Academics

Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program

First-Person

Vivek Subramanian, Berkeley MBA

Vivek Subramanian

Co-founder & Vice President, Product Management
CalmSea, Inc.
Mountain View, California

Previous Degrees:
MS, University of Texas at Austin
BE, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, India

Career Goal: Entrepreneur

Course Description

Fall Semester 2009
Microeconomics
Financial Reporting
Organizational Behavior
Marketing

Spring Semester 2010
Leadership Communications
Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
Introduction to Finance
Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions
Ethics and Responsibility in Business

Fall Semester 2010
Corporate Financial Decisions
Topics in Marketing
Competitive Strategy

Spring Semester 2011
Financial Information Analysis
Managerial Communications
Mid-Program Academic Retreat
New Venture Finance

Summer Session 2011
Pricing

Fall Semester 2011
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Leader as Coach

Spring Semester 2012
Advanced Competitive Strategy
Game Theory

Fall Semester 2012
Problem Finding, Problem Solving

The new Venture Finance class introduced Vivek Subramanian to the concept of unit economics—a concept he used to good advantage in preparing to launch CalmSea, a big-data marketing analytics firm. "We came away with a much more solid business model and more confidence in our ability to present a winning case to investors," he said.

“Sitting on the other side of the table in the Venture Capital Investment Competition gave me a great opportunity to see things from the perspective of a venture capitalist deciding where to invest. It really helped me find and fix the weaknesses in my own pitch for funding.”

“I left Oracle, a company with 80,000 employees to co-found an enterprise with eight employees. It is a calculated risk. It is one way I am Questioning the Status Quo.”

“I have learned that culture doesn’t just happen at a company. You build culture, one hire and one decision at a time. Thanks to Berkeley-Haas, my decisions are informed decisions.”

“The Haas Venture Fellows is another way the school provides real-life entry into the venture capital world. We found out just how much hard work goes into creating an angel fund, and even though we didn’t succeed, I believe we laid a foundation that can be built on.”