Winter 2007

Alumni Notes & News

The Haas Network in the News


James Hong, MBA 99, co-founder of, commented on the culture of envy between millionaires in Silicon Valley and on how he manages his success without feeling the need for an extravagant lifestyle in a The New York Times story on November 21.


Businessweek crowned Aaron Sahagun, BS 06, co-founder of, one of the "Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25" in the magazine's October 30 issue. Sahagun and his brother founded the social networking Web site to provide recent graduates with tools to transition from college life to professional careers.


Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis, MBA 92, was quoted in The New York Times on November 3 regarding her $300,000 donation in support of the November election measure to allow the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to annex three cities and the unincorporated areas around them.


Philip Inghelbrecht, MBA 00, partner development manager for Google Video, was mentioned in the September 27 issue of Red Herring magazine for his involvement in the partnership between Cal and the Mountain View search giant to offer the university's educational content via Google Video.


Doug Donovan, MBA 04, general manager of Echo Mountain Park, was interviewed in The Denver Post on November 11 about how he worked with snow-park owner Gerald Petitt to renovate, re-market and re-open the ski area to become more competitive in the recreational sports industry.


Revolution Foods Inc., founded by Kristin Groos Richmond, MBA 06, and Kirsten Tobey, MBA 06, was profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle on September 5 and in an August 28 Oakland Tribune article. The company recently closed a $1 million investment from Whole Foods Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Bay Area Equity Fund.


William Coleman, MBA 06, an associate at Mohr Davidow Ventures, authored the September 5 article "Which Road Leads To Energy Independence?" for CNET about how the United States can utilize existing science and technology to kick its oil dependency.


Julien Decot, MBA 06, and Steve Lee, MBA 06, appeared in the August 12 issue of the Economist for their May 2006 study titled "eBay and Google: A Coopetition [sic] Perspective," which analyzes the relationship between the search titan and the online auction pioneer.


Haas School student Hector Ramos, BS 07, was featured in The San Francisco Chronicle on June 10 talking about his family's past hardship and applying to the Berkeley and SAGE Scholars, a university group for many of Cal's lowest-income students.


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