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Shake It Up, UC Berkeley Graduates!

David Presti, teaching professor of neurobiology | June 16, 2014

Recently I had the privilege of delivering the commencement address to the graduating class in UC Berkeley’s program of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies. It was May 21, 2014 in the Greek Theater, and nearly 400 students received bachelor’s degrees in the fields of American Studies, Cognitive Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Media Studies, and Religious Studies. Here’s … Continue reading »

ESADE Business School Commencement Speech

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | March 31, 2014

President Bieto, Dean Sauquet, members of the faculty, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen….Thank you for the kind introduction. I’m honored to be at a university noted for knowledge, and in a city with 2000 years of history –  home of Gaudí one of the 20th century’s greatest innovators. I’d like to start with a request. … Continue reading »

Playing it safe will get you nowhere

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | May 15, 2013

Here is the text of the speech I delivered May 10 at the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering: I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation. This school has a distinguished roster of graduates… Earl Bakken, the founder of Medtronic, was an Electrical Engineering grad, and Bob … Continue reading »