year developing pricing strategy for the educational institution co-founded by Patrick Awuah and Nina Marini, both MBA 99.

+ In collaboration with UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, another team in Kenya will research the viability of manufacturing medical devices locally.

+ Two teams are working in India, both on projects that address family planning and reproductive health.

+ Another team in India is continuing the work of previous IBD teams to assist a family planning and women's health organization in becoming financially self-supporting.

+ A team in Nepal will develop a marketing strategy for non-timber forest products.

+ In Finland several teams will work on market entry strategies for the VTT Technical Research Centre and JSP, Jyvaskyla Science Park.

+ Hoping to reduce deforestation and improve the local standard of living, a team in Bolivia will develop a marketing plan for traditional locally produced goods, such as honey and mesquite flour, to provide alternate income for women in the surrounding community.

+ For the second year in a row, a team will continue to develop an ecotourism plan for Easter Island.

+ Another ecotourism project in Mexico has a team working with the Sonoran Institute to develop sustainable tourism for the Colorado River Delta.

+ Also in Mexico, a team will once again advise the business arm of the IPODERAC orphanage, this year helping a new manager to structure a strategic vision and plan.

The International Business Development (IBD) course is taught by Sebastian Teunissen, adjunct professor and executive director of the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, which operates the IBD program. IBD has been assigning teams of MBA consultants to projects for 15 years.

For more information on the IBD program, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/HaasGlobal/IBDindex.htm.

Middle School Students Present Business Projects at YEAH Showcase, May 7

More than 100 Oakland middle school students, mentored for the past year by Haas School undergraduates, will present the results of their social enterprise projects at the "After School Business Clubs Presentation Showcase" on Saturday, May 7, in Arthur Andersen Auditorium from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The showcase is the culmination of a great year for the After School Business Clubs, run by the staff and volunteers of Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH). The 2004-05 school year began with clubs at three Oakland middle schools and ended the year with 35 Haas undergraduates volunteering and mentoring students at six Oakland schools.

“The path to college really begins in middle school,” says Jeff Hicks, assistant director of YEAH. “The After School Business Clubs were created to reach young people during this critical time.” The students meet with their Haas mentors twice a week during the school year to create a business or service that benefits a community partner. “They gain many skills, including problem solving, working in teams, and critical thinking,” says Hicks. “Most importantly, the mentors help them learn what it takes to get into college.”

Proceeds from the entrepreneurial ventures, which included hosting family movie nights and the manufacture and sale of such items as T-shirts, pens, and picture frames, went to the participating schools and to community partners such as the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, and Children’s Hospital Oakland. Haas undergraduate mentors benefit as well, according to YEAH volunteer project manager Ashwin Sodhi, BS 05, who says, “My work with YEAH has humanized and breathed life into the business principles I have learned.”

Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin, MBA 78, to Speak at Haas, May 4

The entire Haas School community is invited to a talk on leadership in telecommunications to be given by Arun Sarin, MBA 78, MS 78, CEO of Vodafone, the world's largest mobile telecommunications company, on Wednesday, May 4, at 11:00 a.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

This event is free, but with limited capacity, so pre-registration is required. Register at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=87142. Registration will be open until the evening of Tuesday, May 3.

Sarin, who was appointed head of Vodafone in 2003, recently lead the firm into its strongest quarter since December 2000 and has grown the total customer base to over 151 million. Vodafone's markets for voice and data communications include Europe, the United States, and Asia. The Haas School named Sarin its Business Leader of the Year in 2002 for his outstanding contributions to the business of telecommunications. Sarin has served as a member of the Haas School Advisory Board and as an Alumni Fellow, teaching at the Haas School in 2001. He and his wife, Rummi, endowed a Chair in Strategy and Leadership to foster the Haas School's training of future business leaders and CEOs.

Dean Rich Lyons will introduce Sarin, whose visit is hosted by Professor Michael Katz, the Haas School's Digital Media & Entertainment Club, and Entrepreneur's Association.

For more information contact, Dror Shimshowitz at shimshow@haas.berkeley.edu.

Leadership and Golf Links on Tap for Haas Alumni Reunion Weekend, May 14-16

All Haas alumni, faculty, staff, and students are invited to enjoy three days of networking, skill sharpening, and camaraderie at the Haas Alumni Reunion Weekend on May 14 to 16.

This year’s theme is “Leveraging Your Leadership Capabilities,” with events featuring high-level speakers that include Richard “Sandy” Alderson, formerly executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, recently hired CEO of the San Diego Padres; Tom Campbell, director of finance for the state of California and Bank of America Dean for the Haas School of Business (on leave); and Patricia C. Dunn, vice chairman and managing director with Barclays Global Investors and Hewlett Packard's non-executive chairman.

On Saturday evening, alumni connect with old friends at class dinners, held at Pyramid Brewery, for alumni who graduated in 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, and 1965. Sunday features a family day at the Oakland Zoo and an evening concert at International House, performed by cellist Adalbert Skocic, formerly with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera. Monday, May 16, marks the third annual Haaski Open Golf Tournament, a fundraiser benefiting the Haas School and taking place at the Claremont Country Club.

For more information on the Haas Alumni Reunion Weekend, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/reunion/index.html.

Save May 6 to Celebrate at Annual End-of-the-Year Party

All Haas School faculty, staff, and students are invited to the dean's annual End-of-the-Year Party on Friday, May 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Haas courtyard.

Hosted by Dean Richard Lyons, the celebration features food, fun, and music, and pays tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff, and students over the past academic year. Winners of the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, the GSI Award, the MBA Service Award, the Ph.D. Hayase Award, and the Outstanding Staff Award will be announced.

For more information, contact Carlis Crowe at carlis@haas.berkeley.edu.

Evening & Weekend MBA Association Celebrates the End of the Year

The Evening & Weekend MBA program invites the entire Haas community to attend its End of the Year Party on May 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Fluid Bar & Lounge, 662 Mission Street in San Francisco.

This special event is sponsored by the Evening & Weekend MBA Association. The EWMBA Community Service Committee is coordinating a silent auction during the party. All proceeds from the silent auction will go directly to Doctors Without Borders, a private, international nonprofit organization that delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters.

To donate an item to the auction (ideas include dinner, baseball game outing, wine making seminar) please contact Jennifer Erdell or Valeska Scharen-Guivel at respectively erdell@haas.berkeley.edu or schareng@haas.berkeley.edu.

Haas in the News

David Robinson, lecturer in the Marketing Group, was quoted in the May 2 edition of Fortune magazine in an article titled “When it Pays to be in a Dull Job." Robinson commented on violence in the workplace.

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, was quoted in the Kansas City Star in an article titled “Bush Outlines Proposals to Increase Energy Supplies” on April 27. For full text: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/11505145.htm

Frank Catalano, BS 63, answered money management questions in a Contra Costa Times article titled “Tenant in Common Deal has Risk” on April 25. For full text: http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/11482931.htm

Hal Varian, professor in the Operations and Information Technology Management Group, was quoted in Business Week in an article titled “ iPod Killers? New Rivals Take Aim at the Champ” on April 25.

Terrance Odean, associate professor in the Finance Group, was mentioned on Market Watch in an article titled, “Don’t Panic! Bears Can Be Fun” on April 24. For full text: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?dist=&param=archive&siteid=mktw&

Paul Otellini, MBA 74, CEO-elect of Intel, was featured in the April 4 issue of Fortune Magazine in an article titled, "Is this Man Right for Intel?" The article is about Otellini's qualifications to lead the company in new directions.

Happening at Haas

Arun Sarin, MBA 78, MS 78, CEO of Vodafone
Wednesday, May 4
11:00 a.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium
This event is free, but with limited capacity, so pre-registration is required. Register at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=87142.

Will Swope, vice president, Intel
Wednesday, May 4
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, contact Susan Reneau at sreneau@haas.berkeley.edu.

"The Nation's Growing Fiscal Imbalance" with David M. Walker, comptroller general of the United States
Wednesday, May 4
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium
For more information, call 510-642-4670 or e-mail Kate Anderson at kamander@calmail.berkeley.edu.

"New Trends in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Companies and the future of the Industry," by Robert Tjian Ph.D., Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Berkeley
Wednesday, May 4
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Adit Mane at aditya.mane@mba.berkeley.edu


Institute of Urban and Regional Development
"Trans-border Production Network and Technology Learning: the Taiwan-China Software Industry" by Chia-ho Ching, Taipei University
Tuesday, May 3
2:00 p.m.
316 Wurster Hall
For more information, contact Janet Dawson, jgdawson@ix.netcom.com.

“Thanks for Nothing: The Effect of Sex and Personality on the Evaluation of Helping Behavior” by Frank Flynn, Columbia University
Wednesday, May 4
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.

"Self-Enforcing Cooperation with Graduated Punishments," by Avinash Dixit, Princeton University
Thursday, May 5
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.

"Keeping the Board in the Dark:  CEO Compensation and Entrenchment," by Roman Inderst, INSEAD
Thursday, May 5
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

Alice Isen, Cornell University
Friday, May 6
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.

Two speakers to be announced
Wednesday, May 11
2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

Dick Wittink, Yale University
Friday, May 13
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.

Alumni Events

Spring Entrepreneurs Forum featuring Hassan Ahmed, CEO, Sonus Networks, Inc.
Tuesday, May 3
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Gadsby Hannah LLP, 225 Franklin Street (State Street Bank Building), 22nd Floor, Boston
For more information, contact Jeffrey Stoler at JStoler@GHlaw.com.

16th Annual NAIOP Real Estate Challenge
Tuesday, May 3
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco
Teams from UC Berkeley and Stanford graduate schools will present competing development plans for a selected San Francisco site. The winner will take home the highly coveted James W. Brecht Memorial Golden Shovel. Stanford won the Challenge last year, so please come support UC Berkeley so we can take back the Golden Shovel.
For registration information, contact Suzanne Zimmerman at 415-216-7601 or naiopsf@earthlink.net.

"Global Issues in Competition Policy" by Dan Rubinfeld, Boalt Hall School of Law
Wednesday, May 4
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street, New York
For more information, visit http://www.law.berkeley.edu/alumni/events/register/guest/.

“Wine Pairing: Flights of Fancy, Part I”
Wednesday, May 4
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Holbrook-Palmer Park , 150 Watkins Avenue (between Middlefield and El Camino), Atherton
For registration information, go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=87154

YEAH After School Business Clubs Presentation Showcase
Saturday, May 7
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Haas School of Business
The After School Business Clubs Presentation Showcase is the forum for the six middle school clubs to present the results of their semester-long Social Enterprise projects. The presentations will include information regarding their community partners, the challenges they faced while developing their micro-businesses and the resulting solutions.
For more information, contact Ramona Ellerbe at rellerbe@haas.berkeley.edu.

14 th Annual Bank of America Low Income Housing Challenge
Friday, May 13
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Bank of America Board Room, 555 California Street, 51st Floor, San Francisco
Join us for affordable housing project presentations from talented students representing: California Polytechnic State University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Davis; and Stanford University. Keynote speaker will be Matt Schwartz of the California Housing Partnership. Lunch will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP (required), contact Dinorah at 415-622-1640 or dinorah.robleto-rueda@bankofamerica.com.

Annual Whitewater Rafting Trip
Saturday, May 14
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Upper Kern River/Sequoia National Forest
To register, visit http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=82226.
For more information, visit HaasAlumni-LA@haasalum.berkeley.edu.

Haas Reunion Weekend
Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15
For more information, visit http://haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/reunion/index.html.

Haaski Open Charity Golf Tournament 2005
Monday, May 16
Claremont Country Club, Oakland
For more event information, visit http://haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/reunion/index.html.
For registration information, contact Jeff Rhode at 510-642-1907 or rhode@haas.berkeley.edu.

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