UC Berkeley breeds high-tech, high-growth entrepreneurs, investors and innovators. By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
While Stanford University sits squarely in the heart of the Silicon Valley with venture capital firms lining Sand Hill Road nearby, UC Berkeley has been quietly delivering promising women leaders in new tech and startups as well.
Here are female founders from UC Berkeley to watch:
Jen O'Neal (Co-Founder & CEO, Tripping) Jen co-founded Tripping, a travel site offering people to meet and places to stay. Follow her on Twitter at @JenONeal. Kristin Richmond (Co-Founder & CEO, Revolution Foods) Kristen co-founded Revolution Foods, serving healthy meals and offering nutrition education to low income students. Follow her on Twitter at @RevolutionFoods.
Priya Haji (Co-Founder & CEO, SaveUp) After her previous startup was acquired by eBay in 2010, Priya co-founded SaveUp, a rewards program to help people save money and get out of debt. Follow her on Twitter at @PriyaHaji.
Sumaya Kazi (Founder & CEO, Sumazi) Serial entrepreneur Sumaya founded Sumazi to help your friends and colleagues easily introduce you to the people you need to connect with. Follow her on Twitter at @sumaya.
Women entrepreneurs from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business:
Jennifer Toney (Co-Founder & CEO, WeMakeItSafer) Jennifer co-founded WeMakeItSafer, to build webapps for consumers, manufacturers and retailers around product safety issues and recalls. Follow her on Twitter at @jennifer_toney.
Technical women leaders and innovators to watch from the UC Berkeley school of engineering:
Annie Chang (Co-Founder & Head of UX, Lolapps) Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) major and serial entrepreneur Annie co-founded Lolapps (now merged with 6waves) to build social games.
Helen Zhu (Co-Founder & CEO, Chictopia) A mechanical engineer by education, Helen co-founded Chictopia after holding several product management roles in the Silicon Valley. Follow her on Twitter at @HelenZhu.
Jessica Mah (Founder & CEO, InDinero) Jessica co-founded inDinero to help businesses to manage their money, downloading data from all financial accounts to help you better plan and budget. Follow her on Twitter at @JessicaMah.
Watch these up-and-comers over the next few years as they build their companies from venture-funded startups to the next big IPO!
And you can't forget the success stories - there are notable female founders of now-public companies with $1B+ market caps that prove you don't need a graduate degree in business to succeed.
Let us know about entrepreneurial Cal grads we missed in the comments below - thanks!
About the writer: Angie Chang co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006. She currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of Women 2.0 and is working to mainstream women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. In 2008, Angie launched Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, asking that guys come as the "+1" for once. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.