Rejuvenating Innovation at Berkeley

Reposted from the June 2014 Dean’s message in Innovations online.  Also Congrats to Imprint Energy which just secured a $6M Series A round. By Shankar Sastry, Dean, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley Conventional wisdom has it that entrepreneurs are born that way. At Berkeley, however, we thrive on proving conventional wisdom wrong. After almost aContinue reading “Rejuvenating Innovation at Berkeley”

Seminal Entrepreneurship and Innovation Skills CAN IN FACT BE LEARNED

Posted by Ikhlaq Sidhu, April 22nd, 2014 You may already be aware that the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMofE, see link on our CET website – https://cet.berkeley.edu/curriculum/) is a unique teaching model for developing the entrepreneurial mindset, in addition to teaching tactics and providing infrastructure for the new venture process. One of the big questionsContinue reading “Seminal Entrepreneurship and Innovation Skills CAN IN FACT BE LEARNED”

The Path from Executive Education to Corporate Innovation

Posted by Ikhlaq Sidhu, December 23rd, 2013 I’m on my way back from Shanghai after being invited to work with a group of Chinese executives on their product innovation and intrapreneurship strategies, using aspects of my newly developed model for professional/executive education. It’s really an exciting model, that I used with Coca-Cola on their beverageContinue reading “The Path from Executive Education to Corporate Innovation”

Avoiding the Traps of Big Data…

by Ikhlaq Sidhu By now it’s well known that Target Corporation (Target) “knew a teen girl was pregnant before her father did”.  Not only was the story told many times over in the New York Times, but it also became one of the lead examples illustrating the intrinsic value of “big data”.  A bit creepy,Continue reading “Avoiding the Traps of Big Data…”

Get Out of Your Box – in Madrid

Post by Ikhlaq Sidhu I’ve just returned from Madrid, teaching in the final week of our inaugural Global Engineering Leadership Program.  This program extends the content I designed for the Silicon Valley Professional Program, with an Asian and European perspective on technology firm leadership. While the program covers a variety of new and interesting topics,Continue reading “Get Out of Your Box – in Madrid”

How to Build a High Performing Team

If you want to understand how to build a culture and organization for truly “high performance teams”, then take a close look at “Netflix Culture: Freedom & Responsibility” developed at Neflix by Patty McCord and posted by CEO Reed Hastings on Slideshare.  Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg has called it “the most important document ever to comeContinue reading “How to Build a High Performing Team”

Will Korea’s Entrepreneurial Engine Continue to Deliver?

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Policy – Asia Perspective Last month, I hosted our Global Engineering Leadership (GEL) module in Hong Kong, which offered a fascinating perspective on innovation and entrepreneurial policies across Asia, in particular East Asia’s main economies of Korea, Japan and China.  One of Asia’s main business differences relates to the intertwining of family-Continue reading “Will Korea’s Entrepreneurial Engine Continue to Deliver?”

The Science of Sales Campaigns

No matter how much value comes from the design quality of a company’s products or services, the fact is that “products don’t sell themselves”.  Knowing how to build a sales and marketing campaign is as critical for engineering leaders to understand, as knowing how to build the right product or service for the right market. Paul Nerger, veteranContinue reading “The Science of Sales Campaigns”

Privacy & the Internet Economy – Big Data Threats and Opportunities

Over the past 10 years, Internet ad revenue has grown by 7X, from approximately $1.5B to now $10B annually.  A major driver of this growth is a “behind the scenes” network of cookie collection companies, data exchanges, and data analytics that lead to customer data collection and highly targeted digital advertising – in short, Big Data.Continue reading “Privacy & the Internet Economy – Big Data Threats and Opportunities”

Storytelling for Engineering Leaders

As engineers and engineering leaders, we often forget the important role of “storytelling” in our work.  Usually, this takes the form of a myopic focus on our technology capabilities or markets served.  What we forget is that it won’t matter unless the concept is meaningful to people.  And stories are the medium that humans understandContinue reading “Storytelling for Engineering Leaders”