A. Richard Newton Lecture Series (Fall 2020)

A. Richard Newton Lecture Series (Fall 2020)



This lecture series (see more on website as well as view video archives - (https://scet.berkeley.edu/newton-
series/) serves as an entry point for undergraduate and graduate curriculum sequences in entrepreneurship and innovation.  The series is named in honor of A. Richard Newton, former Dean, UC Berkeley College of Engineering. In addition to his academic role, Newton played an active role in industry, helping to found a number of design technology companies including SDA Systems (now Cadence Design Systems), Synopsys, PIE Design Systems (now part of Cadence), Simplex Solutions and Crossbow.

The course features a selection of high-level speakers, from industry, academia and media, who share their insights on industry developments, leadership and innovation based on their careers. Classes are held in a variety of learning formats, from lecture to fireside chat to panel discussion and, on occasion film-screening. Our objective is to expose students to multiple elements key to innovation and
entrepreneurship through the unique opportunity of seeing and hearing insights and viewpoints, from diverse speakers, from varying industries and with different expertise.


We meet once a week (with few exceptions) via Zoom (for the foreseeable future), on Tuesdays 5:00pm – 6:30pm PSTPlease register in advance: https://berkeley.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OLT8CdV6TUqKOQMdnDIcLA

Any class exceptions will be included as part of B-course announcements. For a passing grade and 1-credit, attendance is mandatory, as are weekly post-class feedback forms.  Also, each student will submit a group project/written reflection at the end of the semester. Attendance completed feedback forms and reflection, or project submissions are the three elements needed to pass and receive 1 credit this pass/fail course. There are a limited numbed (2) of allowable excused absences, but to be considered, on a case by case basis, you must email the instructor or Student Coordinator prior to class.

In addition to this mandatory portion, there is opportunity to provide questions to speakers, live (even if it’s virtual) during our class Q&A; and depending on speaker availability, a chance to interact one-on-one after class. Students are also offered the chance to introduce select speakers.


Instructor: Victoria Howell, vhowell@berkeley.edu. Feel free to reach out for questions, speaker intros, entrepreneurial advice, mentoring, networking or suggestions for The Series

Student Coordinator: Swetha Prabakaran - swethapraba+newton@berkeley.edu. Ask her questions related to waitlist, course logistics, and speaker ideas.

Student Coordinator: Rishi Modi – rishimodi@berkeley.edu. Ask him questions related to attendance, grades, and speaker ideas.




Padmasree Warrior, founder and CEO, Fable, a curated platform focused on mental wellness. Warrior is the former CEO, of NIO US (electric vehicles) and former CTO of Cisco. She is currently a board member of Microsoft and
Spotify. She will be in conversation with CoE Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu


09.01.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822


Recording link (captioning complete): https://youtu.be/NlswFBiK44I

Access Code: WarriorsInTech

ORIENTATION,Victoria Howell, Associate Instructor. Course overview and surprise session
on Surviving and Thriving Now!

Recording link (captioning complete):


(Recording with closed captioning will be available in 1-2 days due to captioning services processing time)

Access Code: Welcome

09.08.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom


Trinidad Hermida, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Niantic, Inc., an AR technology company that produces mobile games, including Pokémon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Ingress, which have jointly had over 800 million downloads. She will be in conversation with Alka Roy, founder, Responsible Innovation Project.

Recording: https://youtu.be/P6nzemMIv2E

(Caption complete)

09.15.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822

Cal grad, Daniel Mouen-Makoua, global investor, agri-investor and  I-House Alumni of the year (’13)


(Caption complete)

09.22.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822


TO BE RESCHEDULED! Dr. Jennifer Chayes, UC Berkeley Associate Provost of the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society; Dean of the School of Information. Chayes was at Microsoft for almost 23 years as a technical fellow and lab cofounder. She is the recipient of the 2012 Anita Borg Women of Vision Leadership Award and 2015 John von Neumann Award.

TO BE RESCHEDULED 09.29.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822

Cal Grads “Innovators 5 Years Out" featuring Courtney Chow (Investor, Battery Ventures; Board member, EVCA), Connor Landgraf (cofounder & CEO, Eko Devices) and Aviv Gilboa (Chief of Staff to CEO, Ring/Amazon)

10.06.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822



Cal Grad, Kira Makagon, serial entrepreneur and Chief Innovation Officer, Ring Central offering cloud business communications solutions

10.13.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822




Rathi Murthy, CTO, Verizon Media and former CTO, Gap


10.20.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822

A. Richard Newton Series - Rathi Murthy

Cal Grad, Ashar Aziz, founder, FireEye security software and most recently SkyElectric Inc.

10.27.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822

A. Richard Newton Lecture Series - Ashar Aziz

PLUS followup roundtable via signup on 10/29 at noon PST

Erik Nordlander, Partner, GV in conversation with Cal Grads, Cockroach Labs cofounders Spencer Kimball (CEO),  and Peter Mattis (CTO) offering CockroachDB, an elastic, indestructible SQL database for developers building modern application

11.03.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822


A. Richard Newton Lecture Series - Spencer Kimball & Peter Mattis


Cal Grad, Ryan Petersen, CEO, Flexport a shipping logistics startup valued at over $3 billion

11.10.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822


A. Richard Newton Series - Ryan Petersen


Brian Spears, cofounder,  New Age Meats


A. Richard Newton Series - Brian Spears

11.17.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822

NO CLASS – Thanksgiving Break


Dec. 1st, 2020. Closing Keynoter, Cal Grad, Dave Gilboa, cofounder and coCEO, Warby-Parker, offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. In 2015, Fast Company named Warby Parker the most innovative company in the world.



12.01.2020 @5:00pm PST via Zoom https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97429301822




Final Write-up Due

Dec 11th, 2020