uc-berkeley

  • Berkeley Lab gets the go-ahead for its 5,000-robot 3D galaxy mapping project

    Berkeley Lab gets the go-ahead for its 5,000-robot 3D galaxy mapping project

    You don’t do things halfway when it comes to tasks like mapping the light of millions of galaxies. That sort of job requires a fairly massive undertaking like, say, 5,000 ten-inch cylindrical robots each measuring the width of a finger that are tasked with gathering light from galaxies, stars and supermassive blackhole-powered quasars. And, of course, one doesn’t simply flip… Read More

  • Bee Partners closes $30 million fund to seed very early-stage startups

    Bee Partners closes $30 million fund to seed very early-stage startups

    Bee Partners in San Francisco has raised a $30 million fund, its second, to lead investments in very early stage startups based in the U.S. Founded in 2009, the firm is best-known as the first investor in TubeMogul, now a publicly traded adtech company. Bee was also an early backer of the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, drone tech startup Skycatch, the second-hand fashion marketplace Tradesy… Read More

  • Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing” Crunch Network

    Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing”

    Makers have long been known as hobbyists or tinkers. However, with increased access to professional-grade tools, the maker movement is transforming business as usual. Through collaboration and connectivity, makers are inspiring innovation on a daily basis with the creation of smart gadgets, machines, robots and wearables. Read More

  • Students: You Are Probably Not Mark Zuckerberg, So Stay In School

    Instead of another boring lecture, last week my students at UC-Berkeley got quite a treat: a lively discussion with TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington. I once described Mike as a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Howard Stern; so I was ready for a little controversy. But he ended up lighting such a big fire, that I’ve been bombarded with questions from students about their education and… Read More

  • Why We Need To Abolish Software Patents

    Why We Need To Abolish Software Patents


    During my tech days, I co-authored four software patents. Each cost my startup about $15,000—which seemed like a fortune in those days. I didn’t really expect these to give me any advantage; after all if my competitors had half a brain, they would simply learn all they could from my patent filing and do things better. But I needed to raise financing, and VCs wouldn’t give me… Read More

  • What’s Better: Saving the World or Building Another Facebook app?

    Running on just sugar and caffeine, 32 teams of students worked non-stop for 18 hours to develop applications that they hoped would blow the judges’ socks off. This was at the UC-Berkeley Hackathon, last weekend. Indeed, many teams succeed in their mission. They built some amazing software: to provide server-side rendering of games, convert website mockups to HTML/CSS, create… Read More