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Haas NewsWire, September 18, 2000

The Price Institute Gives a Boost to Lester Center Entrepreneurship Programs
Knowledge and the Web: The Future of the New Economy
The Third of Four New Faculty Profiles: Mark Seasholes
New Career Center Director: Abby Scott
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The Price Institute, a longtime supporter of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, has made a long-term commitment to the Lester Center in the form of a $750,000 gift. The money will be received over the next five years and will support the Harold Price Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, which supports the Entrepreneurs Association and its affiliated programs: the Partners for Entrepreneurial Leadership (PEL), the Berkeley Solutions Group, the venture capital internships, and other student programs.

"The Lester Center and the Haas School are very pleased with the leadership and support provided by the Price Institute and its president, Gloria Appel," says Jerry Engel, executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. "The Price Institute has always been interested in our students and the fine entrepreneurial experience we strive to create for them. They have been there as our partner for over a decade."

The Price Institute has been awarding fellowships to selected Haas School first-year MBA students since 1986 to recognize their entrepreneurial aspirations and development. Two $5,000 Price Institute Fellowship awards, administered by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, are awarded each year to eligible students interested in an entrepreneurial career.

Through the years, the institute has given programmatic funding, which to date totals close to $800,000. The institute has pledged to raise its total donation to more than $1,300,000 by the year 2004.

Founded in 1979 by Harold Price, the Price Institute is nationally known for its support and development of entrepreneurship.

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Most people doing business today have had to deal with issues of intellectual property and knowledge creation--and if that business is on the web, these issues come up at light speed. The Haas School will delve into these issues as part of a larger discussion of knowledge at the upcoming Fourth Annual Knowledge Forum.

The conference, "Creating and Exploiting Knowledge Assets in the Internet-enabled Economy," will take place at Haas on September 29 in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

The lineup of distinguished scholars and industry leaders includes Ikujiro Nonaka, Xerox Distinguished Professor in Knowledge at the Haas School of Business; Roger Siboni, BS 76, CEO of E.piphany and chair of the Dean's Advisory Board; Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail and CEO of Arzoo.com; and David Teece, Mitsubishi Bank Professor of International Business and Finance and director of the Institute for Management, Innovation, and Organization.

Joining Nonaka and Bhatia in the afternoon session on "Leadership for Knowledge Based Innovation" will be Kei-ichi Enoki of NTT DoCoMo, Japan's leading mobile phone company. In May, Enoki was named one of the 25 leaders in e-business by Business Week for his push to create i-mode, a mobile net-access service in Japan that now has 6 million users. Teece will close the conference by moderating a panel on "Value Creation in the New Economy."

The forum registration fee is $100 and includes lunch and conference materials. Register by phone at 510-642-4041 or send e-mail to conference@haas.berkeley.edu. Haas faculty and students may attend the knowledge forum lectures free of charge, but they must call or e-mail to reserve a space. For more information, visit the Knowledge Forum web site at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/~imio/knowledge/index2000.htm or call 510-642-4041.

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Fresh out of Harvard with a Ph.D. in economics, Assistant Professor Mark Seasholes also brings a wealth of previous experience to the Finance Group at Haas. Seasholes held analyst and consulting jobs on Wall Street, in London, and in Warsaw before returning to school for his Ph.D. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from Wesleyan University.

Seasholes studies international equity markets and is interested in the relationship between cross-border flows and local market prices. Next semester he will be teaching two sections of introductory finance for undergraduates.

Seasholes can be reached at 642-3421 or via e-mail at mss@haas.berekeley.edu. His office is at F694.

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Abby Scott, the new director of the Chetkovich Career Center at Haas, joins Haas after ten years of working in technology companies and earning her MBA at Kellogg. As she puts it, she hopes to bring a "different perspective with a practical, hands-on approach" to career services at Haas.

Abby is responsible for managing the many different career development services provided to MBA students and setting strategic direction for relationships with employers. Abby most recently worked in new product development at Embark.com, and before that as brand manager at Intel.

Abby's office is located in the Career Center, S420E. She can be reached via e-mail at ascott@haas.berkeley.edu or at 643-4520.

Also joining the Career Center staff is Jocelyn Newman, the new recruiting coordinator. Jocelyn worked in career services while she was a student at UC Santa Barbara. Jocelyn is located in the Recruitment Center in S330. Her e-mail is newman@haas.berkeley.edu or she can be reached at 643-0344.

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Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration and director of the University of California Energy Institute, was quoted in the September 18 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle on the causes of California's high gasoline prices. He attributes the chronically high price of gasoline to the high oil prices and a tight refining market in California.

Borenstein was also quoted in an article on the front page of The New York Times business section September 15 discussing the problems that electricity deregulation has run into and arguing for the need for real-time retail pricing.

"Contemporary Philanthropy," a course taught by Fran Van Loo, associate professor in the Business & Public Policy Group and the Economic Analysis & Policy Group and chair of the Public and Nonprofit Management Program, was mentioned in the lead of Peter Sinton's San Francisco Chronicle column tilted "Charity Begins on the Net" on September 13. Read the entire column at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/09/13/BU89423.DTL&type=business

An interview with Dean Tyson was posted on Business Week on September 12. The video clip can be found at http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/video/index.htm.

Van Loo's course, "Contemporary Philanthropy" was also mentioned in the Cheers and Jeers section of the Sacramento Bee on September 12.

David Levine, associate professor in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group and the Organizational Behavior Group, was quoted on CNET.com on September 12 in the article, "Telecom companies go dot-com with options grants." Levine explained that consolidation and new executive leadership have spawned efforts to foster updated cultures in the communications industry. Read the entire article at http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1004-200-2759859.html?tag=st.ne.1004.saslnk.saseml.

David Aaker, professor emeritus of marketing, was quoted in US News and World Report on September 11. The article "Guarding the Brand is Job One," was about the Bridgestone/Firestone recall. Aaker commented that it was important to take responsibility for product failure, not try to shift the blame.

The Register quoted Hal Varian, dean of the School of Information Management and Systems and Haas professor, and Carl Shapiro, Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy and director of the Institute of Business and Economics Research (IBER), in an article titled, "Bubble Economy Gurus Rate Amazon's Pricing Wheeze." Their book, Information Rules, was also mentioned.

The Haas School was mentioned in an article on nonprofit managers in the Greensboro News and Record on September 10.

The Daily Cal published an article, "Actor Paul Newman Visits UC Berkeley, Teaches About Generosity," on September 8.

Wired News published an article on "Newman's own philanthropy plan" on September 8. The article also mentions Van Loo's philanthropy course, and quotes first-year MBA students Tony Shen and Jill Snyder. Read the full text at http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,38510,00.html.

The Contra Costa Times covered the Paul Newman event and mentioned Van Loo's course in an article published on September 8. The article can be found at http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/stories_news/newman_20000908.htm.

Borenstein was quoted in a September 7, San Francisco Chronicle article on electricity rates, saying that it is easy after the fact to argue that San Diego Gas & Electric should have hedged electricity prices, but the hedge price could have just as easily been higher than the price SDG&E ended up paying.

David Levine was interviewed on KRON news earlier this month commenting on the state of the economy.

Dean Laura Tyson debated the right way to spend the nation's surplus on the online version of the NewsHour on September 7.

SkyFlow, the winner of last year's Business Plan Competition, was featured in the September 6 issue of the Berkeleyan. "When Talk Isn't Cheap" also detailed the successes of the Business Plan Competition.

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