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How the tech industry can lead in the Trump era

Sonia Katyal, Chancellor's Professor of Law, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology codirector | November 30, 2016

Co-authored by Simone C. Ross, co-founder and chief program officer at Techonomy. This presidential election has kicked off tempestuous debates and much soul searching about the role of technology, especially social media, in the democratic process. These questions are vital, but now it is time to look forward. The core issue is the question of … Continue reading »

What the Harvard Business Review and the People’s Daily think about leadership succession

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | November 29, 2016

I had to laugh when my post about what happens when innovative CEOs retire or die appeared in both the bastion of capitalism – the Harvard Business Review — and in the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party – The People’s Daily. Then I didn’t. A Story is just a story Why the Harvard … Continue reading »

Machine learning meets the lean startup

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | November 18, 2016

We just finished our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley’s engineering school, where many of the teams embedded machine learning technology into their products. What struck me, as I watched the teams try to find how their technology would solve real customer problems, is that machine learning is following a similar pattern of previous technical … Continue reading »

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and why he still has his job at Apple

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | October 24, 2016

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory. Here’s why. Microsoft entered the 21st century as the dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a computing device. Sixteen years … Continue reading »

Women in technology: meeting the challenge for the next generation

Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS | October 5, 2016

With the fall semester well underway, many students are assessing their academic strengths and interests, measuring them against possible majors and long-term plans. Unfortunately, most young women will rule out paths leading to careers in technology and computer science, areas where jobs will be plentiful and creativity in demand for the foreseeable future. Gender diversity … Continue reading »

Working hard is not the same as working smart

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | September 7, 2016

Measuring how hard your team is working by counting the number of hours they work or what time they get in and leave is how amateurs run companies. The number of hours worked is not the same as how effective they (and you) are. I had been invited by Rahul, one of my students from … Continue reading »

What environmentalists get wrong about e-waste in West Africa

Jenna Burrell, associate professor, School of Information | September 1, 2016

Beginning in 2009, Ghana’s computer import industry went almost instantly from totally invisible, to worldwide infamy. The work of two photojournalists — Pieter Hugo and Kevin McElvaney — played a key role in this newfound visibility. Their imagery of e-waste and its young victims such as cable burners covered in dirt and soot in an area of Ghana’s capital … Continue reading »

Despite surprising Apple vulnerability, journalists should stick with iPhones

Geoffrey King, gking | August 29, 2016

(The following post is reprinted from a post by Geoffrey King for a blog for the Committee to Protect Journalists, covered by Creative Commons.) A rare and serious vulnerability in Apple’s iOS operating system has been discovered by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which just published a report detailing its findings. It … Continue reading »

Clusters, class, culture and unfair advantages

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | August 19, 2016

I just finished reading J.D. Vance’s excellent book Hillbilly Elegy, and had that funny feeling when you find the story arc of someone else’s life eerily paralleling yours. Vance’s book and the story of my own life suggest that there is an archetypal journey (a pattern of human nature) that describes the flight from a … Continue reading »

DCPP goes but spent fuel remains

Gene Rochlin, professor emeritus, Energy & Resources Group | July 1, 2016

Ever since PG&E formally announced its intention to close down the Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) in 2025, two general threads of public response have been manifested. One thread, characterized, inter alia, by a recent Michael Schellenberger OpEd in The New York Times argues that solar and wind power will not suffice to fill the … Continue reading »

Periscope, Congress and the aliveness of video

Nancy Van House, professor emerita in the School of Information | June 29, 2016

A group of people sitting on the floor, many holding signs. One after another making speeches. People milling about. Some looking at their phones. On and off, chanting, call and response. But this time the men are in suits the women mostly in skirts and heels. (No doubt some wishing they had worn pants that … Continue reading »

Humanitarian innovation: Surprising news, cautionary tales, promising directions

Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS | March 16, 2016

For those fleeing active conflict zones, natural disasters, or the gradual devastation of climate change, a host of humanitarian relief agencies is standing by. A symposium of leaders from the United Nations, nonprofit organizations, academia, and industry gathered last month at CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) and the Banatao … Continue reading »

The best Greater Good articles of 2015

Jeremy Adam Smith, Editor, Greater Good Magazine | January 4, 2016

For UC Berkeley’s Greater Good, nuance and controversy defined 2015. Over the course of the year, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center grappled with big public issues like terrorism, racism, and what schools should teach. We tackled “inside baseball” questions about the validity of psychological research and the best ways to measure … Continue reading »

The international summit on human gene editing

Charis Thompson, chair, Gender and Women's Studies | December 7, 2015

An International Summit on Human Gene Editing, co-hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine, the UK’s Royal Society and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, took place Dec. 1 to 3, 2015. We speakers were charged with addressing the scientific and ethical challenges posed by the new accurate and accessible genome … Continue reading »

How to prevent gentrification and displacement in the fight against climate change

Miriam Zuk, director, Urban Displacement Project | September 29, 2015

Where you live makes a big difference in your access to public transit, and to opportunities. Right now, all over the state, we’re seeing displacement and gentrification; lower-income people are being pushed out of their neighborhoods and away from that access. Though this is particularly salient in the San Francisco Bay Area market, it can … Continue reading »

The campaign for real social science

Bruce Newsome, Lecturer in International Relations | September 7, 2015

Where is the science in the social sciences? In recent decades, the social sciences have been reduced to social studies. This is not just a matter of literacy. Teaching the “social sciences” as mere “social studies” is to the detriment of (ironically) society. Academic programs that call themselves “social scientific” but ignore the science inevitably … Continue reading »

How we changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science: Errol Arkilic — Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | July 20, 2015

My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital Steve Weinstein, CEO of MovieLabs Venk Shukla, president TiE Silicon Valley and general partner, Monta Vista Capital In my interview … Continue reading »

A giant leap for science

Temina Madon, executive director, Center for Effective Global Action | June 25, 2015

This week the scientific community takes a major step forward, with the publication of a set of flexible but ambitious guidelines for the open reporting of research findings. The guidelines, intended for adoption by academic journals in all disciplines, were developed by the Transparency and Openness Committee (TOP) and published in Science this week: TOP … Continue reading »

In Honor of Tax Day, Celebrate the Internet

Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS | April 14, 2015

Benjamin Franklin famously quipped about the only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Tax policy, a reflection of social values and priorities, is inherently contentious in a state as large and diverse as California, much less the United States overall. Although most taxpayers agree on the necessity of collective contributions to services like schools, roads, … Continue reading »