Lauren Boyle, BS 11, became the first New Zealand woman to earn medals in the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona this summer. Boyle brought home bronze medals in the 400-meter, 800-meter, and 1,500-meter freestyle events. Boyle told the New Zealand Herald that swimming at Cal helped her develop an independence and sense of confidence. “Berkeley is a diverse city; it opened my mind to new ways of thinking,” she said. “Being your own person and living the way you want is praised and encouraged.” Boyle also drew inspiration from Haas Lecturer Steve Etter, BS 83, MBA 89, who she said “made corporate finance and financial statement analysis, which sounds tedious, into one of the most exciting and rewarding classes.”
Indiegogo co-founders Danae Ringelmann, MBA 08; Slava Rubin; and Eric Schell, MBA 08.
Danae Ringelmann and Eric Schell, both MBA 08, and Kristin Gross Richmond and Kirsten Saenz Tobey, both MBA 06, made Fortune magazine’s list of 40 “young hotshots” under 40 “who are rocking businesses.”
Ringelmann and Schell co-founded crowdfunding platform IndieGogo in 2008, a year before Kickstarter, Fortune noted. Ringelmann, Schell, and co-founder Slava Rubin all shared #34 on Fortune’s list.
Following the trio in the #35 spot were Richmond and Tobey, co-founders of Revolution Foods (see feature story on page 11). Started with a small pilot program serving healthy lunches in five Oakland schools, Revolution Foods is now collecting just less than $70 million in revenue and is on a path toward profitability, Fortune reported.
Michaela Rodeno, MBA 80, offers an insider’s view of the early days of Napa Valley’s Domaine Chandon in a two-volume series titled From Bubbles to Boardrooms. As employee #2, Rodeno learned the business on the job, earned her Berkeley MBA in the middle of the 15 years covered by volume one, and became one of the wine industry’s rare female CEOs. The book overflows with stories of the innovations that blossomed in the vineyards, winery, and marketing and sales, and technology departments. The book also serves up lessons for entrepreneurs, leaders, and managers in any business as well as inspiration for fresh graduates.
Far-ranging columns by William Ziemba, MBA 65, PhD 69, in the London magazine Wilmott enjoy a second life in Investing in the Modern Age (World Scientific). Ziemba, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, and his daughter, Rachel Ziemba, wrote the columns primarily from 2007 to 2012. Geared toward institutional investors and individuals interested in investing around the world, the book covers everything from country studies of China, Turkey, and Cyprus to asset studies of the U.S. stock market and NFL football. It also features case studies of great successes and blowouts to help readers better assess explicit and implicit risks.