List of University of California, Berkeley Alumni - Business and Entrepreneurship - Founders and Co-founders

Founders and Co-founders

  • Tom Anderson, B.A. 1998 – co-founder of social networking website MySpace (acquired by News Corporation for $580 million)
  • Stephen D. Bechtel, 1954 (honorary) – founder of Bechtel Corporation and the largest engineering company in the United States
  • Brian Behlendorf – co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, Mozilla Foundation board member, co-founder and CTO of CollabNet
  • Joan Blades, B.A. 1977 – co-founder of software company Berkeley Systems (acquired by Sierra Online for $13 million), co-founder of political activist group MoveOn.org
  • Richard C. Blum, B.S. 1958, M.B.A. 1959 – founder of private equity firm Blum Capital and the American Himalayan Foundation, Regent of the University of California
  • Richard Bolt B.A. 1933, M.A. 1937, Ph.D. 1939 – co-founder of ARPANET developer Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN)
  • Eric Brewer, B.S. EECS 1989 – co-founder of web search engine company Inktomi (acquired by Yahoo! for $235 million), director of Intel Labs Berkeley
  • Gary Chevsky, attended for undergraduate degree 1990-1994 – co-founder and chief architect of web search engine company Ask Jeeves (known now as Ask.com, and acquired by InterActive Corp for $1.9 billion), Senior VP at Symantec and YouSendIt
  • Ed Crane, B.S. 1967 – founder of the Cato Institute
  • Frederick Gardner Cottrell, B.S. Chemistry, 1896 – founder of patent holding company Research Corporation (which held the rights to the patent for Ernest O. Lawrence's cyclotron); inventor of the electrostatic precipitator, which removes pollution from factory exhaust fumes; inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1992
  • David Culler, B.A. 1980 – Chair of the Department of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, associate Chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (UC Berkeley), and Associate CIO of the College of Engineering (UC Berkeley); co-founder of smart grid monitoring company Arch Rock (acquired by Cisco Systems)
  • Weili Dai, B.A. Computer Science 1984 – Co-founder (with Sehat Sutardja MS 1983, PhD 1988 EECS and Pantas Sutardjai MS 1983, PhD 1988 ) of NASDAQ-100 broadband technology company Marvell Technology Group; namesake of Sutardja-Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus
  • James Dao, B.S. EECS 1960 – founder and former CEO of electron beam lithography company Etec Systems, Inc. (acquired by Applied Materials for $1.78 billion); founder and CEO of Genyous Biomed
  • Dennis DeAndre, B.A. Business – Founder of LoopNet, a NASDAQ-listed commercial real estate listing services company.
  • Niket Desai, B.S. Industrial Engineering 2009 – co-founder of loyalty service program Punchd (acquired by Google for over $10 million)
  • Stephanie DiMarco, B.S. Business 1979 – Co-founder (with Steve Strand, B.S. EECS 1979) and CEO of billion-dollar NASDAQ-listed financial software company Advent Software
  • Joel Downs, B.S. Business 1979 – Founder of Answerbag
  • Senh Duong, B.A. 1995 – originator and co-founder (with Patrick Lee BA Cognitive Science 1992 and Stephen Wang BA CS 1997) of film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes (acquired by IGN for $10 million)
  • Ben Elowitz, B.S., B.A., 1994 – co-founder of NASDAQ-listed online retailer Blue Nile Inc. and social network service provider Wetpaint
  • Jan Fandrianto, B.S. EECS 1982 – founder, President, and CEO of Sipura Technology Inc. (acquired by Cisco Systems for $68 million)
  • Lee Felsenstein, B.S. EECS 1972 – founder of Community Memory, designer of Osborne 1 computer, mediator of Homebrew Computer Club, from which would emerge 23 companies, including Apple Inc.
  • Robert Fanini, B.S. EECS 1981 – co-founder of application performance monitoring software company Foglight Software (acquired by Quest Software for $83.4 million);General Partner of venture capital investment company Inspiration Ventures LLC
  • Charles H. Ferguson, B.A. 1978 –co-founder of Vermeer Technologies Incorporated (acquired by Microsoft for $133 million), founder and president of Representational Pictures, winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary for Inside Job (2010), Academy Award nomination for the documentary film No End in Sight (2007), former fellow at the Brookings Institution, lifelong member of the Council on Foreign Relations (also listed in "Academy Awards" section)
  • Donald Fisher, B.S. 1951 – founder and former CEO of NYSE-listed S&P 500 clothing retailer The Gap, which is the largest apparel retailer in the United States.
  • Lyle Fong, B.A. 1996 – co-founder and CEO of social CRM solutions provider Lithium Technologies
  • Rob Fulop, B.S. CS 1980 – co-founder of video game companies Imagic and PF Magic (creator of first virtual pets such as Dogz), Atari engineer, developed Missile Command and Night Driver
  • Coleman Fung, B.S. IEOR 1987 – founder of financial trading and risk management software company OpenLink Financial, Inc., namesake of the Coleman Fung Risk Management Research Center at UC Berkeley
  • Garrett Gruener, M.A. Political Science 1977 - co-founder of web search engine company Ask Jeeves (known now as Ask.com, and acquired by InterActive Corp for $1.9 billion)
  • Robert Gaskins, M.A. 1974 – creator of PowerPoint (acquired by Microsoft for $14 million as its "first significant software acquisition")
  • Steve Gibson (attended) – founder of software security company Gibson Research Corporation and co-host of Security Now!
  • Daniel Goldman, B.A. 1998 – founder of online gaming company Total Entertainment Network, which became Pogo.com (acquired by Electronic Arts)
  • Diane Greene, MS CS 1988 – Co-founder (with Mendel Rosenblum MS 1989, PhD 1992 and Edward Wang BS EECS 1983, MS 1988, PhD 1994) of NYSE-listed company VMWare
  • Paul Gulick, BS EECS – "father of the digital projector", co-founder of DLP and LCD digital projector manufacturing company InFocus, founder and former CEO of digital display company Clarity Visual Systems (acquired by Planar Systems for $46 million )
  • Ashraf Habibullah, S.E., M.S. 1970 – co-creator of the first computer-based structural-engineering applications and Founder, President, and CEO of the structural-engineering software company Computers and Structures, Inc.
  • John Hanke, MBA 1996 – founder and CEO of Keyhole, Inc. (acquired by Google, renamed to Google Earth)
  • F. Warren Hellman, BA 1955, founder of Hellman & Friedman and Matrix Partners, former chairman, head of Investment Banking Division at Lehman Brothers.
  • Mike Homer, B.S. 1981 – co-founder and former CEO of networking company Kontiki (acquired by VeriSign for $62 million)
  • David T. Hon B.S. 1964 - Physicist and founder of Dahon folding bicycles.
  • James Hong, BS 1995, MBA 1999– co-founder (with Jim Young, BS 1994, MS 1997) of Internet rating site Hot Or Not (acquired by Avid Life Media for $20 million)
  • Charles Huang, BA 1992 – co-founder (with Kai Huang BA 1994) of video game company RedOctane (publisher of Guitar Hero and acquired by Activision for $99.9 million)
  • Kai Huang, B.A. 1994 – co-founder (with Charles Huang BA 1992) and president of video game company RedOctane (publisher of Guitar Hero and acquired by Activision for $99.9 million)
  • Remo Jacuzzi, B.S. Business 1958 – Founder and President of hydrotherapy ( hot tub) company Jason International Company
  • Bill Joy, M.S. 1982 – co-founder of computer software and hardware manufacturer Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle Corporation for $7.4 billion)
  • Noah Kagan, founder of AppSumoa "daily deal" start up for technology and info products with over 700,000 users. Former executive at Mint.com, Facebook and Intel
  • Gene Kan, B.S. 1997 – founder of distributed search engine InfraSearch (acquired by Sun Microsystems for $12 million)
  • Glenn Kelman, B.A. 1993 – co-founder of Plumtree Software (acquired by BEA Systems for $200 million)
  • Mike Kwatinetz, M.S., Ph. D 1962 – founding general partner of venture capital firm Azure Capital Partners
  • Daryn Lau, B.S. EE 1986 – Senior vice-president of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, co-founder of semiconductor company ZettaCom (acquired by Integrated Device Technology for $35 million)
  • James Lau, B.A. Math and C.S. 1981 – Co-founder and executive vice-president of NASDAQ-100 computer network storage company NetApp ; recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the UC Berkeley School of Engineering
  • Patrick Lee, B.A. Cognitive Science 1992 – co-founder (with Senh Duong BA 1995 and Stephen Wang BA CS 1997 ) and former CEO of film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes (acquired by IGN for $10 million)
  • Brian P.Y. Liu (BS Biochemistry) – Chairman and co-founder (along with attorney Robert Shapiro) of Internet-based self-help legal documents company LegalZoom
  • Thomas J. Long, B.S. 1932 – Founder of pharmaceutical retailer Longs Drugs (acquired by CVS Caremark for $2.54 billion)
  • Hong Liang Lu, B.S. 1978 – founder and former CEO of NASDAQ-listed Fortune 1000 networking company UTStarcom (named by the World Economic Forum to its Technology Pioneers list)
  • Jennifer Maxwell, BS 1988 – co-founder (with Brian Maxwell, BA 1975) of energy bar food company PowerBar (acquired by Nestlé for $375 million); namesake of the Maxwell Family Field on the UC Berkeley campus
  • Brian Maxwell, B.A. 1975 – co-founder (with Jennifer Maxwell, BS 1988) of energy bar food company PowerBar (acquired by Nestlé for $375 million); namesake of the Maxwell Family Field on the UC Berkeley campus
  • Steve McCanne, B.S. 1990, Ph.D. 1996 – Co-developer of MBone, co-founder of Internet broadband technology company FastForward Networks (acquired by Inktomi for $1.3 billion), co-founder and CTO of NASDAQ-listed networking hardware company Riverbed Technology
  • Milo Medin, B.S. 1985 – founder of Internet broadband company @home Network, (acquired by AT&T for $307 million)
  • Sanjay Mehrotra, B.S. 1978, M.S. EE 1980 – co-founder and president of NASDAQ-100 flash memory manufacturer SanDisk
  • Teresa H. Meng, Ph.D. 1988 – co-founder of NASDAQ-listed wireless networking semiconductor company Atheros Communications (acquired by Qualcomm for $3.2 billion); member, National Academy of Engineering, Reid Weaver Dennis Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, IEEE Fellow
  • Paul Merage, B.S. Business 1966, MBA 1968 – co-founder and former CEO of Hot Pockets frozen food company Chef America Inc. (acquired by Nestlé for $2.6 billion)
  • Alan Miller, B.S. EECS 1973 – co-founder of first independent video game publisher Activision (known now as the NASDAQ-100 video game company Activision Blizzard), co-founder and former CEO of video game company Accolade (acquired by Infogames for $60 million )
  • Gordon Moore, B.S. 1950 – co-founder of NASDAQ-100 company Intel, originator of Moore's Law
  • Kate and Laura Mulleavy, B.A. (art history and English, respectively) 2001 – founders of clothing and fashion accessories brand Rodarte.
  • Lowell North, B.S .1951 – gold medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, founder of North Sails ("the world’s leading sailmaker" )
  • Michael Olson, B.A. 1991, M.A. 1992 – founder and CEO of commercial Apache Hadoop vendor Cloudera; former CEO of database software company Sleepycat Software (acquired in 2006 by Oracle Corporation), co-author of database software BerkeleyDB
  • Pierre Omidyar, attended to complete his undergraduate degree in computer science – Founder of NASDAQ-100 web auction site eBay
  • Robert S. Pepper, B.S. 1957, M.S. 1959, Ph.D. 1961 – Founder and CEO of Level One Semiconductor (acquired by Intel for $2.11 billion)
  • Kim Polese, B.S. 1984 (biophysics) – CEO of software company SpikeSource; original product manager of the Java at Sun Microsystems; co-founder and former CEO of software company Marimba (acquired by BMC Software for $239 million)
  • Rhea Posedel, B.S. EE 1965 – Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of NASDAQ-listed semiconductor testing company Aehr Test Systems
  • Lars Rasmussen, Ph. D 1992 – co-founder of Where 2 Technologies (which was acquired by Google and renamed to Google Maps); co-founder of Google Wave; researcher at Facebook
  • In Sik Rhee, B.S. EECS 1993 – co-founder (with Marc Andreessen) of software company LoudCloud (which was renamed to Opsware and was acquired by HP for $1.6 billion)
  • Warren Robinett, M.S. C.S. 1976 – originator of Easter eggs, co-founder of edutainment software company The Learning Company (acquired by Mattel for $3.8 billion)
  • Mendel Rosenblum, MS 1989, PhD 1992 – Co-founder (with Diane Greene MS CS 1988 and Edward Wang BS EECS 1983, MS 1988, PhD 1994) of NYSE-listed software company VMWare
  • John Schaeffer, 1971 – Founder of NASDAQ-listed solar energy retailer Real Goods Solar and the Solar Living Center
  • John Scharffenberger, 1973 – co-founder of the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker company (acquired by Hershey's for $20 million)
  • Ronald V. Schmidt, B.S. EECS 1966, M.S. EECS 1968, Ph.D. EECS 1971– "the man who brought Ethernet to the masses" while a researcher at XEROX Parc, co-founder and CTO of semiconductor electronics firm SynOptics, Vice President at Bell Labs/Lucent
  • Jim Simons, Ph.D. 1972 – founder of $20 billion hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, mathematician, philanthropist
  • Charles Simonyi, B.S. 1972 – founder of Intentional Software, former head of Microsoft's flagship Office applications, and fifth space tourist. At Xerox PARC, he created the first WYSIWYG word processor, Bravo, then joined Microsoft to spread the WYSIWYG and computer mouse gospel. Originally from Hungary, he is the "Hungarian" in Hungarian notation, which he created
  • Roger Sippl, B.A. CS 1977 – co-founder of software database company Informix (acquired by IBM for $1 billion)
  • James Solomon, B.S. EE and M.S. EE 19?? – founder of electronic design automation company SDA Systems (became NASDAQ-listed Cadence Design Systems); recipient of the Phil Kaufman Award, the "Nobel Prize" of the electronic design industry"
  • Masayoshi Son, B.A. 1980 – founder and CEO of TYO-listed Japanese telecommunications and media giant Softbank, venture capital firm Softbank Capital
  • Cornelius Vander Starr (attended) – founder of AIG Corporation
  • Paul Stephens, B.S. 1967, M.B.A. 1969 – Investment banker, co-founder of Robertson Stephens & Company
  • Steve Strand, B.S. EECS 1979 – Co-founder (with Stephanie DiMarco, BS Business 1979) of NASDAQ-listed financial software company Advent Software
  • Sehat Sutardja, M.S. 1983, Ph.D. 1988 EECS – Co-founder (with Weili Dai BA Computer Science 1984 and Pantas Sutardjai MS 1983, PhD 1988) of NASDAQ 100 broadband technology company Marvell Technology Group, a; namesake of Sutardja-Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus
  • Pantas Sutardja, B.S. 1983, M.S. 1985, Ph.D. 1988 EECS – Co-founder (with Sehat Sutardjai MS 1983, PhD 1988 and Weili Dai BA Computer Science 1984) of NASDAQ-100 technology company Marvell Technology Group ; namesake of Sutardja-Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus
  • Marc Tarpenning, B.S. EECS 1985 – co-founder of NASDAQ-listed electric car company Tesla Motors; co-founder of NuvoMedia (acquired by Gemstar-TV Guide for $187 million)
  • Ralph Ungermannn, B.S.E.E. 1964 – co-founder of NASDAQ-listed semiconductor company Zilog (the company whose Z80 architecture was used in the CPU for the Nintendo handheld video game units Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance; the company was later acquired by IXYS Corporation for $62.4 million)
  • Craig Walker, B.A. 1988, J.D. 1995 – co-founder and CEO of Internet software company GrandCentral (acquired by Google for $50 million)
  • Robert Walker, B.S. EE 1958 – co-founder of NYSE-listed S&P 500 semiconductor ASIC company LSI Logic
  • Cher Wang, M.A. 1981 – founder and chairperson of TWSE-listed smartphone manufacturer HTC Corporation and TWSE-listed electronics manufacturer VIA Technologies
  • Chris Wang, B.A. 2003 – co-founder (with Ling Xiao, BS 2004 ) of social online gaming developer Playdom (acquired by The Walt Disney Company for $763 million)
  • Edward Wang, B.S. EECS 1983, M.S. 1988, Ph.D. 1994 – Co-founder (with Diane Greene MS CS 1988 and Mendel Rosenblum MS 1989, PhD 1992) and Principal Engineer of NYSE-listed software company VMware
  • Stephen Wang, B.A. C.S. 1997 – co-founder (with Senh Duong BA 1995 and Patrick Lee BA Cognitive Science 1992) and former CTO of film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes (acquired by IGN for $10 million)
  • Ralph Warner (Law, ca. 1966) – founder of Nolo Press, pioneer in the legal self-help book industry
  • Alice Waters, B.A. 1967 – celebrity chef, founder of Chez Panisse, originator of the California cuisine; member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • David Wilner, BS CS c. 1975, co-founder of Wind River Systems (acquired by Intel for $884 million)
  • Dean Witter, 1909 – co-founder and Partner, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
  • Steve Wozniak, Class of 1976, graduated B.S. 1986 – Co-founder of NASDAQ-100 computer software and hardware manufacturer Apple Inc, member of the National Academy of Engineering
  • Johns Wu, B.A. 2007 – founder & CEO of Bankaholic (acquired by Bankrate for $15 million)
  • Ling Xiao, B.S. 2004 – co-founder (with Chris Wang, BA 2003) of social online gaming developer Playdom (acquired by The Walt Disney Company for $763 million)
  • Alisa Yaffa, B.A. 1986 – co-founder of semiconductor company Synplicity (acquired by Synopsys for $227 million)
  • Michael Yang, B.S. 1983, MBA 1995 –founder of Become.com; co-founder of MySimon.com ( acquired by CNET for $700 million);
  • Jim Young, BS 1994, MS 1997 – co-founder (with James Hong, BS 1995, MBS 1999) of Internet rating site Hot Or Not (acquired by Avid Life Media for $20 million)

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