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Limelight Shines on TubeMogul
TubeMogul - a video advertising firm founded by alumni Brett Wilson, John Hughes, and Mark Rotblat, all MBA 07 - racked up several honors last fall, including landing among the top 10 fastest-growing Bay Area private companies. The San Francisco Business Times named TubeMogul the seventh fastest-growing private Bay Area company based on revenue growth. TubeMogul also placed 13 on the "Technology 200" list of the fastest growing tech companies nationwide, compiled by information services firm Lead411. And TubeMogul was named to the "Streaming Media 100: Companies That Matter Most in Online Video" list by Streaming Media magazine. The TubeMogul co-founders met in a Lester Center entrepreneurship class and worked in the school's startup incubator. They competed in the Lester Center's Business Plan Competition twice, first making it to the semifinals and then tying for first. TubeMogul now employs at least 20 Haas or Cal graduates.
Modify Watches Clicks As Top Young Startup
Modify Watches, led by Aaron Schwartz and Gary Coover, both MBA 10, and Liz Callahan, MBA 11, ranked sixth in the Empact100, a list of top companies run by young entrepreneurs aged 30 and under compiled by the Kauffman Foundation and other partners. The list is based on such factors as revenue, social impact, online votes, and media recognition. Since its 2010 launch, Modify Watches has created customized watches for Google, Facebook, and UC Berkeley, among others. The company donates a percentage of its sales to St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County; Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco; and WonderRoot, a nonprofit arts organization in Atlanta.
Cusumano Binetti named Silicon Valley Rising Star
Antonia Cusumano Binetti, BCEMBA 05, was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Times as one of the "40 under 40" in 2011 for her success as a principal in PricewaterhouseCoopers's Global People and Change Division. Based in San Jose, Cusumano Binetti, 39, oversees a multimillion-dollar business and is responsible for building the western region's presence. She helps clients with the people problems that might come from a merger, outsourcing, new business models, or new technologies, according to the Business Times. That includes working with companies on succession plans, post-merger plans, and HR department assessments. She told the paper that "a client once (lovingly!?) referred to me as the 'velvet hammer.'"
Arnold honored for 70 Years of Support
Ed Arnold, BS 40, was honored at the UC Berkeley Charter Gala in March for his more than 70 years of key contributions as a council member of the class of 40. Though confined to a wheelchair since a 2009 car accident, Arnold is still actively involved with Cal causes. "My greatest day at Cal was May 25, 1940, graduation day," says Arnold. "It was the step to a career as a certified public accountant. As a tax specialist, I led the way with clients to the value of charitable giving to education." He practiced as a CPA in Oakland for more than 40 years. As retirement approached, he made generous financial contributions and poured his energies into supporting Cal in many ways, including the Haaski Gold Tournament Committee. The annual tourney has contributed nearly a million dollars to the Haas School's Annual Fund.