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  • Innovation and the Language of the Corner Office

    Dave RochlinHaas@Work executive director Dave Rochlin, writing in MIT Sloan Management Review, looks at the differences between the language and tools of functional executives (and their strategy consultants) and those of innovation executives. Read the article.

  • The Man Behind Pokémon Go: John Hanke, MBA 96

    John HankeJohn Hanke, MBA 96 and CEO of Niantic Labs, is the driving force behind Pokémon Go, the hottest craze to hit smartphones—ever. Since its release just a week ago, the “augmented reality” game has sent millions of phone-toting players to the streets on the hunt for animated Japanese characters that pop up with the help of location services. Read more.

  • 2016 LAUNCH Winners Announced

    LAUNCHLAUNCH: The University of California’s Startup Accelerator held its Demo Day, Finals and Awards Ceremony at the Haas School on April 28. LiftEd was the Grand Prize winner.
    Read more. See pictures. About LAUNCH.

  • Startup Seed Grants Awarded

    Seed FundingThe Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program has announced the next ten awards for the Dean’s Startup Seed Fund. Grantees represent 4 Haas programs (UG, FTMBA, EWMBA, EMBA)and 10 other UC schools from UG through PhD programs. Read more.

  • Berkeley alum Fiance launches $6m Fund

    Jeremy FianceJeremy Fiance, a 2014 UC Berkeley graduate, is amplifying the campus startup culture by launching the $6 million House Fund, the first venture capital fund focused on campus student, alumni and faculty startups.
    Read more.
    Visit the House Fund website.

  • Center for Entrepreneurship & Development in the Middle East joins the Institute

    Dariush ZahediThe Center for Entrepreneurship & Development in the Middle East, which supports research and education, hosts conferences, and offers policy recommendations, is now part of the Institute for Business Innovation. Founder and Director Dariush Zahedi, a native of Iran, has taught Middle East-related courses for Political Science, Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Studies, and the Boalt Hall School of Law. Read more. Visit the Center website.

  • When ‘innovation’ means rule-breaking

    Dave RochlinThe Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Haas@Work executive director Dave Rochlin, examining the rule-breaking aspects of “sharing economy” companies such as Uber, and the exploitation of “gray market” business opportunities created by skirting regulation. Read more.

  • The Rise of Big Data at Haas

    Prof. La BlancProf. Greg La Blanc is introducing a new course, Data Science/Data Strategy, centered on data science techniques, corporate data strategies and business models built around data. The class is already full, with 60 full-time and 60 part-time MBA students enrolled. La Blanc has worked with Haas Data Science Club members to organize a speaker series featuring industry practitioners.
    Read more. See the lecture series page.