#22 - Alexander Coward | how might we better approach education?

#22 - Alexander Coward | how might we better approach education?

Alexander Coward holds a bachelor's and a PHD in Mathematics from Oxford University and an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam. Before starting his current education startup, EdeeU, he was a lecturer of Mathematics at UC Berkeley. He was dismissed from his position after a controversial spat with the administration for his highly acclaimed, passionate style of teaching. You can read about this in the excerpt below. 

Space.coop is building a DAO for funding space missions

Space.coop is building a DAO for funding space missions

In this episode, Jeff speaks with Yalda Mousavinia, cofounder of Space Cooperative, about the potential for blockchain to lower the barrier to entry into involvement in funding missions to space. Yalda graduated from Cal with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, and was working as a Senior Product Manager at Oracle before leaving her job to start Space Cooperative.

Erik the Wandering Poet

Erik the Wandering Poet

Erik Thursson was born to a single mother living in a rural town in New York. He never knew his father, but he did know that each one of his siblings had a different father. By the time he could walk, he had moved more times than most of us have moved in our entire lives. He doesn’t remember much, but he does remember eating rotten food. And he does remember trying to kill himself by jumping in front of a car. When he was 7.  Erik's passion for literature has been with him at his darkest times, and continues to be present in his daily life.  He can be seen in Berkeley selling poems, and spreading love to the Berkeley community. 

Richard Muller - Climate Change & the Physics of Time

Richard Muller - Climate Change & the Physics of Time

Professor Muller has had an incredibly illustrious career, and to cover all of his accomplishments in a single podcast would be impractical. To name just one, he led the project which eventually led to the Nobel Prize winning discovery of dark energy. 

This podcast is focused on his current and ongoing ventures, as well as some of his yet to be confirmed theories, and some general life lessons.

Alex Filippenko - the accelerating expansion of the universe

Alex Filippenko - the accelerating expansion of the universe

Professor Filippenko has an almost unparalleled academic career in the field of astronomy. Having been a professor at UC Berkeley for over 30 years, Alex has won a flurry of awards including the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2015, the Gruber Cosmology Prize in 2007, and “Best Professor” on the Berkeley campus a record 9 times!

In this podcast, Professor Filippenko speaks to some of the milestones of his incredible academic career, in addition to the current projects and initiatives he’s working on.

Office Hours Ep 3. - How Might We Disrupt D.C. ?

Office Hours Ep 3. - How Might We Disrupt D.C. ?

Chris Catterton is a Cofounder and Relationship Director at Dirsupt DC, a coalition striving to create better government by realigning political incentive structures in cooperation with business leaders. Learn more about their coalition by listening to this very candid interview with a cofounder of Disrupt DC, and also by visiting https://disruptdc.org/.
 

Founder Stories Ep. 1-Burning Capital, Going through YC Fellowship, The Art of Bootstrapping & more

Founder Stories Ep. 1-Burning Capital, Going through YC Fellowship, The Art of Bootstrapping & more

In this episode, Patrick Lu talks about burning through $700k of a $1 million round, the process of going through YC Fellowship, how to take advantage of resources in the UC Berkeley startup ecosystem such as AMPLab or The House Fund, and why to join Google or a startup straight out of university. We also hear about his current venture, Quantfive, which he has bootstrapped to become six figure revenue generating business in the span of just a few months.

If you enjoy this episode, please leave a rating on iTunes or Google Play, and make sure to subscribe for notifications when a new episode is released.

Introduction to Founder Stories: Stories From Cal Startup Founders

Introduction to Founder Stories: Stories From Cal Startup Founders

Jeff Feng is a UC Berkeley Haas alumni-to-be who has been heavily involved with the UC Berkeley startup ecosystem through various on campus resources like Free Ventures and The House Fund. In this podcast series, Jeff will be hosting various Cal startup founders through all stages of a startup lifecycle, to deconstruct the lessons they've learned, and to hear some stories they've accumulated over the years. 

Office Hours ep. 2 - How We Can End the Litter Problem with Data

Office Hours ep. 2 - How We Can End the Litter Problem with Data

Have you ever wondered how much of the litter that's created in your neighborhood comes from the Taco Bell a few blocks from your home? Or how many cigarette butts are dumped on your block alone? Find out how actionable insights through data collection around litter are helping Litterati clean up the world.

 

Jeff Kirschner and team once ran an experiment at a school to see exactly what type of litter was the most commonly generated. The data showed that most of the litter came from the school cafeteria's plastic straw wrapper - students could now demand specific action against a specific source of litter.

Through the medium of a mobile app, Litterati has been able to scale this sort of experimenting and data collection around litter to find actionable insights to combat the incessant litter generation problem of our generation. 

Office Hours ep. 1 - End of Life Options Legislation

Office Hours ep. 1 - End of Life Options Legislation

In this pilot episode of The Office Hours Podcast, we speak with Cal alumnus, Dan Diaz, about his advocacy for legislation supporting dignified end of life options for the terminally ill.

He has recently passed this legislation in the state of California, and is currently at work to pass this in D.C. , Colorado, and more states across the nation.

In the podcast, we spoke about:

  • How Dan and Brittany met at Cal.
  • Honeymooning in Patagonia.
  • False narratives about medical aid in dying created by the opposition.
  • Taking back control from a tumor.
  • The need to go to Oregon to receive consultation.
  • Growing up Catholic and being an alter boy.
  • 44 other states that still do not have favorable legislation toward medical aid in dying.

If you found this episode of the podcast interesting, informative, or enlightening, please show support to Dan's cause by visiting the following sites:

http://thebrittanyfund.org/

https://www.facebook.com/dandiazbrittanymaynard/

Retired Navy SEAL Shares Lessons In Life And Leadership | Bear Minds ep. 13

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Ryan Evans is a retired Navy SEAL and Berkeley Haas Alum. He received his MBA at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business in 2015, and is currently pursuing his passion in the outdoor industry as a Senior Project Manager at The North Face. 

We talk about lessons he's learned in leadership from being in the SEAL teams, as well as some other things like:
 * Stories of training under Jocko Willink, who now hosts his on podcast, the Jocko Podcast. 
 * Tyranny of Terrain
 * Quick decision making strategies
 * Preparation versus Planning
 * and more.

Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality - featuring Mozilla Director Chris Riley | Bear Minds ep. 12

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Chris Riley is the Director of Public Policy at Mozilla. Petition for maintaining a neutral net: https://advocacy.mozilla.org/en-US/ne... Mozilla has long been the beacon of hope for maintaining an open, neutral net. Now, with yet another push to overturn net neutrality and give Internet Service Providers (ISPs) the legal right to limit your access to certain websites at their own discretion (if you pay more, you can access more), we felt this was a good time to bring in Emily, a Cal Mozintern, to learn more about this battle to maintain our liberty...And we're not even being overdramatic here. Watch the video to find out why. If you enjoy what we do, don't forget to support us by hitting that LIKE button and if you want to be notified when we put out another episode, clickity-clack that big red SUBSCRIBE button too. You won't regret it. https://advocacy.mozilla.org/en-US/ne...