Jacobs Design Conversations: Steve Vassallo, "How to Design a Company that Matters"

Lecture | December 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Jacobs Design Conversations:
Each semester, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation invites leading designers and makers to Berkeley to speak as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series. Connecting diverse perspectives under one roof, Jacobs Design Conversations are spaces for dialogue on a broad spectrum of innovations and ideas.

As part of this series, Foundation Capital general partner Steve Vassallo will share his insights with Berkeley's design innovation community on Friday, December 1. The talk will take place at Jacobs Hall, the Jacobs Institute's hub for hands-on learning and making.

About Steve Vassallo:
Steve launched his first startup when he was 13 years old. His snow blowing service taught him what it meant to be entrepreneur — and to grasp every opportunity he found, even if his hands got cold and numb in the process. That kid grew up to be an entrepreneur who works at the intersection of business, technology, and design. Steve’s innovations have won him over 77 patents and several design awards, including the Business Week Design of the Decade Award, red dot design award 2009, IDEA99 Gold and Bronze Awards, NeoCon Gold and Most Innovative New Product Awards.

Steve came to Foundation Capital in 2007 from Ning, a social platform he helped launch in 2004 and where he was Vice President of product and engineering. Before Ning, Steve was Director of Engineering at Immersion [IMMR], which pioneered tactile feedback and human touch technology. Previously, Steve was a project leader and design engineer at IDEO, where he developed more than a dozen successful products for companies including Cisco, Nike, BMW, Steelcase, McDonalds, and Caterpillar.

Today, Steve is on the board of directors of Sunrun [RUN], Sentient Energy, Pocket, Mode Analytics, Bolt Threads, and AutoGrid. Past investments include Control4 [CTRL] and PrivateCore, which was acquired by Facebook.

Steve is the convener and host of Product Minds, a Foundation Capital series of conversations with industry leaders about the art, science, and drive that go into building great products. He is the author of The Way to Design.

At the Jacobs Institute, Steve will discuss "How to Design a Company that Matters."

About this Conversation:
Registration and day-of attendance: This lecture-style talk is free and open to the public. While all day-of attendance and seating is first-come, first-served, if you register by Wednesday, November 29, you'll have first priority for lunch on us (we'll buy food based on registrations, so please be considerate). Registration will open one month before the talk; sign up here to receive a reminder when registration opens. If you miss advance registration, don't worry: day-of guests are more than welcome!

Getting here: Jacobs Hall, a space for design learning and making, is located at 2530 Ridge Road, on the northeast side of the UC Berkeley campus. For information on campus shuttles and links to public transit, please visit Bear Transit.

Questions? You can reach event organizers at jacobsinstitute@berkeley.edu or 510-664-7567.

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