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Kevin Lee ’12 (left) with his business partner Kevin Chanthasiriphan. The two Kevins launched their company immi, a healthy instant ramen alternative, in 2021. / immi
Cal Culture

Valuing Family and Social Impact Launched Kevin Lee into Entrepreneurship

By Amanda Chiu

immi co-founder Kevin Lee ’12 practiced his business skills and learned about the social sector at UC Berkeley.

Dianne Fukami ’77 / Courtesy of Dianne Fukami
Cal Culture

There’s No ‘Medium’ Switch for Journalist and Travel Lecturer Dianne Fukami ’77

By Amanda Chiu

Journalist Dianne Fukami ’77 credits UC Berkeley’s investment in her as a student for her continued loyalty to all things Cal, including the Cal Discoveries Travel program.

Toby Ricco ’13, M.S. ’14 / Courtesy of Toby Ricco
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Bears in Business: Toby Ricco

Toby Ricco ’13, M.S. ’14, founder and CEO of Bimotal, walked into UC Berkeley with the goal of becoming an engineer and a passion for tinkering. At Cal, Ricco developed the skills and experience that have built his engineering and entrepreneurial career.

Sharon Ku ’08 (right) co-founded Uji Time in 2016. The first store opened on Telegraph Avenue and has been serving taiyaki ice cream with traditional Asian flavors to the Berkeley community since then. / Cal Alumni Association / KLC Fotos / Ariel Nava
Cal Culture

Adding to Berkeley’s Multiculturalism, One Ice Cream at a Time

By Amanda Chiu

Sharon Ku ’08 uses ice cream (and her nutritional science degree) to give back to UC Berkeley and encourage multiculturalism through her dessert cafe Uji Time.

Anderson Franco ’10, J.D. ’13 / Courtesy of Anderson Franco
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Achieving Dreams by Taking on Challenges

By Alejandra Granados Dominguez

From his time at UC Berkeley to his career in law, Anderson Franco ’10, J.D. ’13 persevered through different obstacles while remaining committed to serving his community.

Ryan Waliany ’08 / Courtesy of Ryan Waliany
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Bears in Business: Ryan Waliany

At Cal, Ryan Waliany ’08 learned to work smart and focus on the learning experience. Those lessons now influence his entrepreneurship today.

Stuart Smith ’70, founder of Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery. / Courtesy of Stuart Smith
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Bears in Business: Stuart Smith ’70

The award-winning Smith-Madrone co-founder discusses the ways his Cal experience at UC Berkeley influenced his decision to enter the wine industry and shaped his business practices.

Natalie Coughlin ’05 (left) with Gaderian Wines co-owner Shaina Harding (right). / Courtesy of Natalie Coughlin
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Olympian Natalie Coughlin’s Favorite Autumn Dish

Cal alum, athlete, and winemaker Natalie Coughlin ’05 shares one of her go-to fall recipes.

Jason Mikami ’92, MBA, continues his family’s legacy of producing hand-crafted wines in Lodi, CA. / Courtesy of Jason Mikami
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Bears in Business: Jason Mikami ’92, MBA

Uber director and vineyard business manager Jason Mikami ’92, MBA, considers UC Berkeley the best entrepreneurial training ground.

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The Many Roads to Healthcare

Cal alumni at Kaiser Permanente met with students to discuss different career paths in healthcare.

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Bears in Business: Giorgio Tavecchio

In 2008, Giorgio Tavecchio ’12 walked onto the Cal football team. Years later, his UC Berkeley experience still shapes his careers both as an NFL placekicker and winemaker.

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Bears in Business: Jamba Dunn’s Plant-Based Kombucha Is Cultivating Change

Originally from Southern California, Jamba Dunn ’97 transferred to Berkeley hoping to study sociology, which led to an interest in Egyptology and Near East studies.