Something to Smile About: SmileyGo Facilitates Corporate Philanthropy 

“I don’t eat dessert,” Pedro Espinoza joked, explaining his success. Kidding aside, Espinoza runs SkyDeck’s newest and most promising start-up: SmileyGo. Described as a ‘Yelp meets Salesforce’ data platform, SmileyGo is a desktop analytics tool for corporations to find, partner with, and fund nonprofit organizations. Its index of over 1.7 million tax exempt entities allows …

Who You Gonna Call? Noor Gaith: The iPhone Guy

   ​“I became the Napa Valley iPhone guy,” joked Noor Gaith as he told me about his path to becoming an expert tech and go-to electronic wizard on the UC Berkeley campus. Gaith’s company, Nuurglass, offers uber-like on demand, cost-effective, and student-run cell phone and computer repair. His eager, helpful, can-do attitude is part of …

Canaan Express: The Land of Milk and Honey…Check Cashing, Wire Transfers, and International Shipping to Mexico and South America

Featured Above: Founder and CEO Alfredo Figueroa (left) and employee Maria Bastidas (right) in the San Mateo store. Perseverance, equality, and understanding are key tenets of Alfredo Figueroa’s personal life, serving as business models for Canaan Express, a money services/shipping business that connects immigrants with friends and family in Mexico and South America. He has …

The Milkmen of the Future: Meet Movebutter

Featured: Co-Founders of Movebutter. Left: Chai Mishra, CEO; Right: Sebastien Werz, CPO Former Haas Berkeley students Chai Mishra and Sebastian Werz are determined to transform the way San Franciscans buy groceries. Proud, self-proclaimed “milkmen of the future”, rather than run-of-the-‘bay’ tech moguls, Mishra, CEO and Werz, CPO, are co-founders of Movebutter (2015), a service that …

It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish

“Can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.” This unpromising review for Frederic Austerlitz would certainly have discouraged a less self-confident man than the extraordinary star of stage, film, and television, Fred Astaire (nee Austerlitz). Success is not always instantaneous. In fact, you could make the argument that some failure is a necessary …

So You Want to Be a Billionaire?

Your idea could become the next big thing. The Haas School of Business is funding student ideas for scalable startups. Haas offers undergraduates and MBA students unique access to financial aid to build their ideas into the world’s future leading businesses. Pursuit of innovation and entrepreneurship are coveted qualities in Haas’ curriculum. The mentorship, resources, …