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Dedicated to the study and practice of entrepreneurship and technology innovation. Brought to you by Berkeley Engineering's Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET). Hosted by Industry Fellow Stephen Torres and other SCET contributors.

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Dedicated to the study and practice of entrepreneurship and technology innovation. Brought to you by Berkeley Engineering's Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET). Hosted by Industry Fellow Stephen Torres and other SCET contributors.

    Student Stories: Alec Willerman, Best Course Coordinator Award SCET Fall 2019

    Student Stories: Alec Willerman, Best Course Coordinator Award SCET Fall 2019

    Episode #9
    This Student Stories episode features Alec Willerman, a BerkeleyHaas senior who was recently recognized as Best Course Coordinator in SCET classes during the Fall 2019. In the episode, Alec shares his journey, what he wants to do in the future, and his experience as a course coordinator. 
     00:36 - Introduction
    01:37 - Winning the Best Course Coordinator Award
    02:11 - Facilitation Skills
    05:46 - Getting to Berkeley
    06:34 - Education & Grading
    08:09 - Facilitating learning
    09:17 - Path to being a course coordinator
    14:53 - A Curious Kid
    15:20 - The troublemaker
    17:29 - Business has a bad rap
    20:15 - Transformational experiences on campus
    23:31 - Fun

    • 26 min
    Foundercast: Expensify Founder & CEO David Barrett

    Foundercast: Expensify Founder & CEO David Barrett

    Episode #8

    Foundercast Episode featuring Expensify Founder & CEO David Barrett. During his talk on campus at the Newton Lecture Series, Barrett shares his core philosophy of identifying the biggest problem you can, then go to work immediately to solve it. Take a listen!

    00:56 - Introduction

    03:56 - All the experts are wrong

    05:47 - Don't trust me. Don't trust the VCs

    06:39 - The CEOs are going to lie to you

    07:56 - Everyone's going to fight for you

    09:10 - Have you tried to change the world?

    12:37 - Good ideas have to sound bad

    16:02 - Traveling the world with a knapsack

    19:50 - How Expensify started

    23:57 - Q&A

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Marissa Mayer - Newton Series Classic

    Marissa Mayer - Newton Series Classic

    Episode #7

    This Newton Series Classic Episode features Marissa Mayer talking on campus when she was still VP of Search Products and User Experience at Google. She shares her journey to Google and some of the exciting things she was working on at the time. Mayer would go on to become CEO of Yahoo. 

    • 36 min
    Foundercast: DoorDash Cofounder & CEO, Tony Xu

    Foundercast: DoorDash Cofounder & CEO, Tony Xu

    Episode #6
    In this Foundercast episode, DoorDash Co-Founder & CEO Tony Xu has a fireside chat with Vicky Howell during our SCET Newton Lecture series in the Fall of 2018. Tony shares his journey from student at Berkeley to starting DoorDash, along with thoughts on cofounder strengths, keys to validate his business, and more. DoorDash is the restaurant industry’s “last-mile” solution and has grown into a more than $4 billion leader in the on-demand space. Today, the company is also focusing efforts on an issue particularly important to Xu, using that same logistical expertise to reduce food waste with the recent launch of Project DASH. In just five years, DoorDash has become the industry standard for restaurant delivery, and recently expanded to grocery through its newest partnership with Walmart.
    00:55 - Tony introduction
    03:17 - Growing up in Illinois
    05:49 - Family immigrant story
    06:57 - Major at Berkeley
    07:42 - On entrepreneurship
    09:27 - Keeping sane in school
    11:38 - Going to McKinsey
    14:41 - Business School
    18:42 - Soft skills
    19:28 - What you can't fake
    20:18 - DoorDash - what was not obvious
    24:38 - Cofounders and backgrounds
    21:23 - The first city
    29:21 - Competition
    31:22 - Stickler for detail
    35:19 - Delivering good
    39:10 - Q&A

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Alumni Achievers: Padmini Pyapali at Uber, Jeff Juang at Facebook, and Sanjay Jeyakumar at Twitter, Cal Engineer Newton Series panel hosted by Amit Kumar

    Alumni Achievers: Padmini Pyapali at Uber, Jeff Juang at Facebook, and Sanjay Jeyakumar at Twitter, Cal Engineer Newton Series panel hosted by Amit Kumar

    Episode #5

    This Alumni Achiever episode features a Berkeley Engineering Leader Panel recorded March 21, 2017 as part of the Newton Lecture Series. The discussion is moderated by Amit Kumar, Partner at VC form Accel and  features Padmini Pyapali of Uber, Jeff Huang of Facebook, and Sanjay Jeyakumar of Twitter.



    01:04 - Panel introduction

    03:29 - Berkeley experience

    10:11 - Microsoft to Facebook considerations

    13:37 - Zynga to Uber considerations

    17:07 - Oracle to Google to startup to Twitter

    19:20 - Startup terrified

    20:54 - Navigating internals of a company

    24:30 - Getting into management

    27:55 - Tech architect path

    34:01 - Getting acquired by Twitter

    35:54 - Working at a lightning rod company

    40:27 - Advice for students

    45:36 - Q&A

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ben Horowitz on Building a Technology Company - Newton Series Classic

    Ben Horowitz on Building a Technology Company - Newton Series Classic

    Episode #4

    Newton Series Classic episode featuring renowned Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz. Andreessen Horowitz Co-Founder Ben Horowitz gave this Newton Lecture Series talk on campus at Berkeley on November 3rd, 2009, just four months after starting his new venture firm. In this episode, he shares his entrepreneurial journey, along with what his new firm was looking for in terms of entrepreneurs and companies in which to invest. 

    00:30 - Episode Introduction

    01:30 - Ben Horowitz introduction

    02:40 - How to play Quarterback in the NFL

    04:10 - Controversial Computer Science degree 

    05:35 - Are you studying the right thing?

    06:07 - The hilarious Warren Buffett

    07:03 - Words of wisdom from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson

    09:05 - What you need to build a new technology company

    10:45 - Apple's Steve Jobs

    14:17 - Story of Bernard Hopkins

    15:10 - The second thing you need to build a new technology company

    16:39 - How I became a CEO

    20:30 - Story of America Online (AOL) to Loudcloud to Opsware 

    27:49 - Bill Clinton & Lesson from Colin Powell

    29:10 - Is it too late to start a tech company?

    33:12 - How can someone from Harvard write something so stupid?

    35:12 - Would you like to know why smart people are so stupid?

    39:34 - All the value in tech companies & who VCs want to invest in

    41:48 - Quality of the team

    42:40 - Megalomaniacs

    43:59 - Great opportunities

    45:31 - The biggest challenge for entrepreneurs

    46:43 - Even William from Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook

    48:02 - The biggest thing to building a company

    • 48 min

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