Fall A classes finally started last week. The actual classroom experience doesn't take up too much time in the MBA life, but there's a lot of preparation involved; readings, cases...A very pleasant surprise came in the form of a subject called "Leadership Communication" in which we will be training our soft skills in general, and communication skills in particular, through speeches and improvisation exercises. The first class was a blast.
Club fair was also held this week, over the course of 2 lunchtimes. It was an opportunity to talk to representatives from all the clubs present at Haas, and to better decide which ones to sign up for. Which, in my case, turned out to be a lot...
The one area I'm mostly focused on is Cleantech, and the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC, http://berc.berkeley.edu/) is a very active club and spans across many other schools and institutions in campus. They held their Annual Lecture this week, which gave us the opportunity to listen to Samir Kaul (Founding General Partner at Khosla Ventures) and Chris Somerville (UC Berkeley - EBI Director) in conversation about the current clean energy and technology landscape. According to them, Cleantech is one of the best fields in which to invest given its potential, its market size and demand and and the rising issue of energy dependability. Small companies, like the ones Khosla Ventures and many other firms manage and invest on, can also easily have more than one successful technology or idea within a brief period of time, unlike other sectors like Healthcare or IT. Even though infrastructure (scale) and consumer behaviour remain the main hurdles in Cleantech, and will continue to be so for years to come, small companies can innovate, and are innovating , at a very fast pace and will be able to provide the technology to bigger companies which have already got the scale, supply chain...in place. Or as I like to summarize it: Cleantech - it's bound to happen.
Another culinary note to end this post: some of my recent out-of-class activities have included another great San Francisco's Mission taco and pub crawl, brunch excursion to Sausalito, soaking in the sun at Russian River and hiking at Briones Reservoir. After the hike, we grabbed a fried chicken sandwich from famous Oakland spot Bakesale Betty's- delicious!