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Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series

Previous Speakers

December 2011 - Pramod John, “Understanding the real drivers for the uncontrollable rise in costs for healthcare and identification of areas of opportunity for change”

October 2011 - Alumnus Eric Whitters, Global Head of R&D at Novartis continued our series on Biotech, Life Sciences and Clean Energy.

May 2011 - Brock Siegel, PhD is an investor in and advisor to several Life Science startup companies. He spoke on “Life Sciences Today: The Digital Age of Synthetic Biology”

April 2011 - Ramesh Haridas spoke about his experience as a startup investor - his previous and current investments, what he looks for as an investor, and how a tech/CS background differentiates investors.

March 2011 - Mark Richards, BS Electrical Engineer '84, Managing Partner, Sand Hill Partners.  Part of "The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs" series.

February 2011 - Max Levchin, BS Computer Science '97, Co-founder PayPal, founder Slide, Chairman Yelp and VP of Engineering GooglePart of "The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs" series.

January 2011 - David Jeske BSEE '96, Angel Investor, founder of Neotonic Software and Alan Braverman, BS Computer Science '96, VP of Engineering Fwix, CTO and co-founder of Geni, Eventbrite, Yammer and Xoom. Part of "The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs" series.

December 2010 - Chris Michel, BS Political Science '90, Harvard MBA '98, Managing Director, Nautilus Ventures, founder of Affinity Labs and Military.com and Naval Flight Officer. Part of "The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs" series.

November 2010 - Bill Tai, BS Electrical Engineering '84, Harvard MBA '87, General Partner, Charles River Ventures. Part of "The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs" series.

October 2010 – No speaker this month.

September 2010 – Bob Johansen ’67, Director, New Tech Programs, Institute For The Future, discussed his new book “Leaders Make the Future”.

August 2010 – No speaker this month.

July 2010 – No speaker this month.

June 2010 – Amitt Mahajan, BS Computer Science ’05, Director of Engineering, Zynga and Sizhao Yang, BS Computer Science ’05, Strategy and Corporate Development, Zynga, led a discussion on social gaming.

May 2010 - Marc Babsin ’91 discussed Iran: a country in unrest

April 2010 - Joel Poloney, Computer Science, Lead Architect, Farmville at Zynga, Luke Rajlich, BS Computer Science ’05, CTO, Farmville at Zynga and Sizhao Yang, BS Computer Science ’05, Strategy and Corporate Development, Zynga, led a discussion on social gaming

March 2010 - Alan Braverman BS Computer Science '96, VP of Engineering Fwix, CTO and co-founder of Geni, Eventbrite, Yammer and Xoom discussed Fwix and the upheaval of the newspaper industry

February 2010 - Clark Dodsworth - discussed The impending centrality of smartphones and its business and consumer implications

November 2009 – Brian Glazebrook '92, Manager of Supply Chain Social Responsibility at Cisco Systems, Inc. discussed Corporate Sustainability and the New Normal

October 2009 - Jerry Fiddler is the founder of Wind River Systems (WIND), a company which he started in 1981 in his Berkeley garage.

September 2009 – Bill Tai BS Electrical Engineering '84, Harvard MBA '87, General Partner, Charles River Ventures, discussed the Evolution of Start-up Ecosystems – What a VC looks for when they invest

August 2009 – Dan Peterson BS Computer Science’05 discussed the Open Web

July 2009 – Chris Michel ’90, Harvard MBA ’98, managing director of Nautilus Ventures, founder of Affinity Labs, founder of Military.com and Naval Flight Officer discussed 5 Lessons to Startup Survival in Difficult Times

June 2009 – Max Levchin ‘97, founder, CEO and chairman of Slide, chairman of Yelp, and co-founder of PayPal discussed The Future of Social Media

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