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The Business and Fun of >play

The popular digital media conference surprises and delights

Isabelle Schuhmann, MBA 16, plays a virtual-reality game using a headset (designed by Oculus VR) with a motion-tracking platform (designed by Sixense) that allows for full-body presence in 3-D games. The >play Digital Media Conference, held Oct. 24 in San Francisco, is the largest student-run technology and digital media conference in the country and continues to grow in size, attracting students and alumni from Haas and beyond. This year, the conference’s tenth, co-chairs Billy Blaustein, Chip Malt, and Jon Weinberg, all MBA 15, reached out to peer MBA programs and more than 250 tickets were sold to non-Haas community members. MBA students from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and others planned West Coast treks around >play.

The day featured memorable keynotes from industry titans, including the founders of Cloudera and Tilt; panels on the latest trends, such as on-demand food delivery technology with leaders from SpoonRocket, Sprig, Caviar, and more; a product expo and rocket pitch, and a career fair. Learn more at

MBA & Undergrad Orientation

Sabrina Simmons, BS 85, CFO, Gap, Inc.

Danae Ringelmann, MBA 08, founder & chief development officer, Indiegogo.

Lucky Sandhu, BS 96, EMBA 15, co-founder, Reliance Financial.

Berkeley Haas Volunteer Leadership Conference

Dan Parker, MBA 11, and Felix Miranda, MBA 14.

East Bay Chapter volunteers Frank Rockwood, MBA 93; Susan Rockwood, MBA 89; Dave Sherman, MBA 85; and class leader Kinman Tong, BS 03.

Lindy Vejar, BS 85, MBA 97; Vic Trione, MBA 70; and Haas staff Elizabeth Friedman Branoff.

Jose Cobangbang, BS 09; Virginie Suos, BS 09; Jose Hernandez, BS 09; Judy Chou, BS 96.


Richard Maas, BS 76, and Jocelyn Lloyd.

Jim Burk, BS 62, MBA 63; Cal student Cesar Arroyo; and Anne Burk, BA 62.

Valerie Niggell, MBA 94, and Chris Niggell.

Panpan Wang, MBA/MPH 12, and Archit Bhargava, MBA 12.

George Kalandadze, MBA 16, hugging Sini Ninkovic, MBA 15.

Kathlyn Hughes, BS 85, and John Selleck, BA 84.

Dean’s Speaker Series

Duncan Niederauer, former CEO, New York Stock Exchange.

Brigadier General Tammy Smith, U.S. Army Reserve.

General Bikram Singh, former chief of army staff, Indian Army.

Deanna Berkeley, president, alice + olivia.

Income Inequality Panel

UC Berkeley Economics Prof. Emmanuel Saez.

Dean Rich Lyons and Haas Prof. and former Dean Laura Tyson.

Dean’s Visit to Seoul, South Korea

Jay Jung, MBA 03; JW Lee, BS 13; Jihong Bu, MBA 13; Byeongchan Bae, MBA 10.

Steve Park; Charles Chang, BA 79 (economics); and Dean Lyons.

Budd Cheit Tribute

Rick Cronk, BS 65, was one of several people who fondly remembered Dean Emeritus Earl F. Cheit at a service honoring his life on Oct. 19.

The Cal Marching Band played a moving musical tribute in Budd’s honor along Strawberry Creek.

Haaski Golf Tournament

Bob Weishar, MBA 15; Eisuke Muroga; Keith Lohkamp, MBA 96; and Brian Best, MBA 96.

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