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Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

Berkeley/ Haas Alumni - LA Chapter

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

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Alumni & Guests Ended $30.00 $2.49
Current & Prospective Berkeley-Haas Students Ended $15.00 $1.74

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In 2011 Peter Thiel, known for his early angel investment in Facebook and the co-founding of Paypal, paid 20 teenagers $100,000 each to not attend college. Thiel is not alone in his belief that entrepreneurs are a rare breed that can bypass formal education.

Ironically, over the past 20 years more than two-thirds of U.S. colleges and universities teach entrepreneurship to students from all walks of life. Can you learn to be an entrepreneur in the safety of a classroom, by reading a book, or by attending this presentation? If so, what are the important lessons that can be taught?

Join Kurt Beyer (bio & additional info below) to discover and learn more about how successful entrepreneurs are made. 

Event Agenda

6:00-7:00pm - Reception & Networking (appetizers & refreshments served)

7:00-8:00pm - Presentation & Q&A

8:00-9:00pm - Networking


Event Sponsor - GOLD






Grandpoint Bank’s Technology & Venture Banking division caters to the unique needs of high-growth, technology companies and their investors.  We offer a Startup Account Program with no monthly fees or minimum balances for early-stage tech startups to help them get off the ground.  For post-Seed and Series A companies, we offer venture debt financing.  Having been entrepreneurs in tech startups ourselves, we understand the obstacles that early stage technology companies face and want to partner with companies to help them accelerate their growth.

More info @ https://www.grandpointbank.com/files/GP_Tech_Venture_Banking.pdf


Dr. Kurt Beyer joined the Berkeley-Haas faculty in 2011, where he shares his expertise on entrepreneurship and innovation with MBA students. At Haas, Kurt explores the impact of disruptive technologies on IT and media industries. His research and thinking also focus on government-supported innovation and how entrepreneurship and innovation are impacted during recessions. Kurt juggles his teaching duties at Haas while continuing to serve with Morgan Stanley as an advisor to start-ups and executives including Yelp, Marin Software, Incredible Labs, and Socialwire.

Prior to joining Haas' faculty, Kurt was a "citizen professor" at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he helped to create the Academy's information technology major. As a former commissioned officer and naval aviator of F-14 Tomcats, Kurt returned to the Academy after 9/11 with experiences atypical of most civilians or professors. While still a professor at Annapolis, he co-founded and was the CEO of Riptopia for five years. The digital media start-up company professionally digitizes large archives of media for record labels, online digital content providers, audio video integrators, digital hardware manufacturers, Universities, and radio stations.

Kurt is the author of Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, published by MIT Press in 2010, which highlights the rise of the computer industry through the amazing career of Grace Hopper, the woman responsible for the development of computer programming. The book was in the Top 10 Science/Technology books selected for 2010.

Kurt earned his BA in engineering and history from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MA in economics and philosophy from Oxford University, and a PhD in the history of science and technology from UC Berkeley. Born and raised in Long Island, Kurt now makes his home in Marin County with his wife and two sons.

More info @ http://facultybio.haas.berkeley.edu/faculty-list/beyer-kurt


About Our Venue

Real Office Centers (ROC) Santa Monica specializes in offering collaborative workspace for startups in Santa Monica, prominently located in the center of what is known as “Silicon Beach”. The ROC Santa Monica location is ideal for fast-growing companies in the technology, media and entertainment sectors. ROC is is an industry-leader in shared office space, creating social environments that are both engaging and productive for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.


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When & Where

ROC Santa Monica
604 Arizona
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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