Winter 2009

In Brief

Haas Alum Wins Google Award


A startup company created by Chris Hulls, BS 06, has won a $275,000 Google software challenge award for a mobile application that will help families stay connected during emergencies.

Life360 is one of ten first-place winners in Google’s Android Developer Challenge, created to encourage third parties to build applications for the search giant’s new smart-phone platform. Life360’s application solves the problem of voice channels becoming overloaded during earthquakes and other disasters by transferring voice information to data channels.

Hulls’ idea for the company grew out of the widespread chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina. He first wrote his business plan for a web-based system to allow families to prepare for emergencies during a Haas entrepreneurship class. Hulls then developed the idea at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s Berkeley Entrepreneurship Laboratory, a business incubator for startups created by Haas students and recent graduates.

“Long term, we are building applications that will help families connect during any emergency, no matter what their level of technology is,” Hulls says.

The winning application is just one aspect of Life360’s multi-pronged approach, which includes customized disaster kits, identification bracelets with a central phone number to notify families of lost toddlers, and even a GPS-based curfew monitoring system that sends parents a wake-up call when their teenager stays out too late.

Life360 now has seven full-time employees, including Chief Technology Officer Dilpreet Singh, MBA 09, a student in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program.


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Chris Hulls, BS 06


Entrepreneur Chris Hulls,
BS 06