Haas NewsWire



Haas NewsWire, November 15, 1999



CONTENTS

Ford's $3 Million Gift to UC Berkeley Benefits Haas Technology Initiatives
B-Plan Competition Gains Support from Other UC Berkeley Departments
MBA Bidding: High-Tech Courses Gain in Popularity
Haas Alum Leads the Way in Venture Philanthropy
Haas Professor Appointed to Kinzan.com Board
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FORD'S $3 MILLION GIFT TO UC BERKELEY BENEFITS HAAS TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES

The Ford Motor Company and UC Berkeley will embark on a new five-year strategic partnership, Craig Mulhauser, president of Visteon, a division of Ford Motor Company, will announce tomorrow. The Haas School of Business will be a key member of this partnership, receiving $650,000 of Ford's total $3 million pledge to UC Berkeley.

Ford Motor Company's relationship with the Haas School began in 1990, when Ford established the Management of Information Technology endowment. Ford now plans to strengthen relationships with faculty through key research partnerships, support fellowships and scholarships to further its recruiting interests, and increase its visibility to the University community.

The Haas School has been working with Ford representatives Glenn Warren, chief engineer with PowerTrain Global Efficiency, and Ashok Goyal, manager of SVC Programs, Asia Pacific Operation, to create a lasting partnership. Ford hopes recruit more students to intern and work for the company. Warren and Goyal at Ford said that the company would work through executive contacts to stay in touch with the programs and students they are funding.

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B-PLAN COMPETITION GAINS MORE ON CAMPUS SUPPORT

The 2000 UC Berkeley Business Plan is off to a great start this year. In addition to the competition being hosted by the Haas School of Business, the Lester Center, and the Entrepreneurs Association, this year organizers have also garnered co-sponsorships from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and the Electronic Research Laboratory to involve even more of the UC Berkeley student body in the competition.

This sponsorship will allow the organizers of the B-Plan to more easily reach graduate students and faculty in EECS and ERL. This will also help encourage students from other departments get involved in running the competition. EECS and ERL will also inform their industry sponsors about the competition.

For those students planning on entering the competition, there are several important details to consider. First, there are 10 pre-competition workshops this spring, every Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Second, executive summaries are being judged this year and need to be submitted by February 15, 2000. The competition organizers encourage students to begin actively forming their teams--to facilitate this there is a web site (http://web.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/bplan/) and a mailing list (bplancontest@haas.berkeley.edu) for participants to network and keep up-to-date on b-plan activities.

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MBA BIDDING: HIGH-TECH COURSES GAIN IN POPULARITY

Second-year bidding is over and the results are in--the MBA students now know whether or not they made it into the classes they chose for the spring. Internet Strategy was the most popular course, with 126 students bidding on 59 spaces in the class. Two of the new classes this spring, Foundations of E-Business and Leading Change were in the top ten classes in demand for spaces. Leading Change has a waiting list of 30 students and a class size of 30 while Foundations of E-business has a waiting list of 6 for a class size of 15. Seven other sections ended up with relatively large wait lists: Financial Information Analysis, Telecom and Internet Commerce, Internet Strategy, High Tech Marketing, Leading Out Loud, New Venture Finance, and Competition and Corporate Strategy.

First-year MBA students begin course selection this week for the spring semester.

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HAAS ALUM LEADS THE WAY IN VENTURE PHILANTHROPY

Dan Geiger, MBA 98, CEO of OpNet, is speaking on a Harvard Club panel discussion about venture philanthropy. The panel, titled, "Venture Philanthropy: Can the VC Model Work in the Nonprofit World?" will take place on Thursday, November 18, at the University Club (800 Powell Street in San Francisco). The mission of OpNet, which was founded in 1997, is to bridge the "digital divide" by promoting economic opportunities for low-income young adults, increasing the involvement of women and people of color in the digital economy, and helping to meet the growing demand for skilled new media workers. For more information see the alumni events section.

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HAAS PROFESSOR APPOINTED TO KINZAN.COM BOARD

On November 2, Kinzan.com announced the appointment of Adjunct Professor Peter Sealy to its board of directors. He will contribute branding and marketing expertise to Kinzan.com's board. Kinzan.com just introduced its SiteMan family of software and services used to control branding and content over a distributed network of web sites. At Haas, Sealy is the co-director of the Center for Marketing and Technology.

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NEWSMAKERS

John C. Gough, MBA 99, now managing director at LoopLender, was quoted recently in the California Real Estate Journal (November) and Commercial Property News (November 1) for developing LoopLender, an Internet-based origination service for commercial real estate loans.

Global magazine included an article written by Thierry D'Allant, MBA 87, in its October/November issue. In his article he chronicles how American culture influences those of other countries. He cites the Haas School and several Haas graduates in an example of how foreign students use their business school experiences when they return to their native country.

The car collection of Haas alum, Robert Lutz, BS 61, MBA 62, was featured in the "In My.Garage" article in The New York Times on November 7.

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